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I'm a landrace dog fancier. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, I worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a spider enthusiast and amateur arachnologist.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kiba and Kimaya go rock-climbing

Kiran, the other human in our family, goes rock-climbing every sunday with friends. Bouldering, to use the technical term.

The climbers go to some very pretty places around Mumbai. We still have some pretty places. 

Kiran has been wanting to take the dogs for a long time. One of the climbers took his dog along last year, and Kiran has been wanting to take Kiba and Kimpy ever since.

So finally we all went on a trip yesterday: Kiran to climb and the rest of us as spectators.  

The other climbers were very nice people, and one of them was a dog lover! 

Kimaya turned out to be a natural rock-climber (in her own way), jumping from boulder to boulder like a mountain goat! Kiba on the other hand seems more a coastal kind of dog, not much enthused by climbing though he enjoyed exploring the new terrain and marking as much territory as he could. HOW do dogs generate so much pee?

Here are some snapshots!

Going up the hill

There's a dog lover here! Yayyy!
Kimpy started climbing first! Not bouldering obviously, but climbing doggy style.
My arm was not supposed to be in the pic. She was leaping up the rocks and I had to make her 'stay'
with a hand signal so we could click a photo.
Watching the climbers prepare
Kiba soon lost interest in the humans 
I tied their leashes to this strong creeper, but they tried pulling down the creeper, tree and all
This local female followed us up the hill...
...and settled down on a rock at a safe distance, to watch us
Kimaya made squeaky noises. I think she wanted to make friends. 
Kimpy tried to drag me all over the hillside. I'm sure if I'd let her off-leash she would have gone off and not been able to find her way back.
What fun I'd have if I weren't stuck with this stupid biped mother...
We'll probably be doing this again so look out for more rock-climbing photos instead of just beach bum ones!

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