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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, December 6, 2007

INDogs move to the US

Meet Rhada and Otis Brown and Mahendra Singh Snoopy (nicknamed Indi). All three were adopted by Lisa Perrine Brown while she was living in Mumbai two years ago, and they returned with her to the US. Lisa rescued and nursed Rhada when she was a tiny pup - both her hind legs were broken in a car accident. Otis was rescued from a mud puddle in which he had almost drowned. Both now live a wonderful life at her home in Michigan, going for long walks and running around her five-acre lawn. Indi leads an equally happy life with
Lisa's friends upstate.

I love the odd sight of our Mumbai dogs sitting in snow!

Above left: Otis
Left: Rhada in a snowjacket
Below: Indi

Below left:
Indi and Rhada
Below right:
Bottom right: Otis


Abram said...

My partner and I spent some time in India in '99-'00 and fell in love with the Indian pariah dog. She had picked up one puppy, of which we have a nice picture. The second, an even younger fat little puppy she picked up on the street resulted, even after placing it back on the ground, in being escorted by its none-too-pleased mother for about a city block.

Elsewhere we saw a mother and nursing pup lying in the middle of the street, utterly contented. We knew better by now and just took some pictures.

It was amazing to watch these dogs living on the margins of human society, yet enjoying -- mainly for the goods, I'm sure -- their proximity to humans.

One of the most amazing scenes, like our own little live nature documentary, involved a lengthy and complex courtship ritual in which a subordinate wooing a particular female did his utmost to placate the alpha male. The female obviously preferred the subordinate, resisting all mating attempts by the alpha, but the subordinate male still had to ask for permission, so to speak, by repeatedly approaching the alpha with a show of submission, circling him and bowing to him.

My partner had a long-standing fear of dogs, but watching and interacting with these pariah dogs disarmed her completely.

We live in Canada (Ontario, to be more specific) and would love to have an Indian pariah dog as companion. If anyone knows of a way to help us with this, we'd be grateful.

sstragus said...

Sorry, put my name in the nickname field of the previous comment, thus rendering the gmail feature useless.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Dear Abram,

How nice to hear from another Pariah/INDog fan! What a pity you are so far away, as there are lots of pups here in need of good homes. We could always spread the word around and perhaps find someone going to Canada who could take a pup for you. If you email me your details (address etc) I could give it a try. Thanks for writing and keep in touch.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for your response. Sorry about my own delayed reply. I had lost the bookmark to this site and just found it again now...

If you could spread the word, that would be nice. We would need significant advance notice, however, so we could prepare things on this end. We live right near Toronto, btw.

A brother is also interested, if more than one pup could be brought over. I have no idea what the process of importing a dog would be, however, in terms of shots, registration, etc.

I will send you an e-mail off-site with my details.

Thanks again,