Echuca's Peter Isaac fondly recalls seeing Red Dog while working in West Australia in the 1970s. Isaac says everyone knew of Red Dog and is glad his story is being shared on the big screen.
Echuca-based Peter Isaac is thrilled Red Dog, the Australian Cattle dog that wandered Western Australia's Pilbara region has now been immortalised on the big screen.
Isaac worked in the Pilbara region in the 1970s and says everyone working in the region knew of Red Dog.
The film is based on the novel by British author Louis de Bernieres, that's partially based on true facts and partially embellished.
Isaac was an apprentice maintenance fitter when he met Red Dog.
"I went to Dampier in 1973 I had just finished my apprenticeship in Parker Point and lived in the Single Men's Quarters (SMQ), that we called Silver City.
"He (Red Dog) would pop in and you'd feed him, people would pinch scraps for him and then you wouldn't see him, he'd be gone."
Isaac says he'd often see Red Dog in unexpected places, including on a bus or at the cinema.
"At the time I thought there must be a lot of red dogs around but you would yell out Red Dog and he would come over to you and you would know it was the same one.
"I can remember at one stage there was a Japanese Ship ... and the sailors had come off the ship and they were near the maintenance workshop... and looked over and they were playing baseball and there was this dog there running around and I think the Japanese were enjoying it; they were having a lot of fun.
Isaac says at the time he didn't think Red Dog would be immortalised, but is pleased that he has.