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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.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lady and the Tramp

Yesterday on the beach. Two ladies here really, Lalee and Kimaya - but perhaps calling Kimaya a lady is stretching it a bit.

The large and handsome mix-breed is Brownie, officially the pet of one of my neighbours, but a vagabond at heart who spends most of his time roaming the beach and woods with his many friends. Brownie is really special and is dearly loved by most of my family (exclude Bandra, Tabbyrani and MiniPini). He features in several posts in this blog: click here, here and here. He is very fond of Kimaya and protects her from other dogs on the beach. They both love running, and the sight of them racing each other is pure magic, but I'll never be able to click this properly as they are both super-fast and all you can see is two blurs.

The usual horrible hordes of weekend tourists had started arriving at Nagaon (with accompanying cars, bikes, paragliders, pony carts, cricket bats, plastic bags, bottles and other trash). There were also the usual number of funny people who scream and jump in terror when a happy dog dashes by.

So we walked further up the beach to Aksi, which is still quiet and dotted with pretty boats and flocks of gulls and plovers and sandpipers and other shore birds. A dog can still be a dog there...for now.

(Sequel: Brownie was also our dinner guest last night, and he slept over on a blanket on the back porch. This was a trial visit and we plan to have him over daily to play with Kimaya. Let's hope it works.)



Anonymous said...

Rather nice blog you've got here. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to this matter. BTW, try to add some images :).

Rajashree Khalap said...

Thank you. MORE images?? :-)

Lakshmi said...

Rajashree, lovely pictures...you guys are so lucky to have such lovely stretches of beach to yourselves :) Happy for you..God bless all!

Rajashree Khalap said...

Thanks Lakshmi. Yes, we are lucky though we don't have the beach to ourselves all that much any more on weekends. See those people in the distance in the 4th pic from the top? Those are backpackers. Brownie didn't like their huge bags and behaved much as dogs do when they see ragpickers - barked and tried to chase them off. I stopped him but I worry about him when he is on his own, which is most of the time.

Veera said...

Are the weekend tourists mostly Indian or foreigners?

Rajashree Khalap said...

Almost all Indian, from Mumbai or perhaps Pune. But nowadays I see foreign backpackers once in a while. Which means the fame of the place as a tourist destination is growing. Not good for the dogs and me :-(