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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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nokhi

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

Fifi

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






'Cleopatra'
Birthday special!

'Daughters are special'





























































Photos: Rupam Borah
Delhi

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Frances, 2014

Beautiful tricolour Frances was on this blog two and a half years ago. For her earlier post
click here.

Erin just sent in recent pictures of her. Stunning as always, and very striking portraits!

She also has more of an INDog look than most Delhi dogs. 









Photos: Erin Kathleen Bishop
Vancouver
Canada

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The K Gang trek to Sunset Point

Like most INDogs and INDog-mixes, the K Gang love the outdoors. And so do we.

We work pretty hard at keeping the KGang entertained and taking them to new and interesting places.

Apart from their regular beach holidays, they've shown some interest in rock-climbing and trekking.

So Kiran, the other human, arranged an expedition to Sunset Point, Matheran, in the beautiful Western Ghats range.

He knows lots of hiking routes by now, and he carefully selected this one because:

a. there's a safe path all the way
b. one doesn't meet many dogs, as there is only one small village at the base
c. it isn't heavily forested, and leopards are not seen in the area (they would be a danger to the K Gang, not to us humans)
d. it's easy to reach from Mumbai.

I'm the only member of the family who doesn't much like climbing and heights. I much prefer level ground. But of course I went along to keep an eye on the Gang.

Here are some of our photos!


So much to sniff...











Watering some bushes



The view


















































































At around 1500 feet (halfway to Sunset Point) we came to a wooded patch and a tiny shrine. I decided to stop trekking and switched my attention to the myriad pretty cheeping things in the trees. The rest of our little company continued the climb up the hill. 

It was hot by now. By the time the others came down and rejoined me, everyone was a bit tired. Everyone drank water. Kimaya snoozed for a while before we started the walk down.




















































What's he doing shoving his head in that water??



Hahaha! Humans are crazy!































































On the way down it drizzled and became cool. It was pretty. 

We reached home around 5 pm. After dinner the K Gang fell into a deep slumber.

It was a really nice outing and as you can see, it was a lovely scenic place. We plan to do more such trips once the weather cools down.

NOTE: The top priority must be to keep your dog safe. Some things to remember if you'd like to take your dog/s trekking:

  • If you are not a regular trekker, it's best to get an experienced trekker to accompany you
  • Make sure to carry at least 2 litres of cool water (thermal bottles are nice) and a bowl 
  • Some basic medication in case of cuts and scratches, and a vet-recommended anti-histamine just in case of bad insect bites or stings
  • Avoid forested areas with possible leopard presence 
  • Get a local guide if necessary; getting lost will not be fun 
  • Let your dog rest if he wants to; never force him to walk if he needs a break
  • Avoid trekking in hot weather
  • DO NOT LET YOUR DOG/S OFF LEASH
  • Stick to the path and don't let your dogs go deep into long grass; there may be snakes
  • Feed your dogs one or two hours before leaving your home. Avoid feeding them during the trek or during any other strenuous exercise. 


Matheran,
Western Ghats
Maharashtra

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shalini and Somu: settled in

Nicole sent these recent photos of Shalini and Somu, now well settled into their new life.

Shalini has started walks in the woods, often without leash, and behaves very nicely! Somu suffered ill-treatment as a pup and is a much more nervous dog, but Nicole is working on making him calmer. 

Shalini even did some sleuth work recently!

'Shalini helped today to find an escaped Collie, who ran into an electric cow fence and then ran away in panic,' Nicole writes.

'I took her along for the search and we knew the forest where the dog was last seen. At a junction I asked her "where is the dog" and she smelled and looked up the hill. It turned out that the missing dog indeed went that way and they found him an hour later.'

Enjoy their latest photos:

Shalini: classic INDog



Out walking


In the woods





Getting some rest





Somu, beautiful INDog-mix


'But it's only 11...too early to get up on a sunday!'













































Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
Switzerland

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