INGRID & HANS

BREED: German Wirehaired Pointer X Wolfhound & Miniature Spoodle
ARCHITECT: Jason Chongue - The Plant Society


Please tell us about yourselves.

We’re both shaggy dogs who make sure to keep our parents on their toes.

Ingrid: I was rescued at 2 months from a hunting pack where I was bred to hunt rather than nurtured in a home. I’m a big dog but often think I’m small enough to run around our home elegantly. I’m now 5 and a half years old so I’m slowing down but still get up to mischief especially when we go to the country.

Hans: I’m now 2 years old and love following Ingrid and my parents around the house. I don’t say much but prefer to keep in the know with everything that is happening. It’s nice waking up the entire house every morning as I race up and down the hallway, springing off the floor so I can fly through the air.

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AXEL, OSCAR, RALPHIE, WILLOW & BASIL

BREED: Rescue
ARCHITECT: Mckimm

Describe your dogs.

Axel, the first dog we adopted, is boisterous, in-your-face and makes his presence known to anyone that enters our home. He is the leader of the tribe and has no hesitation letting our other dogs (and guests) know. He resembles a dog, but he has definitely been on this earth before. Some of his behaviours are very human-like. Otherwise known as ‘The Front Rower’.

Oscar, the second dog we adopted, is quieter and more of an observer. He prefers to sit back and let the other dogs carry on and make a scene. He is wise and can be a bit of a snob. Otherwise known as ‘The Investor’.

Ralphie (girl with a boy’s name), our third child, is the lover of the bunch. She loves everyone and everything and sees the world through rose-coloured glasses. You can always count on Ralphie. She has a heart of gold. Otherwise known as ‘Walphieeee’.

Willow, our fourth addition, can be quite needy and always has to be near us. She craves affection more than the others, but will suck people in with her pseudo innocence and use and abuse them until she gets what she wants. Her resting bitch face is savage, but she is ridiculously cute. Otherwise known as ‘Moon Face’.

And finally our darling Basil, the most recent addition to the tribe. We adopted Basil at the ripe old age of nine and a half after living his entire life on puppy farms. He is a charming, sweet and regal old man that is making up for lost time. He is always aspiring to live his best life and is a gentle giant who loves his family so very much. He knows he is safe now. Otherwise known as ‘Sir Basil’.

Describe your home.

Our home is only six months old and it is modern, light and bright. We prefer a refined colour palette, so there are lots of neutrals, with more of a play on texture through the use of brick, timber and concrete. Most of our floor to ceiling windows and doors face towards our natural pool area, so a lot of our lines of sight look out onto greenery and water. We like to open them all up when the days are warm and really foster indoor/outdoor living. Despite the chaos that five dogs can bring, our house feels very calm and we really enjoy coming home every day.

What sort of energy do your dogs bring to your home?

Our dogs love to love and you can feel that as soon as you walk through the door. They make the world a better place and are the absolute light of our lives. When entering our home, most people notice the dogs before they notice our home. You are instantly hit with a wave of happiness when five beaming faces are staring up at you. They are the first to greet you and the last to say goodbye.

If the dogs are having a day at the groomer and the house is empty, you really feel their absence. Even when one or two of them are out of the house for a vet appointment, the dynamic completely shifts. The others will wait at the front door and watch the gate waiting for their brothers/sisters to come home and their tribe to be complete again. They all adore each other and pine for one other when they are separated for whatever reason. It’s an absolute joy to witness such limitless love.

Were your dogs considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Absolutely. We purchased the land for our animals (chickens included) as it was right near a fantastic dog park and dog beach and had plenty of space so all of our animals could co-exist. When it came to the design and layout of our home, we wanted everything to be practical, low maintenance and easy for the dogs (and occasionally the humans) to navigate. Our laundry has a ‘dog station’ with a dog wash, lead area, feeding zone and garden access. Whenever too much fun has been had at the beach, we can enter the house through this zone and throw the dogs straight in the dog wash, much to their disappointment. We also carefully considered the fabrics, furniture and finishes to factor in the animals. If you asked the dogs, they would absolutely say that this house was designed, built and furnished for them, not their humans.

What makes your dogs unique?

All five of them have a unique and often heart-wrenching story and are all special in many different ways. When you have five, you can really differentiate between each of their personalities.

Axel can’t control his excitement when someone other than his parents are in his home. He chases his tail and snaps his jaw, so much so that we’ve wondered whether we should get him a mouthguard. Every day is the ‘best day ever’ for Axel.

Oscar gets himself into the most obscure places. We have lost him on a few occasions and found him sleeping in one of the pantry cupboards, in wardrobes and in the bath. He is super clever and often takes hide and seek far too seriously.

Ralphie likes to just sit and stare at you with love-heart eyes. You will be tapping away on your computer and have that feeling sweep over you that you’re being watched - and there is Ralphie sitting and staring at you wagging her tail.

Willow is obsessed with the car. If one of us goes out to the garage, she will sprint out after us and beg to be let inside. We will often let her in and leave the door open and come back a couple of hours later and she is still sitting in the car, presumably assuming we are going to go somewhere without her.

Basil likes his paw to be held. If you are sitting with him, he will often extend his leg to you, so you can hold his paw and then just sit there. Otherwise, if your hands are tied, he will rest it on your shoulder. It’s very sweet.

What is the best thing about rescuing a dog?

The most rewarding part of adopting a dog is when they realise after however long that this is their home. That they are not leaving, that they are safe and not returning to the horrors they have often been subjected too. Sometimes, you will meet a dog in rescue and the hope in their eyes has been completely extinguished. And then, in time, you see the sparkle in their eyes start to return. It is like a switch that flicks in their minds and they become an entirely different dog. Rescue dogs know what you have done for them. They know you have saved their life. And the love they give you in return is limitless and one of the greatest loves to have the pleasure of experiencing.

What do your dogs love most about their new home?

At the moment, it is definitely the hydronic heating! In summer, they love its close proximity to the beach. They really enjoy the water, the sand and they love the sun. They love going swimming when it is warm and then finding the sunniest spots in the house to dry off and sleep. They live their best life together every single day.

What are the biggest obstacles when rescuing a dog?

You need to be patient. Register your name with rescue groups. Sign up to petrescue.com.au. Follow rescue groups on social media. Go to dog adoption days. Don’t fall into the ‘but they are a great breeder’ trap. The perfect dog will come along. And fall in love with the dog, not its breed, not what it looks like.
Fall in love with the dog.

INDIANA

BREED:  Hungarian Vizsla
INTERIOR DESIGN: Hecker Guthrie
DECORATION: Milk & Sugar

Artwork: Betty Mbitjana

Tell us about yourself Indiana:

I am a ten year old Vizsla, living in the Bayside suburb of Elwood. I love eating chicken and cuddling my humans. Ear rubs are life.

Artwork: Dan Hocking

Artwork: Simone Anne

Tell us about your home:

We’ve lived in a two bedroom apartment for two years and moved in right when it was brand new. My humans fell in love with the design of the apartment but I mainly love the sofa and all the other soft furnishings that they bought when we moved in.

What is your favourite part of your home and why?

I’d have to say my favourite spot would be the end of the sofa in the living room. From this spot I can survey the whole place so I know everything that’s going on. It’s particularly good because obviously I’m comfortable but I also have a great view of what’s cooking over in the kitchen but am far enough away to be removed from all the really scary cooking sounds. My second favourite spot would be my king size bed that I share with my dads. On weekends I often sleep past midday, particularly in the colder months. In the morning I’ll check the weather outside and if it’s raining I won’t move for hours.


Describe your lifestyle:

I live a pretty stressful, fast-paced life. My dads and I own and run a homewares business, so we all work together in our office in Prahran. I go to the office every day, so am never really left alone, which I like. I like to always know what my humans are up to.

In my spare time we like to go for walks along the bay - as the beach is at the end of our street. In summer, my dads and I love going for early morning swims at Elwood Beach. I’m an excellent swimmer and can swim for hours. I love socialising with my human’s friends and I love it when my dads have dinner parties because I get to eat lots of yummy food.

How did you meet your humans?

I met them when I was eight weeks old. I was living with my 9 brothers and sisters and my humans came and adopted me. I cried a little on the way home to my new house but have never looked back since. My dads are always saying how big I am now and they tell me stories about when I was a baby.

How did they choose your name?

One of my dads just liked the name and thought it suited me, so it stuck. I only get called Indiana though when I’m naughty, which is never. My humans have a million nicknames for me, some of which are so embarrassing. They mostly call me Indi or Mousie (because when I was little I scurried around like a little mouse).

Artwork: Tony Owczarek

If you could design your own home, what would it look like?

I love my current home so I don’t know what I’d change. Location is probably most important to me rather than internal design features, so my perfect home would be close to the beach for swimming but also really close to shops where my humans can go and buy my food. That’s why I love this one so much. It ticks all the boxes. I would probably like a pool and sundeck though...

What is your naughtiest habit?

Apparently it’s really naughty when I run into the kitchen to see what’s cooking and I jump up and put my hands on the kitchen counter. My humans don’t understand that’s the only way I can see the food though! They keep saying it’s naughty but they always laugh when I do it, so I get confused.

Who is your best friend and why?

My best doggy friend is my littlest cousin - she’s a Mini Daschund puppy called Barney. We are obsessed with each other and I love chasing her around the house when I visit her. Sometimes we have play dates at my grandparents' house, which I love. I have too many human friends to list, I’m really lucky like that. My dads take me everywhere with them so I’m constantly meeting lots of new people and making friends.

NEVILLE

BREED: Miniature Schnauzer
ARCHITECT: Doherty Design Studio

Tell us about yourself Neville:

I might be little, but I have a huge personality and I like everyone to know that I am really the boss. I sometimes bark loudly but that is to let everyone know that a stranger is in our house. I love giving and receiving cuddles and chasing balls around the house, but sometimes I like to let them roll under the furniture so that somebody will get up and play with me. I have a hairy moustache that blows in the wind when I run fast. I love snacks, and pigs ears are one of my favourites, but I pretty much love anything. I really like toast crusts too, and I annoy everyone until they share their food with me.

Tell us about your home:

We live in a big converted church, with a tower and fancy coloured glass windows. There are lots of different levels but I’m only allowed on the ground floor, although sometimes I sneak upstairs just to check on everybody.

We have the best hard wooden floors for running fast and then sliding. I really love doing this especially when everyone comes home at the end of the day. It’s so much fun but sometimes my legs go so fast that I actually don’t move forward. I also really like leaping off the steps to greet my family when they come through the front door.

I have my own little door so that I can sneak in and out whenever I want. Sometimes they trick me and lock the door and I often bang my nose hard when I try to race in or out. I have lots of great places in the garden to investigate as well.

What is your favourite part of your home and why?

I love sleeping on the couch when my brother and sister are lying on it. I sit on top of them and go to sleep. Sometimes I hide my treats behind the cushions too. I also like sleeping in the sunny spot in the kitchen when the sun shines through the window.

Describe your lifestyle:

My life is pretty great. I get to hang out with my mum heaps and she takes me for drives to the beach and to the country in her car. I love doing this, and I really like standing up and looking out the window. When I get bored I curl up on the seat and snooze until we get to our destination.

Everyday we go for a long walk and I play with my friends at the park. Some are much bigger than me but I don’t mind, I play with everyone. Some dogs are a little bit rough but I just stand still and let them sniff me. I never let mum out of my sight.

How did you meet your humans?

I was so little when I met my family. I was born in Bendigo and my family drove a long way in the car to come and get me. My mum cried a little bit when she first saw me. I think I was pretty cute. She cuddled me the whole way home and I felt really safe and secure.

How did they choose your name?

My family all love a movie called Harry Potter and there is a character called Neville Longbottom. I guess they called me after him. Sometimes when I meet new humans, they giggle when they learn my name. I’m not sure why humans think it is funny but I love being called Nev.

If you could design your own home, what would it look like?

I’m pretty lucky as I really love my home, I don’t think I would change a thing. Maybe I would have some grass in the garden as I really like rolling around on it, but I can do this when my family take me to our beach house. It’s the best fun there as I can get under the house and dig in the dirt. Then I get to run through the water and waves at the beach and roll in the sand.

What is your naughtiest habit?

I love stealing socks and underwear and starting a game of chase! Nobody can catch me as I’m super fast. I can dart and hide easily but I let them win if they give me pigs ears from the pantry. I also like to bite the feet of whoever is going up the stairs. It really annoys my family but makes me so happy.

Who is your best friend and why?

That is so hard to choose. My mum is the best because she walks me, feeds me and cuddles me, but my brother and sister are great because they cuddle me too. I also love it when my dad comes home as he always makes a big fuss of me.
My family love me so much so I guess they’re all my best friends.

RONDO (RONNIE)

BREED:  Golden Labrador
ARCHITECT: Original architect GUILFORD BELL, restored by SJB in 2007.

Describe your dog.

Ronnie is a playful, friendly, excitable and smelly dog, who loves a cuddle and a wrestle.
He is also very loyal and companionable but his love is easily won over by anyone who gives him food or takes him on a walk.

Describe your home.

Our home is very relaxed and was built with hard wearing surfaces in mind… which is lucky given all the balls that get thrown around inside when the 4 kids (and husband) play.
The interior tends to reflect the beautiful natural colours of the landscape but because vibrant colours make me happy I have incorporated lots of colour in the artworks. The house has a beautiful open entertaining areas but also cosy areas to get away from it all. 

What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?

Rondo provides a relaxed, fun energy around the home. He is often found lazing in the sunshine or sleeping on my son’s bed but the offer of a walk sends him running around in circles with excitement.  He likes to invite us to play with him by greeting us with a toy or stick in his mouth.  He really brings the whole family together… we collectively admire his cute antics…  or whine about his annoying habits… stealing socks to name just one!

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Not really but if the back lawn fails to recover I am threatening to replace it with fake grass in the future.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Definitely our son’s bed! 

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Maybe… both the house and dog are never as well “groomed” as I would like them to be. Ronnie’s hair is a constant feature around the house and on the furniture!

Left Artist: John Coburn
Right Artist: Del Kathryn Barton

What makes your dog unique?

Ronnie has a love for little soft toys, and he usually has a favourite that he will carry around the house in his mouth everywhere he goes, like it is his own little pet. Inevitably however they are all doomed to the same fate and end up as tufts of fluff.

Rondo is simultaneously protective and cowardly. He gets very protective when a neighbour’s cat approaches our home and makes a big show of barking at it from behind the glass windows but if ever actually face–to-face with the cat, Ronnie is quick to sprint away.

How did you choose your dogs name?

We got our dog when he was a 1 year old, and he was already named Ronnie.  We thought Rondo had a better ring to it.  Nowadays it’s ‘Ronnie’ most of the time but ‘Rondo’ when he is being naughty. 

Ronnie was one of the ‘R’ batch of puppies bred by the Seeing Eye Dog Association. He was officially rejected at the 12month assessment because he has a small cataract in one eye but we think the real reason he didn’t make the grade is because he is so easily distracted by food!


If your dog said something about the house, what would it be? 

“I love living so close to the dog beach and you’ll know where to find me when I wander off.”

Artist: Emily Floyd

Any other fun stories to share?

Rondo is the celebrity in the family, having moved into the entertainment industry as an actor and a model. He has starred in several episodes of the TV series Pooches At Play (where he is known as big Ron) and has even had his photo in the local paper modelling a dog friendly caravan! 

Artist: Craig Waddell

COCO

BREED:  Cavoodle
ARCHITECT: McKimm

Describe your dog.

A little princess!
The sweetest, cutest little dog who always wants to be by my side.

Describe your home.

A modern family home with different textures with the highlight being a spiral staircase which lets the light in from the skylight at the top.

What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?

She completes our home and brings a lot of warmth and love. Instead of having a 4th child we got Coco!

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

From the start we kept on asking the architect where our dog door would go.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

She is only little so loves to be on top of the couch in the family room where she can see everything that is going on.  She also loves to be on the kids beds during the day and on mums bed at night.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Coco always looks clean and white, which is very similar to our home.

What makes your dog unique?

Sometimes she acts like a circus dog and sits on her back legs, especially when she wants a treat. 


How did you choose your dogs name?

We just liked the name Coco, which is ironic considering she is the opposite from Cocoa in colour.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be? 

Thanks for so much space to run around in, I especially love chasing balls around the tennis court and lying in all the sun.

Any other fun stories to share?

Coco is very attached to all of us, so much so that if anybody else tries to walk her she digs her heels in and refuses to go.

LOLA

BREED:  Toy Poodle-Bichon
ARCHITECT: Gleeson Design Systems (formally known as AIGP)
STYLIST: Swee Lim

Describe your dog.

Lola is a Little ball of energy, love and sass.
Lola has a ‘Brother from another Mother’. He’s a Cat, named Louie. They are really like an old married couple, fighting all night then they sleep together.

Describe your home.

Unique, with a cool edge, very relaxing, uncluttered, adaptive, just easy.

Artwork: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn
Bhud IV, 2017

What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?

Crypnotic, energised, entertaining, crazy, fun & loving.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

She is part of the furniture.

Artwork: Jan Senbergs
Six views of Melbourne V, 2018

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Lola is the last born in the house, she kind of gets precedence to do what she wants. She loves to sleep in everyone’s rooms on their beds. She’s a double Agent. When you think she loves you the most, she swaps rooms and sleeps with someone else. Yeah her loyalty to everyone runs deep.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

The house has a lot of love in it, but like everything, it has an opposite. There was definite consideration in the design with colors and materials to reflect our brooding moods that we all have at times. We chose ink blue walls for example in the sitting rooms. At night you can relax or brood in front of the fire with candles and soft lighting

What makes your dog unique?

 She talks. She actually says ‘Mum’ in the morning.


How did you choose your dogs name?

One of the kids channeled it. Then came her nick-name, Squish and Squishy. Because you want to cuddle her so much.

Artwork: Neil Taylor
Young Offender, 2017

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be? 

"It’s god darn dog heaven.
I can go everywhere in the house and do what I want full circle and it’s safe for me."

Any other fun stories to share?

Lola said she wants to be on the Title of the House!

LEO

BREED:  Cavoodle (straight haired)
ARCHITECT: McKimm

Describe your dog.

Leo is just the perfect dog and the best family dog. 
He is incredibly cute, loving, energetic, loyal, loves children and human company and loves to torment cats and birds.

Describe your home.

We have only been in our house for 9 months but it is modern, warm, very family friendly and has a real sense of calm which is strange as we have 3 kids and a dog.

What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?

Leo brings so much love into our home and fits so well into our family as he is social, active, cheeky and always a lot of fun.  He is always so excited when people come over and is always first at the door to greet visitors, especially if they will throw him his ball.  

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Leo was a big consideration when designing our house.  We spent a lot of time planning where his room can be and how best to accommodate him. The architects and landscapers used to think we were hilarious, giving so much time to discussing the dog!
We don’t like air conditioning and love fresh air so designed our bedroom with openable doors and a flyscreen so we can sleep with the door open at night. What we didn’t take into consideration was possums and Leo, so unfortunately we have not been able to sleep with our doors open often as Leo is constantly growling and barking during the night.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Leo has a few favourite hangouts in the house.  

  1. On our bed at night.

  2. On his bed in the lounge room (or the rug) so he can see who is coming and going from the front door or stairs and if anyone is going into the kitchen.

  3. Under our daughter Elly’s stool at mealtimes as he always knows she will share her food with him.

  4. On a hot day, lying under the plants in the cool, wet soil.

  5. Lying on the grass next to the trampoline in the sun

Actually, Leo just loves being wherever his humans are!


What makes your dog unique?

Leo looks different to other cavoodles as he has straight hair.  

How did you choose your dogs name?

Part of the condition of us getting a dog was we had to name him Leo.  It was from the quote in  Lethal Weapon “what Leo wants, Leo Getz”. 

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Please never leave me at home alone - I just want you to stay home all day with me and tickle my tummy.

He might also say “thanks for all the sunny spots in winter and for a nice concrete floor in summer to cool myself”. 

Any other stories to share?

We have an internal pond with fish and turtles and Leo is obsessed with the fish.  As soon as he sees me walking towards the cupboard where the fish food is, he jumps up and runs straight to the door.  As soon as I open the door to the pond he jumps in and starts playing with the fish, chasing them around.  He has so much fun we find it very hard to get him out.  We now have to hold him very tight when feeding the fish, especially if we don’t feel like bathing him.  There was one day where he jumped in, and straight after I bathed him, he ran back to the pond and jumped straight back into it again. Needless to say, I wasn’t so happy!!

STUDIO DOG: MAXI

BREED: Staffie
STUDIO: Carr

Describe your dog.

Maxi exudes an indefinable nonchalance, inadvertently commanding the studio he confidently inhabits. His heroic and willful stubbornness has been tempered with a gentle and playful nature that has earned him the respect and admiration of all his colleagues. At 15 years of age, Maxi is no stranger to extended naps, enlivened with ‘melodic’ snores and post noon flatulence. 

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MIEKO

BREED:  Bernese Mountain Dog
ARCHITECT: Foomann Architects

Describe your dog.

Mieko is gentle and patient. She is particularly amazing around little children and will calmly stand there while they pull her tail or yank her fur. She is also very affectionate and likes maximum contact so she often sits on people’s feet or tucks her head under their arm if she wants to be patted.
Mieko can be very stubborn and if she decides that, for example, she has walked far enough, nothing can make her walk any further.
Even though she is nearly 12 years old Mieko still has a luscious coat, clear eyes and a youthful attitude. She is a truly beautiful dog inside and out.

Describe your home.

Mosh House was built in 1903 with the modern extension created by Foomann Architects in 2011. The brief was to instil the fun and glamour of the Case Study Houses into our home and we think they succeeded. When we open the sliding doors – which we do often – the family room becomes a pavilion that embraces the outdoors.

What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?

Mieko exudes a calming sense of zen into our home and generates love in the hearts of everyone who lives here with her.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

On a subconscious level, Mieko’s magnificent tricolour coat has influenced the colour scheme in our home – from the black kitchen, to the pale floors and the tan ‘Frog’ armchairs.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Mieko likes to lie on the over-dyed vintage black and white rug where she is virtually camouflaged. She can also be found on the deck under the grapevine or in the master bedroom blocking the wardrobe. In the height of summer she is usually splayed on the tiled bathroom floor next to the air conditioning vent.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Like Mieko, our home is big, welcoming, glamorous and playful.


What makes your dog unique?

Mieko is almost 12 years old, which is very old for a Berner. We like to think her longevity is a result of morning swims in the bay (the beach is at the end of our street), regular acupuncture and daily doses of confidence-building compliments (it’s impossible to take her for a walk without people admiring her beauty). The fact that she has so many favoured sleeping spots means she also gets a lot of incidental exercise between naps.

How did you choose your dogs name?

My daughter made up her name. We like to think it sounds part Japanese and/or part Danish and therefore edgy and sophisticated.


If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

The wooden floorboards are too slippery!

Any other stories to share?

The Indian Minah birds nesting in our front garden like to terrorise Mieko by swooping on her head. They are so mean to her and not at all afraid of her loud bark. She’s a loving, social dog but when there are too many visitors, she likes to escape upstairs to the quietest corner of the house, making a brief appearance only when the food is served.

On a warm summer’s day we open up all the sliding doors so it’s hard to keep her outside when she’s wet. She often sneaks in to our bedroom when drenched after her morning swim.

BONES

BREED: Unkown
ARCHITECT: Foomann Architects

Describe your dog.

 Bones is my companion. A dead-set legend. I have total trust in Bones. I’d have him do my tax and teeth with confidence that he’d do a fine job. He is uniquely free of neurosis; other than a white-hot fear of highfives and balloons. Bones is very good at sport.

Describe your home.

Our home’s 80m2 is split over four half levels. We retained the shell - a 1970s, modernist, concrete block number designed by Mike Morris, who I worked for as a student. The additions are intended to be as unfussy and enduring as the original. It’s super efficient with the height and small footprint providing excellent access to light and air.

Being my own home; there are lots of reclaimed materials and little experimental details. It’s lovely to live in.

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Bones is low key with few needs but when I’m home without him; the house feels alien. He’s sensitive and tends to reflect and amplify the mood. When our preschooler loses his mind; Bones will ratchet the tension through barking.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Finishes are textural and tough. Bones sheds; so his fur works with everything. We also installed a doggy door that he doesn’t use and we prefer not to talk about it.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot/furniture/room etc?

When someone’s home he loves the floor by the entry, which is warmed by the winter sun and our bedroom where he can watch the street. Being smart, he heads straight to the couch whenever he has the house to himself. One time I caught him standing on the coffee table. I guess he wanted to partake in the forbidden.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

I think Bones and I look alike; but the home and Bones share a bit in common too. The original was built in 1970 and Bones’s hair and beard are in a style that was very popular in that era. At times he resembles 1970s Kenny Rogers but I’ve looked up his house and it isn’t like ours; it’s much larger with colonnades, etc.

What makes your dog unique?

A dog is far more than the product of their breed but from this perspective, as far as we know - he’s it.

There were two other pups in his litter that looked completely distinct. Apparently a case of superfecundation (look it up) which is common with dogs (it was news to me). Having said that – we live near the North Melbourne’s Lost Dogs Home and Lort Smith and we’ve witnessed that when you keep mixing breeds they often end up with a few Bones qualities.

How did you choose your dogs name?

Honestly I named Bones years before adopting him. It was a safe bet that any dog would like bones and it’s easy to buy for a one named Bones given how popular it is as a motif in pet stores.


If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

I like to think that he’d be complimentary. He might express gratitude for the many steps and levels which allow him to gain higher ground (he’s not very tall).

Any other fun stories to share?

Holidays are an eventful time for Bones.
There was the event with the seal and the event with the puffer fish. One that stands out is when we were at a friend’s place in Barwon Downs. Bones was agitated and wouldn’t let me sleep. I couldn’t work out why, as there didn’t appear to be anything wrong. I trust Bones and for good reason; he has never let me down. So at 1am, I woke my friends, borrowed their car and drove 2.5hrs home to be near the vet. He was completely fine and happy to be back. I’ll never know why he made us abandon my partner and newborn on that holiday.

STUDIO DOG: PONCHO

BREED: Chocolate Labrador
STUDIO: Pampa

Describe your dog.

Poncho is a 2 year old chocolate Labrador who loves nothing more than food and chasing his frisbee at the beach. He is the most cuddly and intuitive dog we have ever had. He has an on/off switch where he can lay around all day snoring like a little piglet, but once you give him the play signal he comes to life in an instant.

Describe your studio.

Our studio and showroom is in Byron Bay’s Arts & Industry Estate. It has an open floor plan where the showroom is on the ground level, and our studio is on the mezzanine.

Floors and walls are all painted an off white and the shelving, counter and tables are constructed from solid plywood. We wanted to have a simple showroom fit out, to let our products pop and do the talking. It’s full with cactus and terracotta pots inspired in our South American roots.

How did you choose your dog’s name?

The name Poncho came from our need to stay connected with Latin America, and our love for woven goods such as Ponchos. It is also a word that is pronounced the same in English and Spanish. The name is prefect for our cozy bear! Sometimes in the studio we call him Mr Ponchi-P.


What sort of energy does your dog bring to your studio?

He definitely takes the seriousness out of stressful moments. If it’s all getting a little too much we just play with him for 5 minutes and the day instantly brightens up. Now he is a little older he just takes it easy all day, but in the early days he was a real handful and we couldn’t take our eyes off him.

What is your dog’s favourite lounging spot, furniture, or room?

Underneath the desk near our feet. We genuinely think he loves coming to work with us - it’s part of his routine.


If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your business or studio?

I guess it does a little, the colour palette of the woven products in our showroom are mostly natural in tones. The brown wool used in our rugs is almost a perfect match with Poncho’s chocolate brown fur, he almost gets lost in those rugs.


How do you think the presence of a dog alters the studio atmosphere?

It is a definite ice breaker, people usually are much more relaxed and up for a chat as soon as Poncho shows his face. Byron Bay being a holiday town means we get a lot of people pop in who are missing their dogs at home, so Poncho gets plenty of affection from others and not just us.

 Any other fun stories to share?

One day, we left him at home while we went to work (he was around 6 months old) and when we arrived home at the end of the day, he had destroyed a big basket full of toilet paper. The chewed up paper rolls were all over the house. He gave us a look of, I know this is bad, but what are you going to do about it. I remember laughing instead of getting angry because it was obvious that he didn’t like staying at home by himself.
Since then we take him to work almost every day, although he has thankfully grown out of this habit now.

RANGER (of the Range)

BREED: Hungarian Viszla
ARCHITECT: DFJ Architects

Describe your dog.

Ranger is spirited, communicative and friendly.  He thinks he’s more human than hound. Still a young dog, he has the energy and swagger of a teenager. He’s quite breathtakingly handsome (well I am biased) and he sits around the place with refined elegance with his silky rust coloured coat, nose high in the air ready to catch any scent that passes by on the hill top breeze.

He loves to be involved in all family activities and as we have 4 children he simply has joined the pack as number 5.  Even when sleeping he has one ear slightly raised and an eye partially open to ensure he doesn’t miss out on any activity, no matter how small.

Describe your home.

Our home, The Range Homestead, is an Australian farmhouse with a Spanish influence set amongst the rolling hills of the Byron hinterland.  The Range has been built with a conscience for the environment and has many solar passive elements to allow us to tread with a light footprint on the earth.  We have many plans to regenerate the land and give back to the earth, much like our other property The Farm at Byron Bay.


The Range is a family home that provides us with a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of town.  It has an earthiness with its recycled timbers and soft textures, and radiates a warmth. It is a place where together we can explore nature fishing in the dam, bush walks through the rainforest and cooking over coals on our stone built fire pit and in the wood fired oven. 

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Ranger is only a year old so still has plenty of joyful puppy moments and boundless energy. He’s very upbeat and positive.  He greets us with playful abandonment and strangers initially receive a more robust bark followed by sloppy kisses and frenetic tail wagging.  

What makes your dog unique? 

He has a way of communicating that feels almost human.  From the sounds he makes to the way he uses his paw to tell us something.  He’s an important part of our family that brings out the love in us all.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

We wanted our home to be a place where the children and Ranger could roam freely from outside and in and for everyone to feel relaxed.  We created the house not to be high maintenance and precious. The choices made for finishes were considered with Ranger in mind, like the terracotta floors are a tone of the colour of the earth.  On muddy rainy days you can’t really see any paw prints as it all just blends in, these choices all lead to a low maintenance easy way of living.

What’s your dog’s favourite hanging out spot/furniture/room etc?

Ranger loves the textured Tigmi trading rug to sleep on in the main living room, close to the action of the kitchen but also with good viewing out across the valley.  This spot is also close by the side door so he can see who’s coming and going as he’s quite nosey and also suffers from FOMO (fear of missing out) so this is the perfect spot to make sure he doesn’t miss out on anything.

He is often seen standing on the rock wall looking out and surveying the valley below, eyeing off the wedge tail eagles as they surf the thermals.

Ranger is also partial to the large arched sun bed around the pool courtyard and although not a lap swimmer (he prefers the spring fed damn) he will spend hours watching the kids play in the pool, acting as life guard on duty.  

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Ranger merges beautifully into the aesthetics of the colour palette and design of The Range, particularly with his rust colour coat that sets off the rusty corten steal that is featured in many spaces at The Range.  His sleek form is reflected in the house design. 

How did you choose your dogs name?

We had already named our property The Range and having 120 acres to keep an eye on, we liked the idea that our new dog could act as a ranger looking out for us and the land, so one night after a couple of red wines his name was born – Ranger of The Range

Ranger is aptly named as he keeps an eye out always protecting, supervising all outdoor areas, patrolling the grounds and making sure other native animals who live on the property are following the rules.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

The Range is a doggy heaven, I have a safe den high on a hill that I camouflage easily into, I have acres to roam and I get to hang with my favourite humans every day.


Any other fun stories to share?

Ranger likes to be with us all the time so it’s hard to leave him behind. We have a long driveway and many times we are just about to leave through the front gate when we catch him in rear view mirror panting out of breath from his driveway sprint to keep up with us.  Most times we turn around and take him back to the house and bribe him to stay with a treat but occasionally we can’t resist his face and he gets to jump in the car and come with us.  Cheeky boy.

Ranger’s most recent trick is to try and push an extra chair around the dining table at meal times.  I wonder who this is for? Might have to start laying an extra place setting!

LUNA & VALENTINE

BREED: Japanese Spitz
ARCHITECT: Robin Boyd with a Stephen Jolson renovation

Describe your dogs.

Luna (male) is placid , gentle and extremely loyal.
Valentine (female) is cheeky, feisty and very determined.

Describe your home.

An oasis.
A tree house suspended with magical dappled light and a real sense of calm.

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

 The dogs bring a lot of warmth, love and joy into our home.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot/furniture/room etc?

The dogs love to be outside on the deck in the sunshine or on the bed in my bedroom.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

 The sensibility of our home is quite Japanese and our beautiful dogs are Japanese spitzes.

How did you choose your dogs name?

Luna for the moon and Valentine I bought as a Valentine gift for myself.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Thank you for the beautiful space we live in.

CHIEF

BREED: Bernese Mountain Dog

Describe your dog.

LOVE. Chief is a large black bundle of pure love and joy. He’s treated like a 4th son so he gets to hide behind the bravado of his big brothers but really, he’s just the baby brother that is scared of the dark. When our older boys arrive home late at night they love to creep up on Chief and scare the life out of him. He rushes out to the drive way with the almightiest roar but actually, He’s completely terrified. 

Describe your home.

It’s a boys barn overlooking Byron Bay. Built for mud and motorbikes and hoards of hungry teenagers. 

We encourage our boys to live a creative life. Weekends are spent on the river fishing, exploring, and towing behind the tinny, evenings are spent in the family art studio and cooking over an open fire. 

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Chief is the heartbeat of our home. He’s calm, consistent and intuitive beyond words. 

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

The colour palette for River Hawk Ranch was actually born the day Chief arrived. I have never known a design process to be such an enjoyable journey. Walls are dark to hide muddy markings, floors are concrete to forgive paw prints and everything else dragged in. 
We don’t like rules and so, there is no place in our home that Chief isn’t allowed. He’s even allowed on the bed for birthdays and special occasions.

What’s your dog’s favourite hanging out spot?

Chief spends the daytime hours under the creative table where we all work unless we go out and then he relocates to the drive way waiting on someone to return. At night he actually climbs up onto the leather lounge but gently slides off if anyone gets up in the middle of the night for a glass of water. 

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Absolutely! I look nothing like Chief but this house certainly does. It’s rugged and rustic yet warm and inviting. It throws its arms around you and says “welcome”.  

What makes your dog unique?

Chief arrived at the beginning of our family journey up here at River Hawk Ranch and he has bound us together through the hardest and happiest years of our lives. He feels like a gift that continues to glue and guide us.

How did you choose your dogs name?

We have a crew of our own boys up here and often half a dozen of their friends… fishing,  biking, boarding, camping and building. It seemed fitting that we needed a Chief of the tribe. 

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Could we all sleep in the one room so that I can keep my eye on you all.

Any other fun stories to share? 

So, one day when we wanted to go for a paddle on the river without Chief on the front of my paddle board ( he paddles with me at least twice a week sitting happily, watching the birds and fish) we ran him down to river and back up to the barn, fed him his favourite treat and snuck back to the river for a quick 20 minute paddle to the ocean beach.
We were just about to dive into the waves when he came tumbling down the dunes to greet us. He must have swam along the river a couple of KM’s beat his way through a nature reserve and followed our scent to find us out on the open beach. 
He sat very quietly on the board on our journey home. 

HUMPHREY

BREED: Golden Retriever
ARCHITECT: Brenton Smith of Bates Smart

Describe your dog.

Humphrey is very relaxed with an inquisitive nature and although he enjoys the company of others, he also loves his own space to ponder life.
Humphrey is very particular about who he likes to associate with; he has a limited number of favourites and everyone else is tolerable. His movie star looks and nonchalant attitude makes humans and dogs alike desperately wanting to be friends with him.

Describe your home.

The apartment is one of eight within an interwar period building constructed in the 1920’s and has an elevated view of Sydney Harbour. There was a degree of formality with apartments built during this period and we wanted to capture the essence of that formality with redesigned living spaces which are more relevant to the way we live today.

The entire apartment has been completely replanned to establish the living and dining spaces on the harbour side which maximises the incredible views and light.The master bedroom suite which was once the kitchen and dining room features curved art deco walls and has been designed as an entirely separate wing. The principle philosophy was to enhance the existing heritage architectural elements and reinterpret them in a contemporary manner with a layered tonal interior that is warm and rich in materiality. It was important that features such as the original brass door knobs, doors, and cornicing were retained.

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Open the front door and you’ll hear Humphrey’s feet tippy tapping down the hall to greet you with a welcoming gift of soft toys or underwear stolen from the laundry hamper. Occasionally he will emerge from the bedroom and stagger blindly towards you in a half asleep state. You’ll always be warmly welcomed into our home although energy levels may vary.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Knowing that Humphrey’s paws would be traversing the floors, wide format timber boards were selected due to its wire brushed texture and depth of colour with heavily patterned grain to contend with claws and any possible scratching.
We also lined the fireplace with Santorini marble for Humphrey because he has always loved hanging out in his own cool little dog-cave.

What’s your dog’s favourite hanging out spot?

The talian marble fireplace is his private sanctuary and gives him full view of the living area whilst also allowing him to keep an eye on anyone going into the kitchen for snacks.
He enjoys sleeping in the master bedroom suite - but only on dad’s side of the bed - and will grunt in annoyance if you try to move him. He has also been known to take naps illegally on the Minotti sofas.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?

Humphrey has a collection of vintage YSL scarves which he wears on special occasions. We take much pride in dressing well which is reflected in our home’s highly polished, timeless yet luxurious aesthetic.

What makes your dog unique?

Humphrey can be very affectionate when he’s in the mood but doesn’t freely dish out love and affection; he likes to make people work for it.
He’s obsessed with tennis balls but preferably thrown directly at him so that he doesn’t have to go too far, although in the water he would happily swim to Japan for a tennis ball. He’s also an awesome bodysurfer.

 How did you choose your dogs name?

We’ve always wanted a golden retriever named Humphrey so he had his moniker before he had even joined our family.
People often ask if he was named after Humphrey Bear but it’s actually Humphrey Bogart, one of the ultimate cool, hard-drinking, no-nonsense men of all time, just like our golden boy.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

We should move this house to the beach.

Any other fun stories to share?

For a while Humphrey was running a scheme where he would find a pair of rubber flip flops, bite off the plug from the bottom of one shoe and then turn it over and place it back with the other shoe. You didn’t know until you tried to put them on. He did this to six pairs which wouldn’t have been such a sick joke if he hadn’t specifically destroyed the right shoe every single time.


BOO & NOODLE

BREED: Border Collie and Cavoodle
ARCHITECT: McKimm

Describe your dog.

We’ve had Boo since she was a puppy - she has a beautiful nature, is well behaved, and always wants to do the right thing. She loves everyone to be together, especially on walks.

Noodle has only been with us for the last couple of weeks. She is a rescue dog who spent her earlier years primarily confined to a cage. She is very affectionate, understandably a little timid, but looooves her new family.

Even though Boo and Noodle are the same age, Boo has assumed the role of big sister.

Describe your home.

Our home is modern, family focused, and easy to live in. Lots of open spaces with clever zoning and close relations with indoor/outdoor areas.

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Like all animals, Boo brings a wonderful energy to our home - a constant loving presence, which Noodle enhances - although Noodle likes to snuggle in much closer than Boo.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

The home came before Boo, but our previous dog Maddie, another Border Collie was defi- nitely considered - she too loved the easy outdoor access and visual proximity to all of the action.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot/furniture/room etc?

Noodle loves to sit as close to you as possible.
Boo loves to sit in the ivy, poolside, or in the nook in the ensuite bathroom - she loves to position herself so she has no chance of missing out on a walk or a snack.

What makes your dog unique?

When Boo is relaxing, she can get herself into some very interesting poses - like a yogi. She also gets quite jealous when anyone in the family is ‘sharing a hug’ insisting that the hug be given up for pats instead.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Boo loves how she can be close to the action, and also sneak off to one of her favourite spots when the house is quiet.

Noodle loves how much space and freedom there is, and an unlimited amount of love and affection.

Any other interesting stories to share?

Boo likes to take on the role as “life saver” when the kids are in the pool or ocean - she is always on high alert, looking out for any danger.

KEITH

BREED: Jack Russell Kelpie cross
ARCHITECT: David Thompson

Describe your dog.

Keith is an all or nothing kind of guy. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows Keith. He’s got this real strut about him that lives up to his name – a bit tough, but a bit comical. His body bounces when he walks so even though his face looks serious his ears are flopping around. If he sees a ball, he’ll scream, not bark – scream. If he sees food, it’s gone before you realise. He ate a whole Twix bar, wrapper included, from some poor guy sitting on a park bench.

Describe your home.

When people talk terrace renovations there are the usual things to fix. No storage, little or no natural light and poor connectivity to the outside. What we set out to achieve from the outset was the feeling of infinite space and connection.
At 88sqm the house only increased in size by the removal of a side setback. The result is one where the main living space is a continuation of the outdoor courtyard and vice versa. You can be on the sofa and looking out toward the streets trees and genuinely feel as if you are outside under them.

What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

He brings his big personality. Like bold colour choices in the bedrooms through to the black timber lined walls, colour has been used to personalise our home. Keith adds to that colour. He’s a constant wherever you are in the house. Always on the go, always there to help and always there to offer an opinion, usually in the form of an affirmative lick.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Its hard not to do anything without considering Keith, especially designing a house. There are obvious things like dog doors and garden beds and less obvious things like Keith’s hand-held shower in the bathroom.

Like his owners, Keith loves sunlight so its movement through the house was a key design consideration with a daybed in the front bedroom allowing Keith to capture those late afternoon rays.

What makes your dog unique?

I think what we’re most amazed at is Keith’s transformation. He’s a rescue. He came to the pound in a really bad way – malnourished, hairless, flea infested, beaten. No one wanted him. He was clearly very distressed.

He’s slowly grown into himself and with each month and year, more of his personality comes through. We’re so proud of him. It’s strange to say it perhaps for a dog, but he’s honestly come so far, and we’re all better for it. He brings us and the people around him infinite joy.

How did you choose your dogs name?

Keith’s foster family named him “Keith-e”.  We instantly just starting calling him “Keith”. “Keith-e” just seemed too cutesy - he’s a bit of a bruiser. Hilariously, he also responds to “K-Dog” and “K-Bomb”. You always know when you’ve been “K-Bombed”. It often involves Keith wanting to sit on you and give you licks for about an hour. You love it or hate it.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Keith actually did “say” something about the house. The first time we came back to the house after the rear was demolished we had Keith with us. We walked down the largely intact front corridor and when we got to the end the rest of the house was literally gone. Keith looked at us. He looked at the empty space. He looked back at us…and then he let out this long, exhausted groan. It’s as though he wanted to know what we’d done to his place! 

Any other fun stories to share?

Keith has changed our lives in so many ways – and those of the people around him. We couldn’t take him with us when we moved out to renovate. So he lived Monday to Friday with Ronda, our neighbour and spent the weekends with us. When it got to the end of the build, Ronda make it clear he was still to come to her house every day. And so he does. He trots up to Ronda’s in the morning, and trots back at night when we’re home.

ASTRO, COCO & PERCY

BREED: 2x Pugs & a Shih tzu X Pekingese
ARCHITECT: Matt Gibson

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Describe your dogs.

Astro is an 11 year old deaf and partially blind Pug, who loves to sleep in each morning until he is the last one in bed. He then requires his walk around the same block that he does every day as he knows all the smells to find himself back home… once he makes it home his paws get wiped as he is allergic to grass. 

Coco is 13 years old and the oldest in the household (in dog years!)  You will rarely see her in the house as she is more like a cat and prefers to make herself scarce. This being said, Coco prefers to keep to herself because she has a long list of dislikes. These include other dogs (especially puppies), loud noises, alarms, speed bumps, vacuum cleaners and thunderstorms. 

Percy is a 6-month-old black pug puppy. He has just discovered his bark and will take it out on everyone and everything (especially his own reflection).  When he is awake, Percy will choose his own adventure and will be exploring every part of the house and return covered in cobwebs or with something in his mouth.   When Percy’s eyelids become heavy, he will expect to be picked up and cuddled like a Koala bear for a solid 2 hours. 

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Describe your home.

Our 1860 Victorian is a stunning architectural and historical masterpiece, that is set behind the magnificent Gardenia Tree which was planted by Ferdinand von Mueller, the appointed Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens from 1857-1873.

Heading towards the back of the house it becomes modern and open, with an L.A kick back by the pool feel. We put in an over the top kitchen, due to the fact that the kitchen is the heart of a home and we have cooks in the house that love wiping something yummy up.

Each room has something mad and special in which it has been referred to as stepping into Alice in Wonderland as there is always something different to see behind each door.

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What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Mayhem when it is dinner time! But so much happiness and love in the household. No matter how bad your day may be, there is nothing better than seeing the dogs get so excited when you walk in the door. 

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Has anything in your home been designed especially for your dog?

There is an internal courtyard in the middle of the house. It’s great for the dogs when we need to pop out and not have to stress as to what trouble they may be up to. 

In the master bedroom there is also a large painting of Astro above the bed.

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What’s your dogs favourite sleeping spot/room/piece of furniture?

Astro prefers to be in the bed and under the sheets snoring. 

Coco likes to be the first in the bean bag where she is surrounded by her favourite soft toys.

Percy loves to be outside in the garden practicing his bark.

How did you choose your dogs name?

My daughter named Astro because she loved Astroboy and he was full of energy when he was little. It also means Star in Greek, so I guess he is the star in our eyes.

Coco had a beautiful dark chocolate colouring when she was a puppy. However once we named her Coco, she turned into a cream colour!

There is still a debate as to who Percy was named after. One argument is that it’s the name of the pug in Pocahontas and the other is the naughty train in Thomas the Tank engine. 

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

They love the pantry and require more food in their bowls please and thank you! 

JED

BREED: German short haired pointer
ARCHITECT: SJB

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Describe your dogs personality.

He is very active and extremely affectionate

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Describe your home.

We live in a stunning home with wrap around views of the river

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What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?

Jed is high energy and lots of fun... he goes nuts when the birds fly overhead and chases the foxes and possums in the garden

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Has anything in your home been designed especially for your dog?

The green marble floors perfectly hide Jeds black hair that falls out.

Our landscape designer wanted all stone out the front, but instead we put the grass down for Jed.

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What’s your dogs favourite sleeping spot/room/piece of furniture?

His favourite spot to hang out is next to us while watching TV in the backroom... otherwise he is standing at the floor to ceiling windows watching out for ducks down in the river below

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If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does that reflect in the design of your home as well?

Jed is handsome, elegant and warm... just like our home.

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Any other fun stories?

One day Jed took off swimming down the river chasing ducks, and was found and picked up by a neighbouring kayaker.