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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. I'm also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. I worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai for 14 years.

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.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Luciano Gheerotti





This beautiful, elegant INDog just joined the Club. He lives in Mumbai with owners Sanjay Nair and Maya Menon.

Luciano was born in the garage of their building just over three years ago. Puppies there often take shelter under cars and get run over accidentally, which is why at an early age Luciano was left with no siblings. Before long he too met with an accident and both his hind legs were injured, leaving him semi-paralysed. Sanjay and Maya rushed him to a vet for treatment, and after ten days of physiotherapy and home care the pup was up and running around again.

Since both Sanjay and Maya are out at work for several hours a day they decided they wouldn't be able to keep Luciano at home, and made many attempts to put him back in the building yard. But Luciano kept coming up to their flat, and finally started actually placing his head in front of one of their car tyres to prevent them from driving away! He did this more than once, so it certainly was an intentional act whatever his thought process may have been.

After this display of uncanny intelligence the couple naturally succumbed and Luciano moved into their home permanently. For a dog with such a "gangster" kind of name he certainly has a very angelic expression (of course it's also an "opera" kind of name!) A brief translation for those unfamiliar with Indian cuisine: "ghee rotti" means clarified butter with Indian bread - one of his favourite snacks. Carrying on the culinary theme, he was given the nickname "loochee," a Bengali delicacy this time!

Mumbai

Photos: Sanjay Nair, Maya Menon

1 comment:

Apps said...

:)) That has got to be the most innovative name... I'm still loling@"Gheerotti "