Zulu the mastiff x greyhound loves children so much, her carers at Kunapa Kari in Tennant Creek knew she wouldn't settle in a new home unless she was surrounded by kiddies. So Kunapa applied to PetRescue’s Pets on the Move program to request a free flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide with Jetpets and Virgin Airlines.
“Zulu is such a special girl, we really didn’t want distance to be barrier to her finding the perfect family,” said manager of our Pets on the Move program, Tarsha Andrews.
Zulu was born in the remote Aboriginal community of Ali Curung, five hours northeast of Alice Springs. Otherwise known as ‘Dog Dreaming Country’, it’s a special place where all camp dogs are regarded as sacred totems and highly valued by the local people.
Camp dogs are traditionally a mix of working dog breeds from the surrounding cattle stations, with maybe a touch of dingo in there. However, in Ali Curung, you might see every shape and form, from chihuahuas to wolfhound-mixes like Zulu. But one thing that’s characteristic of all Northern Territory camp dogs is a gentle, calm, confident and loyal nature, and Zulu is blessed with all these loveable traits.
As a young pup, she was given to an Aboriginal family in Tennant Creek. But by the time she was six months old (a young teenager in dog years), she’d grown into a tall, athletic, 35-kilo dog and developed a regular habit of jumping fences and wandering around the neighbourhood, which earned her an unfavourable reputation with the local authorities. Eventually, a resident caught Zulu and took her to Kunapa Kari Rescue (meaning ‘Dog Place’ in the local Waramungu language).