Story telling from Australia
These two words don’t normally go together, not if you’re a farmer: ‘dingo’ and ‘love’. Dingoes are feral pests in many parts of Australia and wild dog eradication programs have been set up to combat them. Having seen the damage a dingo can do, I can understand why.
Maggie’s only three quarters dingo but, even so, I wouldn’t dream of taking her out to farmland and letting her loose; she could quite legitimately be shot. Worse still she might swallow 10:80 dingo bait.
They’re more tolerant towards dingoes here in Sydney; sometimes I think I can spot one of her distant cousins on our daily walk around the block.
But I never thought I’d hear a property owner talk admiringly about them.
Kate kept telling me about a short clip of a dingo howling along to a harmonica that filled a few seconds of airtime in between programs on the ABC (Australia’s equivalent to the BBC). Somehow I kept missing it. In the end I searched YouTube, and I found the full length version.
What a surprise. The ‘hippy’ playing a harmonica to his dingo turned out to be a property owner, and he had a radical way of keeping unwelcome dingoes off his property.
And I love the fact that it’s called Dingo Love: