Rather than deal with the trials of life in 2012, Azaria never made it to her first birthday, she instead died a most horrid death somewhere at the base of Uluru.
As a person who has devoted my life to dogs, I know them well and the past year having interviewed Dingo experts in every part of Australia as well as studying them in their environment, I feel I know these also, and I have grown to love and respect these animals, just as I do our pet and working dogs under our care.
Despite this love and respect I have for dogs, I can not but feel intense sorrow that Azaria, never had the chance to work out which is the best dog food or get frustrated at the sheer lack of responsibility of some dog owners at the dog park.
Knowing dogs as I do, I can see over and over in my mind the events of that night in the heart of Australia in 1980. Death meets us all, that is a fact, but that way, the way death met baby Azaria just turns me inside out.
Many people would think that as a person with deep respect for Dingoes and Dogs that I would be of a different mindset, but how can you be when a defenseless little baby was lost in such a way.
The saga has been ongoing almost my entire life and as a kid I heard the most horrendous things said about the grieving mother, but all I can say on this is that we must learn from this terrible experience.
Dingoes and dogs have the ability to do immense harm, as Lindy found out that fateful night, but managed they can do incredible good.
It is essential that we manage dogs in our care, and it is even more important that we manage ourselves and those children in our care.
Lindy wants to close this chapter in her life and hopefully today that will happen, however her message that Dingoes are a wild animal and have the potential to be dangerous must be heeded. This is not about demonising our native dog, or any dog, it is about taking measures to protect them and ourselves from harm. It is about dog owners taking responsibility of their dogs actions and managers of dogs in the environment taking responsibility for the outcomes of the wild dogs in their care and the rest of us taking responsibility for our interactions with dogs, be they in the wild or the suburban street.
There is so much knowledge out there about the best management of domestic dogs, training through positive reinforcement, early socialisation and responsible management, just as there is so much warning about being safe around and not feeding wildlife which can encourage unwanted behaviour... but we as humans just seem to ignore it all.
My only hope is that when you are in a hurry you think that maybe that shopping cart you don't need to navigate around, that car spot that has not been taken or that dog poo not already stepped was because a woman by the name of Azaria Chamberlain never got to live.