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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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sophie's Choice

Just got the latest Sophie news from Goa! And it's all lovely and has put a big smile on my face.

This gorgeous Indy princess is now 18 months old, and astonishingly smart (no surprises there). And astonishingly smart at getting her doting humans to pamper her (no surprises there, either!) Remember how she adopted her humans instead of the other way around?

























'I don't know if I ever told you the reason for her name,' writes David. 'I think it's something very cute. You see, she chose us, we didn't choose her... And there's a movie by the name of "Sophie's Choice"...right? Well that's why she's called Sophie. We're her choice!'

She's still as energetic as ever, more intelligent than I could ever have imagined, and a very picky eater. Surprising for her background - but she seems to have understood that if she says she doesn't like something, we won't force her to eat it or starve her till she does - but will get her something she likes.

Spoilt - yes, I agree. Spoilt rotten!

She loves sleeping on the family divan in the TV room. The minute it's free she has 'dibs on the divan' and comes running from wherever she is to lie there. Sleeps there on nights too, very often. Even though she has a really nice, large, soft and very comfortable bed - made specially for her by one of our cushion-maker friends.

























Another thing she loves doing is taking her afternoon siesta in the passage way (where it's nice and cool and breezy). 

On her back after a heavy lunch...
































And that 'publicity pic' of hers at the beginning of the post, I managed to get only by speaking to her. I noticed that there was no way she was going to sit still for a picture - so started telling her a story - and she was listening very intently (see the expression on her face and the tilt of her head) - and that's when I got her pic. I got a couple more too, but this one's the best.

Believe me, I've had dogs - but this is by far the smartest one yet. 

She's so intelligent and energetic that when one's with her there is little time for posing and pictures...
So much to do, so much to see and smell...c'mon, c'mon...!

That's our Sophie.

Text and photos: David
Goa

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