I’ve always been fascinated by certain certain cultures especially those of the Aborigines, Native Americans and Inuits. I love and respect how they had to do things without any of the modern day conveniences and technology.
I’ve read a lot about the Australian Aborigines and I have become in awe of the simple things that they did to survive. One of those things has turned into a common phrase that people use called a three dog night.
I heard this saying or term so many times growing up but I never knew where it came from or what the hell it meant. Then, I stumbled upon it’s meaning in a book I read many years ago.
A three dog night is how the Aborigines measured how cold it was. When they slept, they would use the warmth of their dogs to supply them with heat, having the dogs curl up at their sides through the cold nights. The colder it was, the more dogs came to them to heat their bodies…. a three dog night was pretty chilly.
How simple. How intimate. How resourceful and innovative. They didn’t have heaters or large, heavy blankets as they were nomadic and had to carry as little as possible, often relying on the earth and their animals and each other to get through.
I imagine what it must be like to not have my warm bed and the walls keeping out the wind. I imagine what those freezing nights in the Outback must have been like, the darkness and silence and your only comfort being the soft, furry, warm bodies of the dogs… their breathing felt at your legs, slow and comforting.
I love human beings and animals teaming together to beat nature at it’s game. I love the idea of them needing each other, relying on each other for survival. Dog warms human, human warms dog and they become a little pocket of heat on an otherwise chilly night.