I find it hard not to choke a little when I see the silhouette of our favourite outback dog waiting patiently in our workshops.
That's right, Red is back! And being honoured by some very special memorial signage in the Pilbara to commemorate this amazing canine's story. Signs & Lines is working with The Brand Agency to manufacture this suite of signage including entry statement, story boards and a community board.
This project is one that's close to my heart and I can't wait to see the finished result. For those unfamiliar with this great dog, he was a legend in his own right, exploring the northern WA towns from 1971 to 1979. A kelpie/cattle dog cross he was well known for his travels through Western Australia's Pilbara region - making friends and loved ones along the way.
Red Dog - True Story
Stories about the real Red Dog and his travels are many and varied, and as with all great legends some of the stories have been enhanced in their telling and retelling over the years. What’s known about Red Dog is that he was born in about 1971 in the Paraburdoo area, travelled thousands of kilometres by walking or hitching a lift in cars, buses, trucks and trains and was loved by the many friends he made during his travels.
As a young dog known as Tally Ho, he travelled to Dampier with his human companion Col Cummins, and soon became a fixture at the Dampier Salt Co and at Hamersley Iron, travelling on the company buses. Red Dog had a chocolate colour, sometimes called red. It’s said that his most well-known name came about from being covered in the famous fine red dirt of the Pilbara but those who knew him best say he was most often called Tally, Blue or Bluey.
A WA man named John Stazzonelli was Red Dog’s next and last true master, and after his tragic death Red Dog took to wandering the Pilbara. Red Dog’s many friends looked after him during this time, including the Karratha vet, Dr Rick Fenny. With a bank account and fully paid up memberships in the Dampier Sports and Social Club, Metal Trades Union and the Transport Workers Union, Red Dog was no ordinary dog.
After his death in 1979, a statue was erected in his memory in the town of Dampier and today the statue is a very popular stop with tourists.