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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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


This little doll is called Annie and she lives with Callie and Charles Maddox in Sonipat, Haryana. Callie and Charles, thanks for choosing an Indi and for being such responsible owners!

Callie sent in these lovely photos and Annie's story:

We didn't take the decision to adopt a street dog lightly. We wanted to make sure that we could return to the USA with a dog from India, as we had heard too many heartbreaking stories about expats adopting dogs and then having to leave them behind when they moved on. We certainly couldn't face that, so we researched the process thoroughly before making the decision to adopt a dog here.

We adopted Annie at the DLF mall in Saket, Delhi. There is a rescue agency that runs a puppy adoption stall outside of the mall, and we wanted to support the work that this agency is doing. So we stopped by the stall one day and immediately fell for Annie. She was so tiny, but she was climbing over the bigger puppies with an adventurous and curious spirit.

The volunteer working at the stall told us that her mother had been hit by a car and killed, so Annie was now an orphan. She didn't even have any siblings in her litter.

Needless to say, our hearts melted and we knew that Annie had to be a part of our family. We scooped her up, bought some supplies at the nearby pet store, and took her home to Sonipat.

Of course, she pooped on Charlie during the car ride home and then threw up on Callie. But we didn't care!

We were a bit nervous about adopting her so young, as it is illegal in the USA to adopt a puppy younger than eight weeks old. But we kept her warm, comforted her when she cried in the night, and fed her bowls of infant cereal until she grew big and strong enough to transition to puppy food.

Her favorite toy is a rubber chicken, she loves to eat carrots and bananas, and she enjoys cuddling on the couch.

Needless to say, she is an absolute joy. Full of energy, intelligence, and love.

Annie is making her first trip to the USA this summer, so we'll let you know what she thinks about it!

Photos and story: Callie and Charles Maddox


doggylove said...

Annie is sooo sweet! God bless u all!

Sarah said...

Congrats on adopting such a beautiful little desi dog! I am a Canadian who has one as well and every time someone asks me about him, I never give up an opportunity to tell them about street dogs and the native pariah's of India. Some people have more attention span than others but those who do genuinely listen are fascinated!