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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.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Somu and Shalini























Exactly a month ago, Shalini's owner Nicole heard about a pup who had been brutally beaten with a rod. His "crime" was that he had been digging inside somebody's compound! The dog-basher: some brain-dead heart-dead scum who shall remain unnamed. This was in Ahmedabad, and I'm sorry to say ill-treatment of dogs seems a routine occurrence in that so-called "Gandhian" city where criminals and goons are widely tolerated but innocent pups are not.

The pup's screams of pain were heard by some local shop owners who used to feed him and other dogs of the area. They tried to get help from an NGO and a government hospital, but weren't prepared to take him to the hospital themselves. So the pup lay screaming and ignored and would no doubt have died eventually, except that someone told Nicole about him. She and her neighbour rushed to his rescue and after a long drive found a vet to treat him. His front leg was found to be broken and he had to be sedated and put in plaster and given lots of painkillers. At last he stopped screaming and slept.

Initially Nicole's plan was to put him back on the street and keep an eye on him there, but clearly that wasn't a very safe option.

So the pup is now Nicole's pet and Shalini's brother. He has been named Somu. His leg has healed and he now offers Shalini stiff competition in the good looks department and the digging department. No need to tell you what a great life he's leading, you can see that from the pictures. Let's just say he can dig all he wants now and he's never going to get battered for it.

Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
Ahmedabad

Earlier Shalini posts: Shalini, Shalini growing, Shalini outdoors

5 comments:

Veera said...

What a lovely set of pictures - dog interaction and body language is perfectly displayed here! I think just looking at these beautiful animals enjoying their lives makes it a bit easier to deal with all the horror stories.

charu shah said...

thank god somu is safe now. i remember the time when i had got email about nicloe being harassed as she cared for the dogs, and lisa had offered help, even though she was not there! it takes 2 outsiders to save our local dogs, and we are proud of our country!

Sarah said...

I agree Veera .. there is still good in the canine world. I remember the first time I saw a photo of Shalini .. I though "Wow!" These two dogs look great together and I'm glad they're now family. :)

Rajashree Khalap said...

We need to showcase more and more rescued and adopted dogs so the image of Pariah dogs gradually changes - they are treated like pests and vermin by ignorant people. They need to be seen as loved, privileged and beautiful pets.

You're right Charu and it's particularly shameful that some of the worst horror stories come from our "Gandhian" state. What a disgrace to Gandhi's memory!

Lakshmi said...

I wish for a utopia devoid of dog-bashers (animal-bashers, in general), peopled just with Nocole-types...but it is a fantastic wish, isn't it? Wish all the abused animals were as lucky as Somu..another fantastic wish..sigh