August 15, 2005
Cattle Dog Heritage
It's commonly believed that the early cattle dogs were a result of a cross with a dingo. This may be so, but my personal theory is that they were crossed with a number of native Australian wildlife, the genes of which appear occasionally in invidual contemporary cattle dogs.
Dusty's ancestor, the sugar glider, has passed on whatever gene is responsible for a drive to climb to the highest point of wherever she is and to launch herself into space when she no longer wants to be up there.
Thommo's ancestor, the wombat, passed on his athletic build and his interest in the environment.