Kids & Pets

15 of our favourite pets from the pages of Home Beautiful

The team has met many furry characters over the years. From tabby cats to cavoodles, beagles, horses and groodles, we share our faves!
Photography: Abbie Melle

We all know Home Beautiful loves to showcase stunning houses and profile the stories of the humans who live in them. While the fluffy, furry and four-legged residents often make an appearance, it’s not often we let them take centre stage. So it’s about time they did!

We’ve featured so many lovable characters, from a gaggle of geese at this Hamptons home in the Mornington Peninsula, to interior designer Melinda Harwright’s toy cavoodle Ruby. She’s appeared not once but twice! First in Melinda’s Southern Highlands garden tour and then in a festive shoot at her home, alongside the family’s other cavoodle Winnie.

There are a few celebrity pets in there, too. We met Sam and Snezana Wood’s chocolate labrador Hendrix, who looked incredibly handsome at the couple’s stunningly-renovated home reveal. We’ve also been acquainted with the beloved animals of TV show hosts and sports stars.

Every pet who’s appeared in Home Beautiful has a special place in our hearts but here are just a few of our favourites.

Sam and Snezana Wood home entrance
Photography: Natalie Jeffcott

Hendrix, chocolate labrador

Sam Wood and wife Snezana’s dog

Fitness guru Sam Wood and his wife, Snezana, may have a big family with their four daughters keeping them busy but there’s still room for chocolate labrador Hendrix in the mix. He posed at the front entrance to their gorgeous Elsternwick home and on the dark parquetry flooring inside… one of Sam’s favourite features of the home!

Larry Emdur and dog Jazzy
Photography: Nicky Ryan

Jazzy, beagle

Larry Emdur and wife Sylvie’s dog

TV personality Larry Emdur gave Home Beautiful a peek inside the picturesque Sydney home he shares with wife Sylvie. Rich artworks decorate the white walls, like this one by Belinda Fox, but it’s hard for them to look away from the ocean views. “We watch the water more than the television,” says Sylvie.

Photography: Chris Warnes / Styling: Heidi Albertiri


Tara Dennis’s neighbour’s dog

Interiors expert Tara Dennis and husband Martyn shared their handcrafted home with us. The neighbour’s dog Charlie joined them at the outdoor table made by Martyn and customised by Tara. “I got a big cowhide and chopped it in half because if you slide along the bench, you get splinters in your bum,” she says laughing. 

The entryway with a decorative white console and a cat sitting on the floor.
Photography: Kate Enno / Styling: Annalese Hay

Coco, tabby

Samantha and David’s cat

Homewares designer and store founder Samantha invited us to visit her Mornington Peninsula property, where she lives with David and two of their three adult sons. We also met their plethora of animals. “We have two cats, two dogs, a parrot, some geese and a sheep named Mary,” says Samantha. Coco the tabby cat was quite happy hanging out in the light, bright entrance hallway.

Hamptons style garden and white gate with fluffy dog.
Photography: Simon Whitbread / Styling: Corina Koch

Daisy, cavoodle

Alex and Janette’s dog

After spying a run-down home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, serial renovators Alex and Janette Stritt, a husband and wife building and design team, embarked on a full knockdown and built this Hamptons-style abode in its place. They live in the dream home with their teenagers, Sebastian and Allegra, and Daisy the cavoodle, who’s looking proud as punch in their palatial garden.

Timber kitchen with owner Claire and a cavoodle.
Photography: Marnie Hawson / Styling: Belle Hemming

Tilly, cavoodle

Claire and Tim’s dog

Claire, a book designer, and Tim, a high-school principal, live in this timber-filled 1950s cottage in Melbourne with their children Gus, 11, and Lydia, nine, plus Tilly the cavoodle and two chickens. There are lots of organic materials and shapes in the kitchen, where Claire and Tilly love to chill. A photograph of Mawson’s Huts in Antarctica hangs above the island.

Selling Houses Australia Wendy Moore home Christmas
Photography: Cath Muscat/The Interiors Edit / Styling: Imogene Abady

Kink, whippet

Wendy Moore’s family dog

Host of Selling House Australia, Wendy Moore, invited us along for an intimate gathering at her place. It’s a vibrant home in Sydney’s Inner West that she shares with husband, Pete, and their 12-year-old twin daughters, Darcy and Ruth. Their whippet Kink is never far away and was undoubtedly the star of the day’s filming and shoot!

Lakeside New Zealand Home Lounge With Dog
Photography & styling: Nicki Dobrzynski

Bailey, rhodesian ridgeback

Nicki and Chris’s dog

Nicki Dobrzynski, an interior designer and photographer, her husband Chris, who works in property, their children, Eva, 10, and Jake, six, opened up their Lakeside New Zealand cottage to Home Beautiful. The family invited us along to see how they decorate, eat and prep for festivities, with Bailey the rhodesian ridgeback (reluctantly) roped into the festive dress-ups.

Interior designer Tori and a dachshund in the kitchen.
Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Tahn Scoon

Frankie, mini dachshund

Tori and Tom’s dog

Interior designer Tori, her husband Tom, and sons Oscar, 13, and Henry, 10, live in this refreshing colour-filled Brisbane cottage with Frankie the mini dachshund (pictured with Tori) and Wolfhilde the German shepherd. It’s a show-stopping place, with a mix of vintage, global and modern pieces. You should see the green front door!

A cavoodle standing by a blue garden boatshed.
Photography: Maree Homer / Styling: Kristin Rawson

Bowser, cavoodle

Homeowner’s dog

Interior designer Jodie Carter’s aim for this waterfront project on Sydney’s North Shore was to create an idyllic boathouse for her clients to enjoy with friends. “Designing for a family that enjoys entertaining has been satisfying,” she shares. Bowser the Cavoodle and his family often “spend the whole day down at the boathouse,” says Jodie. 

White kitchen with wooden floors
Photography: Louise Roche / Styling: Kylie Jackes

Hugo, groodle

Eric Hipwood and Ebony’s dog

Ebony an interior designer, partner Eric Hipwood, an AFL Footballer for the Brisbane Lions, and their groodles Hugo and Summer gave us a tour of their renovated and extended Queensland worker’s cottage. It’s full of charm, with a bonus spacious backyard that’s perfect for playing fetch! The luxurious dog’s bath is incredible too.

Alexandra Brownlow Christmas tree
Photography: Kate Enno

Patsy, labrador

Alexandra Brownlow’s dog

Stylist Alexandra Brownlow brought Home Beautiful along as she decorated her warm and cosy home for Christmas. It was a medley of lime green and neon pink in a fresh take on festive hues. Her labrador Patsy seemed to approve of the pine cone decorations!

entry with architectural steel archway and sliding glass doors
Photography: Marnie Hawson / Styling: Belle Hemming Bright

Elvis, golden retriever

Liz and John’s dog

This glorious timber and rammed-earth home in the Mornington Peninsula belongs to Liz and John, who are retired. They share it with their two-year-old golden retriever, Elvis, their chooks, Betty, Mary and Jo, and belted galloway steers Goose, Saddle, Spot, Smooch, Shaggy and Spit. Despite all those animals, they find the setting very serene! “It’s a very easy home to live in – simple and uncluttered, calm and quiet,” says homeowner Liz. 

green outdoor sofa outdoor living room horse
Photography: Abbie Melle

Queenie, quarter horse

Louise Keats and John’s horse

We headed to the NSW Southern Highlands to visit the dream country retreat of food writer Louise Keats and her husband John. They live here with their two young children, plus Jasper the straight-haired cavoodle and Queenie the quarter horse.  “I prefer a gentle, relaxed, lived-in look over anything too formal and stiff,” says Louise.

Photography: Abbie Melle

Ruby, toy cavoodle

Melinda Hartwright and Tom’s dog

It was a day not to be forgotten when Home Beautiful explored interior designer Melinda Harwright’s luscious fairytale garden. With its pin oak, silver birch and London plane trees, hydrangeas, entertaining area, sparkling pool, orchard and the classiest vegie patch you’ve ever seen, the garden is an indispensable part of life for Melinda, Tom and their children, Charlie, 15, Poppy, 12, and Amelia, nine. It was a moment not to be missed when the family’s toy cavoodle Ruby posed in front of the Hydrangea macrophylla.

Related stories