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.