Dogs helped to build and defend Australia. The Blue Heeler or Kelpie working sheep or cattle is an Aussie icon: we could not have done it without them. The armed services and police have large dog units to this day, making use of the Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Labrador and others. Customs and Border Protection famously rely upon the Beagle and its keen sense of smell and desire to track down any and all food. Dogs are willing to share their extra-human abilities with us (such as their incredible sense of smell) to mutual advantage. Most Aussie households have pets, and most of those pets are dogs. Dogs trust humans implicitly and it is sickening to see or hear of broken trust in neglect and abuse cases. They are totally generous, pure and noble creatures and should always be treated with respect. They are there for us in our time of need. Are we there for them?