I followed this ute full of dogs for a couple of kilometres one morning while driving in Alice Springs last September. I followed it right into its carport! There I met the driver who had being wondering who it was tailing her.
Crystal Sinclair runs K9 Adventures Dog Walking and these are some of her K9s, all safely secured to the tie downs in the tray of the ute.
Just like the human population of Alice Springs, the dogs are originally from all sorts of different places. The German Shepherd had recently moved to Alice from Tasmania, a big change of climate that meant his fur was now insulation against heat instead of cold. One of the dogs had been a camp dog at the Aboriginal community of Ernabella in South Australia, and one had lived at Yuendamu in the Northern Territory, so they’ve only ever known Central Australian conditions. The little black dog was from New South Wales.
But there weren’t just four dogs in the ute…
There was another travelling in comfort in the cab.
I highly recommend all dog lovers to check out their amazing K9 adventures in the heart of the desert on facebook. I know you will never see photos of happier dogs. On their adventures they are ecstaticly free to be their most true selves. Crystal takes her packs to spectacular places in the MacDonnell Ranges around Alice. They carry their own water in back packs and one carries a ‘doggie-cam’ on his back. I know you’ll love the photos and if you look closely you’ll see these very dogs. They’ll make you want to go to Alice Springs!
Next time I’m in Alice, I hope I can run free with Crystal’s pack of lovely, happy dogs. In the shadow of Alhekulyele, the Arrernte name for Mt Gillen, which was created by the Dingo ancestor and whose nose is the tip of the mountain still.