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I am an animal lover. 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 and for the INDog/Indian Pariah Dog Club. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Membership of the Club is restricted to Pariah Dogs and mongrels (mix-breeds) only. 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 cynologists call the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. The Club is an informal group with over 200 members.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gucci and Teddy

These two cuties live with Stephanie Stevens Menezes in Nasik. Gucci is the glossy black lady, and Teddy the soft brown...teddy.

'I rescued Gucci from Kolkata when she was 10 days old,' says Stephanie. 'And Teddy was rescued twice: once from the road and next from neglectful owners in Bangalore. He finally became my son when my friend flew him to me in Kolkata when he was four months old.

'Now Gucci is five and a half years old, and Teddy is two.'


A goodnight hug for Teddy

Gucci, black beauty































































'These are my babies during an inspection of their mummy's vegetable garden. Thankfully I met their exacting standards!'

























Photos: Stephanie Stevens Menezes
Nasik
Maharashtra

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tippu

























A long-overdue blog post on the fabulous Tippu!

Some of us have been following his activities on the Facebook page, but this is his first appearance in this blog. 

Tippu lives in Thrissur with Sajoy Peter's family which includes German Shepherd Tommy. These lucky dogs get to walk and play in lots of open spaces in the neighbourhood (apart from their own yard). 

Sajoy shared some pictures from Tippu's photo album, from his tiny puppy days last year to the present. 

The outdoor album will be posted soon. Look out for it!

With his brother 
































Photos: Sajoy Peter
Thrissur
Kerala

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Minal Browny

Meet Minal Browny, thunder-puppy!

























She was sitting in the middle of the Bangalore highway when Velmurugan passed her on his bike. He picked her up and searched without success for her mother. The pup was probably abandoned. 

'She was little and I couldn't leave her in the street as she would definitely have died. So I adopted her. At the beginning of the day she was very fearful, but after that she was very active. Her eyes are really beautiful.'

Most people would have passed by and left her there on the highway. Lucky little Minal met one of the rare humans who cared. 

'My family named her Browny,' says Velmurugan. 'But she is a fast sprinter so I named her Minal, which means "thunder" in Tamil. Minal Browny.'

The first photo below was clicked after her adoption on 26 March, and more recent ones follow. She plays a lot and like all puppies loves chewing things (and her humans!)




























Photos: Velmurugan Ko
Chennai

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Article in HT Brunch, August 2013

I forgot to post this story last year! Mitali Parekh interviewed me along with four other women for her story 'Gone to the dogs' in Hindustan Times Brunch. It was about women who do interesting work with dogs. It appeared in the August 17 issue. I'm sharing the whole article here. 

You can also read it here.

































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Article in Sananda magazine

I'm very grateful to Sananda magazine for interviewing me and doing this story recently. Sananda is the largest lifestyle magazine in Eastern India so the story was widely read and I got many lovely emails!






























Interview by Madhurima Sinha Roy
Sub Editor
Sananda

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