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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, December 9, 2012


I have a long list of Indy beauties to feature here, so long I'm almost feeling faint! Serves me right for neglecting the blog for so long. 

So here's the first: Vandana's gorgeous INDog Chocos, in Palakkad, Kerala.

"In February this year two puppies decided to crawl under my car. Even though we had no intention of raising a dog, they managed to melt our hearts and make us let them stay. 

One of them went missing at the time we decided to adopt them, and was later found with a group of gypsy duck owners. He seemed very happy with them.

The one we kept, it turned out, was a girl and for a long time she was afraid to come anywhere near us...

Here are a few pictures. She makes every day so cheerful!"

There's more to the Chocos story. She used to jump over the wall and wander off, though later Vandana started restricting her movements and keeping her indoors. She had been gaining weight for some time, and in the last week of November she had a litter of three puppies, though the vet had assured the family that she wasn't pregnant! 

For the birthing Chocos had picked a low shelf in the kitchen, like a little cave. 

"She's like, 'I got this,' " says Vandana. "She isn't ignoring the pups or anything. Tore off the placenta, cut the cord, kept the puppies' face and nose clean." 

These are her puppies. One of them looks quite a lot like her!

Photos: Vandana

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