Dingo Dog Names in Pop Culture
When you think of a Dingo, you imagine a wild dog roaming the arid outback land in Australia. They are often targeted as a pest from the locals, who take a dim view of the dog invading their massive farming stations and are protective of their stock. It seemed in earlier times the only good Dingo was a dead one! People would shoot them just for fun. Then in June of 1980, the death of baby Azaria Chamberlain rocked the world when it was claimed that a Dingo killed the baby on a family camping trip to Uluru (formerly known as Ayres Rock) in the Northern Territory. At first, the mother was charged with murder, and spent three years in prison before being released after clothing from the baby was found near a Dingo lair. As you can see, the Dingo has had a dark and often troubled past.
So it is refreshing to find a story about a Dingo dog that brought laughter to many and who was a great ambassador for the breed. Dinky belonged to Jim and Mardi Cotterill who owned Stuarts Well Roadhouse in the Northern Territory. It wasn't long before his pet dingo became known as the 'Pavarotti with Paws' because it turns out that Dinky loved to 'sing' while standing on the old piano in the roadhouse. Whenever the piano was played, Dinky would jump up onto the piano and hammer out some four-pawed notes while howling along to the tune. Jim and Dinky would often sing a duet to amuse the tourists who would stop by just to see this amazing dog. Before long, everyone heard about Dinky, and he became a real drawcard for tourists and locals who loved the dog and his songs. He became known internationally as the Singing Dingo. Dinky was a purebred dingo and was known for his friendly nature and devotion to Jim and Mardi as well as their visitors.
Dinky retired after twelve years spent raising money for charity with his melodic voice. Jim said that the dog was suffering from a bit of arthritis in his hips and it had been getting harder to get up on the piano. After staggering a few times on the piano, Jim said enough and he, Mardi and Dinky retired to Alice Springs. Dinky was 14 years of age when he sadly passed away and had spent 12 of those years performing. Jim stated that Dinky had been a wonderful ambassador for tourism and was equally a good ambassador for the Dingo breed. His devotion, friendliness and unique ability to perform has changed the way the local people have viewed the Dingo. This dog will remain a legend and a true beacon of hope and light for the breed, bringing respectability at last to the wild Dingo of Australia.