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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.

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

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Sunday, December 21, 2014


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
Himachal Pradesh

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


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

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Monday, November 24, 2014


Last year a few cute little INDog-mix pups from Gokulam, Mysore were befriended by some yoga students and travelled to loving homes in the US and Canada, and one to Peru!

Here's one of them: Nokhi, who went to Miami with Day Christensen. Another, Raaji, was featured on this blog a few months ago.

'Nokhi is the sweetest dog,' writes Day. 'She has yet to meet another animal she doesn't like. She is friendly and loving. 

'When I found her she was a pathetic thing, shaking and lost. Now she still has some anxiety when she is near traffic or big crowds. She is a little scaredy but like I said she is the sweetest. I am the luckiest person to have found her. We love each other tons!'

Photos: Day Christensen
Mysore, India
Miami, USA

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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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