Red Dog Memorial, Dampier
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member R0gue
S 20° 39.849 E 116° 43.052
50K E 470578 N 7714995
Quick Description: Red Dog (c. 1971 – 21 November 1979) was a Kelpie/cattle dog cross that was well known for his travels through Western Australia's Pilbara region.
Location: Western Australia, Australia
Date Posted: 2/7/2013 5:30:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMGAY7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:
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, and Dog of the Northwest.

Tally Ho was his first name, given to him by a man called Col Cummings, who is believed to have been 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 (although 'red dog' is a common nickname for red kelpies and heelers much in the same way as 'blue dog' or 'Bluey' is a common nickname for Australian Blue Cattle Dogs).

His second owner was John Stazzonelli, a bus/truck driver with Hamersley Iron, whose work allowed Red to travel as far as Perth, Broome, Roebourne, Point Samson and Port Hedland.

Following Stazzonelli's death in 1975, Red spent a lot of time travelling on his own. He was also taken in by many members of the community and a veterinarian who treated him . Each time he came in to the vet, it was with a new owner. Red was made a member of the Dampier Salts Sport and Social Club and the Transport Workers' Union. He was also given a bank account with the Bank of New South Wales, which is said to have used him as a mascot and sales tool with the slogan "If Red banks at the Wales, then you can too." Although he had many friends, it is believed that his death in 1979 was caused by deliberate strychnine poisoning. Red is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere between Dampier and Karratha.

Soon after Red's death, Australian author Nancy Gillespie wrote and compiled anecdotes and poetry written by several people of the Pilbara region for her 1983 book Red Dog as did Beverly Duckett in her 1993 book Red Dog: the Pilbara Wanderer.

Red Dog's story and statue have caught the attention of a number of people passing through Dampier including British author Louis de Bernières, who was inspired to write a book loosely based on Red's legend called Red Dog. A feature film about Red, based on de Bernières' novel, has been made in Australia and was released in cinemas 4 August 2011.
Breed: Kelpie

Date Built: December 1980

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