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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 5, 2012

INDog at Velas, Maharashtra

This lovely dog was clicked by a friend (Kirti Chavan) in the village Velas on the Konkan coast, south of Mumbai. He belongs to a family running a 'homestay' there.

Velas has become famous for its annual Turtle Festival, organized by an NGO to protect the endangered Olive Ridley. The beach there is a nesting site. The NGO protects the eggs and releases hatchlings into the sea; the event has become a big draw for nature lovers and photographers.

One of the many threats to nests is what the media call 'feral dogs'; there is also predation by jackals; and hatchlings are hunted by birds of prey. Major threats of course are coastal development, poaching, and incidental capture in commercial fishing nets.

Homestay tourism has become popular in this village due to the Turtle Festival. Let's hope this well-fed and distinctly un-feral village dog keeps away from the beach!

More images by Kirti and others here.

Photo: Kirti Chavan
Ratnagiri District


kirankumar said...

nice pic of the helthy indian dog....
good work,,,,,,,!
best of luck,,,,!

Anonymous said...

cute indian dog.!