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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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Loki, Dog of Mischief

INDogs Gucci and Teddy now have a baby 'brother': pretty golden Loki recently joined the Menezes family in Nasik.

Everyone knows the name Loki after the Thor and Avenger movies; but long before Marvel and Hollywood fame Loki was famous as a trickster and god of mischief in Norse mythology.  This little Loki looks rather gentle but no doubt he'll live up to the name, like all puppies! 

'Loki is the fourth addition to my family, and the third Indy,' writes Stephanie. 'I rescued him from being run over, and in spite of searching for his mother for over three hours, couldn't locate her. 

'Gucci and Teddy have started playing with him a little and he's totally at ease in his new home.'

So heart-warming to hear of another lucky puppy. I dream of a perfect future when no more pups will be born on the street; but while they still are I hope there will be many more kind people to take them in!

Photos: Stephanie Stephens Menezes

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Meet Sofia! She was adopted ten days ago in Chennai by Gowri Shankar Natesan.

'She is around 30 odd days old, and people around were going to drop her off some streets away to fend for herself,' says Gowri. 'Overhearing the conversation my family and I decided to adopt her.

'She is doing well; got her checked by a vet, and except for some anaemia she appears fine.'

I wonder how those people thought a puppy of this age would be able to 'fend for herself.' One would expect that in a city like Chennai with extremely well-publicized animal welfare organizations, people would have other options than just waiting for dogs to be born and then displacing them. Good thing for little Sofia that there was a kind family in the neighbourhood. I hope her dog relatives will be neutered soon as not all pups get this lucky!

Photos: Gowri Shankar Natesan

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Shalini and Somu: First days in Switzerland

Last Tuesday my friends Nicole (human) and Shalini and Somu (dogs) travelled from Ahmedabad to Switzerland. Nicole shifted back there last year and now she's finally been able to take the dogs there.

I love Shalini because she is the same type as my INDog Kiba. Nicole adopted her in Navi Mumbai when she was a little pup. Somu joined the family later in Ahmedabad, where Nicole rescued him after he'd suffered terrible brutality. If you follow the links back you can read their stories in this blog. Or you can just type 'Shalini and Somu' in the search box. 

Nicole's older Indy Deepa has been living in Switzerland for several years now, with Nicole's parents on their lovely farm. You can follow her story through the links in this post.

Last week's journey was stressful for Nicole, partly because of Somu's nervous temperament. They stopped in Mumbai between the flights and I met them at the domestic airport. Luckily everything went well and they arrived safely in Switzerland the next morning. 

From the photos Nicole sent it's clear the dogs have settled into their new home and life very quickly! Who wouldn't, with fields and woods and a garden to explore? And...there are no firecrackers or loudspeakers.


Somu has got overweight; he'll have a chance to slim down running in these green open spaces!

Shalini's first walk in the forest

'It's very quiet here,' Nicole writes. 'The only sound comes from some cow bells.'

My Kiba is dealing with the stress of loud firecrackers and drums right now, since we are in the middle of the Ganpati festival. So I'm just a little bit envious!

Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tippu outdoors

INDog Tippu and his 'sibling' Tommy are very lucky. They have wide green spaces to play in near their home; hours of fun, exploring and running!

Some of Tippu's beautiful outdoor photos, from puppy days till the present:

The myna behind Tippu doesn't seem very alarmed; perhaps he's used to seeing him

A discarded plastic bottle gets recycled as a toy...

New friends...er, not yet...

Yes, friends!

A lady who moved into the yard...

With first friend Tommy!

Also read about Tippu's lady friends in Two ladies of Thrissur.

Photos: Sajoy Peter

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


Another cute and lucky little Indy! 

Shareen wrote in about her Mysore-born pup Raaji:

Raaji was found in Gokulam, Mysore, along with another little puppy Nokhi. They were both about two months old. 

Some of my friends posted on Facebook asking if anyone was coming to Mysore and whether they could take care of him. I responded that I would take care of him for five weeks while I was there and try to find him a good forever home. 

Of course when I got there and started to take care of him, I fell in love with him and started to arrange how to take him home to Toronto, Canada.

I bought the crate, got his puppy shots at the vet, bought his plane ticket, got his flying papers and everything. 

We were actually turned down at the airport and they said he couldn't leave the country because I forgot one paper, but after a lot of my tears and convincing I managed to get him on the plane. 

Our flights were delayed by 1.5 days but finally we arrived in Toronto over 60 hours later. In an ice storm on the coldest day of the year. The poor little pup didn't know what hit him!

Within a few days he got used to the snow and the cold and started to love it, digging in the snow, wearing sweaters and boots. 

He had to get used to two cats and two ferrets at home as well, and now they are all good friends.

It's warm now in Toronto and he goes to the giant off-leash dog park every day to run around and play with his friends for an hour or two. He loves playing with big dogs, wrestling and chasing.

He's VERY smart and stubborn and hard to train. He also loves to eat shoes, books, furniture, clothing - but he is getting better. 

We are going to private dog training lessons to teach him manners and obedience.

His only health issue is his skin; he has demodectic mange. We are trying to cure that naturally. 

He's a pretty happy guy, nearly one year old now, and I'm a very happy lucky dog owner to have such a sweet pup. 

Story and photos: Shareen Woodford

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