On days when we are barking too much, our mums and dads put ball dummies in our mouths to keep us quiet. You can see that does not stop us having fun! You might also notice that I am overrepresented in this group. Mum says I am far too talkative for a little dog.
The dog park at Subiaco Common is circular and partly hidden from the lake and fountain. It was opened in 1998 after the residents of Subi Centro, with help from Mayor Henderson and her little dog Dougal, fought hard to have this park for their dogs. I am pleased they succeeded as it is a very social place. The park also provides access paths for less mobile residents.
There are sometimes twenty of us little dogs there in the evenings. We catch balls and play chase but we also spend a lot of time greeting every dog that arrives.
The park is beautiful in autumn when all the coloured leaves fall on the ground and my feet make a crunchy sound as I run through them. On hot summer days I love to put my little feet into the cool stream. Unfortunately that usually means I have to have a bath to clean my muddy feet.
We have also seen many colourful sunsets and rainbows.
That’s me second from the left looking a bit above the other dogs.
As you have probably realised by now – I am very cute. In fact, I am so cute, that many other Subiaco dogs try to look like me! You can see from the photos that some of them are also very cute but not as cute as me!
There is Muddy from Olive Street and Grommit from Park Street. Then there is my neighbour Oscar and friends Samson, Benson, Max, Kosmo, Zaki, Muddie, and Sydney. Harry, Tags, Oscar, Juno,, Moby, Maddy and Maddie are also trying their best to mimic my looks.
My mates love doing tricks and being active at the park. As we are smart Subiaco dogs we have read the latest research on how essential it is to exercise and you can see that none of us are overweight. Of course the added bonus is that if we are good dogs we get a little treat from our mum or dad. You know how much us dogs love food.
In The photos you can see that Ben can do a one-legged wee and Jess is bowing as a sign she wants to play. Ned’s world is spinning around him while Poppy shows have clever she is by standing on her head. Leo is also a polite hand shaker while Charlie, like most Collies, is good at fetch.
Of course the smartest dog is the one who is dancing – that’s me! Although I must say that Bonnie and Dougal dance well and Chivas looks like he is really having fun with the Zumba. Hugo, Pebbles and I demonstrate that it is fun to share our toys while Chutney and Frankie show off their jumping skill. Angus and Lily are having a play fight – they look a bit vicious!
To counter that you can see some dogs kissing and hugging and a few are having friendly meetings.
As we near the library corner at Bagot and Rokeby Roads on our Saturday morning walk, I pull Mum toward the school. The smell of cooking pork sausages and bacon is stirring my brain cells and pouring lots of energy into my little legs.
I am very excited. I know the great tastes that go with that smell. I walk so fast my Mum struggles to hold me back. I zoom left through the gate into the school grounds toward the food stalls.
I have learned that once I get into the markets I have to walk slowly and act politely if I am to be allowed to stay. If I get to close to the food then Mum will take me to the Dog Parking Area that Katie the organizer has set up. Katie is a very kind and clever lady. She has made sure that the Dog Parking has comfy mats and shade for the dogs that choose to lie there while their mum or dad shops.
Some days I lie down and meditate, thinking happily of meaty smells. Of course I also contemplate the surprise Mum might bring me back if I am a good dog.
Recently a new stall is providing dog baths. It is fun for me to watch the other dogs become skinny and soapy then ending up all clean and fluffy. My only concern is that mum might get the idea that I too need a bath. You know how much I dislike getting wet.
When I was a little dog I loved eating raw carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, but now my tastes have matured. I prefer to eat GinGin Beef, Chorizo or tasty pork from the markets.
At each of the stalls, I pretend I am a new customer and ask the growers politely for a little taste of their food. They reply “Ok KoKo but you have to do a dance for us”. So I do some clever dancing spinning and they give me a treat. I am very clever when I am getting a food reward.
Most Subiaco residents go to the markets at the Subiaco Primary School to buy healthy and exciting food. We dogs go to inhale the wonderful smells of cooking pork and beef sausages!
It is a very social morning as lots of dogs have the same idea. We wander around sniffing the air and carefully avoid going too close to the food stalls so we don’t get told to “move on”.
The market staff never have to pay a cleaner after the market stalls have packed up for the day as us dogs have thoroughly scrounged around for all the dropped leftovers!
These are a few fellow Subiaco Farmers Market Mates.
We dogs spend most of our day waiting:
- Waiting for food
- Waiting for a walk
- Waiting for our mum or dad
- To come home from work
We are the best waiters in the world.
Here is a little poem I wrote about waiting:
WAITING by KoKo 2012
Mum’s left me tied up
To a bicycle rack
Saying “Just wait, little mate,
I will soon be back”
So I lie down and relax
with my head on my paws,
Feeling dizzy with how busy
Mum is with her chores
My eyes peer into the distance
Between lots of feet and legs
When I think it’s mum I start to dance
When I see it’s not her I start to beg
Sighing and groaning I slump back
to my half-asleep state
Dreaming of food or playing
With my best mate
Then my body tenses, my ears spring upright
my little face glows like the sun
My tail waves madly left and right
And my eyes glow with delight
The joy of waiting
is in meeting again
It is worth all the time
The patience and pain
Daglish dogs are very lucky to have eight parks. My favourite is the biggest one – Cliff Sadlier Park near the railway line. This park is very popular. It has lots of trees and native garden beds for me to frolic in. One summer’s evening Mum and I counted thirty dogs (and of course just as many dog mums and dads).
The variety of dogs who meet there is amazing: there are big dogs and tiny dogs , hairy dogs, curly dogs and shiny ones, black and tan ones, and white and silky ones. Some dogs are ball chasers, some prefer sticks, while others are just lie around and rest. I have noticed that most of the dogs here are much taller and larger than my mates at Subi Common. Maybe it is the fresh water.
One of our duties as dogs is to urge our owners to get up from the TV and become healthy by walking us from one end of the park to the other. We don’t want our mums and dads to get fat! Once a year, at Christmas, we indulge in a BBQ and a party in the park. You can guess what type food I love best!
The park swamp at CS Park quickly fills up with water after it rains adding a whole new dimension to our play. The big labs and retrievers immediately get excited and start swimming and splashing. Us little dogs prefer to just wallow in the mud at the edges. Sadly for us it usually means a bath when we get home. My mum is not very happy when I climb back into the car with muddy feet.
Cliff Sadlier Agility Centre
One afternoon in 2010 we turned up to play as usual and found a new treat! The City of Subiaco had given us an Agility Park to increase our fun and fitness. You can see my clever mates Bobbie and Oscar doing tricks in the next photos.
Three cheers for the Council “Woof Woof Woof!
Mum told me the City of Subiaco is going to give us all some tasty treats if we take part in the Subiaco Dog Olympics Event on April 1st 2014. I think she might be tricking me.
As dogs one of our duties is to not only stay fit ourselves but keep our owners healthy by making them walk from one end of the park to the other or chasing balls for us. Otherwise they might just sit at home watching TV and getting very fat.