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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.

Friday, April 3, 2009


This is Tommy from Jalgaon (not to be confused with Tommy from Mumbai, who belongs to Dr Manik Godbole). This Tommy belongs to Sanket Patil and her family.

Last year when the family's new house was being built, Tommy appeared from somewhere and took up residence at the construction site. He was a puppy then, and he was always very pleased to see them when they visited the site. Once construction was over he was taken into the house and became their pet and family member. He is extremely intelligent and also very obedient, and is specially devoted to Sanket's mother. He seems to have an uncanny understanding of language and they are all amazed by his knowledge of so many words and the way he follows all Mrs Patil's instructions.

Sanket has been in the Netherlands for several months and is naturally missing Tommy a lot - but her studies will soon be over and she will be home with him again in June.

Photos: Sanket Patil
Jalgaon, Maharashtra

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