G’day, I’m Ringo. I’m a member of the dog kind (yup, the same kind as your furry friend at home!), specifically a dingo.
Dingoes are basically wild dogs that live across Australia in grasslands, rainforests, deserts, mountains, and woodlands. But mostly we’re found in the massive Outback (a dry area inland).
Even though we’re in the same kind, we’re not exactly like dogs—or any other member of the dog kind for that matter. We have some unique features such as flexible necks so that we can turn our heads to look completely behind us. We also have special wrists and paws that we can use to climb trees and dig in the dirt (we have even used them to open doorknobs!).
And, unlike dogs, we don’t make good pets. We like to roam and stay away from humans (they’re kinda scary!), so most people don’t want a dingo as a pet. We also have stronger and longer jaws than dogs, and we don’t really bark—we howl instead.
Dingoes like me are the largest carnivores (that’s a meat-eater) in Australia. In a fallen world, we eat lots of different animals, including sheep and other farm animals. Farmers don’t like us much for that—they’ve even built the world’s largest fence to try to keep us out of their herds. But, in a fallen world, we’re important for keeping populations of wild animals, like kangaroos, from getting too large.
We have a purpose in the animal kingdom, but much greater still is the special purpose each person has on earth. You were created on purpose and for a purpose. You aren’t just some kind of accident. God created you with a purpose in mind. If you’re a child of God, you are Christ’s workmanship, and your purpose is good works that God has prepared for you to do. That’s what Ephesians 2:10 tells us: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Species: lupus dingo
Lifespan: 3–5 years