For the past two years I've been the happy owner of Goldi.
Goldi was one of seven puppies born at a church in Kottivakam/Chennai. One day my neighbours decided to take him to their place in Akkarai.
When they realized the dog was damaging shoes and stealing food, they chased him out of the compound. Happily our caretaker's dog befriended Goldi when he was lonely, sitting by the side of the road.
Step by step Goldi entered our hearts. Now a life without him is unthinkable.
Last year our company shifted us to Spain. I was not sure whether he would adjust to his new life, but he managed perfectly.
In Spain you find dogs with features similar to Goldi. They are called Podencos.
Often people tell us how beautiful Goldi looks, and they ask us whether he is a Podenco or an Australian Dingo.
Then I tell them very proudly, no he is a natural dog from Tamil Nadu.
Photos and text: Birgit Drawe