Dingo the Trail Dog

This is the amazing Dingo, my trail dog.  I was looking for a running partner and rescued her in August 2012 when she was about 9 months old. She weighs 33 pounds and had already been spayed when I adopted her.

 

Dingo

 

Active, playful, and loyal, she is always interested in the action and drags me along for our daily 6-mile run at oh-dark-thirty.  She would gladly run twice that far.  One time I was riding my mountain bike at Uwharrie with some friends and she was happy to run alongside whoever was out front.  Parts of that trail are steep climbs and other parts are double track jeep roads where we got over 20mph.  She stayed with us for almost three 11 mile laps before just deciding she’d had enough and just laid down in the middle of the trail.  If you ever pre-ride mountain bike trails and see a gray dog leading a group of riders down the trail, it is probably Dingo.

Dingo is an Australian Cattle Dog, (excerpted from Wikipedia…)

“a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for driving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. In the 19th century, New South Wales cattle farmer Thomas Hall crossed the dogs used by drovers in his parents’ home county, Northumberland, with dingoes he had tamed. The resulting dogs were known as Halls Heelers. After Hall’s death in 1870, the dogs became available beyond the Hall family and their associates, and were subsequently developed into two modern breeds, the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Robert Kaleski was influential in the Cattle Dog’s early development, and wrote the first standard for the breed.

 

The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that occurs in two main color forms. It has either brown or black hair distributed fairly evenly through a white coat, which gives the appearance of a “red” or “blue” dog. It has been nicknamed a “Red Heeler” or “Blue Heeler” on the basis of this coloring and its practice of moving reluctant cattle by nipping at their heels. Dogs from a line bred in Queensland, Australia, which were successful at shows and at stud in the 1940s, were called “Queensland Heelers” to differentiate them from lines bred in New South Wales; this nickname is now occasionally applied to any Australian Cattle Dog.

 

As with dogs from other working breeds, the Australian Cattle Dog has a high level of energy, a quick intelligence, and an independent streak. It responds well to structured training, particularly if it is interesting and challenging.”

Dingo loves people — all people — and she loves other dogs.  If you are ever lucky enough to meet her, don’t be surprised if she jumps up on you and licks you in the face. That’s just Dingo… a very cool dog, indeed.