BREED: Australian Shepard

Describe your dog.

Ivy is a perennial puppy. She loves company, being centre of attention and cheese. She is very soft and gets more than her fair share of pats as a result.

Describe your home.

Home is a renovated California Bungalow in the Arts and Crafts style with a modern rear addition.

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

Ivy is full of energy if a walk or a ball is involved. Otherwise she will move quietly to wherever people are and sleep. She is a calming influence.

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

Ivy likes to sleep in the library, a central point where she can be in contact with whoever is home. When the older adults are away she likes to “visit” the younger family members in the upstairs bedrooms and lie on the beds.

What makes your dog unique?

Ivy is soft both physically and in nature. She draws people to her.

How did you choose your dogs name?

Ivy came to us prior to our renovating. At the time the front garden and fence was dominated by ivy. We love botanical names and it stuck.


BREED: German Short Haired Pointer
ARCHITECT & DESIGNERS: Malin Constructions & Fiona Lynch

Describe your dogs personality?

She is very laid back, fun and easy going but also likes her own space. She loves long runs in the park. Is obsessive Compulsive when it comes to birds, she can’t help stalking them.

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

To be honest we didn’t need to, she would fit into any space. But she loves lying on the warm bluestone tiles in the sun.

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

She brings a chilled out relaxed vibe. She doesn’t go crazy or jump around a lot. She saves that for the park. In fact she helps keep the household less crazy!

Has your dog destroyed anything in your home?

Not really, she did a bit of demolition in the garden when we first moved in but she leaves everything alone now.


BREED: Spoodle
INTERIORS: Madeleine Grummet

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Describe your dogs personality?

Noodle is our fifth daughter. When the girls run for a hug at the end of the day, she’s right in there pawing and clawing for her bit of lovin. Every night she will choose a different bed to sleep on - she doesn’t play favourites. She’s just gorgeous placid easy wooly chick who is a big part of our tribe.

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

Her vibe is relaxed and easy, and she often places herself right in the centre of the action. She’ll place herself on the stairwell like sentinel so she can keep an eye on the flurry of comings and goings in a house of 6. When we light a fire, she’ll sprawl herself out on the hearth, legs akimbo, head back, like a royal corgy. It’s hilarious.

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Has your dog destroyed anything in your home?

In her high energy race dog moments, she'll flog soft toys from the girls bedrooms and tear through the house with them locked in her jaws. This often ends in a mad Bugs Bunny chase under tables and through the kitchen with screams and barks - all good fun. She always gives it back to the girls in the end. They’re honestly like a pack. She goes from room to room in the morning and licks their faces to wake them up for school.

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BREED: Staffy/Amstaff cross
ARCHITECT: Arnold Lane

Describe your dog’s personality?

Sooky to the extreme! Only happy if he is with me. Curious , loves to visit people and places, and as a result he comes everywhere with us! We take him shopping, parties, restaurants, outdoor cinemas , holidays, and chopper flying! He is very easy and is happy to be a part of all facets of our lives.

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

No, other than an expensive dog bed that he doesn't like!
His favourite room is our bedroom, where he sleeps beside me at night.
During the day he will often be found lying in the sun looking out at the bridge and opera house :)

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

A lovely one! He is thrilled when someone comes home.
As a very vocal dog, whatever he is feeling he vocalises, so it's lovely to hear him sighing with happiness , just to himself, when we are all home with him.
He is a rescue dog who had been abused, so he seems to appreciate his change in circumstances!

Has your dog destroyed anything in your home?

The first few years we had him, if I left him he would find and destroy a shoe, only mine.
Since we moved to this apartment, one occasion he was dogsat, he wee'd in the spare room. After that he would return to that same spot if ever the door was open.