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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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

INDog in a Mumbai marsh

I met this perfect INDog on Sunday, while birding with friends in a marsh near Thane Creek. 

He was walking along a road near the Bhandup pumping station, with two other dogs, an elderly couple and a small herd of goats. 

The lady sat down to rest and two of the dogs settled down with her. The other dogs had semi-dropped ears, but this one was all INDog!

It was an odd thing to see in such an industrial setting: goatherds against the backdrop of a pumping station. 

The lady was very proud of all her dogs. This one had been born nearby she said, and she had adopted him when he was a pup. Another of the dogs had been left in that area so she had adopted her too. That dog (not in these pics) had a notched ear, showing that she had been neutered by one of the Mumbai non-profits. I'm guessing the dog was dumped in the wrong area after neutering, something that happens all too often under this 'welfare programme'.

Nobody could come near her goats, she said, when her dogs were with them.

My friend Kalpana offered to click the dog for me, as I had no camera. Here are the pics. Thanks Kalpana!

The owner tried bribing the dog with a biscuit to get him to stand for a photo. He stood up for a second, took the biscuit politely and then settled down again. 

INDogs never never never will be slaves!!

Photos: Kalpana Malani 

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