Dog Refuge Plea

You can see my pleading eyes. I am usually in my kennel at the Dog Refuge but today I was allowed to chat to some kids outside the fund raising high tea at Royal Perth Yacht Club last weekend. Please someone, much as I love the care at the Dog Refuge,  I would love a permanent home. Thank you for coming to visit me and my doggie mates at Shenton Park

www.dogshome.org.au/

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A plea for a home

Here is a pawsome note from KoKo “My Human Mum Helen gobbled all the food at the High tea. She said it was wonderful. I was pleased that she did think of Digby and me and brought home a little meaty nibble for us.”

“She also bought a snazzy new coat for Digby to protect him when we walk on a rainy day. It is a camouflage colour so we would have a little trouble seeing him in the park if he did not have his huge white fluffy tail.”

“Please donate to the Dog Refuge to help them feed and care for all the homeless doggies.” Thank you KoKo

Before and after photos – THE BATH

My best mate Digby is going back to his human Mum at Shoalwater tomorrow. I will miss his playful company (but the neighbours will be grateful for more quiet! He is a bigger barker than me!)

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Here he is with Michelle before his grooming. He does not look happy. He was much smaller and neater afterwards. she is a good cutter.

And here am I after my grooming – still looking grumpy, but beautifully soft and clean. Pawsome! KoKo

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This doggie was having a wash at City Farmers at the Shenton Dog Refuge. He looks happier than Digby and I do. KoKo

 

 

Oh, Oh – it’s teeth cleaning time – KoKo

August is Pet Dental Month
Wembley Veterinary Hospital has some good advice in their newsletter which I would like to share with you. Their news is in “commas” whereas my comments are in sloping writing – KoKo

“Dental disease is one of the most common conditions affecting pets. It can cause bad breath, pain and difficulty eating or chewing. If left untreated it can lead to infections, loss of teeth, abscesses and can even cause infections in other parts of the body.”

“The best way to prevent Dental disease is to start early, and not wait until your Pet already has signs of disease.”

Whoops I already have one bad tooth, but I am 10 and a half years old, so I have done pretty well I think! – KoKo

“Preventative measures like encouraging your dog to chew and use their teeth for what they are designed to do is ideal. You can use dental chews or raw meaty bones to make up about 20% of their diet. They allow them to chew or tear material from the food, which is good for their teeth, and helps to occupy them when they at home during the day.”

“It is important that the bone is raw and meaty. Some people use bones that are just large slabs of hard long bone. These are often too fatty so can upset tummies, and they are generally TOO HARD and can cause tooth fractures.”

I agree with Dr Garry Edgar. My tummy felt very dizzy the next day, and rumbled and tumbled, after eating a fatty bone. (and, sorry for the gory detail, but I also have runny poos that are not nice)- KoKo.

“The best bones are big enough to not completely fit in your Dog’s or Cat’s mouth, as well as malleable and meaty to force them to use effort to chew. Things like chicken, turkey or lamb necks are ideal.”

Yummy, Yummy – KoKo

“If your Dog or Cat won’t chew meaty bone, then some pet foods can help to force them to chew. Eukanuba contains phosphorous crystals to help scrub their teeth, while a biscuit like Hills T/D has a matrix of fibre to make them chew and break the biscuits up before being swallowed. Or use one of the dental mouthwashes or gels, or brush your Pets’ teeth!”

“What if it’s too late and your pet is suffering from significant dental disease? Wembley Veterinary Hospital can help! Tartar build up can be removed by an ultrasonic scaler, just like when you go to the dentist, and once clean, all the teeth can be thoroughly examined and any diseased teeth can be extracted. The procedure is under general anaesthetic and is a day procedure, so your pet will go home the same day with beautiful fresh breath.”

Here is my doggie mate Digby showing his teeth

Dig by showing his teeth


Digby showing his teeth

and this is me

KoKo's teeth (while having a hair grooming session!)


KoKo’s teeth (while having a hair grooming session!)

“Once the teeth are all clean, Gary Edgar and his team can plan a preventative regime to keep your pet’s teeth clean and sparkling for as long as possible. This may involve brushing, dental diets, increasing chewing (on raw meaty bones or chew treats such as Greenies.”

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Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the ideal way of keeping them clean, but remember not to use human toothpaste, as this is not safe for your pet to swallow. There are also plenty of options for those pets who are not so keen on having their teeth brushed.”

My human Mum Helen knows something – she told me I should let her clean my teeth. As usual, I was a bit dogmatic and refused. Now I have one bad tooth that is about to fall out. I’m sure it will be easier if I sleep while the vet removes it before it puts me off my food (that would be a disaster – you all know I love my food!!) – KoKo

Sentences in italics are KoKo’s© 2016 Helen Potter

The article is Copyright © 2016 Wembley Veterinary Hospital

My mate Digby – by KoKo

My mate Digby has been staying with us again. He is soooo… energetic. He runs and jumps and chases toys and balls at the park. The kids love to join in as he is very polite. When he puts the toy down he steps back to let the kids safely pick it up to throw it. I’m not good at that. I tend to play “tug” and don’t really want to give the toy up.
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                                                        Digby Playing Fetch

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Digby Jumping

You can see from the photo (on a cold day when he wore his blue jacket) that Digby is also good at loud barking to get what he wants. He can boss my Human Mum Helen around, but not as well as me!

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                                                                     Digby Yelling

On Sunday we met up with Morgan and Meg from Park St. They both looked very clean and trim with new haircuts.

                                           Morgan                                                        Meg

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Dogs getting older

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

Senior dog Rooney waiting quietly at Melograno Cafe Subiaco

Senior dog Rooney waiting quietly at Melograno Cafe Subiaco

 

 

 

 

Older dog Waiting

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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).

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

James, Lucy, Julie , Sheila, Alma, Richard, Helen and the How Now Coffee Van

Basil and children

Basil and children www.absoluteamy.com

RD Park

RD Park

Richard, Alma,, Heather and Helen RD Park

Richard, Alma, Heather and Helen RD Park

KoKo and Digby playing at Rosalie Park Subiaco

I’m finding it’s fun to have a mate at the park. Digby and I play “stealing the toy from each other”. I am a nice friend so I let him win most of the time  (he is also younger and more sprightly than me!) Woofs from KoKo

I've got the toy this time

               I’ve got the toy this time

Digby and KoKo at Rosalie Park

Digby and KoKo at Rosalie Park

Digby and KoKo at Rosalie Park

            Digby and KoKo at Rosalie Park

Digby Happy with himself

           Digby Happy with himself

We look like Double Trouble!

             Looking like Double Trouble as we run to                                         food!