BRUNO & TOBY

BREED: Labradoodles
ARCHITECT: McIntosh Harris

Describe your dogs.

Bruno & Toby are litter brothers and inseparable. They are 11 years old but age defying. They still chase each other around like pups and often sleep curled into the same bed together.

Bruno is chocolate and very loving, anxious to please, and extremely clingy with his human. A pair of dark brown eyes follows my every move and he's happiest when he's within cuddling range. My children think he needs counselling. He's terrified of loud noises, so we dread Guy Fawkes. Bruno is tennis ball obsessed and greets every visitor with a slobbery ball in his mouth as a sign of welcome.

Toby is off white most of the time, but after a groom is surprisingly white! He is the most chilled out dog I've ever had and his soulful eyes make me melt. He truly believes he is human - sits like an actual person on a chair and gives you a very disdainful look if it's suggested he move. He is smoochy and loves cuddles but has to fight for patting position (not literally) to get past Bruno. His favourite thing to do is chase bunnies but his success rate is not high.

Describe your home.

Our home is a holiday retreat on the beautiful Onetangi Beach on Waiheke Island. It was designed with a nod to a boat shed with open plan living and macrocarpa beams through the central area. The big glass stacking doors overlook the view to the beach and enhance the indoor/outdoor flow. It was designed with future generations in mind, with 2 master bedrooms having equal bragging rights for views and a split level at the rear of the house provides more bedrooms with an extra lounge for visitors or grandchildren to have their own space.

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

We love our homes to be well lived in and the dogs totally embrace this theory by draping themselves over most bits of furniture and giving it a very relaxed, friendly vibe.

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

We definitely didn't go for white fabrics on furnishings for the reasons stated above. We also fully fenced the site and had an automatic gate installed as these boys have no road sense or boundaries on what is their property versus public access ways. We also put in an outside shower for the canines and the humans to wash down after a beach walk/swim.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Their absolute favourite spot is to sit on the front deck on 2 black furry beanbags surveying their kingdom - in their opinion the beach belongs to them and if other dogs decide to walk on it, there will be a bit of barking going on! Get off our beach! It is a common site for passersby to stop and take a snap of these 2 chilling on the deck.

What makes your dogs unique?

The ability to turn from dogs snoozing into refrigerator guards as the door opens and the Edam cheese is pulled out. Unbelievable noses and hearing. We love that when we chat to them they turn their heads from side to side as if totally agreeing with the conversation.

They are each others best friend and give us so much love and laughter everyday.

Any other fun stories to share?

Bonnie often barks at the wildlife the kangaroos and magpies (from inside the house, where she is safe and secure). A classic case of the barks is worse than….

BONNIE

BREED: Lagotto x Poodle
ARCHITECT: Wolveridge Architects
STYLIST: Natalie James

Describe your dog.

Bonnie is a puppy who bounces around wanting to know what is happening in every room all of the time. She is loving and warm and soft and often demands cuddles.

Describe your home.

The cottage is a small self contained home that has become a luxury escape for many – including us!

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

Bonnie brings us all into the present with her enthusiasm, mindfulness and love. We are always encouraged to take our time when Bonnie is around!

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

Bonnie blends in with the dark and moody tones of the house and her colouring complement the finishes. Her fluffiness adds warmth and texture. Sometimes she becomes lost in the shadows, but she always bounds out when she’s called!


Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Bonnie gravitates to comfortable patches of the house, usually close to her people. She finds the couches, and woollen rugs and ultimately sprawls on the floor, seeking to lay out flat!
At about 6am every morning she bounds into the bedroom and jumps onto the bed for a spooning cuddle sleep. It’s lovely that’s she’s so independent, but just wants a little quiet time before the day begins!

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

Bonnie has become part of our loose furniture – she adds warmth and texture and movement to the home and sometimes adds a sculptural element….


What makes your dog unique?

Bonnie is a small sized lagotto - she’s very clever and astute and always wanting to please.

How did you choose your dogs name?

We chose Bonnie, based on Ebony. She is also a lovely puppy. The children now call her Bonzles….is that very Australian to abbreviate a name like that?


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

I think Bonnie would prefer a few less rooms – she wants to be able to have a sleep with one eye open and not lose sight of someone leaving the room!

Any other fun stories to share?

Bonnie often barks at the wildlife the kangaroos and magpies (from inside the house, where she is safe and secure). A classic case of the barks is worse than….