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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.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Golden Fleece

Believe it or not, these pictures are all of the same dog: my own Bandra.

In August 2005 Bandra was admitted to the WSD kennel after his left foreleg was cut off in a train accident. At the time he had short fur, though much thicker and scruffier than a typical smooth pariah dog coat. He developed cancerous growths in the neck some months later, but I adopted him all the same (in March 2006). He was still a short-hair.

From May to November 2006 he was very seriously ill, and in fact lost all his fur with scratching. But in December, as he recovered, his coat started growing and growing and growing … until it looked like this.

My husband calls Bandra “Golden Fleece.” I’m not too thrilled by the fact that he obviously has more “western pure-breed” blood than I had supposed, but I won't deny that he’s very very pretty. Many people don’t believe he’s the same dog – the only resemblance to his former self is that he is three-legged and still has a rather puppyish goofy expression.

I’m told that under stress dogs don’t grow their full coat. Bandra must have been poorly suited to life on the street, though he managed to survive a few years there. Now he’s leading the life of a pampered pet, I think his Golden Fleece is here to stay.

Rajashree Khalap


Lakshmi said...

This is truly an amazing transformation!

Bunty said...

A very touching experiance. I went through all the links and photographs. Was you holding his head in your hand when end came ? It is more painful then parting with a beloved human being. My condolesences.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Thank you. No, I was not with him when he died. I had left the room for about 30 minutes and it happened at that time.