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.