5 Feb 2016

Random Friday night photo

Cooling off at Yantabulla in New South Wales, by Chris Ferguson.
Their names are Mikey and Rustle. Like two mates at the pub....


  1. Not sure what breed those dogs are, except that they are not the
    Australian Sheperd. Odd as it seems the 'Aussies' which are very common in the US western ranch country, is an American breed. Smart and hardworking; I got one from a Nez Perce Indian friend, and like most
    Indian dogs, he was half wild. After being dragged through several hedgerows as he chased up a rabbit, getting up in the middle of the night to unwind him from the rear axle of my car and chasing him three miles in my truck after one of his 'escapes', the straw that broke the camel's back was my wife calling me at work "the dog is barking constantly and he won't quit". I advised that a swat on the
    rump with a rolled up newspaper worked pretty well..didn't hurt but made a lot of noise. She called back in ten minutes "he ate the
    rolled up newspaper!" Luckily, a woman coworker offered to take the
    canine trouble maker off my hands. Her husband was a rancher at a
    nearby university and needed help with the herd. Turned out to be
    the best cow dog they ever had. You don't suppose that my Nez Perce buddy pawned a Dingo off on me, do you? :)

    1. BB, I had never heard of the Australian Shepherd!
      Sounds like he was a handful.

      I looked at your Wikipedia link – those dogs, to me, look a lot like my retriever.

      My source doesn’t specify what sort of dogs these are in the picture, but they look to me like Blue Heelers, which is the common name for the Australian Cattle Dog. When their colouring is more brownish the same breed is called a Red Heeler:


      Or they might be kelpies – it’s difficult to tell because their hair is plastered down and I’m no expert. Kelpies are Australian Sheep Dogs.


      There’s a nice ‘family movie’ sort of film called Red Dog, about the friendship between an American man who comes to Western Australia and a local kelpie that adopts him. It’s based on a real wandering dog who was known about the Pilbara region of Western Australia in the 1970s.


      As to dingoes…
      The dingo is thought to be descended from semi-domesticated dogs from South-East Asia or China and may have got here sometime in the last 20 or so thousand years – and probably with humans. Many Australian wild dogs are not actually dingoes, or are only part dingo. The interbreed as frequently as dogs and wolves elsewhere. Your Australian Sheppard sounds about as wilful.

  2. I don't know if there is a term for young kangaroos, but they seem to be a big hit at a Utah Veterans hospital where they act as therapy animals. Having seen how older kangaroos use their feet for fighting, I got a KICK out of it.

    1. A young kangaroo is called a joey. A group of kangaroos is a mob.
      Depending on the variant that Charlie is (I don’t think he’s a big red) he could grow up to be quite a big lad. Even if you have raised them from infancy, once they sexually mature… look out, seriously. But that’s mentioned in the video so they’re aware.
      Meantime they are quite social animals.

      I imagine one would be quite the novelty in Utah veterans home.