Owner Swati Chavda tells us his story:
Let me introduce you to Puppy, my 12-year old INDog/INDog mix, originally from Fatehgarh, U.P., now at Calgary, Canada.
One night when he walked to his car, there was this tiny puppy huddled against the wheel of his car. He was only a few days old, barely able to walk due to malnutrition. He appeared to have strayed into that area from another territory, for the neighboring dogs had attacked him and he was bleeding. So Amitabh took him in, fed him and dressed his wounds.
Puppy had jaundice, and he was given Liv 52 and appropriate diet. With tender love and care, Puppy made a complete recovery.
He has been with Amitabh since then, and of course, with both of us since we got married.
He has adapted to the climate quite well, and loves playing in the snow. Before the winter began, we had been worried about Puppy's ability to cope, but he has adapted exceptionally well.
Recently, he underwent several major surgeries to treat perineal hernia, and the vets were amazed at his agility and fitness, especially considering his age.
Interestingly, in India, we encountered quite a bit of snobbery from other dog owners who were into "pure breeds." However, here everyone has expressed only admiration for Puppy. We often get comments about his alertness and agility.
He's an excellent guard dog too. His instincts for danger are exceptional - one night when we were in Delhi, we were woken by his frantic barks for which we could not find any cause - there was no noise, no signs of an intruder, no unusual lights - nothing. We tried calming him, but he went on barking. And within minutes, there was an earthquake. He had been able to sense it before it happened.
I've noticed that Puppy is quite sensitive to events in general, and if I'm not feeling well, he tends to cuddle up very close to me and doesn't move an inch away from me, no matter what the temptation.
Story and photos: Swati Chavda