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