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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.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Deepa and assorted friends

Some pictures of Deepa - not our new puppy member from Goa, this is the Deepa who earlier lived in Navi Mumbai with owner Nicole Poyyayil. She shifted to Switzerland at the end of last year and is living happily with Nicole's family on a farm in Doerflingen.

Deepa is extremely sociable and was very pleased to meet Lalee and Bandra when I took them to her home in Navi Mumbai last year. Her curiosity about other animals is easy to see in these photos.















Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
Doerflingen,
Switzerland

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Anonymous said...

Lovely Pictures!
hey i see this dog is in switzerland. A friend of mine was planning to take a puppy to Sweden and from out enquiries, we have learnt that the puppy needs to be quarantined for atleast 6 months! Since both countries are in the EU I as wondering if you have any more information on taking a pet to the EU minus 6 months of quarantine.- June

Rajashree Khalap said...

Hi June, there was certainly no quarantine for Deepa but she needed a microchip which Nicole imported. I don't know the rules for Sweden. I'll put you in touch with Nicole and also a lady in Germany who took an INDog there. They may be able to guide you.

best
Rajashree

Veera said...

June,

EU countries have different rules for importing animals from outside EU. In general, in Sweden the rules are very strick. I Sweden coutries outside EU are divided into listed and unlisted countries according to rabies control situation of the country in question. And India (I suppose the puppy is coming from India?) is one of the worst rabies areas so I suppose it is among the unlisted countries from where it is not possible to import a dog to Sweden without quarantine. In my country, Finland, however it is less strick. It is possible to import from outside EU, even India, without the quarantine if the vaccinations, bloodtests for antibodies etc is done correctly and the animal comes through approved route with the owner or other person responsible. Your friend could first import the puppy to an EU country that does not require a quarantine and from there to Sweden but I don't know if Sweden would require the quarantine anyway because the animal is originally coming from outside EU. The dog would probably have to spend as long time in the other country as in the quarantine.

By the way, I found on the website of Sweden's Jordbruksverk (where these rules of importing animals are) a "warning" about adopting street dogs from foreign countries. According to Jordbruksverket it is not advisable to adopt homeless animals from such countries, not even through local rescue organizations, because the animals might be sick and unstable and pose a health risk for other animals. I found this warning very disturbing and even racist in some way (fear of immigrations seems to corcern animals as well!) and was very surprised to find an official statement like this.

Really nice pictures of Deepa! What an exotic surrounding for an INdog.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Hi Veera,

Thanks very much for the information. The German lady just mentioned in an email that it was easy to take her INDog to Germany ten years ago, but now there are rules which make it very difficult to import dogs from outside the EU. It all comes from paranoia about disease and I suppose there isn't much we can do about it. I sometimes wish I could explain to people that the only diseases I've ever had were transmitted by humans and not animals! And also that aboriginal dogs, once vaccinated, are probably much healthier than most modern breeds in the EU and elsewhere :-)

Rajashree

Rajashree Khalap said...

Ironically, the transfer of some diseases may have occurred the other way round, i.e. from the West to India. Canine distemper virus was probably brought to India by Eurobreeds early in the 20th century. Even now in the remote villages I've visited, nobody has heard of dogs getting such symptoms, though it is very common in cities. Rabies is mentioned in ancient Indian texts, but distemper isn't.

Veera said...

It is not very wise from EU to make it too difficult to import animals because if there is no legal way to get their pets in people will try to smuggle them more often.