Flipping through the channels last night (Yes, we lead a very exciting weekend nightlife!), we ran across Martin Clunes, A Man And His Dogs on the Smithsonian Channel. Low and behold, he was traveling to Fraser Island in Australia in search of the wild Dingo. While many Dingoes in Australia have bred with domestic dogs, Fraser Island is home to Dingoes in their purest form because domestic dogs have been banned from the island.
*Click on the picture to watch the Fraser Island video.
It is sad to say though Dingoes do not have a very good reputation in Australia (This does not include Australian Aborigines who highly revere the Dingo; they are mythological icons, totems and are also associated with sacred sites). Dingoes are seen as “pests” who are dangerous. It seems that a lot of people don’t see them as they should be seen: as wild animals that deserve space and respect. There is a growing problem of people feeding the Dingoes on Fraser Island, which in turn causes bigger problems and guess who pays the price of human stupidity–the Dingoes!
On a lighter note, Martin also went to the mainland to visit a very talented Dingo named Dinky.
*Click on the picture to watch Dinky’s video.
Can you guess where our future travels will be taking us? Maybe we’ll adopt (i.e. sponsor) a Dingo…or two.
Email received today:
I want you to know you are a very handsome C.D.
However, beyond that you are spoiled rotten!
In fact, my daughter even told me that in her next life she is coming back as you!
I used to think I was an OK mom but how can I measure up? I think your mom and dad need to
rethink your college funds!
Dear Miss S-
Thank you very much. I should let you know though, it is very hard being so cute because I want to be so BAD…chasing kitties, eating rocks, barking at those 4-legged subordinate beings that walk by the house, and trying to out smart my Mama and Papa! My motto in life is: I do what I want!
I think your daughter would have a good life here with my Mama and Papa. Tell her that if she does come back as a Cattle Dog, to milk it for all they got!
College fund? I don’t need no stinkin’ college–I’m a Cattle Dog! Plus, I think my Mama and Papa are broke from all the trips to the vet because I keep eating those hard, yet very tasty grey things.
To our horror, Pongo has found a new use for the basket muzzle he wears during recess at doggie daycare: a poop grater. Yes, he is now smashing the front of his muzzle down into his doggie friend’s poop, or maybe even his own, and coming up with a poop smeared muzzle. Maybe he’s found a new way to entertain himself but personally, I think it’s an act of rebellion: he’s going to make sure others pay for him having to wear this embarrassing contraption.
Poor Miss Janelle, his teacher today, ended up with poop streaked pants from Pongo’s antics. And while I screeched “GROSS!” when the staff told me of his repulsive adventure today, they just laughed and replied…”We’ve seen worse.”
Here’s Pongo after a day of keeping his daycare teachers on their toes. If he’s this worn out, I can’t even imagine how they’re feeling!
Breakfast and a walk downtown with Pongo has been our Saturday morning ritual the past couple of weekends. We are really trying to expose Pongo to new situations and environments while practicing our heeling, “watch me,” and greeting people appropriately (i.e. NOT jump on them). He has done such a wonderful job and seems to really enjoy the new experiences. Today, we walked through Town Square and were pleasantly surprised to find artists working on their ice sculptures for the Crystal Gallery of Ice Competition.
This Easter Island Moai sculpture was carved by Chris, who along with his significant other, Melanie own two Cattle Dogs. They have been a great resource for working with Pongo.
And my all time favorite sculpture…