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Why Camp Dogs matter - introducing the NT's new Animal Protection Act

Why Camp Dogs matter - introducing the NT's new Animal Protection Act

"Lupo was a very large bull mastiff looking dog that was white, except when as kids one time decided to dye him blue or purple with gentian violet ... Maybe he was the Boundless Possible dog": Scott McConnell MLA

"We're all eccentrics here!" Andrew McMillan on getting shickered in Larrimah, NT

But, hey, this is Larrimah. One expects things to go twirly. A decade ago, the blokes behind the "Highest bar in the Territory" were Graham Doyle and Syd Worrell. Syd had a French girlfriend, Jacquie, who liked a drink, cooked when she damned well felt like it and had such an aversion to the heat she'd shower fully clothed and return to the bar wringing wet. She and Syd were married at the pub in a ceremony the celebrant will never forget. The bride wore black and had to be assisted down the aisle. The best man, Mad Mick from Maryfield, was so shickered he couldn't find the ring.

Ben the Dingo's excellent Christmas Holiday adventures

Ben the Dingo's excellent Christmas Holiday adventures

Ben the Dingo has a combination of freedom, security, love and wildness that suits him perfectly. He is an entity to himself and well loved in the community and beyond. He has been given a chance in life and has thrived.

Happy Thylacine Day: Thylacines were lucky to last as long as they did

Happy Thylacine Day: Thylacines were lucky to last as long as they did

Since the European invasion of Australia in 1788, on the whole Australia’s wildlife has been incredibly unlucky. The agents of extinction that Europeans brought with them – predators to eat them, herbivores to starve them, changed fire regimes, drastically altered habitats, direct hunting, invasive plants and even climate change – have brought the native fauna to its knees.

Camp Dogs of the Week: AMRRIC's Kalumburu Vet and Education Program needs your doggy donations

Camp Dogs of the Week: AMRRIC's Kalumburu Vet and Education Program needs your doggy donations

Veterinary programs improve the health of dogs, so that they are less prone to parasites and have better body condition. Desexed animals live longer and healthier lives. Through surgical desexing, we prevent unwanted puppies; fewer dogs means less competition for food.

Vale Jangala Robertson

Vale Jangala Robertson

Jangala's childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people and the shooting of families at Wantaparri, which is close to his birthplace at Jila. Jangala had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo 'to hide' from being shot. After his father died at Mt Theo, Jangala moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.

Dingoes and Dogs in Indigenous culture

Dingoes and Dogs in Indigenous culture

There are many dog dreaming sites located around the Australian continent and each has its own and often interconnected story of creation and movement of the dingo through the country. Stories are told covering areas over thousands of kilometres and across different language groups.

Reporting From Arnhemland

Reporting From Arnhemland

Another day in the office for a journalist on the Arnhemland beat. "The corrugated iron is covering a litter of dead puppies ..."

Birds of the week. Three Black Kites and a dead frog

Birds of the week. Three Black Kites and a dead frog

Three birds, a dead frog and a fire. A few hours at the site of a grass fire outside the small Gulf town of Borroloola.

Camp dog of the week - Bung-eyed Basil

Camp dog of the week - Bung-eyed Basil

Basil is a kind and attentive host, particularly when evening scraps are his due. He might be ugly, scarred and with a bad case of bung-eye (I forgot to get some Golden Eye ointment for his conjunctivitis from the local clinic) that hopefully should be cleared up in a few days. He isn't riddled with ticks and is obviously reasonably healthy - in mind and body. In all he is just a normal dog - except that he is (technically) homeless.