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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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Jackie one year later

Maria sent an update on INDog Jackie, from St Petersburg! 

'He is active, and I hope, happy,' she says. 'But we both miss the ocean! We miss Goa!!

He is real buddies now with the cat, Ebenezer 😊

He still runs around like a bullet, without a coat, in the winter snow, with "sibling'" Jess.

He is an absolutely adorable, cunning and self-assured creature. Love him dearly. Real character 💜 '

New to this blog? You can catch up on Jackie's earlier posts here and here.

Photos and text: Maria V Shuvarikova
St Petersburg

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Thursday, March 22, 2018


Remember beautiful Foxy? She was in this blog two years ago 😊

(In case you're new to this blog, you can read about her here).

Her human Manav wrote in with some BIG news. 

'My Foxy has turned five, and she has a new friend to play with. YUKI!

Same colour and coat pattern but different features.

So here's what happened. There are these new young tenants who've moved into my building, and I've been friends with them for a few months now. 

They'd been asking me to join them to party for a while. So one time at the end of January I did.

We went out and had a few beers and by the end of the evening, around 2.30 a.m. we left and headed to Powai for a dosa. 

There at the dosa stand I saw many dogs and obviously started pampering them. Now note, I was sitting on the sidewalk after my gluttonous streak of three dosas, and this really tiny three or four-month old puppy sees me call her. Wags her cropped tail, let's me pat her.

And I lifted her up and placed her on my lap, and she put her head on my forearm and slept for 15 minutes straight. I felt the connection immediately.

I fell in love.

I couldn't put her back there for anything.

I thought I'd get her adopted or something. But she was such a sweet-natured loving baby that I just had to keep her.

Yuki means "happiness" in Japanese. That's what she fills my life with. That's what she has filled us all with. And tricked us into adopting her with that cute face and yap.

I was planning to leave for Dubai next year but I think I will have to sacrifice that. I'm ready to do that I think.

Foxy couldn't adjust to her for the first few weeks. But now they are inseparable. Yuki has changed my violent short-tempered Foxy into a playful loving older sister. And Foxy has lost weight too, playing for at least an hour or two every day.'

 Text and photos: Manav Pandey

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Say hello to Major, commonly known as Mayj! 

Our latest Indy cutie lives in Ahmedabad with his human Parijat Pandya. 

He's clearly perfected that doe-eyed melting look we Indy owners know well...the key to getting away with pretty much anything. The bat-ears are adorable too!

Parijat's description of him reminds me of Mr Kiba of the K Gang. Read on, and enjoy the pictures!

'I came across this beauty almost two years ago. Before that I was really scared of dogs', writes Parijat. 'He is a bit of work and a huge pain in the neck, but I love him.

My friend was going to give an exam. She had a little time so she stopped by an ATM to withdraw some cash. She found Mayj in an obscure corner of the parking lot, almost bleating. He had many injuries, including dog bites and a fractured shoulder, that we think was caused by a scooter hit. He was covered in ants. She picked up this little thing, who literally fit inside a size 6 shoe box. 

We gave him to someone who was ready to adopt him, but that didn't work out. 

He came to live with me for two days, aaaaaand....here we are, close to two years of love, bites, and stolen chicken kebab (resulting in acute diarrhoea).'

Text and photos: Parijat Pandya

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hillside walk with the K Gang

As always, we Khalaps are working hard to keep the canine bosses entertained and busy.

Last weekend we all went to one of Kiran's regular bouldering sites, on the outskirts of Navi Mumbai. Aren't we lucky to have the beautiful Sahyadri range right next to the city?!

We've been to this spot a couple of times before. It's a very pleasant sun-dappled walk up a wooded hill to the boulders, and there are very few free-ranging dogs on the route: an important consideration for us, given Kiba's hostility to dogs in general.

The lovely forested hillside is gradually being encroached on by local builders. Large patches of woodland have been cleared, and at least ten temples have mushroomed up in the last few years. Building a temple is a well-established first step in land-grabbing. 

The bouldering site has been left undisturbed, at least for now.

Scroll down to see our photos of the K Gang among the rocks and trees! And if you're new here and would like to see more K Gang outing photos, check these posts:

The K Gang trek to Subedar Falls
Kiba and Kimaya go rock-climbing
The K Gang trek to Sunset Point
Running from Diwali
The K Gang at sea
The K Gang with friends and acquaintances
Rowdy had to be taught a lesson
Montagues and Capulets
Kimaya has a mood swing, or two

NOTE: Want to take your dog/s trekking? Here are some things to remember - because the top priority must be to keep your dogs safe.

  • 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; or a dog water bottle
  • 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 s/he wants to - never force her/him to walk if he needs a break
  • Avoid trekking in hot weather
  • Stick to the path and don't let your dog/s go deep into long grass; there may be snakes
  • Don't let your dog climb on to heaps of leaves; again those are often hiding places for snakes
  • Feed your dogs one or two hours before leaving your home. Avoid feeding them during the trek or during any other strenuous exercise. If it's a long trek, let your dog rest for at least an hour before and after the meal.

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Navi Mumbai
Western Ghats

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sophie at four

Every year I get an update about beautiful Indy princess Sophie. 

I'm late posting this one - her human sent it nearly two months ago (so sorry for the delay, Sophie and Sophie's human!) 

For those who haven't met her before, here are her earlier stories:

Sophie's choice
Sophie at three

As you can see, she's as pretty as ever!

'Yes, Sophie the little Goa Indy is four years old now,' writes her human.

'And not so little any more...

She celebrated her fourth birthday in September with some delicious red velvet cupcakes, her absolute favourite.

And I thought to send across some pictures of her doing her usual things with her  human and animal friends. For those who are following her story.

So here are some more pics of her, at her South Goa residence, with her friend and elder sister Annie, our nine-year old white rescue cat, and two of the neighbourhood indies, Brownie and the grey-buff girl Piquen, which means "small one" in Portuguese.

Enjoy the photos!'

Waiting for family
Morning sunbath with Annie
Chilling on a Sunday afternoon with Annie

With Brownie and Piquen

Text and photos: David

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