Introducing Summer Bay’s cutest new resident!
Patrick O’Connor and girlfriend Sophie Dillman appear to have taken the next exciting step in their relationship – getting a puppy together!
On Thursday evening Paddy, who plays Dean on Home And Away, took to Instagram to show off his new pooch to fans.
“New big dog in the house,” he wrote alongside two heart-melting snaps of a black Cavoodle.
Fans were quick to flock to the comment section over the pup’s cuteness.
“What a beautiful baby,” one wrote.
“Oh my your dog is so cute,” a second added.
“Omg absolutely adorable,” a third said.
Paddy revealed to TV WEEK that his new puppy belonged to him and Sophie and that they had called him Winnie.
“We just got him a couple of weeks ago,” the dog’s proud owner said.
“He belongs to Soph and me.”
The pair, who have been together for eight years and live in Sydney, have found a comfortable medium between their professional and personal lives.
They not only went to the same acting school in Queensland, but they’ve also seen each other grow up, which Sophie values.
Sophie, a former nurse, recently told TV WEEK, “We were work buddies first, and it’s helped us work well together now, so we’re fortunate in that respect.”
“It’s great to have a friendship-based relationship. We’re best friends first and foremost, and we treat each other as such, but it’s also strengthened our bond from the outset.”
Patrick went on to state that he likes the energy they share.
“It’s a very comfortable feeling. We get recognized by fans when we go out as a couple, but it hasn’t changed us all that much. But I think Sophie is a fantastic actress, and knowing you’re relaxed with each other on set is reassuring.”