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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.

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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.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Shalini and Somu: First days in Switzerland

Last Tuesday my friends Nicole (human) and Shalini and Somu (dogs) travelled from Ahmedabad to Switzerland. Nicole shifted back there last year and now she's finally been able to take the dogs there.



















I love Shalini because she is the same type as my INDog Kiba. Nicole adopted her in Navi Mumbai when she was a little pup. Somu joined the family later in Ahmedabad, where Nicole rescued him after he'd suffered terrible brutality. If you follow the links back you can read their stories in this blog. Or you can just type 'Shalini and Somu' in the search box. 

Nicole's older Indy Deepa has been living in Switzerland for several years now, with Nicole's parents on their lovely farm. You can follow her story through the links in this post.

Last week's journey was stressful for Nicole, partly because of Somu's nervous temperament. They stopped in Mumbai between the flights and I met them at the domestic airport. Luckily everything went well and they arrived safely in Switzerland the next morning. 




















From the photos Nicole sent it's clear the dogs have settled into their new home and life very quickly! Who wouldn't, with fields and woods and a garden to explore? And...there are no firecrackers or loudspeakers.


Shalini














Somu has got overweight; he'll have a chance to slim down running in these green open spaces!





































































































































Shalini's first walk in the forest


























'It's very quiet here,' Nicole writes. 'The only sound comes from some cow bells.'

My Kiba is dealing with the stress of loud firecrackers and drums right now, since we are in the middle of the Ganpati festival. So I'm just a little bit envious!


















































Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
Switzerland
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tippu outdoors

INDog Tippu and his 'sibling' Tommy are very lucky. They have wide green spaces to play in near their home; hours of fun, exploring and running!

Some of Tippu's beautiful outdoor photos, from puppy days till the present:





The myna behind Tippu doesn't seem very alarmed; perhaps he's used to seeing him

A discarded plastic bottle gets recycled as a toy...










New friends...er, not yet...


Yes, friends!

A lady who moved into the yard...

With first friend Tommy!

































































































































Also read about Tippu's lady friends in Two ladies of Thrissur.

Photos: Sajoy Peter
Thrissur
Kerala

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Raaji

Another cute and lucky little Indy! 

Shareen wrote in about her Mysore-born pup Raaji:



































Raaji was found in Gokulam, Mysore, along with another little puppy Nokhi. They were both about two months old. 


































Some of my friends posted on Facebook asking if anyone was coming to Mysore and whether they could take care of him. I responded that I would take care of him for five weeks while I was there and try to find him a good forever home. 

Of course when I got there and started to take care of him, I fell in love with him and started to arrange how to take him home to Toronto, Canada.

I bought the crate, got his puppy shots at the vet, bought his plane ticket, got his flying papers and everything. 

We were actually turned down at the airport and they said he couldn't leave the country because I forgot one paper, but after a lot of my tears and convincing I managed to get him on the plane. 

Our flights were delayed by 1.5 days but finally we arrived in Toronto over 60 hours later. In an ice storm on the coldest day of the year. The poor little pup didn't know what hit him!

Within a few days he got used to the snow and the cold and started to love it, digging in the snow, wearing sweaters and boots. 































He had to get used to two cats and two ferrets at home as well, and now they are all good friends.




































It's warm now in Toronto and he goes to the giant off-leash dog park every day to run around and play with his friends for an hour or two. He loves playing with big dogs, wrestling and chasing.

He's VERY smart and stubborn and hard to train. He also loves to eat shoes, books, furniture, clothing - but he is getting better. 

We are going to private dog training lessons to teach him manners and obedience.

His only health issue is his skin; he has demodectic mange. We are trying to cure that naturally. 

He's a pretty happy guy, nearly one year old now, and I'm a very happy lucky dog owner to have such a sweet pup. 























































































Story and photos: Shareen Woodford
Toronto
Canada

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Haseena and friends



Indy princess Haseena continues to live up to her name (it means 'beautiful girl').

Shafique sent some fun photos of her with her friends and family. Don't miss the video, it's lovely!



































































































































video

Photos and video: Shafique Noorani 
Mumbai


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Sophie

Sophie is a beautiful pet Indy in Goa. And like most dogs in this blog she has a happy rags-to-riches story. 

Like Boo, she seems to have selected her own human and arranged her own adoption! 

Read her story sent in by David (name changed on request): 






















































Sophie was born in a drain in the large Margaon main market, in the first week of September 2013, as is typical for dogs like her. She was one of a litter of four brown pups and the darkest and most mischievous of them all. Her mother was a medium-sized INDog street dog, brown too and a slightly darker colour like her. She had given birth to her pups in the safe (and dry, since the monsoons were over in Goa) drain in the market.

My friend was not really a dog person and she'd grown up abroad in the Arabian gulf so wasn't really used to or very fond of dogs. A bit scared of them actually. She had had a pet cat, Annie, for a couple of years that she is very attached to. Her dad preferred a dog and his pet dog had recently died so the house was kind of missing a dog. 

We were shopping one saturday afternoon in the Margaon market and were just leaving. About to get into the car - when Sophie appeared from 'out of the blue' and just stuck to my friend. She wouldn't leave her side and kept following her.  Not that we had any food or anything. It's just as if she liked my friend and found some attraction to her. It was uncanny. My friend too was very touched and said 'She's so cute...shall we take her home?'

Well, we'd discussed earlier that the house would benefit from a female dog and that we would be looking for one too - but this was sudden. So we discussed it again, thought about it, asked my friend's dad (did not really tell him from where - just that we saw a nice puppy and would like to bring her home). We went back to the market, searched for her a bit and when we called out to her she came running out of her drain. We felt sorry we couldn't take any more of her siblings. But she was all we would be able to handle. 
























We took her home, gave her a nice warm bath, some milk and something to eat, and then to the vet for her deworming tab and some vitamins. She was a cheeky and cheery pup. Barely six weeks old but eating and drinking everything. No yelping or whining in the night or anything. It's almost as if she wanted a home and was glad she got one. She settled in fine and even became friends with Annie the cat.



















































She loves her bones (boiled please), weekly bath (with nice warm water, no cold water for her) and being towelled dry by her humans. And as can be expected for her very efficient and hardy breed, she's not a big eater - a bit fussy actually - and will often skip a meal in favour of something more tasty or interesting. She likes most fruit, loves milk sweets and her afternoon siestas and everyone spoils her rotten. 





























We had her spayed when she was eight months old as otherwise it does become a problem with pups. She takes her visits to the vet very well, enjoys the outing and car drive and is overall very well-behaved, when out, as opposed to continuously getting up to mischief when at home!























































































She's 10 months old now and is by far the smartest little doggie I've ever seen. And believe me I've seen many-many. She's everyone's friend in the housing colony they live in. Neighbours stop by to say Hi Sophie, and she plays with the kids around when we take her for her walks. We are really proud of her. She holds her own even with all the expensive pedigree dogs in the colony. 

She is an integral part of the family now and everyone wonders how they ever managed without her. 

Goa

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