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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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Eloise Leyden's magical dog tour

It's easy to appreciate the beauty of our Pariah dogs when they are spruced up and wearing nice collars and sitting on our sofas - that's easy enough. But when they are scrounging through a dump or lying in a gutter, it takes that extra vision to look past the squalid surroundings and realize just how extraordinary these creatures are. This may seem extreme but to me dogs are the only real signs of life and love and innocence on our mean streets. Amid hordes of robotic humans, they are our only remaining link to the natural world...

Photographer Eloise Leyden travelled around India for a year shooting pictures for her book Slum Dogs of India. Click here and look at our dogs through her magic lens. Astonishingly and heartbreakingly beautiful. Perhaps she sees them more clearly than most Indians do.

Thanks, Eloise, for this treat! I'm finding it hard to drag myself away.

Eloise is a trustee of the NGO TOLFA (Tree Of Life For Animals), that works for street dog welfare near Ajmer, Rajasthan. A portion of the sales of this book will go towards their programmes.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Fantastic photos by Eloise! I bought the book a couple of weeks ago and I spent an entire evening going through page by page.

real, dirty, honest, beautiful.

I love this book.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Yes these are absolutely the most gorgeous dog images I've ever seen. Thanks for putting her in touch with me Sarah. I'm ordering the book too.