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Red Dog Wanderer from the Pilbara

Updated on March 29, 2017


Red Dog is the story of a dog that ruled many people of the Pilbara for years. He had them wrapped around his little paws. There are so many stories as to who this wonderful dog originally belonged to in fact I believe he along with many other people all thought he was their dog.  His heart was so big that he made friends with whoever he met on his travels.


As we drove around Australia we listened to both the CD’s of the Red Dogs adventures as he traveled from town to town and laughed throughout both of them.  We also purchased one of the books about his adventures. When we arrived in Dampier we made sure to visit his monument.  We introduced my dog Titan to Red Dog sharing his monument with him, and took their pictures together.  Red dog was a much larger dog than ours.


As the story goes Red dog was believed to be a cross between a Red Kelpie and a cattle dog.  This dog would travel from town to town traveling in cars, or even stopping trains to hitch a ride to the next town and his next feed. He also traveled on the company bus always occupying the front seat, until a certain lady stood up to him where no other man had ever dared to do. 

Red Dog with our Blue Heeler Titan

Australian Movie Red Dog

Australia is at present in the process of making a movie about this wonderful Red Dog.  If it is anything like the CD or one of his books then you are in for a real good laugh.  From what I can see they are filming part of this is South Australia later this year. Shame it could not be filmed totally in the towns where his story is so well known.  Also I am hoping that they will use an all Australian cast for this movie to do Red Dog proud.


Red dog became a legend in his own right after roaming thousands of kilometers, traveling from town to town often helping himself to the best meat on any barbecue available.  These escapades did not always go unscathed, he found himself in all sorts of trouble from time to time. Usually after one of these feeds he could generally clear a room in a matter of seconds after one of his releases of flatulence.


It was said that this dog was a fully paid up member of the Transport Workers Union. He used to sit beside the road and wait for people to stop and pick him up, in cars, trucks, buses or trains.  He had no qualms as to how he traveled as long as he reached his destination, in fact he would not get off until he reached that destination.


Like everyone he also made his enemies although throughout his story he made many more friends than enemies.  If you have the chance, this film will have to be a must see movie.  If you cannot see the movie then do your research and at least try to buy one of his CD’s or one of the books on his adventures. He truly was a well loved and wonderful dog.


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A Dogs Life - the Movie about Red Dog

The movie "A Dogs Life" is out. This movie is about the Red Dog that wandered all over the Pilbara in Australia's North West. His escapades amused thousands of people who all would loved to have him as their dog. Instead he would travel, by car, bus, train, truck or whichever way he could con a ride to the place of his choice.

He always appeared to know where he was going and would soon let you know when he had arrived at his destination.

The movie is based on this wonderful Red Dog and the stories told by the people who knew him during his time spent with them. I hope this movie "A dogs life" captures the imagination of its viewers as much as the many books and audio recordings have done before it.


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      Eileen Hughes 

      5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for stopping by Nell, Evidently it has been one of the biggest box office sellers in Australia. I loved it but the book and cd's were better they also changed it around a bit. The dog that played the part of Red Dog actually died a couple of weeks ago. Sad eh.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      What a brilliant story! I for one will be watching it if I can get hold of it. I love these sort of animal stories, they make me laugh, cry and just about everything else, wonderful, voted up! nell

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      Eileen Hughes 

      7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Jokylu, thanks for stopping by I am still waiting to see the movie. Havent got there yet but I will . And I will have a look at your article on about red dog too. cheers

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      7 years ago from Waratah North, Victoria.

      Just saw your hub after I wrote mine Eileen. Sorry I have written on the same topic but I did enjoy the movie last night and thought I really must write while it is still fresh. I love your photo of your dog with Red Dog .

      I also love the way you have written the story in such a personal way.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      thanks johanne.

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      8 years ago from australia

      Thats a beautiful story.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I was speaking of a different movie, but Lassie and Rex are good too.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      tobey100 Thanks for that. He was quite a dog you should watch out for the movie.

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      8 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

      I've never heard this story. Been quite a while since I've even heard mention of the pilbara. Love your hubs by the way.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      It a bit like Lassie and the police dog Rex. But this one was special to the people all over the pilbara. thanks

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Reminds me of another movie about a faithful dog. Interesting! I'll look it up on the internet.! Voted up!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Gustheredneck, you are so right. All dogs that are given a chance in life are beautiful. I feel sorry for the ones that are not given that chance. Like children we should love them all.

      Sallys trove, Ive read one of his books and listened to his Cd's and roared with laughter. Just like some of the antics that my blue heeler gets up to they are so funny.

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      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks for this introduction to Red Dog. I see he is well documented on the Internet. Looking forward to the film, which I never would have known of if not for your Hub.

      He must have been the ultimate "people dog" as well as the ultimate free spirit.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Eileen - Any unionized pup that is partial to barbecue is a doggone great dog near as I can see. Gus ;-)

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      samboiam, Google it and make sure you see the film when it comes out you will love it thanks for commenting

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Eileen, i have never heard the story of Red Dog. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Scarytaff, and free travel and everyone stopping to feed him too. oh yes what a life.

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      Derek James 

      8 years ago from South Wales

      Good story, Eileen. Oh, to be as free as the Red Dog.


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