Tag Archives: Aborigines of Australia

Dogs capable of interspecies adoption

Interspecies relationships often make the news as human interest stories.  Dogs have developed caring relationships for a variety of species, including cats, rabbits, and lambs.

What this means, essentially, is the great depth at which dogs have emotional lives and the capacity to bond.  They bond to us – why not to other animals?

This video, of an Australian Dalmatian who took a spotted lamb under its protection, is an example of the interspecies bond that dogs can form.

What stories do you have about a dog bonding with another animals?

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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A three dog night?

Some readers will think this post is about a rock band from the 1960s and 70s.  It isn’t.

It’s about the origin of the phrase “Three Dog Night” from which the band took the name…

Widely attributed to the Aborigines of Australia, the term means that the night is so cold, you need to sleep with three dogs to keep warm (particularly appropriate as we are starting to have clear, cold nights in the southern hemisphere – winter is near).

Aborigine with dog

This phrase is sometimes also attributed to the Inuit of the northern regions, who would sleep with their dogs to keep warm.