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I'm a landrace dog fancier and birder. I'm also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. I worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai for 14 years.

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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A lazy morning with Kierah and Bimba

Lovely photos from Ze Belchior! 

Here are two earlier posts about the beautiful ladies of the Belchior family: Ziggy and Bimba, Two Indian beauties.



Photos: Ze Belchior
Goa

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India's birthday post

This is to celebrate India's tenth birthday! She turned 10 on February 25 this year.

India went to NYC with Caroline Walker as a tiny puppy. If you've been following our blog from the beginning, you'll remember her first story here. And also these photos of her playing with Leela, and their movie.

Look at her first puppy video, in a hotel in Mangalore, Karnataka. (The other puppy in the video also got adopted in the US). 

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And compare it with her recent 10th birthday video: 

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As Caroline says, 'You can see some of the same personality traits in her...as she backs away tentatively and tries to get a read on the situation.'

Very very INDog.

And here are some of her recent photos. As pretty as ever.

Nothing to bark at


I love this one!
And this!

In the car, wearing a beautiful 'zari' collar

Very annoyed Indy - at the St Patrick Day Parade


At the beach





























































My very nicest memories of NYC are of the day Kiran and I spent there in November 2008 with Caroline, India, Yvonne and Leela; roaming around Central Park and going for a walk and lunch, and even taking the dogs to an art gallery. Strangers stopped us in the street to admire the dogs and ask what breed they were. 

That year they even appeared on the Martha Stewart Dog Show!

Happy birthday dearest beautiful India, though we are a month late. We wish you many more wonderful years and birthdays!

Photos and videos: Caroline Walker
NYC
USA

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Kimaya portraits by Neha

And now, Kimaya's portraits by Neha! Kiba's are in this post

(She was going through a shedding phase - I'm wishing I'd brushed her fur off the bed before the photo session, as it all got picked up by Neha's sharp lens! Something to remember in future.)









































About the photographer: Neha's pet portraitures started a couple of years ago when she rescued her two dogs, Champak Lal and Jalebi. Starting with C and J, over time she would sneak out to take pictures of other dogs during nap time - but was always caught out by the doggy smells coming off her when she got home. She only photographs animals (no weddings or parties - sorry) and would be glad to help you capture memories of your pets. You can reach her on NehasPetPs@gmail.com

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Photos: Neha Arora
Mumbai

Kiba portraits by Neha

Am I just biased or are my dogs seriously beautiful??

INDog owner Neha Arora came over to do a photo session with my pups, and here are some of the images. I think she really captured their good looks better than I have ever been able to do!

Okay, that's enough bragging from me (can't help it). Feast your eyes! There'll be a Kimaya set in another post!









































About the photographer: Neha's pet portraitures started a couple of years ago when she rescued her two dogs, Champak Lal and Jalebi in Goa. Starting with C and J, over time she would sneak out to take pictures of other dogs during nap time - but was always caught out by the doggy smells coming off her when she got home. She only photographs animals (no weddings or parties - sorry) and would be glad to help you capture memories of your pets. You can reach her on NehasPetPs@gmail.com

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Photos: Neha Arora
Mumbai


Radha eight months later

Constance Hills sent an update on beautiful Radha. What a lovely life, with lots of outdoor play and dog friends!


























Our INDog-mix Radha from Tamil Nadu, now lives with us in San Francisco, CA. We have had Radha for almost eight months now, and her adjustment is remarkable.

Radha at rest, snake-like spine
Next to Golden Gate Bridge
























Radha the Bunker Girl


Radha in Sierra Foothills

Eyeing dogs 100 yards away

With Rocket, an Indy who went to the US with her

With a friend on the beach

Another beach friend





























































































































































































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Text and photos: Constance G. Hills
San Francisco
USA

Chocos and Jelly outdoors

I really love these photos of beautiful Chocos and her daughter Jelly, sent by owner Vandana last December. 

























How lucky these dogs are. Though they aren't exactly in a rural area, there is obviously a lot of open space, greenery, even goats and cattle around. Enough for them to experience the life of village dogs; the life their ancestors lived. 

I sense a rather self-congratulatory tone in many big-city Indy adopters, perhaps justifiable since they have, after all, saved the lives of street dogs. 

Of course being in an urban house or apartment is safer than living on a city street. But I wonder whether one can call the lives of these city pets really high-quality in spite of the safety and all the sofas and beds and cushions they get to lie on; the fancy dog treats, collars and gear and birthday parties and Facebook accounts. 

These are poor compensations for having to walk always on leash, always on concrete, never getting to explore or discover, never getting to interact freely with other dogs, never getting to use their sharp brains. For having to live most of their lives cooped up indoors. 

My favourite thing is to see INDogs getting the best of both worlds, like Chocos and her daughters!



Jelly watching cattle

Chocos with her best friend: a male Indy who spends most of his time with her

Chocos trying to blend in with a flock of goats

                   Climbing onto walls and high places is a very Indy thing
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Photos: Vandana SB
Palakkad
Kerala