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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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dingo, the baby INDog

Gaurab Jyoti Kalita sent in these photos and the story of his beautiful little INDog puppy!

'I want to write about our most adorable and youngest family member. 

Dingo is an Indian Pariah Dog who came into our lives last Christmas. I rescued him from a narrow irrigation canal near Manas National Park, Assam. After rescuing him, I waited almost three hours for his mother or other members of his family. After that, when there was no sign of any mother dog, I brought him to my home. He was only about one month old.

He was the best Christmas gift I ever had!

But the problems started soon after. He simply refused to take any food for the first one and a half days. Then I gave him his first bath with lukewarm water and carried him to my bedroom, and that night he started eating. First he took a little bit of boiled rice with milk, and after a few days he started eating dog food, biscuits, yogurt, orange and pumpkin. Pumpkin is still his favourite food.

15 January was another memorable day. It was the day of his first visit to the vet clinic for his first shot. While the doctor was preparing the syringe, Dingo ran away from the clinic and hid in a corner of a nearby pet store cage. It took me almost two hours of searching to find him. The next day the vet came to our home to give him the shot!

After that every ten or twelve days he would somehow injure himself (minor injuries), and the vet had to visit our place frequently. He is now like our family veterinary doctor!

When I first started his training sessions he was very happy and wanted to keep playing with me, but due to my busy schedule I wasn't able to give him as much time as I would have liked. Still, I did somehow manage a few hours for him. During training I noticed that he learned really quickly compared to 'pedigreed' breeds, but sometimes he was moody and refused to learn anything. During those times, it was impossible to coax him to do anything. For instance, if he doesn't want to walk he won't move an inch from his place; if we want to move him we just lift him, otherwise he may just sit or stand there for more than one hour!

Or, if anyone from our family ignores him, he also ignores us right back for a whole day, and won't even eat his food.

These are a few incidents, but his temperament as a pup is very good compared to my brother's labrador pup. 

I feel so happy with Dingo, and am always questioning my brother: is it necessary to bring home a Eurobreed dog? In my opinion both INDogs and Eurobreeds have the same qualities of love, intelligence and loyalty. And if someone wants to raise a pup, she/he should bring home an INDog or street dog, as it is not only a better option for the dog but also good for society, by getting one dog at least off the street, and saving it from rabies and other diseases.'

Story and photos: Gaurab Jyoti Kalita

Pathsala, Assam

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