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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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Buddy Subramanian

Happy golden INDog-mix Buddy lives in Bhopal with his adoring family, the Subramanians. (This is the second Buddy on this blog: not our friend Buddy in Mumbai).

Aarti tells us how her parents came to adopt this cute little furball:

'On 25 December 2012 he had somehow crawled through our gate and was found below our car in the porch area. He was about ten or twelve days old with his eyes partially open, very weak and injured in many places. My parents looked around for his mother or siblings for some time. Unable to trace anyone, they tried to keep him warm (it was 5 degrees) and feed him milk. But he was too small and weak to even lick milk from my dad's finger. 

'Although dad had wanted a pet since we lost our beloved dog Notty, mom was reluctant to adopt at that time because she was still struggling to cope with Notty's loss. For around two days they kept a constant check on the pup from our office on the main road. But then he kept crawling towards the main road again and again. Seeing this my mom couldn't help crying out of fear that he would get run over by some ruthless driver. And she looked towards dad...and dad instantly got up from his chair, took a carton from the shelf, and the pup was adopted!

'Since all of this happened on Christmas Eve I believe he was a gift from Santa. So after doing some research on "Christmas names for pets" I chose "Buddy - the welcome messenger". 

'He's a sweetheart and a charmer. I recently got married and my hubby was not a dog-friendly person...but Buddy managed to win him over. And now my hubby Gokul sees to it that we skype with Buddy once a week; and he wants to travel to Bhopal and spend time with him!'

With Gokul: 'Please come and play with me' 

Photos and text: Aarti Gokul & Subramanian family

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Orange and Combo

This pretty pair live with Anirban Kundu's family in Purulia, West Bengal. Their names are as lovely as the dogs themselves.

Orange is an INDog-mix (the other half may be spitz I think). She's four years old.


Combo the handsome tricolour is her son and just over a year old.


Orange has inherited the INDog trait of liking to sit on high places like walls. 

Mother and son

Combo sunbathing

Oof, that's enough sun...now for some shade

I love these pics of Combo eating a biscuit of a two-wheeler saddle!

Anirban looks after the free-roamers outside his house too. He plans to do welfare work for street dogs some day - a much-needed service in most parts of India!

Photos: Anirban Kundu
West Bengal

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Gucci and Teddy

These two cuties live with Stephanie Stevens Menezes in Nasik. Gucci is the glossy black lady, and Teddy the soft brown...teddy.

'I rescued Gucci from Kolkata when she was 10 days old,' says Stephanie. 'And Teddy was rescued twice: once from the road and next from neglectful owners in Bangalore. He finally became my son when my friend flew him to me in Kolkata when he was four months old.

'Now Gucci is five and a half years old, and Teddy is two.'

A goodnight hug for Teddy

Gucci, black beauty

'These are my babies during an inspection of their mummy's vegetable garden. Thankfully I met their exacting standards!'

Photos: Stephanie Stevens Menezes

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


A long-overdue blog post on the fabulous Tippu!

Some of us have been following his activities on the Facebook page, but this is his first appearance in this blog. 

Tippu lives in Thrissur with Sajoy Peter's family which includes German Shepherd Tommy. These lucky dogs get to walk and play in lots of open spaces in the neighbourhood (apart from their own yard). 

Sajoy shared some pictures from Tippu's photo album, from his tiny puppy days last year to the present. 

The outdoor album will be posted soon. Look out for it!

With his brother 

Photos: Sajoy Peter

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Minal Browny

Meet Minal Browny, thunder-puppy!

She was sitting in the middle of the Bangalore highway when Velmurugan passed her on his bike. He picked her up and searched without success for her mother. The pup was probably abandoned. 

'She was little and I couldn't leave her in the street as she would definitely have died. So I adopted her. At the beginning of the day she was very fearful, but after that she was very active. Her eyes are really beautiful.'

Most people would have passed by and left her there on the highway. Lucky little Minal met one of the rare humans who cared. 

'My family named her Browny,' says Velmurugan. 'But she is a fast sprinter so I named her Minal, which means "thunder" in Tamil. Minal Browny.'

The first photo below was clicked after her adoption on 26 March, and more recent ones follow. She plays a lot and like all puppies loves chewing things (and her humans!)

Photos: Velmurugan Ko

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Article in HT Brunch, August 2013

I forgot to post this story last year! Mitali Parekh interviewed me along with four other women for her story 'Gone to the dogs' in Hindustan Times Brunch. It was about women who do interesting work with dogs. It appeared in the August 17 issue. I'm sharing the whole article here. 

You can also read it here.

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