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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.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Princess Vagabond

This blog is all about INDogs and INDog-mixes who have found great homes.

Now here's the first Indian dog who has not just one great home but hundreds! Because her home is, quite literally, the whole world.

Meet Vaga, the globe-trotting desi dog.

I first heard about beautiful Vaga and her unusual lifestyle yesterday, when her owner Andy posted a message in my Facebook INDog Club.

Vaga was born in Goa in December 2001 and soon after met Andy, who happened to be in India with the Earthcircuit crew. Read about Earthcircuit here.

They were travelling overland and took her back to Europe with them.

Since then she's been part of the crew and their mission, sharing their adventures across Europe and Asia. Currently she is on a world tour, has passed through Russia and reached South Korea.

Andy writes that EVERYONE she meets falls in love with her. Isn't that the case with all Indian dogs abroad? It's only here that they are ignored and neglected (you can read my rants about that elsewhere in this blog so I won't repeat them here).

I've posted some pictures of her here, and you can see more in Vaga's Gallery and the DeftwhitedoG gallery.

Above: Vaga at Lake Baikal

Above: At Irkutsk, Siberia

It's a bit late to wish her bon voyage since she's been travelling almost continuously for nine years already. But if this desi girl ever passes through her original country again, I am so hoping I'll get to meet her.

Photos: Andy,


charu shah said...

indies are the best! people just need to realise their true value!

Veera said...

It seems that Vaga is giving a yoga class for the Irkutsk puppies:)

Rajashree Khalap said...

You're right :-) :-) That's Shwaan asana - "shwaan" means dog in Sanskrit!

Rajashree Khalap said...

Btw Veera, doesn't she look a bit as if she's mixed with a Rajapalayam? Very strange because that breed is kept only in South India as far as I know, and not in Goa.

Veera said...

Maybe she's a lab mix?

Rajashree Khalap said...

That's what I thought at first but she doesn't look so heavy. My Puppy seems lab+Indi mix for sure and has a heavier kind of build, and so did Lucy.

Animal Talkies (K) said...

Amazing amazing blog and site, I LOVE the doggies of India. This is such a terrific resource.

Rajashree Khalap said...

@Animal Talkies: Thanks :-)