BREED: Bernese Mountain Dog
ARCHITECT: Foomann Architects
Describe your dog.
Mieko is gentle and patient. She is particularly amazing around little children and will calmly stand there while they pull her tail or yank her fur. She is also very affectionate and likes maximum contact so she often sits on people’s feet or tucks her head under their arm if she wants to be patted.
Mieko can be very stubborn and if she decides that, for example, she has walked far enough, nothing can make her walk any further.
Even though she is nearly 12 years old Mieko still has a luscious coat, clear eyes and a youthful attitude. She is a truly beautiful dog inside and out.
Describe your home.
Mosh House was built in 1903 with the modern extension created by Foomann Architects in 2011. The brief was to instil the fun and glamour of the Case Study Houses into our home and we think they succeeded. When we open the sliding doors – which we do often – the family room becomes a pavilion that embraces the outdoors.
What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?
Mieko exudes a calming sense of zen into our home and generates love in the hearts of everyone who lives here with her.
Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?
On a subconscious level, Mieko’s magnificent tricolour coat has influenced the colour scheme in our home – from the black kitchen, to the pale floors and the tan ‘Frog’ armchairs.
Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?
Mieko likes to lie on the over-dyed vintage black and white rug where she is virtually camouflaged. She can also be found on the deck under the grapevine or in the master bedroom blocking the wardrobe. In the height of summer she is usually splayed on the tiled bathroom floor next to the air conditioning vent.
If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?
Like Mieko, our home is big, welcoming, glamorous and playful.
What makes your dog unique?
Mieko is almost 12 years old, which is very old for a Berner. We like to think her longevity is a result of morning swims in the bay (the beach is at the end of our street), regular acupuncture and daily doses of confidence-building compliments (it’s impossible to take her for a walk without people admiring her beauty). The fact that she has so many favoured sleeping spots means she also gets a lot of incidental exercise between naps.
How did you choose your dogs name?
My daughter made up her name. We like to think it sounds part Japanese and/or part Danish and therefore edgy and sophisticated.
If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?
The wooden floorboards are too slippery!
Any other stories to share?
The Indian Minah birds nesting in our front garden like to terrorise Mieko by swooping on her head. They are so mean to her and not at all afraid of her loud bark. She’s a loving, social dog but when there are too many visitors, she likes to escape upstairs to the quietest corner of the house, making a brief appearance only when the food is served.
On a warm summer’s day we open up all the sliding doors so it’s hard to keep her outside when she’s wet. She often sneaks in to our bedroom when drenched after her morning swim.