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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.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Out-dog

I think this is rather a clever name. My mother made it up while watching Kiba in the garden one day.

Not that Kiba doesn't love indoors and soft upholstery. And he loves quilts and blankets in winter as much as any dog. But if we lived in Nagaon all year round I'm sure he'd spend the better part of the day in the garden or on the porch. Just sniffing about and guarding the house and loving all the sights and sounds and smells. 

It may be a coincidence that his favourite sofa in our Mumbai apartment is on the balcony with a nice view of the park and sea. 

He's never lived outdoors so it's not about missing a former lifestyle. 

Kimaya is an Out-dog too. And the other human and I are Out-persons. We're all well-matched that way, which is lucky for everybody. 

The saddest thing is when dogs and their humans don't match.

Photos: Nagaon

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