Author Louis de Bernierers with Koko, who plays Red Dog in the film, at this year's Byron Bay Writers' Festival.
Author Louis de Bernierers with Koko, who plays Red Dog in the film, at this year's Byron Bay Writers' Festival. Marc Stapelberg

Goodbye Red Dog

KOKO, the Red Cloud Kelpie which starred in hit Australian film Red Dog, has died in Perth.

The seven-year-old had been diagnosed with a heart disease early this year but passed away despite receiving treatment.

Koko was one of the star of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival last August, when the film Red Dog was premiered in the area.

A true professional, Koko posed for The Northern Star leaving his owner and the film's producer Nelson Woss to provide the words.

Shortly after buying the film rights, Woss said he found his star Koko, who was a show dog from Victoria, and arranged for a trainer to spend two years teaching him the tricks of the trade.

Mr Woss, who became Koko's owner after forming a close bond with him during the film shoot, said he was devastated to have lost his best mate.

"Through the making of Red Dog, Koko became Australia's favourite dog. He certainly changed my life forever," Mr Woss said.



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