BREED: Wheaten Terrier

Describe your dog.

Albear has been described as many things, including, rather embarrassingly ‘The Humping Wheaten’ when he was going through a brief dominance stage in the park. True to his terrier genes he’s extremely strong willed and determined, we love watching him figure things out and express immense pride when he uses his initiative to get what he wants, even if it’s something naughty, like finding an ingenious way to steal food. His tail is always wagging but generally that’s just a tactic to lull people into a false sense of security while he decides how to seperate them from their lunch.

Describe your home.

The word most frequently used is ‘minimalist’. We’ve always admired architects whose focus is working with light, space and proportion rather than decoration, people like John Pawson. Actually thinking about it ‘Pawson’ could be the name of our next dog. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that we decided to go all in and jettison the art and ornaments and strip everything right back. It’s interesting how people react when they enter. Some find the lack of ‘stuff’ confronting but in general people tend to like the serenity, in fact we often have trouble getting people out.

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

Albear is an expert proponent of the ‘Wheaten Greetin’, for those of you not familiar with this, it’s a warm welcome usually involving jumping up to give you a high five. Once inside Albear quickly settles, bringing an air of calm as he finds places to artfully recline and sleep. However it’s never long before the peace is shattered as he goes into full guard dog mode when someone he’s taken a disliking to passes by.

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

We had already built the house just before Albear joined us but he’s definitely influenced the furniture and finishes. As you can see we favour a monochrome colour palette and he complements this perfectly. The rug, sofa, and dining table were all selected with Albear in mind. On a practical level we specifically avoided a very light coloured sofa as he has a penchant for rubbing up against things.

What makes your dog unique?

You don’t come across many Wheaten Terriers in Sydney so he’s often a conversation starter. People want to know what breed he is, if they can pat him or even take photos with him. It’s like hanging out with a minor celebrity or at least a friend who’s much better looking than you that everyone wants to get to know.

What’s your dogs favourite hangout spots?

Albear can typically be found about 3 feet from wherever we are in the house. A bit like a bodyguard he makes it his business to know where we are but prefers to observe from a distance. This only changes when we return from travelling and he extends the distance to about 5 feet in order to register his disappointment at us leaving him.

If dogs and their owners are supposed to look alike does this reflect your home too?

We love design and interiors and have a preferred aesthetic and Albear definitely is part of this. We’ve got a few nice pieces but he’s by far and away the most stylish and precious thing in the house.

What’s the best thing about rescuing a dog?

Because he’s had a bit of rejection in his past it makes it even more important for us to ensure he has a great life now. Therefore we never take him for granted or him us.