Three days after the funeral, they find him still waiting where John told him to stay.After three weeks Red Dog decides to look for John, first at Hamersley Iron, then the bar and other places where John was known to go, until all of Dampier is explored.Upon entering the town pub he sees the silhouettes of a group of men, one of whom is holding a gun.Believing it is a murder, he rushes into the next room, where he sees that the men are trying to put down an apparently sick dog.A great fight between Red Dog and Red Cat ensues, and in the end, they resolve their differences and become mates but still have their ups and downs.Back in the present day, miner Jocko asks the gathered crowd why the town should have a statue of the town’s namesake, William Dampier, when all he did in relation to the place was say that there were too many flies, and suggests that they should instead erect a statue of someone who represents the town – Red Dog.
He eventually starts dating a woman named Nancy, a secretary at Hamersley Iron.
Upon arriving in Dampier, the dog befriends many of the employees of Hamersley Iron, who have a major iron ore excavation in progress.
Various miners relate their stories of Red Dog to Thomas, but state that, while Red Dog was a dog for everyone, he had no real master.
Early the next morning, John rides his motorcycle from Nancy's caravan, but he is killed in an accident on the way after hitting a kangaroo.
In the shock of John's accident, Nancy and the Hamersley men forget about Red Dog.