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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

Sunday, December 21, 2014


This tiny beautiful pup was recently adopted by Kunga Negi in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. What a cutie! 

Dogs in the Himalayan region are likely to be mixed with indigenous mountain breeds.  It will be interesting to see what Shadow looks like when he grows up.

Kunga sent his photos and adoption story:

I was thinking for a long time that I'd like to raise a dog and was considering buying a Eurobreed, but then one day I saw this little buddy outside the gym where I go to work out here in Shimla. The pup was trembling with cold. I picked him up and decided at that very moment to raise this little rascal at home. 

His name is Shadow.

What I feel is that if I raise him there will be more awareness among people to raise Indies rather than Eurobreeds. If more of us do that we can bring about a big change.

After spending days reading about INDogs I learned that they are among the oldest breeds in human history, very intelligent and friendly to humans and children.

There are many misconceptions among people that INDogs are not pure breeds and that they are not intelligent. We have to create awareness. With neutering and awareness and also adoption, I hope one day there will be no street dogs but only Dogs.

Photos and story: Kunga Negi
Himachal Pradesh

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


INDog Senna lives with Puloma's family in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. What a lovely dog!

Puloma writes:

One fine day we found two small pups outside our house hiding behind our car. They were really small, adorable, very playful, so we had no option but to feed them and keep them with us. 

One of them, the boy, disappeared after staying with us for one month. We searched for him everywhere but couldn't find him. I hope he is safe and happy wherever he is.

It was difficult for us and his sister, but I like to think of it as God's bigger plan for us.

From that day onwards we totally took care of our baby and her needs. We had never had any experience of keeping a dog in the house, but we still managed to do pretty well! (Yay!)

From vaccinations and trips to the vet to her spaying and post-op stress, it has been a difficult yet beautiful ride. She is extremely playful.

The best part of our day is when we all return from college, school or work and find her waiting for us with that cute wagging tail.

I have never been more happy in my entire life!

Along with  her, we look after two other old Indies as well. They just sit outside, guard the house and accompany us quietly wherever we go. (Thank God they are not as playful as Senna!)

May God bless all such voiceless creatures and those who stand up for them.

Story and photos: Puloma Singh

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Monday, November 24, 2014


Last year a few cute little INDog-mix pups from Gokulam, Mysore were befriended by some yoga students and travelled to loving homes in the US and Canada, and one to Peru!

Here's one of them: Nokhi, who went to Miami with Day Christensen. Another, Raaji, was featured on this blog a few months ago.

'Nokhi is the sweetest dog,' writes Day. 'She has yet to meet another animal she doesn't like. She is friendly and loving. 

'When I found her she was a pathetic thing, shaking and lost. Now she still has some anxiety when she is near traffic or big crowds. She is a little scaredy but like I said she is the sweetest. I am the luckiest person to have found her. We love each other tons!'

Photos: Day Christensen
Mysore, India
Miami, USA

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


I've always loved Rupam Borah's portraits of his doggy family. They have such a tranquil contented mood and capture exactly what is so special about living with dogs. 

Adorable bright-eyed INDog-mix Gizmo was featured in this blog back in 2008. Tragically, Gizmo passed away from a serious heart disorder last year.

There are two Indy princesses in the Borah home now. Here's one of them: beautiful alert Fifi with the pirate eye-patch. The other princess, Bella, will be on the blog soon.

Rupam adopted Fifi from a dumpyard. 

'We named her Fifi because that very day we had returned from a Phi Phi Island trip,' he writes. 
'Fifi brings in a holiday feeling every day at home. The love of our life.'

'A holiday feeling'...what a perfect way to describe a dog.

First day at home

Birthday special!

'Daughters are special'

Photos: Rupam Borah

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Frances, 2014

Beautiful tricolour Frances was on this blog two and a half years ago. For her earlier post
click here.

Erin just sent in recent pictures of her. Stunning as always, and very striking portraits!

She also has more of an INDog look than most Delhi dogs. 

Photos: Erin Kathleen Bishop

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The K Gang trek to Sunset Point

Like most INDogs and INDog-mixes, the K Gang love the outdoors. And so do we.

We work pretty hard at keeping the KGang entertained and taking them to new and interesting places.

Apart from their regular beach holidays, they've shown some interest in rock-climbing and trekking.

So Kiran, the other human, arranged an expedition to Sunset Point, Matheran, in the beautiful Western Ghats range.

He knows lots of hiking routes by now, and he carefully selected this one because:

a. there's a safe path all the way
b. one doesn't meet many dogs, as there is only one small village at the base
c. it isn't heavily forested, and leopards are not seen in the area (they would be a danger to the K Gang, not to us humans)
d. it's easy to reach from Mumbai.

I'm the only member of the family who doesn't much like climbing and heights. I much prefer level ground. But of course I went along to keep an eye on the Gang.

Here are some of our photos!

So much to sniff...

Watering some bushes

The view

At around 1500 feet (halfway to Sunset Point) we came to a wooded patch and a tiny shrine. I decided to stop trekking and switched my attention to the myriad pretty cheeping things in the trees. The rest of our little company continued the climb up the hill. 

It was hot by now. By the time the others came down and rejoined me, everyone was a bit tired. Everyone drank water. Kimaya snoozed for a while before we started the walk down.

What's he doing shoving his head in that water??

Hahaha! Humans are crazy!

On the way down it drizzled and became cool. It was pretty. 

We reached home around 5 pm. After dinner the K Gang fell into a deep slumber.

It was a really nice outing and as you can see, it was a lovely scenic place. We plan to do more such trips once the weather cools down.

NOTE: The top priority must be to keep your dog safe. Some things to remember if you'd like to take your dog/s trekking:

  • If you are not a regular trekker, it's best to get an experienced trekker to accompany you
  • Make sure to carry at least 2 litres of cool water (thermal bottles are nice) and a bowl 
  • Some basic medication in case of cuts and scratches, and a vet-recommended anti-histamine just in case of bad insect bites or stings
  • Avoid forested areas with possible leopard presence 
  • Get a local guide if necessary; getting lost will not be fun 
  • Let your dog rest if he wants to; never force him to walk if he needs a break
  • Avoid trekking in hot weather
  • Stick to the path and don't let your dogs go deep into long grass; there may be snakes
  • Feed your dogs one or two hours before leaving your home. Avoid feeding them during the trek or during any other strenuous exercise. 

Western Ghats

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