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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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Grumps and Honey in the hills

Indies love outdoors! Like most dogs, or perhaps even a little bit more!

Check out these pictures of Grumps and Honey and their humans Vidya and Samik, on a recent Sunday trek with other dogs and their owners. The place was Camp Temgarh, about 50 km away from Pune where they live.

(New to this blog? Read some earlier posts about these lovely INDog-mix girls:
 GrumpyGrumps and Honey and Honey.)

'The girls had a blast!' writes Vidya. 'They had such good fun. Grumps went around "protecting" her mum and dad from other over-enthusiastic canines who wanted to get a bit too friendly for comfort.

Honey was a big surprise. This was her first big social event and she was so calm, poised and sweet. I didn't dare leave them off-leash, but after a while we did, and they kept following us around.

Later we took a short trek to the nearby stream, where all the labradors jumped and swam, and got mucky and dirty, while the Indy girls sat at a distance and watched like VVIPs. The girls were fascinated by all the different smells in the woods - of the trees, the other dogs, other animals, cow pats, and of course dog urine.

Then when we were really tired, there was a campfire and we all sat around the fire with our respective packs while the organizer barbecued chicken and vegetables for everyone. The dogs really relished their meal after an exhausting but fun day.

We got home around 10.30 p.m. driving through dense jungle at night (scary). The dogs were so tired with all the activity, they weren't even interested in food!

Want to take your dog trekking? Here's an earlier post that includes some tips on trekking with dogs.

Text and photos: Vidya and Samik Biswas

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Sunday, January 17, 2016


Foxy Junior is our first Indy princess of 2016! 

Manav Pandey wrote in about this dainty, elegant INDog-mix:

'On a rainy evening in the suburbs of Mumbai, I met a pregnant Indy with the largest ears you could find for her size. I named her Foxy. 

In a matter of weeks Foxy had a litter of five beautiful, noisy puppies.

Now in Mumbai I have been volunteering with a non-profit organization that helps street animals. They biannually organize an 'Adoptathon'. So when the pups were about three months old, I took them for the Adoptathon. After an exciting and amazing day, I had four puppies adopted. Just one remained with me and I was worried about having to leave her back on the streets. But she was a fighter. Along with her mother, she survived till the next Adoptathon.

After an excruciating day, I was again about to take the pup back to the street, when an amazing lady, Mrs Bajaj, offered to take her to her farmhouse. She just needed me to get the pup spayed. But to my misfortune, the puppy went on heat for the first time in her life and couldn't be spayed immediately. I had to convince my parents that I'd have to foster her at our house, otherwise all my work would go waste.

Then began the process of fostering and attachment. 

Three and a half months later, Foxy was totally adopted by my whole family! They all adored her and cried at the idea of her going away!

She is the sweetest naughty little girl. She's named after her mother: Foxy Jr. Pandey.

She has changed a lot since she became our pet. She was an introvert and a silent baby and now it's just the opposite. Our lady has a wonderful place on the balcony from where she watches over her kingdom, from our third-floor house. She's a watchful self-proclaimed guardian of her 'territory' on the street below. She is very noisy and will bark at every dog and human. 

She is the life of our family. She has quite a personality. She's closest to my mother and gets quite jealous if we go close to her. She is still very playful.

She's the best thing that has happened to us!'

Story and photos: Manav Pandey

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Monday, December 21, 2015

The K Gang at sea

Last sunday was our wedding anniversary - the 29th!! - and Kiran thought of this wonderful way to celebrate. (He has most of the wonderful ideas in our family). An evening boat ride in the harbour, to watch the sun set on the Arabian Sea. With Kiba and Kimaya of course!

Kiba was nervous to begin with, but he calmed down later and even took a nap. And Kimaya loved every minute and posed nicely for many photos. 

Enjoy the album!

Miss Jack Sparrow!

Mumbai from the sea

Photos: Rajashree Khalap

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jazzy: Update

This beautiful little INDog-mix is loving her outdoorsy life in upstate NY, with family and 'sister' Sasha. Have you seen her earlier photos on this blog? Click here

And, this update is long overdue: Her human Vandana sent these photos a few months ago!

Isn't it nice to see happy dogs? One of my favourite sights in the world! 

Enjoy the pics!

'Five, six, pick up sticks'

Indoors is nice, too

Photos: Vandana Deshpande Vaidya

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tommy in Devon: rosettes and training!

Far far away from the street where he was born, Tommy roams the quiet Devon countryside, winning hearts and rosettes wherever he goes.

Monique sent all his recent news!

To read all his earlier posts, follow the links in this story, and this.

'It has been a hectic summer with lots of competitions and training.

To promote the book, I entered Tommy in Novelty Dog Shows in all kinds of different classes.

When he didn't win 'Most Beautiful Eyes' (he came second), I got very upset! Strangely enough, as much as people here love meeting Tommy and think he is so handsome, and always ask if he is a fox or a dingo, and love hearing about coming from India, the judges were never impressed in the 'most beautiful dog' classes. It was always a cockapoo (hybrid between a poodle and a cocker spaniel, very fluffy dogs) that won.

At one show I decided to skip the beauty classes and enter him in 'best rescue'.

It was a big agricultural show and there were 15 dogs in the class. You have to tell the dog's story to the judge and they decide on what happened to the dog and how well he has done after being rescued.

She stood there looking at the group for a long time, and then said 'It has to be you' and walked up to us! We won! Finally!

And then we went to the next county, in Dorset, and won again! This time 'Best Family Dog' and a bunch of other 2nd and 3rd places. 

And again and again! 3 'Best Rescue' in total. The biggest class had 20 dogs and by winning we were qualified for a very big show organized by a famous English actor called Martin Clunes. It was pouring with rain, and we didn't win, but we did meet the actor and he loved Tommy.

I was also thinking of doing another season of obedience competitions, but the dog training school we ended up in was not a competition-based one, it was a behavioural one and the teacher was so interesting that I decided to skip the competitions and use these months to learn more. 

However we did the English Good Canine Citizen test, which we also did in the USA. It was quite different here. A friend of mine who recently moved from Goa to Devon came along for the test, as she was the one who helped me get Tommy ready for his big trip when he left India.

Since in the USA you must walk your dog most of the time on a leash, all the exercises were leash-based and walk-based. It was very strict and quite tough.

Here in the English country side, a few had left their leashes at home. The judge was 'very English' - it was almost out of a movie, but all very calm and relaxed. 

We did two tests on the same day. Bronze and Silver (there was no time to do the Gold; next year!)

One of the exercises was 'play with your dog' - to show that you have a good relationship with each other. 

I said 'Tommy doesn't play'. 

The judge stopped. All the other dogs stopped playing with their toys and balls. 

'What do you mean he doesn't play?'

'He plays with me or chases squirrels or rabbits.'

She looked on as Tommy started playing with me as if I was his toy, and that was enough. I had to explain though, that on the streets of India you don't have tennis balls and teddy bears. 'Aha! Oh dear!' with a look that implied animal cruelty!

But she was mighty impressed with his stops, sit, come and other obedience exercises. She also liked when we had the oral exam that she was holding food in her hands and he just sat patiently without begging. 'Indeed very well-behaved!'

Tommy passed with flying colours and again showed a new part of the world how amazing INDogs and Indies are!

The dog school we went to for three months is based on a system that was new to me.

An example is when the dog is on the leash,and growls at another dog, to have a command (we had 'look at!' with a high-pitched tone). So, let the dog look at the other dog, and then say the command, and as soon as the dog turns away from the other dog and looks at you, you give them a treat.

Non-confrontational. It was very interesting, everything was based on quietness and removing any type of stressful behaviour. It was so nice to be in an environment with a professional trainer that was so calm and in tune with what is best for the dog, not the owner.

Quite a few times I was baffled by this trainer, who defended the dog, in situations where other people might have just dismissed the behaviour.

Towards the end of the classes Tommy used to be so relaxed he would fall asleep, which was quite funny. Once I had friends with me visiting from London and I really wanted to impress them.

We had to do the exercise where the dog runs to you and you tell them to stop half way.

I did, but instead of stopping Tommy looked at his blanket and went back to bed!

It has been some pretty amazing six months here in the UK. Tommy never walks with a leash and most dogs are friendly and calm. The parks and walks are fantastic. We can't wait to come back. However it is starting to get cold now and it's time for Tommy and me to head to warmer climes...

Story and photos: Monique G Nerman

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