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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.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Little girl and Pintu

Last Friday in the Little Rann of Kutch:

My friends and I were on a three-day birding trip, and one evening we sat by this lake under trees filled with chattering parakeets. Cattle and their herders were hurrying home because it looked about to rain, and peacocks were calling loudly from across the water.

This little girl was standing on the grassy slope near us, telling us about owls she had seen in the neighbourhood. Her handsome red dog was sitting on the grass. His name was Pintu, and she told me she had two more dogs, Moti and Siddhu. Typically, I forgot to ask the child's name though I had a long chat with her!

She called Pintu to come home, but he wanted to play! Their interaction was so amusing I couldn't decide which pictures to post, so I've posted them all as a slideshow.

Most of the dogs in this region are some shade of brown, though some have patches. A few are brindled. Most are not very INDog-looking; they are taller, with longer legs and a more tucked-up "greyhound" build than INDogs. Many have dropped ears. That's a look quite common in grassland areas. Pintu looked more INDog than most.

Little Rann of Kutch


Veera said...

What a lovely series of pictures:) Very similar to Nana - she loves to lie on her back in peoples feet, stretch her feet and "demand" belly rubbing and interaction.

Rajashree Khalap said...

That's cute :-) Bandra used to like us rubbing his belly, and Kimaya likes it too. The only one who never lay upside down was Lalee.