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.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I rescued Tansy in 2002 from Goa where I was on holiday. I instantly fell in love with her and started to feed her as she was obviously a street dog. She was heavily pregnant and I was concerned for her welfare as I knew that if she had the puppies in the grounds of the hotel she would probably be destroyed as the hotel was very strict about street dogs coming onto the complex, even though most of the (British) tourists loved and cared for them.
When she had had her eight puppies and had regained her strength, I managed to have her sent to England with the help and advice of a vet in Goa.
Tansy flew from Mumbai to London Heathrow in November 2002 and then had to spend six months in quarantine (photos above), which seemed like forever.
During this time, which was through the winter, her coat grew from the rough and short 'pariah' coat into a beautiful thick and long golden coat, like a princess!
She came home in May 2003 and she has been pampered and loved ever since.
She still keeps her distinctive pariah 'look' (although with a little bit more weight!) and gentle characteristics, she is also extremely clever.
Needless to say, she cost a fortune to bring over and I had to get a bank loan, but I loved her so much, I just did what I could to rescue her and make sure her puppies were vaccinated and housed.
Above: Tansy wondering what snow is!
Above: Some recent pictures of Tansy in the snow. She loves playing in it, but I think is totally baffled as to what it is!
Photos and story: Adele Carroll