Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Alpha by Pat Rawle

Ky left and Carra right.

Just before I left Sydney for the far north coast, I did a quick trip to “Merigal” to say farewell to Berenice and the dingoes. It was a surpise visit and nobody to be seen as I walked in, leaving my part dingo in the car in the street.

Walking past one of the enclosures on my way to the house, several pups (and Mum) spotted me, of course, but only one or two came up to the fence. The others stayed well back with Mum.

Berenice came out and after I had had an admiring peep at Sheila (in her house yard) Berenice asked me to bring my dog in, which was very unusual. She then told me to take my dog, Kyogle, over to the fence containing the pups. Berenice watched the reaction of the pups and it became obvious that she knew Ky was an alpha and was using her to confirm her own pecking order selection. As with my first look at the pups, the same thing took place – just one or two coming over to the fence, the others staying fairly close to Mum in various positions.

The pups reacted in the same way to Ky’s scent as they had to mine, which of course was Ky’s.

Dogs incredible sense of smell is always a wonder to me. Whenever I am out without my current alpha (dingo) and meet people with a dog they (the dog or dogs) show me the same respect as they would to my alpha. A quick sniff of me and deference is displayed at once!

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Tasmanian Holiday with a Shaky Start

At 19 Berenice and a friend went on a week’s holiday to Tasmania. Excitedly they boarded their flight. They were no sooner in the air when the plane began turning around. The passengers could see smoke pouring from an engine, and, in the distance, fire engines and ambulances racing towards the airport.
As it landed one tyre burst, and then another.  The passengers sweltered inside as their aircraft was covered in foam. 

Her parents, Ken and Betty, must have been in shock seeing a plane approaching the runway with smoke pouring from it and realising it was the one they had just seen depart with their daughter aboard. 

Fortunately, nobody on the plane panicked. Everyone was frozen in their seats with only the white faces of the stewardesses indicating the danger they were in.

Tuesday 28 November 2017

The Truth about Dingoes 10: Dingoes as Companions

You never own a dingo like a domestic dog!

You can take the dingo out of the wild but never the wild out of the dingo...

It's important to be 100% sure that you get all the information and education prior to making this full time commitment from experienced owners.

This is a decision that will change your life. Dingoes will dig and jump fences and require a fully secure enclosure. Exercise is a necessity with attention given every day.

Dingoes do make wonderful companion animals provided they get the care that they need.

Dingoes are naturally gentle, shy and timid. They can be very friendly with the right person.

When raised in human cohabitation they love to play and socialise.
It takes a special tolerance, love and responsibility to keep a dingo in the home.

The best age to acquire your dingo is between five and sixteen weeks old.
Dingoes are more forward than domestic dogs and need to bond best with a new family and environment early in life.

Constant socialization and exposure to new environmental factors is required in the first year of their life for lasting success.

Also for the dingoes’ wellbeing it is important that they stay with their bonded family and familiar surrounding for their lifetime.

They don't often have success in re-homing. More times than not they end up being euthanised. (put to sleep).

That's why it is so very important to seriously consider that you can commit 100% and look after your dingo for their lifetime, before acting on a whim to own one.

* Depending on where and which state you live in, there are different laws and requirements in owning a pure dingo.

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