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A Dog's View - 

Sam, (surname Sommerfeld) is a dog well used to traveling Australia .  Sam is a clever terrier who frequently writes home to his neighbouring cat, Chloe with lively descriptions of his adventures.  No Boundaries  has been privileged to gather some excerpts.  Here's some of Sam's tales................. postmark, somewhere in the very red centre!

Dear Chloe,
You are lucky you decided not to come on this trip as you and I are far too "advanced" in years for roughing it.  The dirt roads are dreadfully rough and the lumps and clatters really do frighten me so much that I have to sit on my Mums' lap most of the time.  She goes crook when I dig holes in the red dirt and then flop down in them making my lovely creamy legs pink.  I was so dirty from the Plenty Hwy (Mum told me it's called this because there are plenty of corrugations, plenty of bull dust and plenty of stones and rocks.  I think she was pulling my leg because we crossed the Plenty River and there was no water!) - anyway, I had to have a good bath when we got to Alice Springs..... - you would not have liked it at all Chloe.
 From Alice, we headed down to Ayres Rock and on to the Olgas.  Here we joined up the Great Central Highway or the Outback Highway which also takes in the Plenty and Donahue right back to Boulia.  (All dirt of course).

  The road from the W.A. border is a vast improvement on N.T.  Sometimes my Dad thinks he's back on the bitumen, although there are still bad bits enough to keep him awake.  The scenery along here must be great as my Mum keeps oohing and aahing and taking photos, and camels... funny looking things!  Right in the middle of nowhere (well the Gibson Desert, actually) is the Giles Weather Station.  Onwards to Desert Oaks where we camped last night - a little oasis that Mum thought was great - me too (different reason, I think).
 Flies!!! - it's a dog's life once more - Mum and Dad have fly veils, but me?  At least sometimes Mum waves them away from me while I'm eating dinner.

 

Word of advice - don't wee on stuff they call spinifex - very spikey!  
 I think that you would find it slim pickings around here anyway;  very few birds around.  What I did notice at Docker River (an Aboriginal community who run a campground) was that there were hoses with timers on that go up the oaks into bird feeders.  Very thoughtful!
We have crossed over quite a few sand dunes this afternoon and my Mum has been going gaga over the blue salt bush in the red sand.  I do miss my puddy milk and all my friends at home.  
Your best mate, Sam, or as your mum calls me, 'Ratbag'.

Editor's note:  Permission needs to be obtained to photograph in some Aboriginal lands. 

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