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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.

Are you a Pariah Dog fan?

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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Asian Dogs, by Lili Chin

Lili Chin is my favourite dog artist. I love her posters on dog training and behaviour. 

Her 'Dogs of the World' series is the most adorable breed directory ever. I particularly like that she's included aboriginal dogs along with the better-known modern breeds. 

Have a look at the full set on her Doggie Drawings website.

I have 'Asian Dogs' from the series, framed in our study. Look closely at the third row...! 

This is a terrible photo taken with my phone, with a flash reflection and all kinds of mess. The original poster is in her website.

You can follow her wonderful work on her Facebook page. 

Oh, and she does cats too!

































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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Choco

Ashish Sharma recently read our 'temperament guide' for Indy owners (have a look, it's good!)

It inspired him to send in this interesting description of his beautiful INDog-mix Choco, and all these photos. I'm posting my favourite one first, though it was very hard to pick a favourite!
































He came to us on 4th July, 2013, during the rainy season; I think he was between 30-45 days old. I was getting out of my cab after my night shift and saw him following me to the building, completely drenched. Seeing this cute puppy running behind me all wet, I took him upstairs for food and to dry him, so that I could release him once the rain stopped.

Coincidentally, for a couple of days previously we had been discussing adopting a pet from an adoption centre. I have been living with dogs since my birth, and my wife has a labrador at her home as well). 

After I took him in I did not feel like abandoning him. I did not see his mother anywhere around our society either, nor any more puppies. 

So the lord answered our prayers, with Choco.

































































































































Choco's behaviour: Since the beginning, he is possessive and an irritating cuddler. Passive (not dominating), and likes to sleep in a way that he gets to touch both of us during sleep. Extremely energetic, attentive and playful. Very social around kids and guests and a few dogs (not all). Does not like to stay alone at all, and howls if left alone, and destroys anything he can find, if alone.

Choco does not overeat. Playing is a priority over eating. He can be stubborn at times. We have trained him to use the bathroom for all his 'business', which is helpful in the rainy season or when we are extremely tired, but he does not like a wet floor.

Fur shedding is a bit of a problem. He sheds twice a year. When he has eaten some rubbish (for instance, wood, paper, plastic, hair, rubber) the good thing is his body immediately rejects any foreign substance and he throws up.

He has great stamina and I have trained him for that as well. He can run almost at the speed of 30-32 kmph for 5-7 minutes straight without slowing.

He can jump more than 6 feet in height and for length I think it's more than 6 feet as well (no exaggeration here).

Our lovely son Choco really gives us the feeling of being a father and mother (as he has done almost everything a child can do in the house, ranging from destroying stuff, to eating earth outside).






























Text and photos: Ashish Sharma
Pune

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Zoey is three

Remember baby Zoey in her little red tee? That's one of my favourite puppy photos in this blog. Have a look at her puppy post here.

Time has flown...and Zoey is now a pretty young lady, all of three years old! 8 January was celebrated as her birthday.

Sadhwi sent in photos and an update. Zoey's puzzled expression in the cake series put a big smile on my face!

On this day three years ago we saw a little black puppy about to get hit by a car. We rescued her and brought her home for fostering, but little did we know that Zoey would be ours for life. 

Zoey has been a joy to have around along with our two elder rescue dogs. She is the light of the house. Energetic, very intelligent, obedient and so very easy to train! She loves toys and has the daily routine of picking a toy out of her toy box to play with for hours after her evening walk. 

We are glad no-one adopted her so we got to keep her forever. And we love seeing her enjoy life!








































Photos and text: Sadhwi Sondhi
Delhi

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Shadow

This tiny beautiful pup was recently adopted by Kunga Negi in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. What a cutie! 

Dogs in the Himalayan region are likely to be mixed with indigenous mountain breeds.  It will be interesting to see what Shadow looks like when he grows up.

Kunga sent his photos and adoption story:
































I was thinking for a long time that I'd like to raise a dog and was considering buying a Eurobreed, but then one day I saw this little buddy outside the gym where I go to work out here in Shimla. The pup was trembling with cold. I picked him up and decided at that very moment to raise this little rascal at home. 

His name is Shadow.

What I feel is that if I raise him there will be more awareness among people to raise Indies rather than Eurobreeds. If more of us do that we can bring about a big change.

After spending days reading about INDogs I learned that they are among the oldest breeds in human history, very intelligent and friendly to humans and children.

There are many misconceptions among people that INDogs are not pure breeds and that they are not intelligent. We have to create awareness. With neutering and awareness and also adoption, I hope one day there will be no street dogs but only Dogs.



































Photos and story: Kunga Negi
Shimla
Himachal Pradesh

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Senna

INDog Senna lives with Puloma's family in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. What a lovely dog!































Puloma writes:

One fine day we found two small pups outside our house hiding behind our car. They were really small, adorable, very playful, so we had no option but to feed them and keep them with us. 





















































One of them, the boy, disappeared after staying with us for one month. We searched for him everywhere but couldn't find him. I hope he is safe and happy wherever he is.

It was difficult for us and his sister, but I like to think of it as God's bigger plan for us.

From that day onwards we totally took care of our baby and her needs. We had never had any experience of keeping a dog in the house, but we still managed to do pretty well! (Yay!)























From vaccinations and trips to the vet to her spaying and post-op stress, it has been a difficult yet beautiful ride. She is extremely playful.

The best part of our day is when we all return from college, school or work and find her waiting for us with that cute wagging tail.

I have never been more happy in my entire life!

Along with  her, we look after two other old Indies as well. They just sit outside, guard the house and accompany us quietly wherever we go. (Thank God they are not as playful as Senna!)

May God bless all such voiceless creatures and those who stand up for them.

Story and photos: Puloma Singh
Pantnagar
Uttarakhand

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