Posted in Dog, Dog Food, Doggies, Dogs, KoKo, Subiaco, WeeMails

Secret Life of Australian Dog Owners


I love secrets! That’s why I spend so much time reading WeeMails left for me by my doggie friends. I discover where my mates are, whether they are going for walks, and of course, The WeeMails tell me all the neighbourhood gossip. This includes who is new to Subiaco, who needs me to visit because they live behind a high fence and are lonely, and if there are any new cats in the area I need to avoid.

Here are some secret Pawshake discovered about cat and dog owners.

Research reveals 87.5 per cent of Australians love their pets so much they would give up their dream home for them

Pawshake research reveals that being a pet owner has a significant impact on life choices and behaviours – from home living and the local community – to social lives and relationships.

KoKo and a loving friend Subiaco

KoKo and a loving friend in Subiaco

Pets vs. Home – real estate agents take note

In addition to Australia facing soaring housing prices and rising rent making it difficult to look for a place to live, Australians are still willing to factor in one other priority – their pets. A survey released today by pet-sitting community Pawshake has found that 87.5 per cent of Australians wouldn’t rent or buy their dream home if it didn’t allow their beloved pets.

Pet vs. Family – watch out kids

Revealing Australia’s love for our furry friends, the survey also looks into the habits of pet owners in the context of family life at home. Surprisingly, two-thirds (67 per cent) of Australians would choose a pet over a child if they could only afford one or the other.

Australians also seem more forgiving of their pet than their child, with 77.5 per cent admitting they would be angrier at their child than their pet for ruining a piece of furniture at home. More than half (59 percent) also admitted they would feel guiltier if they forgot to feed their pet than their child.

Dog with Animal Physio Leigh

Dog with Animal Physio Leigh

Pets vs. Neighbours – knock-knock, who’s there?

The love for pets doesn’t stop there with 74.9 per cent of Australians saying they would recognise a neighbours’ pet before they would their neighbour and seven in ten (70.3 per cent) going on to say there are pets in their neighbourhood whose name they know and who’s owner’s name they don’t know.

Not only are pets included as part of the neighbourhood, they’re also included in life’s milestones, with 67.7 percent of pet owners signing greeting cards for their pet and over half (57.7 percent) going as far as imagining their dog’s voice!

James, Lucy, Julie ,Sheila, Alma, Richard, Helen
James, Lucy, Julie ,Sheila, Alma, Richard, Helen

Pets vs. Health – are you calling my pet fat?

It seems that pet owners care for their pets so much that almost nine in ten (87.7 per cent) take their pet to the vet more than they would take themselves to the doctor. This care for their pets’ well-being is further evident when it comes to how their pets look, with half (50.5 percent) of pet owners admitting they are sensitive to any comments other people make about the weight of their pet.

Pets vs. Social Life – it’s not you, it’s my dog

The influence of one’s pet is also prevalent in pet owners’ social lives with almost all (95.9 percent) willing to sacrifice treating themselves in favour of treating their pets, from a meal to a night out and from a haircut to new clothes if needed. 78.5 percent also admitted they would put their pet before their love life and stop dating someone if they discovered they weren’t a pet lover.

However, the influence of pets on the lives of Australian’s dogs stop at the haircut. Contrary to popular stereotyping (and to our disappointment), only 8.6 percent of people have admitted they have had or currently have a similar hairstyle to their pet.

Photo of groomer and KoKo

KoKo looking glamorous – with my groomer Michelle

1,125 Australian pet owners responded to this survey in November 2016.

by Pawshake – a trusted community of pet lovers.

Posted in Children, Dogs, Safety, Dog

Can children and dogs play together?

Children with dog
Riley, Jack and KoKo

Dogs and children usually co-exist happily together but parents have a duty to educate their children on the do’s and don’ts of how to behave with a dog.

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Sadly, we are hearing too many horrific stories of dogs attacking children. Blaming the dog is not the answer. The answer must lie in educating both the adults AND the children how to behave with any dog whether it is their own or not.

Dogs are pack animals with an inner wolf mindset. In a pack, environment dogs are taught about hierarchy and respect for boundaries from a very young age.

When we bring dogs into our families the dog expects discipline. All dogs NEED rules and boundaries from the pack leader and If they aren’t given these then many dogs make their own. Some dogs need this leadership more than others.

Dogs see life differently to us. They see young children like a puppy so while many dogs are very tolerant of children it’s not the case with all dogs.

Adult Rules for child/dog safety

  • NEVER leave a dog alone with a child or baby
  • Children (under 12 years) should not walk a dog without adult supervision
  • Never allow a young child (under 10 years) to feed a dog unsupervised as some dogs can be very protective over food and see a small child as a threat to the dog’s food supply.
  • Do not allow your child to pull on the dog’s collar –It could snap or bite them
  • Never allow a child to discipline a dog without your supervision
  • When visiting friends or family who have a dog do not allow your child to play in the garden with the dog unsupervised.

Children’s Rules or child/dog safety

  • Never pat a strange dog even if it’s owner is present
  • Never go up to a dog that is sleeping or eating (allow it some space)
  • Stay away from a dog that is tied up outside a shop etc.
  • Never ever pull a dog’s tail or ears. Dogs feel pain as well as us!
  • If a dog runs at you barking STAND completely still and put your hands in your pocket
  • Stay away from a dog that has puppy

Woofs from KoKo


Posted in Dog

Us doggies love Subiaco Cafes!


#Subiaco is exploding with new cafes. Here we are enjoying the froth of our Puppicinos outside St Lucy Cafe in Rokeby Rd.

My Mum Helen and I visited Venery Cafe in Hay St on Saturday and then tried out St Lucy Cafe near Hammersley Rd this morning. Both cafes have bowls of fresh water for visiting doggies. Digby and I had our photo taken while we were licking our lips after a tasty Puppicino.

Yuk Coffee
Some Puppicinos are just not good enough! But we haven’t found a bad one in Subiaco. This photo was of me rejecting a coffee at a cafe near a beach.

Oh dear, now we have a huge dilemma. There are so many cafes that are

There are so many cafes that are dog-friendly. Which cafe do we choose? Maybe we will have to take turns and visit one every day for the next month. Maybe we should sniff out the ones who supply free dog treats? (that is a hint for you cafe owners please)- KoKo

Why should Mum only let me stop at one cafe a day? I could just do my usual “refuse to move on” pose and hit the ground and lay flat as a pancake at every cafe until Mum buys me another drink. But if I did that I might end up very over-caffeinated and hyperexcitable. Maybe not such a good idea.

Talking of coffee – If you have not spied this POST newspaper article before, it displays how famous I am in Subiaco for tasting Puppicinos. Woofs from KoKo

The Post Nespaper KoKo The Subiaco Puppicino drinking Dog blogger