Berenice Walters, the Dingo Lady, spent her adult life fighting the Dingoes’ cause. This Blog is a tribute to her work to have the Dingo recognised as Australia’s native dog and as an important part of the Australian ecosystem. Berenice was dedicated to educating the general public about the attributes of these wonderful primitive dogs.
I am thrilled to share the first review for Merigal
Dingoes. Thank you to TeamGolfwell for reading it so quickly.
Five Stars. I enjoyed
reading “Merigal Dingoes: An Anthology of Dingo Stories from Merigal Dingo
Sanctuary” by Pamela King which is a wonderful collection of dingo stories.
This anthology includes stories by Berenice Walters, the founder of the
Australian Native Dog Training Society later renamed the Australian Native Dog
Conservation Society and Pamela King and others (even one by “Harry Dingo aka
Harry Houdini” Haha!). An excerpt from one of the stories by Berenice,
“The Dingo is the embodiment
of a free and natural spirit; independent, noble and aloof, dignified and
graceful, quiet and reflective; an animal of tremendous loyalty and compassion
for members of their family group or the human fortunate enough to have the
trust and love of this most intriguing native Australian. There are countless
tales of the devotion of the Dingo to a mate caught in a trap, poisoned, or
incapacitated in some way; of a bitch deliberately making a target of herself
to decoy a would-be enemy from her helpless pups; not aggressive enough to
attack, but courageous enough to die for those she loves.”
intriguing, humorous, moving, thought-provoking, heart-breaking and
heart-warming stories of this amazing breed of dog, I felt humbled reading
about the instinctive traits of the Dingo such as a trust, loyalty, heroic
acts, and unbending devotion.
studied dingoes for over 40 years. The noble traits of this breed made Bernice
better understand herself and she steadfastly promoted the breed, so humankind
would likewise better understand themselves and the sometimes-forgotten noble
qualities that every human possesses.
Pamela King, a very close friend of
Berenice and herself a board member with the Australian Native Dog Conservation
Society, has included some of her stories and inserted intriguing pictures
throughout the book bringing the stories more to life and engaging me even more
as I read this wonderful book.
I finished this anthology sooner
than expected and felt gratified with the new knowledge and warm feelings from
Another excerpt about
Berenice’s much loved and special house dingo, Sheila,
“During the night she
(Sheila) would regularly check to make sure Berenice (who was suffering from
motor neuron disease) was there. Berenice would hear her claws clicking on the
tile floor, then feel breathing close to her face. If she appeared asleep,
Sheila would return to her bed; if she opened her eyes, Sheila slowly wagged
her tail in greeting.”
This anthology is
refreshing for all ages. It reminds the reader the higher qualities of life
especially and shows a young adult reader the greater good in us all. Highly
For information on how to order the book please visit www.pam.id.au
Once I started researching and writing Berenice’s biography I realised her whole life was an interesting story and that is what I needed to focus on.
Her personal experiences, difficulties and passions during her childhood and as a young woman both shaped her future and gave her many challenges.
As I followed her life through her own writing, personal letters and photographs I was more and more intrigued and in awe of this seemingly insecure and formally uneducated woman.
There were simply too many wonderful dingo stories that couldn’t be included in full but needed to be told and is the reason for publishing my new book Merigal Dingoes.
Merigal Dingoes will be officially launched on 22nd November but copies available from mid-November.
This anthology of heart-warming Dingo stories (and one New Guinea Singing Dog) reveal how Berenice’s dingoes taught her about their personality, behaviour and antics with a large dose of reciprocated love, and humour.
The collection is based on the records of Berenice Walters and my own personal experience and, I believe, would valuable for anyone wanting to learn more about the Dingo.
It includes over 30 stories and 100 photos.
As we use a Print on Demand company it would be useful to know how many copies I need to order. If you would like to pre-order and pre-pay for a copy please contact me via email at email@example.com for details.