LEO

BREED:  Cavoodle (straight haired)
ARCHITECT: McKimm

Describe your dog.

Leo is just the perfect dog and the best family dog. 
He is incredibly cute, loving, energetic, loyal, loves children and human company and loves to torment cats and birds.

Describe your home.

We have only been in our house for 9 months but it is modern, warm, very family friendly and has a real sense of calm which is strange as we have 3 kids and a dog.

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

Leo brings so much love into our home and fits so well into our family as he is social, active, cheeky and always a lot of fun.  He is always so excited when people come over and is always first at the door to greet visitors, especially if they will throw him his ball.  

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

Leo was a big consideration when designing our house.  We spent a lot of time planning where his room can be and how best to accommodate him. The architects and landscapers used to think we were hilarious, giving so much time to discussing the dog!
We don’t like air conditioning and love fresh air so designed our bedroom with openable doors and a flyscreen so we can sleep with the door open at night. What we didn’t take into consideration was possums and Leo, so unfortunately we have not been able to sleep with our doors open often as Leo is constantly growling and barking during the night.

Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot?

Leo has a few favourite hangouts in the house.  

  1. On our bed at night.

  2. On his bed in the lounge room (or the rug) so he can see who is coming and going from the front door or stairs and if anyone is going into the kitchen.

  3. Under our daughter Elly’s stool at mealtimes as he always knows she will share her food with him.

  4. On a hot day, lying under the plants in the cool, wet soil.

  5. Lying on the grass next to the trampoline in the sun

Actually, Leo just loves being wherever his humans are!


What makes your dog unique?

Leo looks different to other cavoodles as he has straight hair.  

How did you choose your dogs name?

Part of the condition of us getting a dog was we had to name him Leo.  It was from the quote in  Lethal Weapon “what Leo wants, Leo Getz”. 

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Please never leave me at home alone - I just want you to stay home all day with me and tickle my tummy.

He might also say “thanks for all the sunny spots in winter and for a nice concrete floor in summer to cool myself”. 

Any other stories to share?

We have an internal pond with fish and turtles and Leo is obsessed with the fish.  As soon as he sees me walking towards the cupboard where the fish food is, he jumps up and runs straight to the door.  As soon as I open the door to the pond he jumps in and starts playing with the fish, chasing them around.  He has so much fun we find it very hard to get him out.  We now have to hold him very tight when feeding the fish, especially if we don’t feel like bathing him.  There was one day where he jumped in, and straight after I bathed him, he ran back to the pond and jumped straight back into it again. Needless to say, I wasn’t so happy!!

BOO & NOODLE

BREED: Border Collie and Cavoodle
ARCHITECT: McKimm

Describe your dog.

We’ve had Boo since she was a puppy - she has a beautiful nature, is well behaved, and always wants to do the right thing. She loves everyone to be together, especially on walks.

Noodle has only been with us for the last couple of weeks. She is a rescue dog who spent her earlier years primarily confined to a cage. She is very affectionate, understandably a little timid, but looooves her new family.

Even though Boo and Noodle are the same age, Boo has assumed the role of big sister.

Describe your home.

Our home is modern, family focused, and easy to live in. Lots of open spaces with clever zoning and close relations with indoor/outdoor areas.

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

Like all animals, Boo brings a wonderful energy to our home - a constant loving presence, which Noodle enhances - although Noodle likes to snuggle in much closer than Boo.

Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?

The home came before Boo, but our previous dog Maddie, another Border Collie was defi- nitely considered - she too loved the easy outdoor access and visual proximity to all of the action.

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

Noodle loves to sit as close to you as possible.
Boo loves to sit in the ivy, poolside, or in the nook in the ensuite bathroom - she loves to position herself so she has no chance of missing out on a walk or a snack.

What makes your dog unique?

When Boo is relaxing, she can get herself into some very interesting poses - like a yogi. She also gets quite jealous when anyone in the family is ‘sharing a hug’ insisting that the hug be given up for pats instead.

If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?

Boo loves how she can be close to the action, and also sneak off to one of her favourite spots when the house is quiet.

Noodle loves how much space and freedom there is, and an unlimited amount of love and affection.

Any other interesting stories to share?

Boo likes to take on the role as “life saver” when the kids are in the pool or ocean - she is always on high alert, looking out for any danger.