My Yarloop visit

My Mum Helen and I had a great day at Waroona and Yarloop on Saturday. We chatted to the vet staff (They remembered me from last year and recognised me from my Fireman’s outfit). We had a chat to Robyn about her animals and the bushfire then Helen was interviewed by Michael from the ABC in Bunbury. I hope lots of people who were affected by the bushfire will contact us. We are looking forward to hearing their stories and Mum will take photos of the cute animals.

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Me and a Mate at the Park

We talked to Robyn about her animals and the bushfire, then Helen was interviewed by Michael from the ABC in Bunbury. I hope lots of people who were affected by the bushfire will contact us. We are looking forward to hearing their stories and Mum will take photos of the cute animals.

We will head down to Yarloop again on Sunday 26th June but I might need to stay home if Mum is taking photos. I get jealous if other pets get more attention than me! Woofs from KoKo

KoKo’s Tips on better dog photography

  1. Photograph in natural light.
  2. Inside place your dog near a white wall within window light
  3. Clear the background of any distractions
  4. Use an aperture that creates a soft blurred background.
  5. Put a treat on top of the camera to get your dog’s attention.
  6. Ask a friend to help
  7. Get down to your pet’s level to achieve a  natural view.
  8. Use a squeaky toy, to get some eye contact.
  9. Walk your dog first to burn off excess energy
  10. Take your dog out for a big walk prior to the photo shoot, to work of fsome excess energy first.
  11. Use fabric to pad slippery surfaces.
  12. Outdoors – A high speed shot of your dog running can be dramatic. You will need an assistant to hold your dog until you are ready to call “come”

What to do if I eat chocolate?

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which in larger amounts is especially dangerous because pets can’t break it down and eliminate it the same way humans can. It can build up to toxic concentrations and cause multi-organ disease and failure if not treated properly.

What symptoms will you see if your doggie mate eats chocolate this Easter?

Symptoms will occur from four to 24 hours after your pet has eaten chocolate and will vary depending on the amount of chocolate (theobromine) your dog has eaten. Dr Lui says, ” theobromine mainly affects the heart, central nervous system, and kidneys. Theobromine is a toxin that links to hyperactivity. Death can occur.”

Symptoms of eating chocolate are:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle tension, incoordination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Blood in vomit
  • Tremors,
  • Seizure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea.

KoKo’s personal tale about chocolate

If I eat chocolate, then you need to take me to the vet. The doctor will force charcoal down my throat and make me throw up (just like they did when I ate a blowfish!). They may also give intravenous fluids (a drip), medication to control heart rate, blood pressure and seizure activity.
“I WILL NOT EAT CHOCOLATE” I keep repeating this phrase if I find my Mum Helen’s stash. I do not want to sit on newspaper and be made to throw up. Sadly I know from experience that if I find a special treat I will forget all the vet’s warnings. So I keep reminding myself “I WILL NOT EAT CHOCOLATE.”
Luckily, with prompt intervention and treatment, even in dogs that have eaten large amounts of chocolate, the prognosis for a poisoned dog is usually good. If you thick that your pet has eaten chocolate, contact your nearest Vet urgently for treatment.
Edited from Greencross Vets <foryour@pethealth.greencrossvets.com.au>

Animal Companions Party

We attended the AGM, waiting quietly for the treat we knew was coming afterwards. The Furbaby cafe had made a scrumptious cake which all us doggies were allowed to tuck into. You can see from the blue cream on our noses that not a lot went astray.

Furbaby cafe cake anxiously awaited

ACDogs KoKo

ACDogs KoKo

Teddy Serious

Teddy Serious

Pace finishing the last lick

Pace finishing the last lick

Just out of reach

Just out of reach

ACDog happy

ACDog happy

Demolishing the cake

Demolishing the cake

Teddy looking for cake

Teddy looking for cake

Fun stuff from your trusty newshound KoKo

Do you have something to howl about?

  • Do you like any of my posts?
  • Do you think my Mum Helen’s dog photos are cute?
  • Have you found any worthwhile helpful information?
  • Most importantly – have you laughed at my shaggy dog stories or KoKo Shakespaws’ attempts at poetry?

I would love to read what you think. Please let me know.

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KoKo being vocal as usual

How to contact KoKo

Please:

  1. WeeMail  me in you live in Subiaco (I’ll WeePly as soon as I find your message)
  2. Email me c/o potter.helen@iinet.net.au for an instant response
  3. Or leave a comment on this page

Many thanks,

from the pawsome dog blogger,

KoKo

It’s summer – please keep us doggies cool

Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool (courtesy of Wembley Vet Clinic)

  • Fresh water and shade are the most important things to provide relief from the heat.
  • Have 2 or more water bowls around the house in case one is knocked over.
  • Try filling small plastic paddling pools with fresh water.  Some dogs love to have a dip in the heat of the day and cool off.
  • Fill soft drink bottles with water and freeze them overnight then put it in the dog kennel.
  • Dogs will love to lay on them or lick them to keep cool
  • Hair cuts can also help to keep you long haired pets cool.  shaved to get rid of their thick coats
  • Dogs and cats cant sweat through the skin – only the pads on the feet and dogs pant to cool down
  • Fill up an ice cream container with water and add a little Vegemite to flavour it.  Pop in 1-2 dog treats.  Freeze overnight and then give it to your dog in the middle of the day – they love to lick the ice and will help keep them occupied.
Koko cool drink at the beach

Koko cool drink at the beach

Wise words from my mate Snoopy

Oh No! I’ve been caught napping on my Mum’s new red couch. My hearing must be fading. I did not hear Mum put the key in the door. Now she has caught me asleep. Boy am I in trouble!

I've been caught out sleeping on the couch!

I’ve been caught out sleeping on the couch!

But a little philosophy might save me. As my doggie mate Snoopy says: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon”. Snoopy just might just be right. I think I’ll just have another nap.

Snoopy might be just a little bit more clever than me. He says some witty things. This is one I like:

“There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say.”

Maybe I should stop and think before I bark. My yelling should be meaningful instead of just:

“Mum gets me some food.”

“Mum take me to the park”

” Mum it’s time for another walk”.

Aren’t these all meaningful? they are to me.

Snoopy also comes up with some good quotes when he meditates:

“I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me … I’m too busy loving the people who love me.” Oh, that is so cute Snoopy.

“The less you want, the more you love.”

and

“Never stop smiling!”

Now I have a smile on my face – Thanks, Snoops! KoKo