This blog is for aboriginal dog enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah Dog) and INDog-mixes (Indies) 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 landrace village dog of the Indian subcontinent. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too. Also see padsociety.org
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Dobby is a Kolkata Indy owned by Rohini Joseph and her family. He was found outside their house nearly 8 years ago, and though they had five cats and a dog at the time, this kind family took him in as well.
That sounds quite a lot like my Kimaya actually!
Some lovely pictures of Dobby including a few with his best friend.
Photos: Rohini Joseph
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|Off-leash for the first time - but I kept the leash on him so we could grab him easily|
|One of those spectacular Nagaon sunsets|
On the second trip a fortnight later he gave me a surprise. Bounded into the sea, splashed around, jumped over the waves with Kimaya, everything. Perhaps he enjoyed the water because of the hot weather?
Baths and paw-washing continue to be a torture (for me and my right ear drum particularly), but the Arabian Sea is now one of his favourite places.
|This would have been a nice pic if...|
The garden's not bad either. The Gulmohar is in full bloom. Kiba poses prettily among the fallen petals.
|Asleep, finally. Kimaya's collar and harness had to be scrubbed with detergent because she'd rolled on some disgusting old thing (ancient rodent remains/rotting fish?) We had to scrub her too, with a strong neem soap.|
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Photos: Divyaanshi Chandra, Anupama Srivastava
Here she is finally, on the blog. Thanks Samik for this touching story.
|Portrait by Kirti Chavan|
|The initial days after being picked off the street|
|Struggling to stand...|
|The mischief starts...|
|Learning to beg in front of the kitchen|
|Hiding under the bed to avoid a bath|
Thankfully I was able to come to Pune soon after and things have settled down. She is not a pet, she is a family member to us and she has completed our family and brought us a huge amount of happiness. The best moment in my day is when I come home after a long day at work and she greets me with a huge shake of her bottom.
|Above: Photo by Kirti Chavan|
At that moment I know that whatever else I might be doing, there must be at least one thing I do right, to get this animal's absolute unquestioning love.
Story and photos: Samik Biswas
Two photos by Kirti Chavan
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Guam, like many other islands, had no domestic dogs originally. They were introduced in relatively recent times by the Spanish. So unlike INDogs, Canaan Dogs and other Asian and African pariah dogs, the Guam street dogs are not aboriginal and indigenous, but must be descended from dogs of many breeds - presumably Eurobreeds since they were originally brought there by Europeans.
'I was living in Guam when I found Kama, my mongrel dog. I was stopped at a red light when he and two other free-ranging dogs crossed the road. They headed to a vacant lot between a BBQ pit and gas station. I pulled in and was able to lure him into my car with a siopao. He was about 5 months at the time and quite timid.
'I took him to the local shelter where he sat for two weeks, never got adopted because he doesn't look like a "pure bred" (which is very popular on the island). They were going to euthanize him to make room for other dogs, but in the two weeks he had been in the shelter I had worked with him so much and he had come so far socially I couldn't let him die. So I took him home and it was the best decision ever.
'We have moved back to the States and Kama came with us. Flying over the Pacific and getting stuck in Houston, Tx because of a hurricane, and finally landing safely in Boston, Ma. Just last month he joined us on a cross-country journey to our new home in California.
'I fell in love with the feral mongrels of Guam and laugh when people guess what breed he is. I tease people and say he is a Chamorro Sporting Hound, Guamanian Water Dog, or a Zorie Retriever. When I am met with quizzical looks I let people know he is a mutt.'
'We recently passed the Canine Good Citizen test about 3 months ago. Her official name on her CGC certificate is Little Miss Jiminy Cricket.
'Cricket very much resembles a coated Xoloitzcuintli/Pariah-type dog. While she is super-bonded to me and is easy to train (though stubborn at times) she is still primitive in both features and temperament.'
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