Bushfire Pets Yarloop area – Pawsome Tales of Escape and Survival

My Mum Helen and I are starting an exciting new project. Here is the Post we put up on the Waroona Vets site:

May 12th 2017  

KoKo Rolling

KoKo Rolling

 

Expression of Interest request to Yarloop residents and Waroona vet staff. 


My human Mum Helen loves taking doggie photos. She also helps me write my blog about my mates in Subiaco.

We were very sad to hear of all the pets at Yarloop who were caught up in the bushfire last year and of those who had to move to new locations.

Mum and I collected lots of beds, food and toys and dropped them off at Waroona Vet when we heard the news. We hope you found our gifts from Subiaco dog owners helpful.

Mum and I would like to visit Yarloop (or wherever you are now located) to record some tales about how your pets survived and how they have recovered now.

Of course, Helen will take some cute photos. We could maybe have a small exhibition later, and even, if all goes well, – a book!.

As many of you know, I tend to write from my own doggie viewpoint. The tales you discuss with us will have the same flavour.

If your pet can communicate how he/she felt, or how you think they may have coped, they could tell their tale through you. 

Do you feel ok about talking to us so that we can record your stories?

Some of you will have lost so much, we don’t want to intrude. 


Please leave a comment on my blog here or email potter.helen@iinet.net.au

I have set up a closed group site on facebook. Animal Tales of a Bushfire

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1355507784528568/

I’m not sure how this works? But if we become friends then I can invite you to join the group I think.

 

Many thanks, Helen Potter Photographer and woofs from KoKo Potter

 

KoKo and Dog mates

KoKo and Dog mates

I have been staying with my doggie mates at Mandurah again. Bro and Bonnie kept me company on walks in the park and down to the cafe every morning. Of course John and Alison, their humans, had to hold our leads.

“Spill the Beans” Cafe at Seacrest is very popular with the local dogs as the cafe sells tasty treats for us. We are lucky dogs.

At night us “Three Amigos” play “Musical Beds”, thinking that someone else’s bed is likely to be more comfortable. Some nights I creep out of my bed and lay on the floor nearer to John. He is surprised to find me in this spot in the mornings.

I always race back speedily to John when he calls me at the park, as he has an endless supply of doggie treats in his pocket.

Even though I enjoy staying with my mates nothing beats the joy of seeing my Human Mum at the door. All three of us leap over her as she arrives at the door. We slather her with kisses. I let out a sharp bark and run to our car. I stand next to the door barking loudly to ensure Mum knows I want to go back to my home in Subiaco.

Thank you John and Alison for your care and cuddles. Woofs from KoKo

Dogs Leighton Beach WA

We had a lovely morning at Leighton Dog Beach today. The sun was shining and the water was crystal clear and just a pleasant temperature for my little dip. As usual

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Yogi

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A Ball Watcher

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Sammy – My playmate

there were lots and lots of doggies having fun chasing balls in and out of the ocean. I made good friends with Sammy a relative type of dog and met a 58kg dog called Yogi. Wow, he was big and black and almost seven times my size. Here are some photos my Mum took.

Dogs at Leighton Beach NY Day

There were lots and lots of doggies playing on the beach on New Year’s Day. I had a little swim and a long walk. I was so hot I tried to sneak into someone’s blue tent for some shade. Of course, I also conned some girls into giving me pats! That’s me in the last photo. It was a fun morning. Woofs from KoKo

 

Secret Life of Australian Cat and Dog Owners

THE SECRET LIFE OF AUSTRALIAN PET OWNERS written by Pawshake 2016

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.

Walking Lake Monger with my Animal Companions

Today, Sunday Sept 11th, was a bit overcast and breezy but ideal for our 3.7km walk around the lake with my Animal Companion mates. We all usually visit individual hospitals to spend some quiet patting time with nursing home seniors, so only catch up to each other socially twice a year.

At first I was very energetic and sprinted on my four apricot paws steadily overtaking about twenty other dogs who had headed out early. I was busy reading some WeePlies to other WeeMails left at some bushes so missed the start!

At one stage my Human Mum Helen thought I was trying to win the gold medal as I put my body in top gear and rushed from last towards the front group of dogs, then from third to second to the front of the pack.

Mum  told me it was supposed to be a pleasant walk  not a race. After more than ten years with me however she knows my personality and had talked to me beforehand about pacing myself if I was going to be in a competitive mood. Of course I ignored her advice and just raced at my sprint speed until about a third of the way. I found my little heart was beating rapidly and a tight aching was spreading down my legs.

Rather than prove Mum was right and I was wrong to start out too fast, I deviated off the path to the nearest trees and left some WeeMails. This gained me some respite so I repeated the sequence for another ten trees. By this time I was well back in the pack but surprisingly happy to match my pace with 14 yr old Siena and just pad quietly to the coffee shop. It was a good walk. We thanked Carla and Mike for organising it. Woofs from KoKo