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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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kia and Punchie

Kia and Punchie are extremely lucky Indies. They have experienced only kindness and love from the moment they were born! In fact even before that!

Vidya tells us about these beautiful twins:

Kia 





Punchie












































Kia and Punchie are my 'baby sisters' back home in Kerala. Though they are siblings and litter mates they are very different looking. 

These monsters live with my mom, dad and sister. They are a handful and spoiled brats as well. 

Kia is lazy. She doesn't allow anyone but immediate family to pet her on the head. Punchie on the other hand is a softie and is very sensitive but also very sly!

Their mother was Sundari, our neighbour's 'adopted' street dog. Sundari had followed our neighbour all the way from her old house to the latest one. The lady didn't completely adopt her, but she was kind enough to open up her terrace for Sundari who she knew was pregnant. She fed her well and took good care of her. 

Sundari delivered her nine puppies, and apparently the lady sat through the entire delivery! Kia was the first-born and Punchie the third. 

Once they were two months old the lady did her best to get them adopted. 

It was about a year since we had lost Cookie and Cleo. Initially dad wanted to adopt just one puppy. But I told him the puppy would be really lonely and that would create more problems than having two. 

Kia had been branded 'the puppy that not too many people would want to adopt', as she had typical markings and was just an 'ordinary' mutt. Who knew. We insisted that we wanted only her, and then came Punchie as the addition.


In this picture above, Punchie has been anointed with coconut oil and camphor before her bath. She is such a nice girl, she hops into the sink outside the house and waits patiently till Kia is called downstairs for the oil-camphor rub and they are both bathed.



Post-bath splendour!
'Can we take these off now?'





































Samik calls Punchie 'supergirl' because of the Superman kind of mark across her chest. I call Kia 'Blondie'. Together they are a force to reckon with. They are partners in crime and are forgiven everything by mom and dad. We the human sisters feel a bit jealous because we don't remember being let off so easily when we were growing up!

Our neighbour has since left, and so has Sundari - nobody knows where she is. My sister spotted her a couple of times. Sundari had walked up to our gate and Kia and Punchie had sniffed her in a suspicious manner, not knowing that she was their mother. My sister would feed her. Over time her visits waned until they stopped altogether. But we can never forget her. Nor can we stop thanking her for blessing us with the two most beautiful, loving, uncomplicated and cutest babies ever.

Story and photos: 
Vidya Samik
Kerala

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