Another Travelling Canine - Red Dog

@JudyEv (108322)
Bunbury, Australia
November 9, 2016 5:00pm CST
I wrote recently about a South Australian dog who travelled the railways far and wide areound the end of the 19th century. Many years later Western Australia also had its travelling dog. His story also became a movie which portrayed the wanderings of the red kelpie named Red Dog. The movie was an unprecedented success with Koko, the dog portraying Red Dog, attracting far more attention than his human co-stars. After the success of the movies, kelpies became the flavour of the month. They are not, however, suited as pets. They are high energy and need to work. Most are used for herding cattle and sheep. Red Dog roamed free throughout the mining areas of the Pilbara region. His origins are a bit vague and several people laid claim to having owned him at some time. In the end he was his own dog, but had hundreds of 'owners', mining men who contributed from their pay packets to pay his union fees and vet bills. Red Dog hitched rides up and down the countryside and even got as far as Perth. He had a train stop to pick him up. In the middle of nowhere, a truck driver would see him sitting at the side of the road. On opening the door, the dog would leap in and settle down. He would get out when the truck arrived at its destination or bark when he reached where he wanted to go. On the bus taking the miners out to work, he would commandeer the front seat and refuse to move. When locked up by the Roebourne ranger he was released in the dead of night by persons unknown. He was an irreverent dog, attending church on Sundays but lifting his leg at each pew on the way in. He was also a thief, adept at stealing sausages or a steak from barbecues. In the end he picked up a strychnine bait and vets were unable to save him. Such was his fame and popularity by this time that a memorial was erected in his memory. This is situated in Dampier. He was buried between Cossack and Roebourne in the red dirt he pounded so tirelessly. A great Australian character. Resubmitted after a few edits from a Bubblews post. Image courtesy of Wikimedia: Photographer Nachoman-au Cc-by-sa-2.5,2.0,1.0 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
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@amadeo (54166)
• United States
9 Nov 16
Is this movie playing now somewhere?
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
I shouldn't think so. It was made in 2011.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Nov 16
Netflix DVD only, @Amadeo.
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@glenniah (1205)
• Mandurah, Australia
10 Nov 16
@JudyEv 2011. That time went past very fast, hehe
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Nov 16
What a great movie. We watched it tonight and it took our minds off the election and everything else. What a dog he was and what great actor dogs (and cats) they used in this movie! Loved it. Thanks, @JudyEv for letting us know about it.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 16
I am tickled pink that you bothered enough to watch it and so glad you enjoyed it. It must have been good to have taken your minds off the election. :) Didn't you love the men's short, tight shorts? That's what they used to wear at the time but it looks so strange nowadays.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 16
I can't see a comment from you on another post of mine about the film 'Hunt for the Wilder People' although for some reason I thought you had commented on it. It is another film that I think you and Anne would enjoy immensely. It is set in New Zealand and we thought it was just wonderful - so much so that we saw it a second time with a different set of friends. It hasn't long been out of the theatres so i don't know if that makes it hard to find and download or not. Cheers. :)
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Nov 16
@JudyEv I will check out that discussion since I don't recall it. I will also look up the movie.
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@Jessicalynnt (47843)
• Centralia, Missouri
10 Nov 16
I knew someone who tried to turn one into a house pet, it did not go well. I do wish people would research before they got dogs, fit the breed to their lifestyle and stuff
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
Some breeds become flavour of the month and then half of them end up in shelters. People can be really stupid sometimes.
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• Centralia, Missouri
11 Nov 16
@JudyEv I totally agree. I knew someone once who tried to have a wippet, IN AN APARTMENT, and wasn't very active, it did not end well.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 16
@Jessicalynnt And yet they say retired greyhounds do well in apartments and are real couch-potatoes if allowed to be.
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@RitzzView (2779)
• India
10 Nov 16
wow didn't know about red dogs before thanks for sharing definitely thinking about watching a red dod film..
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
You would need to find it on DVD or something as it was made back in 2011. But it is a nice film.
@RitzzView (2779)
• India
11 Nov 16
@JudyEv I've found it on internet
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 16
@RitzzView That's great. I'll be interested to know if you like it. :)
• United States
9 Nov 16
aw, i'm so glad that'cha did share his story :) i'm kinda grinnin' here with how he attended church services, lol. sounds like a true character that brought light to many with his personality 'n antics. what a shame that perished due to poison, a most painful way to go :(
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
The film was great too. One hefty miner used to knit in his cubicle but didn't want his mates to know. Red Dog grabbed his knitting and carted it out. Most embarrassing for the guy.
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• United States
10 Nov 16
@JudyEv i bet so, lol. 'f course there's many fella's who knit these days, quilt 'n other schtuff thought to be 'women's work' - they've better 'n more creative than many 'f the gals!
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
@crazyhorseladycx That's very true and no-one would really think twice about it but back then it would have been thought a bit odd.
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@Hatley (164042)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 16
fascinatigIwold love to see that movie such an interesting story wow
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
I love animal films in general. He must have been an amazing dog.
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@Hatley (164042)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Nov 16
@JudyEv yes a truly amazing dog
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@vandana7 (59038)
• India
3 Jan 17
Aw...that seems so ..human? lol
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 17
Well, maybe more 'canine'.
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@Fleura (6775)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 16
Interesting story. What kind of Union does a dog need to belong to?
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
It would have been a bit of fun. Possibly the bosses wanted the dog kept off the premises so the men signed him up. If he was a fully paid up Union member he'd be allowed on the site.
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@glenniah (1205)
• Mandurah, Australia
10 Nov 16
I love the book about Red Dog. Still haven't seen the film as yet.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
You'd love the film. The guys working in the Pilbara all have those tight shorts they used to wear. It's a really feel-good film.
@chiwasaki (4666)
• Philippines
10 Nov 16
Dog lover here. I love all dog movies.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
Have you seen Red Dog? It was filmed in 2011.
@teamfreak16 (38070)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Nov 16
That's one fierce looking statue.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
I suppose he does look a bit fierce although I hadn't thought about it before.
@TRBRocks420 (66898)
• Banks, Oregon
9 Nov 16
Sounds like another awesome dog, now I want to see the movie.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
He became a legend in his lifetime too. The movie was made in 2011.
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@JohnRoberts (45013)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Nov 16
I don't know that movie. Maybe it will pop up here in the future.
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@JudyEv (108322)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Nov 16
It was made in 2011 and enjoyed a lot of popularity in Australia - at least I think it did.
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Nov 16
What a wonderful tale about a unique dog. I would love to see that movie. It is available on Netflix as DVD only and it is now at the top of my list!