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I'm an aboriginal dog breed fancier, birder and wildlife conservationist. 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.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sophie at three

The latest update on beautiful Goa Indy Sophie, sent in by her proud owner! 
If you are new to this blog, you can read her earlier posts here and here.

This month on 7 September Sophie turned three, and believe me – she just gets smarter and cuter all the time!

She loves her morning walks, and in addition to walking up the beautiful Goan hills and smelling the flowers, she also enjoys meeting and playing with all her friends. She is terribly energetic and that keeps her totally slim and fit. Even her vet asks how does she manage to maintain her shape? Normally neutered dogs will put on a lot of weight - but not our Sophie! Always working it off. Walking running and jumping around in the hills.

She’s a lovely friendly dog, with a beautiful temperament, and is friends with all the dogs in the colony. The dogs that live with their humans and the ownerless ones too. Okay she’s smart and intelligent and initially tends to be the top-dog when she meets a new doggy – but after she’s told to 'be nice, that’s a friendly doggy', she’s great with all dogs and even with cats. And most other animals too. We have on occasion bumped into a wild boar, a monkey, some snakes and a group of peafowl on our morning walks in the hills. And she’s been really great with them. Really proud of her – as an animal lover. No aggression, no chasing, no barking. Stops, looks at me (as if to ask 'did you see that?') and then sits with me and watches them go by. After that wants to smell where they’ve walked etc. Understands 'be careful', knows (instinctively) to be careful of snakes and such, and basically totally mirrors the animal lovers she lives with.

She helped me rescue a tiny kitten a week back who’s safely with a friend now; adopted and entertaining all there. Lovely little kitten that was shivering and scared of Sophie – who was only trying to protect him – till I came and then she literally dragged me to see the kitten and kept looking at me, as if to say 'what’ll we do with him now?' 

She does have her favourite friends too. There’s the brown dog (Brownie – that lives with a neighbour down the road) whom she loves to meet and play, nay, horse around with, big time, every morning after her walk. They look like they’re attacking each other  but are just playing, believe me. And there’s the small female free-roamer (gray one in the pics) that she loves having for company on her walks… Right up the hills and back.

She is an extremely picky eater. Loves tasty stuff and will eat almost anything, provided it tastes good. Loves pasta, with or without sauce, loves vegetables and will eat meats only once a day. Chapatis are her favourite as are soups (any type even spinach), ice-cream and pudding.

She loves to join me in feeding the colony free-roamers. She will get really mad and start barking her head off at me, if I go out and feed them without her.

Remember how she organized her own adoption? Well she’s now helping me with the important ABC (animal birth control) stuff for all her friends in the colony where she lives.

She helped me catch them to send them to the local neutering centre – and missed them like anything while they were away for three days getting spayed and recovering, and was ecstatic when they came back!

In fact the day they were all gone, she was totally down, very quiet and even refused to eat the whole day, wondering where her friends had gotten to and what we’d done with them. I think seeing them being loaded into the caged-truck somewhat upset her…

When I got back in the evening I took her to where she normally meets them and explained to her that they’ll 'be back soon,' words she understands as we often tell her that when someone’s gone off somewhere. And she gets it. So she understood and then was back to normal!

Text and photos: David

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Thursday, August 25, 2016


Get ready for some of the cutest puppy photos in this blog! The competition is VERY stiff, as you'll know if you've been following all our other INpuppies!

Horace is a Mumbai-born INDog-mix, living with Scott Berry and his family in Olympia WA in the US. 

'He was rescued from a near-death bus collision at two weeks,' writes Scott. 'Our niece was in India and saw him about to be hit. She saved him, raised him there for a few months, and flew him back to the US. We took him in when he was about four months.'

Here's his puppy album with photos of him in India and in the US. There are lots of adorable photos of him, so more of his adult pictures will follow in a second post. He's so cute, it was tough to choose just a few!


Photos: Scott Berry and family
Olympia WA

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Look at this beautiful INDog! So elegant, and I love tricolours!

She was born in Chaudi in South Goa, very near Palolem. She was adopted as a pup by Hillevi Sjödén and lives with her in Norway.

'Ester was found abandoned as a puppy in Chaudi,' writes Hillevi. 'When we found her she was only about three or four weeks old according to the vet.'

She was a very brave and curious puppy!

'I took care of her during my four-month long stay, found a family to take care of her for a couple of months while I had to return to Norway to earn money, so I could go back and take her home with me.

She has now been here in Norway for almost two years, and she is the sweetest, funniest dog ever!

Adopting her was the best decision I've ever made. She brings so much joy into my life.'

People often tell me she is so beautiful, and ask what kind of breed she is... I started to google around about Indian breeds and found pariah dogs, which I think looked a lot like my Ester! Not that the breed is that important to me, but it's always fun to know a little bit more about your dog!

Here are some pictures of her!'

Chuck the cat is an excellent sleeping buddy!

Here's the whole pack sniffing in the neighbourhood!

Photos and text: Hillevi Sjödén

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


Say hello to Kuttush, an adorable INDog-mix with the cutest batwing ears! 

Kuttush lives in Bhopal with Meghna Ghatak. She sent in a heartfelt story about her love of dogs and life with her puppy. 
Some excerpts:

'As a kid, the best thing about getting to school was my routine encounter with the love and friendship of numerous street dogs. I wouldn't take vans or buses made available to me but instead chose to walk in the trail of street dogs. Everyone had declared me pariah along with the dogs I associated with. Little did people know then that dogs, be it street or 'pedigree', were the best remedy for the scars left behind by bullies.

Imagine life with and without colours, imagine seasons without the flood of emotions that they bring, imagine food sans its taste, and imagine camaraderie without the love and loyalty of a dog.

Much has been written about dogs and the way they bandage broken pieces of our heart or the way they stitch our days with more affection and mischief than is imagined possible. We have extensively documented their breeding and the purpose of their breeding for racing, looks, military work and transport and so on and so forth. Little has been said of the dogs that were untouched in nature, or the so-called untouchable dogs in India. They are an ancient pure breed perfectly demonstrating Darwin's theory of evolution. They have achieved the marvellous feat of adaptability to the Indian climate, and temperament of the people, and have become sturdy, hardy and meek.

I had long nourished the idea of jumping into Rudyard Kipling's famous 'Jungle Book' and being brought up like Mowgli, amongst a pack of all sorts of hounds. The 'hounds' would have a solution to every problem; they shared a bond that I couldn't share with beings of my own kind. I lived in the human world and did my best to fit in, regardless of the wounds it inflicted upon me. I bounced back every time, healed by the love of street dogs. Somehow, whenever I looked into the eyes of these pariahs, I found myself reflected in their irises; something I never could with my own species. Hence, when all was lost yet again, in the fall of last year, I again found myself being pieced together by the licks of a dog.

A scarce-bodied bitch had given birth to a litter in the parking lot of my workplace. I had taken to stealing my lunch hours and spending them in the care of these pups. Passersby could be seen occasionally fondling them. Slowly the pups went missing one by one, and so did the mother; reducing them into playthings of slum children. I decided to gather enough courage to take one home where I knew they would be unwelcome. I packed a five-inch snowy bundle on my two-wheeler and dealt with the reluctance of every family member.

Today after six months of care, it is difficult to say who saved whom.

Kuttush is a robust busybody with white, erect ears and matching agile feet. With a bushy tail and little wriggling nose, he resembles a rabbit and has been dubbed the same by the neighbourhood kids. He chases his playmates around and performs little tricks of fetch and jump, pleasing them even more. His fur has just begun to shed, moderately. He has cost me little in medical bills when he fell ill; he instinctively refused to eat and drink and got well almost on his own.

Cleaning up after him has been the most annoying business regarding Kuttush, as he vomited a lot during his illness and also whenever he gobbled up something unpalatable, not to mention the innumerable messes on the carpet, bedding and doormats. Since he was encouraged to interact with people of all age groups, he is a social animal. He loves pursuing any kinetic entity and has an insatiable hunger for everything that we eat. It took some time to house train him, but that could be because I had never trained a dog before. However, he responded well to the recipes and treatments I found for him on the internet.

Kuttush, meaning 'small' in many regional dialects, is yet to learn manners. He is yet to learn that he is getting bigger every day and his nails, teeth, and mere playful pouncing may hurt or scare guests. He has yet to know that biting and scratching on furniture is a bad habit, and every reachable object in the house is not a toy. He understands well enough that running away with any accessible object garners attention, usually negative.

Being a pet parent is a full time occupation that has granted me a healthier heart, mind and body. My house is always clean and well-arranged (read baby-proofed) and I know the calorie intake of everything we consume. I have a permanent alarm clock, a practical joker, a vacuum cleaner, a security guard and most importantly, a loyal loving friend in my dog. He has kept me so busy that I forgot my scars and if I noticed them, he licked them clean. He taught me that we need to bark out all our problems, and that tearing apart a beloved toy helps ease out tensions.

Street dogs aren't the scary monsters that we are made to be afraid of; it is us. Stray or not, raised correctly, they can become efficient caregivers.'

Story and photos: Meghna 'Phoenix' Ghatak

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Katie turns 15

Anyone here who has followed this blog from the start? If you have, you'll remember beautiful Katie who was adopted in Kodaikanal. 

If you are new to this blog, read Katie's first post from eight years ago; and her eleventh birthday post.

This lovely INDog-mix turned fifteen this week! 

Her human Yvonne Koch sent an update:

'She is still getting along well...a little slower now, and a little hard of hearing, but no health issues whatsoever! What a remarkable breed! 

'Currently Katie is sharing her home with two retired racing greyhounds that keep her entertained.'

Here's are photos of Katie and her two housemates, Roadrunner and Wiley.

Many hugs to this gorgeous lucky girl on her fifteenth birthday!




Photos: Yvonne Koch
North Carolina

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