A 1970's photo of Red Dog
Red Dog (1971 – November 21, 1979) was a friendly kelpie cross who lived his life hitching rides and travelling throughout WA's north before he died in November 1979.
Red Dog is believed to have been born in the town of Paraburdoo in 1971 and had a variety of names to those who knew him, including: Bluey, Tally Ho, Pilbara Wanderer and Dog of the Northwest. Tally Ho was his first name, given to him by his first owner and the one who brought him to Dampier.
The nickname "Red Dog" has been attributed to the red dirt of the Pilbara Region.
A second owner a bus driver, whose work allowed Red Dog to travel via bus around Dampier, Karratha and surrounding districts thus becoming very well known by the locals.
After his second owner died, Red Dog spent a lot of time travelling on his own and was taken in by many members of the community, some who took him on trips as far afield as Perth, Broome, Roebourne, Point Samson & Port Hedland.
Although he had many friends, it is believed that his death in 1979 was caused by poisoning.
Red Dog is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere between Roebourne and Cossack.
A Red Dog Fan, Mr Jim McVey sent in his thoughts about how Red Dog should be remembered:
''Saw the movie & loved it. Had to chase down some more info and came across your website. Keep it going!
One thing I've noticed is that many people are asking why Red Dog doesn't have a marked grave. One or two have even suggested this was a callous end to such a beautiful memory. In a way I can understand the anonymity however. Red Dog was a wanderer: his life was never in one place, so his death should be entirely the same.
By making the grave anonymous, those who buried him are now encouraging everyone to go out and look for him, out there - somewhere - in the Pilbara. To wander as he did, and soak in the land and the experiences that he might have had. A fitting legacy I guess for what seems a remarkable dog.
Now the movie has been made and the books & stories are circulating much wider, the legend of Red Dog is destined to grow beyond just the Pilbara & WA to become universally Australian.
As it should be.''
Thanks Jim, for your thoughts.
Anthony Loveridge owner of web site reddogwa.com
A memorial statue is located on the outskirts of Dampier, Western Australia
The Red Dog Statue is located on the left as you enter the town of Dampier, WA, there is a small parking bay for you to safely stop and get out and take a photo of Red Dog.
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