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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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spark Plug, four years later

Those who have followed this blog from the start will remember INDog-mix Spark Plug, who lives with my friend Aarti Phatarphekar. Click here and here for his earlier posts.

Sparky is now nine and a half years old (yes, time flies!) Aarti sent in these beautiful pictures and story.

Sparky was adopted by us when he was barely three weeks old, rescued by airline crew at Mumbai airport after his mother and siblings were run over. He was malnourished, scared and weak and the first couple of weeks we were not sure he would make it.

Today he is nine and a half years old and the apple of our eyes. He is a brother for my daughter and we cannot imagine a day without his presence.

To say he is weird is an understatement. We must have gone wrong as parents somewhere, because he is so difficult to handle physically. We cannot muzzle him, we cannot tie him up for more than a few minutes, we can't get him to stop snapping if we touch him with our feet even accidentally, we cannot get him to take medicines. Baths are an ordeal, brushing him is out of the question, and he hates other dogs even more than he hates firecrackers! And the list goes on...

My biggest nightmare is that he falls ill and I have to carry him to the vet!

We tried to get him a companion three years ago when we adopted a female Spitz pup for my 
parents. We thought close encounters with her would get him to accept another dog in his life. But to this day he hates her, growls at her when she teases him (which she does to perfection), and is madly jealous if one of us were to pet her while he is in the room.

Sparky's 'friend' whom he hates!

He does not like to be petted except when he wants to be. He does not like to eat snacks either!

But he loves school bus time, and is at his best when my daughter is ready to go down to the bus stop. He climbs on to the balcony and barks till she gets on the bus! He loves going for car rides and barks at every dog he sees, almost breaking the windows. He adores climbing into the bed with us every morning, when he knows we are awake, and not a moment before.

My mother calls him khadus (grumpy) because he is always looking for a reason to snap at guests. When he senses that a person is not fond of dogs, he will deliberately plonk himself at that person's feet, and then snap if they move or touch him in any way. On the other hand he allows people he loves to handle him in any way - cuddle, roll over, anything.

He is very suspicious of every unusual move we make towards him, so it's really tough to apply 
medicines or remove a tick!

I see God in him and wouldn't change him for anything in the world!

Story: Aarti Phatarphekar
Photos: Prasanna Karmakar, Aarti Phatarphekar

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Rocky Singh

Amrendra Singh's beautiful INDog-mix Rocky has featured in our Facebook page many times. This is his first appearance on the blog! Amrendra sent in his story and his family took these lovely photos.

Rocky the Great (as we call him) joined my family, an intense animal-loving group of people, at Khajuraho as a puppy. He was rescued in a very distressed condition. His family were living in filth in a place where carcasses of animals were thrown.

Baby Rocky

Now he is with my parents in Varanasi after spending a year with me in Khajuraho. 

It's a big mystery whether Rocky adopted my family or we adopted him!

He is always playful but street-smart. My mother has pampered him. Everyone in the family adjusts their behaviour according to his mood, and he displays an attitude of 'couldn't care less' most of the time. After all he is the darling of not only my family but the entire neighbourhood! Surprisingly many of my neighbours adore him.



An important member of the family!

Don't you dare enter my house!

He was also selected among the top 10 most beautiful Indies of the country for the year 2013, by PETA India. He made us so proud!

Text and photos: Amrendra Singh

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Cat that walked with LittleDog

Pinned up in my study is a small print of the famous 'Cat that Walked by Himself'...and on my laptop screen is The Cat that Didn't. 

The globe-trotting Indy LittleDog is now living in Galicia, Spain. (Have you seen his photo albums from Kolkata, Thailand and Mongolia?)

He has some new family members: the lovely horse Neron, and Cat.

Cat is a most unusual feline as you can see from these photos. He went on a two-hour hike with LittleDog recently. 

Cat paused to do some cat things, and LittleDog paused to do some dog things, but they still walked together all the way! 

Enjoy the photos, and thanks Dominique for letting me share them!

Photos: Dominique Brand

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

South of the Equator...

An update on the lucky Cape Town Pack, which has two Indy members! You can read their stories through the link in the earlier sentence!

Left to right: Sipho, Rishi, Leela

Leela, Rishi and Sipho lead a busy life what with regular hikes on Table Mountain, walks through the golf links near their home, racing and playing on the beach and sunbathing in their own garden. 

Cape Town is my top favourite city overseas. This message from Yvonne sums up why: 
"I was on the beach with all three dogs and there were over a thousand dolphins swimming in the direction of Table Mountain that filled the bay with fins and somersaults and wave surfing."

Sometimes Southern Right Whales are also spotted; and penguins and seals. Yvonne is actively involved with a seal rescue group. 

And here's Rishi running into the sea, Table Mountain in the distance. 

Rishi and Leela
Leela has a natural 'teeka'

Evening nap with Jules! Always the same spot.

Rishi asking for a tummy-tickle

Rishi is the smallest but has to have the biggest bed!

'Sipho's chair: everyone knows that!'

We've been comparing notes on Rishi and his sister, my Kimaya, for the last six years. They have many traits and habits in common, including having mad solo play bursts after dinner! Here's a photo of Kimaya 'meeting' her brother on Skype. I don't know whether dogs can see screen images but she is always interested in Skype and in this conversation she reacted to the barking far away in Cape Town. She also met Yvonne last November and seemed to recognize her voice.

There are many more posts about the Cape Town pack in this blog; search for 'Rishi and Leela,' 'Sipho' and you'll find lots more gorgeous photos.

Photos: Yvonne de Kock
Cape Town
South Africa

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Loki, Dog of Mischief

INDogs Gucci and Teddy now have a baby 'brother': pretty golden Loki recently joined the Menezes family in Nasik.

Everyone knows the name Loki after the Thor and Avenger movies; but long before Marvel and Hollywood fame Loki was famous as a trickster and god of mischief in Norse mythology.  This little Loki looks rather gentle but no doubt he'll live up to the name, like all puppies! 

'Loki is the fourth addition to my family, and the third Indy,' writes Stephanie. 'I rescued him from being run over, and in spite of searching for his mother for over three hours, couldn't locate her. 

'Gucci and Teddy have started playing with him a little and he's totally at ease in his new home.'

So heart-warming to hear of another lucky puppy. I dream of a perfect future when no more pups will be born on the street; but while they still are I hope there will be many more kind people to take them in!

Photos: Stephanie Stephens Menezes

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