Posted in Dog, Subiaco

Koko Kelpie (Red Dog)

When My Mum is at her work and I have lots of time to contemplate, I slip into my KoKo ShakesPaw invisible coat and think about a poem I could write. At times ideas flood over me like water over the edge of a dam on a rainy day. Other days my mind stays empty of inspiration just like a desert waiting for a sprig of grass to grow.

I was inspired by seeing the film Red Dog (about my neighbour Koko The Kelpie) to write this next poem. I have just changed the words a bit. It might be what humans call plagiarism but I call it dogerism.

At the Pearly Gates

(Inspired by a RED DOG Poem)

I stood at the gates of heaven

Making a fearful din.

“I know my Mum is in there” I said

“So you’d better let me in.”

For years I’ve roamed Subiaco

From Rokeby Road to Townshend.

Now that I have traced her to your gate

“You’d better let me in.”

I’ve made friends with people who fed me

and those who took me into their home

to keep my little tummy full

and ensure I was not alone.

I think I’m done with walking.

I am tired and need a rest.

I want my Mum to pat me

in the haven of heaven would be best.

I was the best known celebrity dog called KoKo in Subiaco until 2011. Then Koko the Kelpie (RED DOG) moved in to Park Street. Koko was my first Facebook friend. I wish I had asked for his pawgraph. Koko thought he was a bigger celebrity than me just because millions of people have seen his film and he has won lots of awards for his acting. I actually loved his film, especially the fight scene with the cat. Wow! That was exciting! One day I will be famous too.

Sadly KoKo Kelpie died last year at the age of only seven.





                                    Koko ShakesPaw

Posted in Dog, Dogs

Canine Commandments


I would like to encourage you to become a dog parent. There is no greater feeling than waking up next to the one you love (especially if it is a cuddly loyal dog).

However, please think about it carefully. What will you do when you go on holidays? Can you afford to look after us with love and care if we become ill?

If you decide to become a dog parent please buy a pre-owned dog. Ask one of my friends at the refuge if they would like to share your home. They will be very grateful. Most of my Subiaco friends have been adopted from the refuge.

There are always dogs looking for homes often due to no fault of their own. They just need some love and a stable household.

I feel very sad for the 250,000 cats and dogs that are put to sleep every year in Australia. Please ask your owners to register and microchip you so this does not happen.

Ruff Rules for Re-Homing a Dog

To ensure life runs smoothly sometimes we need to make rules. If you are considering becoming a dog owner please keep these thoughts in mind. Dogs are not a disposable accessory. Your new dog will become part of your family and will love and be loyal to you forever.

Canine Commandments

“Once you take me into your home I will always be part of your family “

“I am very loyal and will feel sad and lost if you decide to give me away”

“Please take time each day to enjoy me. I will help you be happy and healthy”

“Take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old and grumpy and need support”

“Please go with me on difficult journeys (like the vet)! It is easier for me if you are there”

“If you ask me to do something please give me time to understand what you want”

“Do not be angry with me if I do not respond quickly. I may be feeling ill or tired”

“Remember that you are my best friend and I will always love you”

Posted in Dog, Subiaco








Mum and I often go to Sunday@SubiConcerts, provided by the City of Subiaco, at Lake Jualbup, Subiaco Theatre Gardens and the JH Abrahams Reserve.

In Summer, lots of dogs go with their families to listen to City of Subiaco free concerts at the parks. Of course, there is lots of food around so our owners have to watch we do not sneak over to someone else’s picnic rug. It is very tempting when food is at ground level.

We sometimes go to JH Abraham Reserve in Crawley or to Lake Jualbup. There is lots of space for people to spread their picnic rugs out. You can guess why I think that it is very exciting!

Mum has to keep a very firm hold on my lead or I would jump over everyone’s baskets, tear through the chicken dishes, do a “run and grab” sausage streak then lick up all the pate! If I did this then afterwards I would have to lie down with a fat and taut tummy and have a well deserved rest.

In winter the concerts are held inside so I stay at home and sulk while mum enjoys the music. Mum said that I missed a great concert when Jane Germain and The Lazy Boys played bluegrass music the other week. Jane and the LazyBoys have a Utube of their latest single. You can check it out on:

Posted in Black Dog, Depression, Dog

Black Dog Poetry by KoKo

Every year in Australia about a million adults, and a hundred thousand young people, live with depression. Allow your friends, collegues and family to talk about their darkness so that they can see that you care.

My Mum helped me write  these poems for humans who might be feeling a bit pressured by the Black Dog.



Poem 1 – Black Dog 1 – by KoKo ShakesPaw

Black dog, Black dog

You give me a fright

Creeping into my sleep fog

Disrupting my calm night

You yap at my ankles

And nip at my heels

You run tightly around me

Not caring how I feel

I hear your deep growl

And your  too familiar yelp

And I know that once again

I need someone’s help

 Why do you keep returning

Causing me such deep pain?

Do you know the sadness you bring

When you suffocate me again?


You stop me from being

Who I know I can be

You stop me from enjoying

The peace and joy that is me

Black dog! Black dog!

You ‘re an awful hound

I wish for you there was

A ranger and a pound!


Poem 2 – Black Dog 2 – by KoKo ShakesPaw

My role as mum’s carer

is to keep her warm

With my happy smile around her

  She can weather any storm  


Poem 3 – Black Dog 3 – by KoKo ShakesPaw

I like dogs now

But there is one

I wish would go away

Because he blocks my sun

The big Black Dog

says he plans to stay

he doesn’t care if I’m sad

He makes me feel

That I am going mad

He nips at my heart

And bites at my soul

When he is around

I cannot be whole

Oh, I wish the big Black Dog

Would find another home

or get lost in the fog

And leave me alone

Posted in Subiaco

RD Park

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Next to the park two dogs, little old Molly and quiet Kevin the Collie, sit on their veranda. They see everyone and can tell us the best gossip. Their owners also have two rabbits and a cat called Reggie. Reggie sometimes hides from me in the ivy then gives me a fright. (I am scared of cats after my neighbour Helen’s cat Mia bailed me up in a corner when I was just a little puppy).

Arriving at RD Park

Once I have safely crossed to the other side of Park Street I run into Richard Diggins Park. All the kids, yell “KoKo!” and come rushing over to play. They are mostly girls – Kate, Rose, Jessica, Annabel, Leisha, Clare, Isabella, Sophia, Poppy and May May. Then there is Michael, Emris from Belgium and Jack and James from England, all kicking their football around. When I give the girls a lick on the ear. They think I am kissing them and they giggle.

The first thing I have to do after I say hello to the kids is say, “Excuse me, please”. I run off deep into the jungle of ivy to go to the Weetrees. The kids know not to look because this is a private thing to do. Then I leap and jump over the plants with my little springy legs and rush out to have fun. Everyone laughs and plays.

(Like many dogs I have a strange compulsion to walk in three circles before I toilet.

If you know why please send a message to my blog (or if you are a dog,

just leave a Weemail on the Jacaranda near Lord’s Sports Centre).

Mum has taught me that it is polite to share, so I let each kid walk me on my lead. I also let the kids turn the tap on for me so I can have a long, cool drink. Of course I could drink out of the water bowl like other dogs, but I like pretending that I need them to help me. One day you can see from the photo that I decided to try some eye drops for fun.

There are lots of babies and young kids at the park. I do not want them to be afraid of dogs like my mum was. So wherever I am I give away my smiles. There are so many inside me I can be generous.

There are many people at the park who are new to Subiaco. Sometimes I see them for a few days and then they disappear. I hear they are called FIFOs! Not to be confused with UFOs which are the sparkling things we see in the night sky sometimes. Or maybe they are called stars?

If none of my friends are in the park I just wander through the bushes. Or I might chase my shadow. It grows long and skinny then suddenly short and fat. It amazes me how it moves and I can’t catch it. When I feel tired I just sit and think. Sometimes I just sit. My friend, Eric, who teaches meditation, thinks more people should be like me. Mindfulness is another skill more humans could use when they are in the park. Then they would all be less stressed.

At times after too much sitting I get fidgety again so I have a smell around the park looking for Weemails. Which of my mates has been here today? Are there any new dogs visiting? Of course I am always on the lookout for food scraps. When I am very, very lucky I find a bit of leftover sausage from someone’s BBQ! My belly taut and full is a feeling most wonderful.

I don’t mean to be dogmatic, but I don’t know any other animal on earth who loves a BBQ sausage as much as I do.

One day I tried some eye drops for fun.


Posted in CS Park, Dog, Subiaco

CS Park Dog Frolics


We all have fun in different ways in the park.

Roxy rolled in some stinky perfume then took a bite of Max’s tail! Meanwhile other dogs had little interactions as they made new friends.

I was a bit grumpy tonight but Sherlock did not give up wanting to play with me. He followed me around for half an hour, every now and then politely asked if he could play with me. I refused and growled. I don’t know why I was in such an anti social mood. Maybe Mum pushed me out of the wrong side on my bed this morning when I was snoring!



Posted in CS Park, Dog, Subiaco

CS Park Evening Dog Frolics


At last it stopped raining and I told Mum I wanted to go to the BIG park for a play. So we jumped in the car and headed off to Daglish. When we arrived there were only two dogs I could see in the distance. There were about thirty dogs of all sizes and shapes when we left as there parents had come home from work.

The following dogs all volunteered to be models for mum’s photo shoot.