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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, 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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