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
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Just look at this lot! These are Moti (fat), Kali (black), Safedu (white) and nameless-so-far-puppy. They are all females, about four weeks old, and will probably grow up to be big dogs, judging by their parents' large size. They are being looked after by Brahmesh Srivastav.
Brahmesh adopted two dogs some months ago, so he has to put these four fat cuddly little things up for adoption. If you would like to take one home, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Brahmesh Srivastav
Noida (near Delhi)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Another lucky puppy saved from a grim fate. And another lucky person who got an INDog.
I have to admit, the best thing about this blog is that I get to interact with absolutely the nicest, kindest members of what I have come to believe is a degraded race. I mean us humans. (Go back to my post about the bloody-minded citizens of Meerut and you'll understand what I'm talking about).
The other wonderful thing about this blog is that I get emailed the cutest pictures. They keep me smiling. I don't have to put in the slightest effort to make the blog beautiful, with photos like this regularly coming in.
So, this little dog is Shalini and her rescuer is Nicole Poyyayil, who had earlier adopted Deepa. Deepa lives with Nicole's parents in Switzerland now.
Shalini was a healthy and playful pup when Nicole first saw her on a street in Navi Mumbai. Nicole started feeding her treats whenever they met.
But then she had to make a short trip out of town. When she returned and went to look for her, she found to her horror that the pup had become skeletal, so weak she could hardly stand, with lots of small wounds in her paws. The cause of her sudden illness remains a mystery.
Of course it was impossible to leave her on the street in that condition. From her vet Nicole heard about some people who looked after street dogs in their home, and she arranged to keep Shalini with them. But all the dogs there seemed to be chained all the time and Nicole wasn't very comfortable with the place.
She and her husband were about to shift to Ahmedabad, but they made a decision to adopt Shalini and take her with them.
With her life changed so dramatically for the better, Shalini started recovering.
They are all in Ahmedabad now, just settled into their new home.
One more great INDog story has just begun...
Photos: Nicole Poyyayil
I am posting a message from June Basar, who adopted beautiful INDog pup Picolo a few months ago. June is getting married and will have to shift to Denmark soon. But taking a dog into Denmark is extremely difficult, thanks to conditions for a blood test which are almost impossible to comply with in India. Please read June's message below for the details. Picolo's only chance may be if someone going to Denmark could carry his blood sample there for testing. If you know anyone going there, please contact June urgently.
If this doesn't work, Picolo will need a new home.
I need help, fast
- If you are going to Denmark soon, can you please carry Picolo’s blood or enzyme sample? It is completely legit and I will provide permission papers from the vet in India, the lab in Denmark and the Danish border control.
- Does anyone want to adopt the most handsome and loving dog in this whole wide world?
- We found a very nice apartment in Copenhagen, but no pets allowed. We gave up the lease and hope to find another one that allows dogs. The real estate agent was very helpful, “Good Luck! Wait for 2 years”, is what has been offered so far.
- The Danish government needs a blood/enzyme sample test report which is at least 3 months old. We postponed our wedding so I could bring him with me to DK after 3 months of the test.
- Then I got a mail from the Danish border control saying the blood/ enzyme test has to be done only in a European Union approved lab, NONE of which are in India.
- Big problem, but we decided to ship his blood sample to the lab in Denmark. I was happy. Life was going as planned.
- Picolo needs a microchip identification implanted. It needs to be done on the SAME DAY as his rabies vaccination. His vaccination 2 months ago. But we can always give him another rabies shot and implant the microchip.
- There is only ONE courier company that agreed to ship his blood sample. It will cost me a minimum of 15000 Rupees (1650 DKK) Life is expensive, but life is still good.
- The courier company called again to say they do not take blood samples sent by an individual. It has be from a certified laboratory that does routine business with them. But there are no EU certified pet laboratories in India, which is why I need to send the sample to Denmark in the first place.
- Without the blood report, Picolo wont be allowed to enter Denmark.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Canadian photographer Scott Budgell and his wife lived in India for four years. He took these beautiful pictures on their travels around the country.
They now live in Toronto, with their pretty INDog-mix Durga and her pups.
Scott, thanks for this visual feast. You've made even the trash bins look wonderful!
Above and below: Wild in Hampi
Above and below: Varanasi
Above: Durga and Kanni
Below: Palolem gang
Photos: Scott Budgell
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Durga was one of a litter of six. Their parents were semi-strays looked after by Scott and his wife when they were living in Kodaikanal three years ago. Their mother was a German Shepherd mix. Durga's four brothers all got good homes, but Scott decided to adopt the two girls, Durga and Lakshmi. He and his wife had to leave India for ten months, and they had to make the tough decision of leaving the pups in the paid care of a guesthouse in Gokarna. Sadly, Lakshmi died while they were away.
After a year with Durga in Kodaikanal, the couple returned to Toronto taking her with them. Scott writes that she doesn't much care for the snow, but she likes all the people and friendly dogs there. She just had a beautiful litter of six pups.
Above: Durga and Lakshmi with their mother
Above: Durga with her father
Above: Durga and Lakshmi
Above: Durga with her caretaker in Gokarna
Above: Durga with her father, Kodaikanal
Above: Toronto winter
Below: Durga with her pups
Photos: Scott Budgell
Baloo is not only gorgeous, he's mastered the art of posing perfectly for portraits! Don't you love the expression in the second photo?
Click here for more of his photos.
Photos: Pradipta Kumar Pal
Kiran Anand sent these pictures of an absolutely adorable litter delivered by a street dog in Kapurthala, Punjab. If anyone would like to adopt them, please write to Kiran on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Kiran Anand
Friday, May 8, 2009
Aarti had rescued three pups, who had wandered into her building, giving them food, love and care. She managed to get a home for one of the pups, but as usual, the other two still have not managed to get good homes.
Anyone interested in adopting them, please contact Aarti on email@example.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charu Shah, Aarti Pamnani
This adorable male pup was rescued by Disha Sharan. He is about six weeks old, very intelligent and a bundle of energy.
If you would like to adopt him, please email Disha on email@example.com
Do spread the word among all the dog-lovers you know.
Photo: Disha Sharan
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This is my beautiful Tabbyrani with my nutty little INDog-mix Kimaya.
After a rocky start, the two have struck up a strange friendship, possibly because Kimaya was so persistent and Tabby got tired of slapping her.
The truth is, Tabbyrani is a very affectionate little thing, although she puts on that typically feline aloof act (funny how many humans get fooled by that...real cat people never buy it, and neither did Kimaya). She's always happy to be petted and cuddled, or in this case licked. Kimaya nibbles her a lot, searching for ticks and fleas I suppose.
Sometimes Tabbyrani gets annoyed and slaps her. This dog thing of sniffing behinds is NOT allowed.
Because of her resemblance to that largest of tabby cats, Tabbyrani's second name is "Vaghachi moushi," which in Marathi means "tiger's aunt." An explanation of this term is a little beyond my linguistic skills. It's just a folksy sort of tradition about cats. There is an equivalent in Bengali and probably other Indian languages as well.
They wander around the garden on strange secret missions, some of which possibly involve mice...I stay out of these things.
This is Nicole Poyyayil's Deepa, who now lives in Doerflingen, Switzerland, on Nicole's parents' farm (you can see more pictures here). The cute tabby cat is Mikesch.
Nicole's mother reports that Deepa uses Mikesch as a pillow and the cat doesn't seem to mind. But outdoors they behave like Tom and Jerry, and it isn't always clear who is who.
Click here for The Indy and the cat Part 1, and here for The Indy and the cat Part 2.
Photos: Nicole Poyyayil