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Sharing love of pet dingoes

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April 09, 2018

Mooroopna's Erin McKenzie, 8 and Tilly Johnson, 13 of Melbourne had a chance to feed the Dingoes.

Dingo CARE Network Inc. creator Julie Fechner with one of her Dingoes.

Bevan McKenzie, 8, from Mooroopna loved meeting the Dingoes up close.

People from across Victoria came together at Victoria Park Lake for the love of their pet dingoes yesterday.

The event began with dingo owners coming together for a meet and greet, followed by a walk around the lake.

People were also able to get up close to feed and pet the dingoes.

Dingo CARE Network member Dennis Murray organised the event as a way to interact with other owners and hear their stories.

As pack animals, it also gave the dingoes a chance to walk as one.

‘‘In the wild, dingoes live in packs, so you have to be a part of the pack yourself as an owner and they will follow you forever,’’ Mr Murray said.

‘‘The idea behind this day was to get the dingoes out and show people what they are really like.’’

As a Yorta Yorta man, Mr Murray says aboriginals kept dingoes around the camp to keep evil spirits away.

Dingo owner Serena Lyon travelled from Bendigo to show off her dingoes.

Ms Lyon got her first dingo, Digger, when he was mistaken as an abandoned puppy on the side of the road.

She received her second, Sahara, after the dingo could not be taken to the zoo she was destined for.

Dingo CARE Network creator Julie Fechner said dingoes were great for keeping kangaroo numbers down and helping small endangered native species procreate.

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