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I am an animal person. I own two lovely dogs and two gorgeous cats. I work with the wildlife conservation NGO Satpuda Foundation in the tiger reserves of central India. Before that I worked for 14 years with the street dogs of Mumbai. I created and manage the INDog Project www.indog.co.in and the INDog Club.

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This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I've always loved Rupam Borah's portraits of his doggy family. They have such a tranquil contented mood and capture exactly what is so special about living with dogs. 

Adorable bright-eyed INDog-mix Gizmo was featured in this blog back in 2008. Tragically, Gizmo passed away from a serious heart disorder last year.

There are two Indy princesses in the Borah home now. Here's one of them: beautiful alert Fifi with the pirate eye-patch. The other princess, Bella, will be on the blog soon.

Rupam adopted Fifi from a dumpyard. 

'We named her Fifi because that very day we had returned from a Phi Phi Island trip,' he writes. 
'Fifi brings in a holiday feeling every day at home. The love of our life.'

'A holiday feeling'...what a perfect way to describe a dog.

First day at home

Birthday special!

'Daughters are special'

Photos: Rupam Borah

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Frances, 2014

Beautiful tricolour Frances was on this blog two and a half years ago. For her earlier post
click here.

Erin just sent in recent pictures of her. Stunning as always, and very striking portraits!

She also has more of an INDog look than most Delhi dogs. 

Photos: Erin Kathleen Bishop

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The K Gang trek to Sunset Point

Like most INDogs and INDog-mixes, the K Gang love the outdoors. And so do we.

We work pretty hard at keeping the KGang entertained and taking them to new and interesting places.

Apart from their regular beach holidays, they've shown some interest in rock-climbing and trekking.

So Kiran, the other human, arranged an expedition to Sunset Point, Matheran, in the beautiful Western Ghats range.

He knows lots of hiking routes by now, and he carefully selected this one because:

a. there's a safe path all the way
b. one doesn't meet many dogs, as there is only one small village at the base
c. it isn't heavily forested, and leopards are not seen in the area (they would be a danger to the K Gang, not to us humans)
d. it's easy to reach from Mumbai.

I'm the only member of the family who doesn't much like climbing and heights. I much prefer level ground. But of course I went along to keep an eye on the Gang.

Here are some of our photos!

So much to sniff...

Watering some bushes

The view

At around 1500 feet (halfway to Sunset Point) we came to a wooded patch and a tiny shrine. I decided to stop trekking and switched my attention to the myriad pretty cheeping things in the trees. The rest of our little company continued the climb up the hill. 

It was hot by now. By the time the others came down and rejoined me, everyone was a bit tired. Everyone drank water. Kimaya snoozed for a while before we started the walk down.

What's he doing shoving his head in that water??

Hahaha! Humans are crazy!

On the way down it drizzled and became cool. It was pretty. 

We reached home around 5 pm. After dinner the K Gang fell into a deep slumber.

It was a really nice outing and as you can see, it was a lovely scenic place. We plan to do more such trips once the weather cools down.

NOTE: The top priority must be to keep your dog safe. Some things to remember if you'd like to take your dog/s trekking:

  • If you are not a regular trekker, it's best to get an experienced trekker to accompany you
  • Make sure to carry cool water (thermal bottles are nice) and a bowl 
  • Some basic medication in case of cuts and scratches, and a vet-recommended anti-histamine just in case of bad insect bites or stings
  • Avoid forested areas with possible leopard presence 
  • Get a local guide if necessary; getting lost will not be fun 
  • Let your dog rest if he wants to; never force him to walk if he needs a break
  • Avoid trekking in hot weather

Western Ghats

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shalini and Somu: settled in

Nicole sent these recent photos of Shalini and Somu, now well settled into their new life.

Shalini has started walks in the woods, often without leash, and behaves very nicely! Somu suffered ill-treatment as a pup and is a much more nervous dog, but Nicole is working on making him calmer. 

Shalini even did some sleuth work recently!

'Shalini helped today to find an escaped Collie, who ran into an electric cow fence and then ran away in panic,' Nicole writes.

'I took her along for the search and we knew the forest where the dog was last seen. At a junction I asked her "where is the dog" and she smelled and looked up the hill. It turned out that the missing dog indeed went that way and they found him an hour later.'

Enjoy their latest photos:

Shalini: classic INDog

Out walking

In the woods

Getting some rest

Somu, beautiful INDog-mix

'But it's only 11...too early to get up on a sunday!'

Photos: Nicole Poyyayil

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Chocos and the girls

An update on the beautiful INDog family in Palakkad: Chocos and her daughters Vanilla and Jelly. Their sister Cheese was adopted by Amritha Krishnan. 

Click here for more photos of the family.

Chocos - love her expression!

Chocos and her daughters on a chilly morning
Sleeping beauty
The 'spotted a cat' expression
Chocos looks good even covered in mud. Climbing on to walls and high places is a typical INDog trait, seen in other pariah
breeds as well.
Vanilla and Jelly enjoying a lazy day on the roof

Chocos: signature goofy grin
Chocos: No pillow can replace good old mud

Photos: Vandana SB

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