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Mumbai, India
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.

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.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Watchdog database: I need your help!

We all know that our desi dogs are alert and brave…but somehow very few written records exist on this subject. I am now compiling a database of real-life incidents in which Pariah/Pariah-mix dogs have proved to be good watchdogs. The data will be used by canine behaviour consultant Shirin Merchant, and will be accessible to anybody wishing to improve the image of pariah dogs. It will also be available online for public reference.

If you know of any street dogs/building compound dogs/pet Pariah/pet Pariah-mix dogs who have prevented burglaries and other crimes, please mail the story to me at rajashree.khalap@gmail.com

If you did not personally witness the event, the story must be from a reliable and named source. Please mention at least an appoximate date, the location where it occurred, and whatever information you have about the dog (age/gender/description etc).

Thanks, Kalpana Talpade, Valerie Tripp, Vivienne Choudhury, Supriya Dasgupta, Aloka Mitter, Vani Jhaveri, Agnese Barolo, Nandita Shah and others for sending in your stories. Looking forward to many more from pariah dog owners and fans.

1 comment:

Magpie Moon said...

You guys, what a great blog, absolutely lovely and heartfelt. I have a pariah dog in the UK, yellow and handsome, caring and smart. He comforts us when we are sad and bosses us around when he is bored and he's so manipulative! Just a big furry humbug!
Thanks for your writing, keep it coming!