On a red stone in Dampier, Australia, there's a statue of a cattledog-looking fellow, in motion, ready to go. This statue honors Red Dog, who during his life (1971 - Nov 1979) moved past two owners to become his own dog. The greater community took him in, fed and cared for him, gave him a bank account and a sports club membership. Meanwhile he went where the dry western winds took him, until the day he died -- apparently of poison (there's always someone, isn't there?).
Louis de Bernières wrote the book Red Dog after seeing his statue and learning his story: read the review in the Guardian newspaper here. Wikipedia on Red Dog here.