Wednesday, 14 July 2021

5* Book Review for Merigal Dingoes by Pamela King

Having read Pamela King's first book, For the Love of a Dingo, which I thoroughly enjoyed, Merigal Dingoes continues on, with more stories and more depth.

I read individual stories as I wanted. I read them on days when I really needed a lift. There are many heart-warming moments to share.

Pamela King's work in bringing these charming, often hilarious episodes to readers is very much appreciated. Thank you also for introducing me to Berenice Walters - what a remarkable woman.

This is a book that you can read with children (with care) - a great opportunity to share reading as a family event. :) And of course, there are many people who need to know about Australia's native dog.

Highly recommended. Karina McRoberts (Author) - Five stars (5*)
 

 

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Saturday, 10 July 2021

Animal Liberation March 1978

 

In November 1978 Berenice agreed the society would participate in an Animal Liberation March.

Sydney Morning Herald headlines read: “Don’t shoot if you see a pack of dingoes marching from Martin Pace up Macquarie Street to Hyde Park tomorrow morning.”

This was the first ever animal rights march in Sydney and the dingoes were given the honour or leading the procession.

Arriving at the assembly point Berenice was impressed, if not a little apprehensive, by the quantity and quality of the police escort. 

A large police sergeant bore down on her, taking her arm in a vice like grip. “Are you marching?” Before she had a chance to reply a penny seemed to drop. “We’ve got our wires crossed. We were expecting gay liberationists not animal liberationists!”

Asked if they would like to march along the footpath or down the centre of the road they opted to march behind the waiting police car. “Well that will travel more comfortably down the middle of the road,” said the amiable officer.

Except for one police car, all signs of their body guards disappeared except for one lone police car. Leading the rest of the marchers they led the way up Martin Place without incident

They received had red carpet treatment from the police force and the press. 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Berenice Walters Still Acknowledged as One of the Greatest Dog Women in Australia

Robert Kaleski was for a long time considered the expert on the history of the Australian Cattle Dog. Many of his theories have been proven wrong and the first person to question his ideas was Berenice Walters.

In his book, Dogs that made Australia, David Hull states: And it would be a dog man, but one of Australia’s great dog
women who smelled a rat and finally created the impetus for the real story to be told.

After summarising Thomas Hall’s role as the founding father of Australian Cattle dogs Hull quotes Berencie as saying: It’s a national disgrace for Mr Thomas Hall to be almost unknown while a lot of benchies [dog-show exhibitors] round Sydney claim the glory of founding the breed.


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