From a young age, Nicole and Jim’s fluffy giants were taught to be gentle, whether it’s playing with friends or taking a treat from your hand. They’re groomed once every three weeks, get a few big trims in the warmer months, and are brushed regularly because they don’t moult. Of course, their favourite activity is a walk around Blairgowrie back beach. You’ll also find these beach boys off the lead on an oval rounding up other dogs as if they’re sheep, which their four-legged friends find puzzling to say the least.
The brothers are like chalk and cheese — “Mmmmn, cheese!” says Panda. “When I was going through IVF my hormones were everywhere, and when I’d cry Panda would run and hide in the bushes,” Nicole said. “Yet Bentley would always jump on me to see what was wrong. Even now, if I fake cry they still carry on the same way. It’s a great party trick!”
The 30kg or so teddy bears sleep on the couple’s bed, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.