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Mumbai, India
I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. I'm also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. I worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai for 14 years.

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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, January 23, 2017

Our lost world

How we dogs lost Nagaon Beach

'We still go to the beach. But it isn't really there any more.

OUR beach. It used to be ours. Vast, empty, stretching away as far as we could see.

We remember everything.

Our leashes would be taken off, and we would race away, out of the Human World, into Dog World!

There was Brownie; and Spotted Girl; and White Dog; and Friend and his brothers; Sasha and his two sisters; and Buffalo Dog; Raja the doberman; and the terrible Brindlebrown; and other dogs with no names!

Friends, enemies, acquaintances. All dogs! 

There were hardly any people there, back then. Just one of our humans, sometimes both our humans, sometimes a couple more here and there. Sometimes a knot of people far far away, who didn't bother us, and we didn't bother them.

Everyone was happy.

We would just be dogs, in Dog World; where humans stand by and watch. 

And there we'd stay and sniff and explore and bark and challenge and growl and run and discover and play; until it grew dark. 

Then we'd remember our humans because it was getting on for dinner time; and it was time to slip back into their world again, and go home with them to sofas and cushions and beds.

We still go to the beach; but OUR beach isn't there any more. 

Dog World is gone.

Our leashes are never taken off now. We pull and strain and try to run, but our human doesn't let us go.

She says she's sorry, but it's because lots of stupid humans come from outside, driving their cars along the shore; and we could get killed.

Brownie's brother got killed because a human drove a car onto him, while he was playing and splashing in the sea.

Sometimes we see dead dogs rotting among the bushes nearby. Perhaps they got killed the same way.

Our human says the beach is like a street now. 

Sometimes, on a weekday morning, it still looks empty and safe. But the human says you never know when a car might appear.

Then there is all the food that those outsider people leave all over the place, among piles of scattered plates and bottles and plastic bags. We want to rush there and eat it, but the human says it makes us sick. 

And then, Brownie and his family have all moved away to another village, with their human. They have another beach to run on now. It's quite far away from here.

So it's just the two of us.

We race and play and dig and bark and zoom around in our own garden, safe within four walls. 

But we'll never run free on the vast sands again, with our friends, enemies and acquaintances.

Everything is different now.'

Kiba and Kimaya  
Nagaon Beach

Photos: Rajashree Khalap, B. Jadhav & Javed Ahmed

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

The K Gang and I, featured in 'The Ladies Finger' and 'The Wire'

Recently a long interview with me was published in the online magazine 'The Ladies Finger'. The same article was published in 'The Wire'. 

The main topic of the article was of course the latest discovery of our arachnology team, Eriovixia gryffindori, that caused a global media sensation thanks to the name! However, the writer, Divya Vijayakumar, also wanted to cover my other (and earlier) areas of work besides arachnology: the INDog Project and wildlife conservation. She did a wonderful job describing what the INDog Project is all about. And she asked to use a picture of Kiba, Kimaya and me on Nagaon beach; so the K Gang also got their share of glory 😀  

The photo was taken by Javed Ahmed, the brilliant lead researcher of our arachnology team, who is also part of the INDog Project.

I'm posting a few screen shots of the article, and the links to it in both magazines.

Arachnologist Rajashree Khalap on discovering the Sorting Hat Spider that excited even J K Rowling

Meet Rajashree Khalap, co-finder of the Sorting Hat Spider and other Fantastic Beasts

The K Gang!

From 'The Wire'

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Jackie in winter

Or rather, 'Jackie in the St. Petersberg winter'. Very different from winter in Goa, where he was born.

So how is this gorgeous INDog coping with the cold? His human Maria Shuvarikova sent in recent photos. 

The weather outside

At the Gulf of Finland

He has grown a substantial undercoat, though his stomach is still fur-free; and he still refuses to wear anything warm. 'Hates coats and gets rid of them all. He just tears them apart', writes Maria.

He still seems as comfortable in the snow as he was last month (have a look at his first post here). I hope that if and when he does start to feel cold, he'll allow Maria to put a coat on him.

I LOVE these pictures, especially the ones of him at the Gulf of Finland!

Photos: Maria V Shuvarikova
St Petersberg

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jimi and his family

What lovely dogs I've met through my Facebook INDog Club page! The latest are this adorable INDog family: Jimi, Chhoti, Longface and Guddu. 

The full pack: L - R, Jimi, Longface, Guddu, Chhoti

'They were born at Gopalpur On Sea, behind my house late in 2010,' writes proud owner Kunal Biswas.

'I looked after Jimi and his six brothers and sisters as puppies. 

In time, only four were left around my place.

So I took all of them inside my house and completely domesticated them.

Jimi is the eldest of them and the most sensitive among the three; also the most adorable and intelligent, especially at understanding human feelings.
He loves chicken liver, loves his space, but dislikes loneliness. He goes wherever I go, and sleeps where I sleep. Eats what I eat. But he loves his space.'

I think that's a marvellous description of an INDog!

More cute pictures of Jimi below!

Photos and text: Kunal Biswas
Gopalpur On Sea, 

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