Red Dog is a legendary dog that lived from 1971 to 1979 in Australia. He is known to have been a cross between a Kelpie and a Cattle Dog, both of which are sheep dog breeds. He achieved national fame due to his travels in western Australia. The name Red Dog has been attributed to the red dirt that coated his fur through out his journeys.
Red Dog was born in 1971 in a small West Australian town called Dampier. Today the town even has a white statue of Red, and the local tourist information explains a lot about the famous dog. After Red left his first master he befriended a bus driver and would regularly accompany him on trips. The front seat of the bus was always reserved for Red. He made a lot of friends throughout his journeys and was even given a personal bank account.
It is believed that he died in 1979 after eating strychnine poison, which is usually used to kill small rodents. He is buried in an unmarked grave on one of his numerous trails.
Several films and books have been inspired by Red's journeys. One book published in 2002 is a short novel by Louis de Berniéres called Red Dog, which retells the story of Red. Another example is a collection of poetry about Red, also called Red Dog published in 1983.