BREED: Golden Labrador
ARCHITECT: Original architect GUILFORD BELL, restored by SJB in 2007.
Describe your dog.
Ronnie is a playful, friendly, excitable and smelly dog, who loves a cuddle and a wrestle.
He is also very loyal and companionable but his love is easily won over by anyone who gives him food or takes him on a walk.
Describe your home.
Our home is very relaxed and was built with hard wearing surfaces in mind… which is lucky given all the balls that get thrown around inside when the 4 kids (and husband) play.
The interior tends to reflect the beautiful natural colours of the landscape but because vibrant colours make me happy I have incorporated lots of colour in the artworks. The house has a beautiful open entertaining areas but also cosy areas to get away from it all.
What sort of vibe does your dog bring to your home?
Rondo provides a relaxed, fun energy around the home. He is often found lazing in the sunshine or sleeping on my son’s bed but the offer of a walk sends him running around in circles with excitement. He likes to invite us to play with him by greeting us with a toy or stick in his mouth. He really brings the whole family together… we collectively admire his cute antics… or whine about his annoying habits… stealing socks to name just one!
Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?
Not really but if the back lawn fails to recover I am threatening to replace it with fake grass in the future.
Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?
Definitely our son’s bed!
If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?
Maybe… both the house and dog are never as well “groomed” as I would like them to be. Ronnie’s hair is a constant feature around the house and on the furniture!
What makes your dog unique?
Ronnie has a love for little soft toys, and he usually has a favourite that he will carry around the house in his mouth everywhere he goes, like it is his own little pet. Inevitably however they are all doomed to the same fate and end up as tufts of fluff.
Rondo is simultaneously protective and cowardly. He gets very protective when a neighbour’s cat approaches our home and makes a big show of barking at it from behind the glass windows but if ever actually face–to-face with the cat, Ronnie is quick to sprint away.
How did you choose your dogs name?
We got our dog when he was a 1 year old, and he was already named Ronnie. We thought Rondo had a better ring to it. Nowadays it’s ‘Ronnie’ most of the time but ‘Rondo’ when he is being naughty.
Ronnie was one of the ‘R’ batch of puppies bred by the Seeing Eye Dog Association. He was officially rejected at the 12month assessment because he has a small cataract in one eye but we think the real reason he didn’t make the grade is because he is so easily distracted by food!
If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?
“I love living so close to the dog beach and you’ll know where to find me when I wander off.”
Any other fun stories to share?
Rondo is the celebrity in the family, having moved into the entertainment industry as an actor and a model. He has starred in several episodes of the TV series Pooches At Play (where he is known as big Ron) and has even had his photo in the local paper modelling a dog friendly caravan!