The long story
This, is Olive. Olive is an Indochina Dingo or Asian type Dingo that found her way to Europe all the way from Kampot, Cambodia. She grew up as a little pupper underneath a little shack out in the sticks, until we found her when she was about 5 or 6 weeks old. We weren’t looking to add a dog to our family at that time, but honestly who can say no to a little inie minie puppy in need? So she came with us, and that was the best choice we ever made.
Phnom Penh to Europe
Olive was born around September 20th and lived the first 9 months of her life in Cambodia. We spend our days playing in the garden and exploring the jungle, until it was time to pack our bags and head back to Europe. As you can imagine, that was quite a trip. We stayed in busy Phnom Penh for two nights, traveled by taxi to the Thai border, took a bus to Bangkok and had to spend another week or so there to get the last paperwork in order.
Luckily we were well prepared and on our way quite fast. We flew in to Frankfurt, Germany, walked into the country, took a train to the Netherlands and that is where we still reside today!
What a character!
Olive is now adjusted well to the European way of life. She loves running around the forest playing with other dogs, she travels by train every morning to work with me at the office and we have traveled a bit around Europe already too, but plan to do more soon!
Olives personality, as some of you might know already, is a bit quirky. She loves other dogs unless they are very in her face, then she gets a bit frightened. The same goes for people. She takes a long time to warm up to people and the more you force yourself upon her, the more she draws back and gets scared. As long as you ignore her though, she will warm up to you soon and as soon as she knows you she will love you forever!
What a breed!
So must of the weird quirks I explained above are actually very much part of her genetics. She is an Indochina Dingo, or Asian type Dingo, and these primitive pups are definitely different than your average dog. They are extremely smart and very independent, which makes others often think they are stubborn or don’t want to learn. I actually really like this about Olive, and to me it just means she doesn’t want to work for you unless you give her the paycheck she wants. She’s an independent lady!
Do you want to know more?
If you want to know more about Olive or about primitive dogs in general, please have a look at the links below, there’s loads of info available!
Couch Wolves – a great site on Primitive dog behavior.