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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.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sheru and Bijli

More members of Cara Tejpal's beautiful furry family. Sheru and Bijli are Gaddi Kuttas mixed with INDog. Gaddis are a Himalayan breed used as sheepdogs in the north and Cara adopted these two for her family's home in the hills. Sheru is the white one and Bijli is the darker one. They're two and a half years old.



In Cara's words:

"My two beautiful mountain dogs live a happy existence in our house in the lower Himalayas.

Sheru is a complete Mamma's boy and follows us (my mother and I) around like a lamb. His first year of life he was partially terrorized by my nine-year old Bhutia Baloo. Since Baloo passed away, Sheru has been having some dominance issues as he has suddenly realized he's king of the castle. The house staff say he is aggressive with strangers which I find hard to believe since he behaves like a little kitten around me. Trying to climb on to my lap despite his size and constantly licking any bare body part.

Bijli on the other hand is far more poised than Sheru. She is a real beauty - intelligent, kind and with a rich glossy coat. Despite never being formally trained she knows immediately what you want from her. She commands love unlike Sheru who demands love. Together they're a tornado. Racing up and down the house, splashing in the pond and scaring any guests we may have."

Below is Astro, who has no INDog ancestry but is a mix of labrador and beagle. His mother was one of the beagles rescued from Ranbaxy's labs several years ago. I wanted to include him here because he is an adopted dog too, and an important member of Cara's family! Astro is now eight years old.



Photos, text: Cara Tejpal
Lower Himalayas and New Delhi

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