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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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shalini and Somu's tea party

Look what happened to Nicole's morning tea when she left it unattended for a few minutes.



Shalini gets to slurp first...





Somu takes over...and Nicole decides to click instead of reclaiming the partially slurped tea...





And look how beautiful Somu's grown! Don't all Indies, when looked after well? Click here
for earlier posts about Somu and Shalini and Deepa (who now lives in Switzerland with Nicole's parents).

I really really like that Somu can now dig as much as he wants without getting beaten half to death for it. Yes, in Ahmedabad, it is sometimes the sad fate of pups to get battered and even killed for doing normal puppy things, like digging in people's gardens or chewing slippers. In case you're an Amdavadi reading this, please check some earlier posts in this blog before taking offence and deciding to sue me.

I look at my neighbourhood and I wonder, what makes most (if not all) Mumbaikars so much more civilized towards dogs than Amdavadis are? I think it's awareness. NGOs and animal lovers here are very vocal and the media has been supportive. There have been sensitization programmes here since 1993 (I worked on one myself in my animal welfare days). There are certainly lots of people in Mumbai who don't like street dogs, or any dogs, but few resort to violence.

Whereas the few active NGOs in Ahmedabad seem to have completely let down the street dogs with their silence on cruelty and welfare issues and their non-existent public awareness programme. What a pity and what a shame.

Well, Somu at least has had a lucky escape. In fact he has recently discovered that he likes sofas!









Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
Ahmedabad

3 comments:

georgia little pea said...

love the tea party shots :)

sad about ahmedabad :(

doggylove said...

hey! i liked the way,somu and shalini, without botheration of getting clicked(rather getting caught redhanded_), managed to finish the tea!!
no one will believe it, but during his early days of adoption, tommy had finished my 'bhel' lying unattended!!i have seen many stray dogs eating coconut ,right from the shell!

Rajashree Khalap said...

We can't leave anything around at dog-height since we adopted Puppy! She even jumped up and snatched a cake box off the kitchen counter once.