This blog brings together reviews I have written for several books on dingoes. I have included a summary of reviews of my own books, For the Love of a Dingo and Merigal Dingoes, as well as links to blogs with words of warning for dingo researchers.
The Dingo Debate: Origins, Behaviour and Conservation by Bradley Smith (Editor).
I’ll begin with what I believe to be the most valuable book on Dingoes for many years.
This is not a book simply to read. It is one all dingo advocates, conservationists and ecologists should return to repeatedly for information supporting our fight to save the Dingo.
There is a new breed of young scientists studying the dingo. Editor, Bradley Smith is one of them. Their positive findings on the need to preserve not annihilate the dingo needs to be heeded by all governments. I hope the ongoing research by these young researchers continues to be published and made available to the general public.
Dingo Tails: Kane Guy
I have never read a book on any subject containing such a wealth of knowledge in a series of short stories by so many different writers.
Dingoes Tails was the concept of Kane Guy a teacher, writer, husband, father of three, and absolute dingo admirer.
With the publication of Dingo Tails Kane hopes to paint a new picture of the dingo in the eyes of everyday Australians; that by the end of the book the reader will be able to see through the indoctrination of media sensationalism and appreciate the true beauty of the dingo through its many endearing and truly unique qualities.
Living with Dingoes by Gill Ryhorchuk
Living with Dingoes gives greater insight and understanding of this beautiful Australian native animal. It clearly describes dingo behaviour and mannerisms and I enjoyed reading about the varying personalities of Gillian’s dingoes.
This is a must reading for anyone considering owning a dingo. In fact it should be compulsory reading for anyone considering a dingo as a pet as they are definitely not suited to many people.
Living with the Dingo by Adam O’Neill
This is not a book full of scientific jargon but rather O’Neill’s observations and experience deliver a “Biodiversity 101” lesson at a practical level, explained in easy to understand language.
My favourite quotation in the book is:
Only when we put away the poison baits and concentrate on rehabilitating our environment as a whole, will our endangered species have any hope of survival. The dingo has 4,000 years of experience in managing Australian land systems and controlling the animals that existed within them. I believe the dingo is our only chance for eco-reconciliation.
Dingoes Don’t Bark by Lionel Hudson
The book clearly describes the situation and plight of the dingo at the time (1974) and gives some of its sad history since white settlement including its relationship with Aboriginal people before the impact of that invasion.
He also raises a topic not considered a great deal in the early 1970s; that of the dingo’s role in maintaining the balance in nature. Meeting Robert Harden, who was researching dingoes and kept one at home, gave him further insight into this animal he had come to admire. Many old dingo myths are disproven.
The Way of the Dingo
As a dingo lover, it is a tough book to read. But I must confess it is beautifully written.
Sid Wright was a dingo hunter and the fictional story is based on his experiences.
The reason I did read it was because Sid Wright also understood and respected the dingo.