Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Love that Dingo

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.

SONY DSCI’m not saying it would work for everyone but I love the fact that this man is thinking beyond the usual solutions.

And I love the fact that it’s called Dingo Love:

Watch ‘Dingo Love’


6 comments on “Love that Dingo

  1. Helen Steel
    February 5, 2015

    Great clip, Deb, I look forward to hearing you and Maggie in concert next x


  2. bkpyett
    February 5, 2015

    Lovely dog Deb! I laugh every time I see that dingo singing on the ABC! Fantastic! Are you going to teach Maggie to sing?
    My father had a part dingo called Blue and we adored him.


    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      February 8, 2015

      I’d have to teach myself to sing first and that would be a far greater challenge than teaching Maggie! There is something very special about dingoes isn’t there?


  3. nantubre
    February 5, 2015

    I can relate. three schnauzers here.


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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