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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

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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. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Remember beautiful Foxy? She was in this blog two years ago 😊

(In case you're new to this blog, you can read about her here).

Her human Manav wrote in with some BIG news. 

'My Foxy has turned five, and she has a new friend to play with. YUKI!

Same colour and coat pattern but different features.

So here's what happened. There are these new young tenants who've moved into my building, and I've been friends with them for a few months now. 

They'd been asking me to join them to party for a while. So one time at the end of January I did.

We went out and had a few beers and by the end of the evening, around 2.30 a.m. we left and headed to Powai for a dosa. 

There at the dosa stand I saw many dogs and obviously started pampering them. Now note, I was sitting on the sidewalk after my gluttonous streak of three dosas, and this really tiny three or four-month old puppy sees me call her. Wags her cropped tail, let's me pat her.

And I lifted her up and placed her on my lap, and she put her head on my forearm and slept for 15 minutes straight. I felt the connection immediately.

I fell in love.

I couldn't put her back there for anything.

I thought I'd get her adopted or something. But she was such a sweet-natured loving baby that I just had to keep her.

Yuki means "happiness" in Japanese. That's what she fills my life with. That's what she has filled us all with. And tricked us into adopting her with that cute face and yap.

I was planning to leave for Dubai next year but I think I will have to sacrifice that. I'm ready to do that I think.

Foxy couldn't adjust to her for the first few weeks. But now they are inseparable. Yuki has changed my violent short-tempered Foxy into a playful loving older sister. And Foxy has lost weight too, playing for at least an hour or two every day.'

 Text and photos: Manav Pandey

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Say hello to Major, commonly known as Mayj! 

Our latest Indy cutie lives in Ahmedabad with his human Parijat Pandya. 

He's clearly perfected that doe-eyed melting look we Indy owners know well...the key to getting away with pretty much anything. The bat-ears are adorable too!

Parijat's description of him reminds me of Mr Kiba of the K Gang. Read on, and enjoy the pictures!

'I came across this beauty almost two years ago. Before that I was really scared of dogs', writes Parijat. 'He is a bit of work and a huge pain in the neck, but I love him.

My friend was going to give an exam. She had a little time so she stopped by an ATM to withdraw some cash. She found Mayj in an obscure corner of the parking lot, almost bleating. He had many injuries, including dog bites and a fractured shoulder, that we think was caused by a scooter hit. He was covered in ants. She picked up this little thing, who literally fit inside a size 6 shoe box. 

We gave him to someone who was ready to adopt him, but that didn't work out. 

He came to live with me for two days, aaaaaand....here we are, close to two years of love, bites, and stolen chicken kebab (resulting in acute diarrhoea).'

Text and photos: Parijat Pandya

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hillside walk with the K Gang

As always, we Khalaps are working hard to keep the canine bosses entertained and busy.

Last weekend we all went to one of Kiran's regular bouldering sites, on the outskirts of Navi Mumbai. Aren't we lucky to have the beautiful Sahyadri range right next to the city?!

We've been to this spot a couple of times before. It's a very pleasant sun-dappled walk up a wooded hill to the boulders, and there are very few free-ranging dogs on the route: an important consideration for us, given Kiba's hostility to dogs in general.

The lovely forested hillside is gradually being encroached on by local builders. Large patches of woodland have been cleared, and at least ten temples have mushroomed up in the last few years. Building a temple is a well-established first step in land-grabbing. 

The bouldering site has been left undisturbed, at least for now.

Scroll down to see our photos of the K Gang among the rocks and trees! And if you're new here and would like to see more K Gang outing photos, check these posts:

The K Gang trek to Subedar Falls
Kiba and Kimaya go rock-climbing
The K Gang trek to Sunset Point
Running from Diwali
The K Gang at sea
The K Gang with friends and acquaintances
Rowdy had to be taught a lesson
Montagues and Capulets
Kimaya has a mood swing, or two

NOTE: Want to take your dog/s trekking? Here are some things to remember - because the top priority must be to keep your dogs safe.

  • 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; or a dog water bottle
  • 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 s/he wants to - never force her/him to walk if he needs a break
  • Avoid trekking in hot weather
  • Stick to the path and don't let your dog/s go deep into long grass; there may be snakes
  • Don't let your dog climb on to heaps of leaves; again those are often hiding places for snakes
  • Feed your dogs one or two hours before leaving your home. Avoid feeding them during the trek or during any other strenuous exercise. If it's a long trek, let your dog rest for at least an hour before and after the meal.

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Navi Mumbai
Western Ghats

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sophie at four

Every year I get an update about beautiful Indy princess Sophie. 

I'm late posting this one - her human sent it nearly two months ago (so sorry for the delay, Sophie and Sophie's human!) 

For those who haven't met her before, here are her earlier stories:

Sophie's choice
Sophie at three

As you can see, she's as pretty as ever!

'Yes, Sophie the little Goa Indy is four years old now,' writes her human.

'And not so little any more...

She celebrated her fourth birthday in September with some delicious red velvet cupcakes, her absolute favourite.

And I thought to send across some pictures of her doing her usual things with her  human and animal friends. For those who are following her story.

So here are some more pics of her, at her South Goa residence, with her friend and elder sister Annie, our nine-year old white rescue cat, and two of the neighbourhood indies, Brownie and the grey-buff girl Piquen, which means "small one" in Portuguese.

Enjoy the photos!'

Waiting for family
Morning sunbath with Annie
Chilling on a Sunday afternoon with Annie

With Brownie and Piquen

Text and photos: David

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Sunday, November 26, 2017


Rio Kamodia is a very handsome INDog-mix from Mumbai. His human Mallika wrote to me about him last week. 

His story begins very sadly, but he is one of those lucky few who found a really loving, understanding family!

(When you've finished reading the story please read my footnote at the end).

Rio was about one month old when his mother was brutally beaten to death by a watchman, somewhere in the Powai area. The man had hit her really hard on the head with a thick wooden stick, because she peed on the tyre of a car. 

Her poor puppy was found shaking and shivering, totally traumatised and all alone, next to his dead mother.

An American girl who was living there at the time saw him and felt really sorry for him. So she picked him up and took him home.

I belong to a lot of non-profit rescue groups in Mumbai, and I foster animals too whenever possible. This girl posted a foster appeal for the pup on Facebook, as she was leaving for Hyderabad that very night. I saw the appeal and agreed to foster him, but I told her I could only take him the following afternoon as I had an exam in the morning. She replied that that was fine, and that her friend would drop the pup off to my place the next evening.

It turned out she had left him alone in her bathroom in the dark from 8 p.m. till around 4 p.m. the following day. She hadn't given him any food or water because that would have made him pee and poop around the bathroom.

This added a tremendously to his already terrible trauma, and messed him up almost beyond recovery. 

When he came to us he was malnourished and weak, and so scared that for three days straight he trembled constantly, while eating, sleeping, all the time. Finally after three or four days he started trusting us and came to us wagging his tail, and sat in our laps for hours because he craved and wanted love. Another couple of days and I decided this was it: he had chosen us and I couldn't give him away. After everything he had been through he had finally started trusting us, and I couldn't betray that trust and give him away. I wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if I'd done so.

And trust me, this was the BEST decision we had ever made as a family: to adopt Rio as my little brother, and my parents' son. We love him more than anything in this world. He is now about one year and nine months old. He still has a lot of issues though, is still really nervous, takes time to trust strangers, and is absolutely terrified of going out. We consulted the best canine behaviour consultants in town, but they said that he can't be taken out like a normal dog as he is one of those very few dogs whose trauma cannot be healed. But we have no regrets because he is still one of the best things that has ever happened to us. For exercise we take him up to our terrace every evening for three hours, where he runs around in sheer happiness, fetches his ball and plays hide-and-seek with us as well!

He helped me deal with my own depression issues too. Today I am a super-happy person, all thanks 
to him! He is a miracle angel in our lives. And also thanks to him I will always want an Indie and no other breed.

Follow Mallika and Rio on Instagram: mallikakamodia

Story and photos: Mallika Kamodia

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My note: Reading Rio's history, which begins even more sadly than most rescue stories, I wondered for the umpteenth time why the official animal birth control programme is still conducted so half-heartedly in this city. After more than two decades of mass spay-neuter, why are innocent dogs still being left intact to breed in such frighteningly hostile, dangerous conditions? Dogs deserve so much more than just sentimental words and tepid welfare efforts. Rio and his mother were not just victims of a brutal watchman: they were victims of a largely uninterested 'animal welfare' system. Please don't be part of the apathy and cruelty: get the dogs in your area neutered!