Thursday, September 20, 2007

Australia’s native dog

A coyote? A wolf? A domestic dog? The Dingo, Australia’s native dog, can look like either of the three, but like the first 2 is a wild animal. If taken young (before 6 weeks) from the litter, they can be trained as pets. Dingos are good tree climbers, poor swimmers, and do not bark, but howl instead. Dingos also mate for life, an obvious difference from domesticated dogs.

When I was a teen, we talked about Dingos, but what we meant was Dingo boots. Hmm, wonder if the term originated in Australia . . .

Probably showing my age,

Jungle Jane

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