Looks Like a Dingo

Here Comes Koga
Dingo in the Wild

One of the things we hear all the time about our dog Koga is that he “looks like a dingo.” We hear this in our neighborhood when we walk, when we go to the dog park, everywhere. Imagine my surprise when I was reading my feeds yesterday and I saw an actual photo of an actual dingo at Gordon Smith’s excellent photo blog Look and See. Gordon was kind enough to let me repost his photo to flickr for ease of blogging. I present as comparison our dog at the top and the unnamed real dingo in the outback below. You decide for yourself.

People forget this and his name is never mentioned in the history, but Gordon was one of the very early podcasters. In something like August or September 2004 he was doing a daily several minute audio show to accompany these photos, akin to a commentary track. He’d describe the background of the place of the thing he shot, a little about how he took it, etc. I recall at one point he did 60 daily shows in a row, setting the iron man record for the medium at that point. He no longer does the audio component (to my knowledge) but I’ve been following his photos ever since. If his name is dropped from the history of podcasting, it isn’t because I forgot him. Long may he wave.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

6 thoughts on “Looks Like a Dingo”

  1. Robert says:

    Having lived in Australia and seeing a few dingos myself Koga is very very dingo like. The photo below him is a really different version of what I remember seeing. I lived in Alice Springs which is the dead center of the country. Kogas short hair and coloring are closer to my recollection of them. I would be interested to know the geography/location of where Gordon took the photo.

  2. Gordon says:

    @Robert: This particular photo was taken in the gorge country near Oxley Wild Rivers National Park (near Armidale, New South Wales).

    There are very few pure-bred dingos around these days. This one doesn’t appear to have a white tail tip, or white feet “bootees” that would be indicative of a “pure” animal.

    Dingo colour and hair length will vary depending on location and climate.

  3. Robert says:

    Gordon.Thanks for the feedback.

  4. Ruth says:

    Yes ur dog does look like a dingo! I have a dog that looks like a dingo too! Everyone that sees my dog they always ask me I’m I sure my dog isn’t a dingo!

  5. Sheldon Spurgin says:

    my dog looks just like yours! do you know what kind it really is? everyone thinks mine is a dingo to! haha

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