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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, October 31, 2010

Sipho is growing...up

If you've been reading this blog for some time, you will remember the AfriCanis puppy Isipho adopted by Yvonne de Kock a few months ago. Click here for his earlier pictures and story.

He's around 5 months now and rather a large puppy, already bigger than Rishi (who is my little Kimaya's brother if you remember). He's called Sipho now. That's him on the left in the top picture, with Leela in the middle and Rishi on the right.

"He is a really lovely dog," Yvonne writes. "Calm, respectful of his elders Leela and Rishi, but obviously playful and occasionally gets into garden trouble like digging up plants!!"

Thanks to the sweet temperament of all three dogs (and also thanks to Yvonne's considerable knowledge of dog behaviour I'm sure), they have merged smoothly into a pack and live happily together with no friction.

I have to admit with great shame that my three girls may never be able to live together so peacefully without a lot of help from a behaviour consultant. Kimaya has been brought to Mumbai a couple of times since Puppy's adoption in March, and all I can say is it did not go well. But that's another story.

Read about the AfriCanis in this earlier post.

Some earlier posts on Rishi and Leela: Snapshots in the snow, Sea Dogs, Rishi and Leela portraits, The Indi and the cat, Part 6, My Cape Town holiday with Rishi and Leela and The Burial.

This is my post about indigenous dogs of Tanzania.

Photos: Yvonne de Kock
Cape Town,
South Africa

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