Hi all, Mum and I had a delightful walk in Perth’s beautiful winter sunshine this morning. We started at Leighton Beach then headed north to Mosman Park. As
As usual, many other dogs were having fun too. Mum even had a dip despite the chilly water. She said it was refreshing but I noticed she shivered a bit afterwards.
We warmed up with a coffee from Bib and Tucker, then headed home via the dog food shop to buy me a few more treats!
Woofs from KoKo
My next tale describes an unexpected misadventure one winter’s morning outside Spring Expresso Cafe in Subiaco.
I usually wait, tied to a pole in the street, while Mum buys our coffees. One day Mum tied me to a chair under shelter instead, as she didn’t want me to get cold and wet. My Mum cares for my well being. She had no idea then of the negative consequence which would happen because of her thoughtful actions.
I was half snoozing when, a big truck thundered past, startling me into wakefulness. My eyes sprang open, my ears flattened against my head as an icy cold fear spread through me. Without taking a paws to think, I ran for home as fast as my tiny legs could carry me.
As I sped along Bagot Rd, I heard “Bang, Crash, Bang, Scrape” behind me. The noise boomed louder and louder. BANG, Crash, BANG. The faster I ran, the louder the clatter. With my tail tucked under with worry, I glanced around and saw the chair was still chasing me. What could I do except run faster and faster trying to reach the safety of my home? As I spun around the corner into Townshend Rd “BANG, CRASH, BANG, SCRAPE” was still shouting in my sensitive ears.
Thank goodness Mum, who was running after me, finally got closer. She grabbed the chair and killed it, saving me from a traumatic death. I was too traumatised even to say, “thank you”. Mum carried me home. She cuddled me and trying to calm me by talking quietly in a reassuring voice. Eventually, after she put me in my bed, my terror subsides, and I slept.
The next day Mum thought I was fine but I put my brakes on and refused to go around the corner into Bagot Rd. Mum tried telling me it was OK; the chair was gone and could not hurt me. Despite her reassurance, I continued to feel frightened. She tried walking me a different way to the cafe to trick me, but I’m no fool, I knew what she was doing. As we approached the cafe, I shook and whimpered. Mum was sad as she knows I love my Puppicinos.
Mum said, “KoKo, we need to find a solution. Why don’t we go and see Greg to ask if he can help?” Greg my vet explains he has some tablets which will help me feel better. I’m a good boy and eat my medication (wrapped in a meaty treat) every day for a whole month. I’m pleased to say I felt much better. I’m was not afraid to go to the cafes anymore! Mum said, “KoKo, you’re an expensive dog to look after, but I love you.”
For 2016 I have selected two fantastic cafes to award equal first place.
- Spring Expresso in Bagot Rd Subiaco
- Melograno Cafe in Heytesbury Rd.
Despite numerous arduous testing sessions around Subiaco Cafes, I found it was difficult to separate these two.
The winning cafes win votes:
- Very Dog-friendly (lots of mates for me to greet)
- Occasional bits of food under the tables for me to clean (I’m an official Subiaco cafe dog cleaner)
- Constant supply of fresh water in a dog bowl ( I get thirsty after my walks and frequent WeeMail stops)
- Tasty milk froth on top of a coffee that I can have five finger tips worth (My “Puppicino”)
- Consistently good flavoured hot coffee for my Mum Helen
Woofs and Thank you to George and Geoff and Baristas and staff
May we continue to enjoy your great coffee and service thought 2017
Woofs from KoKo and Helen
You may have noticed that I was very quiet on my Blog during April. My human Mum Helen has been travelling in New Zealand, and left me at my favourite dog spa resort in Mandurah.
J & A look after me and give me lots of cuddles. Bonnie Bro, Digby and I became the “four Amigos” as we squashed in the back seat of John’s car then played games on Falcon Beach. Of course we frequented our usual coffee shop and overwhelmed the customers with four happy doggie tails wagging everywhere
Another favourite time is in the evening when all of us cuddle up and watch TV. It is a very cosy pastime. I even snuck into J&A s bed some nights, which is a bit naughty I know, but I was missing my Mum.
So finally, I now have my paws back on the computer keys, to continue my Dog’s Tale.
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Now that I am ten my Mum keeps finding articles about aging dogs. I don’t feel old! I still run on the beach and look for exciting Weemails on seaweed and rocks. I must admit I don’t run at the park as much, and do spend more time sitting contemplating.
“Old dogs like old shoes are comfortable. They might be a little worn around the edges but they fit well” Bonnie Wilcox
Last Sunday Mum organised a party at Richard Diggins Park. She left Digby and I at home as she thought we might be a bit of trouble with lots of kids around. Some of the kids asked where we were so we went around later to play with them. Here are some photos of Mayor Henderson and Ex Mayor Richard Diggins (whom our little park is named after).