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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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

4-month old pup Lalli for adoption - Mumbai

Lalli is female, healthy, fully vaccinated and de-wormed.

She has been living in a building compound in Goregaon, Mumbai. A kind man called Vikram has been taking care of her. But Vikram will soon be shifting from Mumbai to Gujarat, and the building secretary has warned him that he will have Lalli removed and dumped somewhere so far away that she'll never find her way back to the building again.

Lalli will not survive such a displacement.

Please do your best to help her by sharing this appeal as widely as possible!

Contact these numbers for adoption: 9167652675 / 9987235152 / 9867511042

Three videos of Lalli:

Videos and appeal: Manisha Matta

Bingo and Ginger need homes - Mumbai

There are lots of gorgeous pups needing homes right now. Here are two that were rescued by animal lover Manisha Matta. Look how cute they are! Please help her find permanent loving homes for them. Share this post as widely as you can please, so the message reaches as many INDog-lovers as possible.


One month old bundle Bingo was rescued from Sion, Mumbai. This lucky pup was saved in the nick of time from being run over by a tempo. He is a bit furry and might be an INDog-mix. Currently recovering from a skin problem, almost healed. He has been de-wormed and treated for fleas.


This lovely little INpuppy was rescued from a building in Juhu, Mumbai. Her mother and siblings were all crushed to death by a speeding car.

One month old, female, absolutely healthy, de-wormed, and believe it or not - already house-trained!
This pup is highly intelligent. Calm and quiet and loves to play by herself.

Bingo and Ginger are great friends and are currently together all day.

For adoption call 91 9167652675 or 91 9821327618.

Spread the word please!

Photos and appeal: Manisha Matta

Thursday, May 12, 2011

INDog pups for adoption

An adoption appeal from INDog-owner Shivdas Nair:

8 month old INDog pups available for adoption in Mumbai. They are being taken care of by my friend Vikram, from whom I adopted my INDog Brandy. We'd love someone to give these pups a home.

Please contact Vikram on 9223256553.

Above, below: Brownie

Above, below: Blackie

Vikram 9223256553

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

An earlier article on Indian dogs trained as sniffers in Chhattisgarh

India's legion of street dogs are being offered the chance to make their country proud by joining a crack cadre of the country's military.
The elite Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC) last year picked four mongrel puppies from the streets with the hope of transforming them into a unit of explosive-detecting sniffer dogs.
The mongrels — Lily, Sally, Teja and Kareena — have just passed an intensive nine-month training course with flying colours. After they were found to be “tougher, harder and sharper in battle” than their pampered pedigree peers, there are plans to collect more for similar work.
Brigadier B.K. Ponwar, the head of the college, told The Times: “They may have been a little temperamental at times, but they hardly ever require a vet, they never fall asleep on duty and their endurance over jungle terrain is formidable. They are, after all, locals. They won't let you down.”
The dogs' main job will be to counter the Naxal movement of Maoist rebels whose influence extends across half of India. Described by Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, as the “single biggest internal challenge ever faced by our country”, Naxalites have stretched security forces close to breaking point in recent months with a series of increasingly audacious raids on security force bases and convoys carrying cash and gold bullion.
Particularly deadly has been the group's use of improvised exploding devices (IEDs) — home-made bombs, usually buried under the surface of a road. With IEDs accounting for up to 95 per cent of security force fatalities in some Naxalite strongholds, canine conscripts are being called up to combat the threat.
The street dog project was begun partly to save money — a trained sniffer costs between 85,000 and 125,000 rupees (£1,000-£1,600) to buy, while packs of semi-feral mongrels are a fixture of India's cities and villages. Packs of stray dogs are often nurtured by Indian Army garrisons so that they can act as an alarm system — especially at night, when they bark at intruders.
But the mongrels, picked from streets in Chhattisgarh, a hotbed of Maoist insurgency and where the CTJWC is based, have exceeded all expectations. One drill found that three of the four original street dogs out-sniffed the two pedigree labradors they had been trained alongside.
The former strays recently discovered their first IEDs while on a real-life mission. On the strength of the initial batch's performance, two more street puppies — Rambo and Millie — were recently recruited.
The Naxalite rebel movement, which claims that poor Indians are being exploited and should revolt, was born in 1967 in a peasant uprising in the village of Naxalbari in the state of West Bengal. Since then it has claimed about 7,000 lives and grown into a force of 40,000 permanent armed cadres and 100,000 militia members, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, a research centre based in Delhi. Naxalites dominate the so-called Red Corridor, a broad swath of territory from West Bengal to the border of Nepal, and are active in 16 of India's 28 states.
Security chiefs say that they are closing the military gap with the Naxalites after being badly outmanoeuvred in recent years. However, they admit that public sympathy for the movement is growing and that canine recruits alone will not tackle the threat.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Indian dogs trained to detect explosives in Chhattisgarh

The Malinois or Belgian Shepherd is much in the news nowadays, after one of this breed was reported to have participated in the recent successful strike on Osama Bin Laden.

Far less in the public eye is the ever-underrated Indy, though its performance has been excellent in the Counter-Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Chhattisgarh. Let's pardon the College and the writer of the article below for using the words "mongrel" and "street dog" for canines who are possibly neither of the above. At least somebody has finally recognized the value of our native dogs, whatever they choose to call them.

This is an earlier post on this project. Incidentally, like all tribals and rural Indians, Maoists are well aware of the alert nature of Indies. That's why they ordered villagers in Jhargram to kill their own dogs; to prevent them from alerting the police to Maoist presence. Read about it here.

Sorry this post looks so messy. I've just copy-pasted the whole article here.

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Street dogs to detect explosives in Naxal hotbed

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A new batch:Street dogs being trained for anti-Naxal operations at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker in Chhattisgarh.

Kanker (Chhattisgarh): The Chhattisgarh Police is planning to train a new batch of street dogs for anti-Naxal operations after the canines delivered good results by detecting over 350 IEDs and landmines in the past two years.

The mongrels, being trained at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CTJW) College here, have helped save the lives of a number of policemen by detecting the explosives.

The street dogs, being trained for anti-Naxal police duties, have better utility value when compared to high-breed canines like Labrador and German Shepherd.

“The local street dogs have an edge over the pedigreed dogs as they do not get tired in the hot weather and rough terrain in the dense jungles and Naxal hotbeds of the State. They have a better adaptability to the environment and have produced excellent results in police and security duties,” CTJW director Brigadier (Retd.) B. K. Ponwar said.

“Presently, we are training four such dogs Teja, Sally, Heena and Rolly after we found that our experiment with such dogs bore excellent results. More such dogs with a good built and who display positive orientation for police duties will be trained,” said Ponwar, who has been designated as Inspector General (IG) of Chhattisgarh police for running the CTJW.

Ponwar helped set up the unique college here six years ago after he was asked by the State government to train its policemen for special operations in view of the Naxal problem.

Excellent results

Ponwar said while the college is also training pedigreed dogs, the results with street dogs has been excellent and more than what was expected of them.

“They require less pampering, less investment of resources and less care. They have a high stamina when it comes to working in these areas. They are good learners,” Ponwar said.

Central security forces like CRPF, ITBP and BSF deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the State are also being assisted by a specialised breed of imported Belgian shepherd dogs for ‘infantry patrols' and to provide pre-ambush warning to the troops.

“A police dog is an essential component of any security force squad. This part was missing in anti-Naxal operations. As the local dogs are best suited for this terrain, they are now being deployed to assist the forces. They can avert major casualties and ambushes by giving early signals to their masters,” a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

The high-breed dogs have been used with success by NATO troops in Afghanistan and Israeli troops in Gaza. - PTI

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Whitey's Song

Like many Indies, Whitey's life had a sad beginning but got a lot better thanks to some very kind people. Now he really needs a happy-ever-after ending. Please help him by posting his appeal wherever you can.

Here is his story, sent in by Devika Mukerji Khazvini of The Cattitude Trust, Chennai.

When the occupants of the building Whitey had lived in from puppyhood decided to “evict” this joyful, friendly dog, he would not leave because he believed that was his home. So they gathered together and beat him unconscious.

A brave young girl, seeing he was still alive, called the Blue Cross and stood guarding him till they arrived on the scene. Not only did the BC team rush Whitey to their hospital but they booked the offenders under the PCA act.

By some wonderful miracle, Whitey responded to the treatment and the love he was shown by the volunteers and the manager Dawn Williams. At night, Whitey would cry out in sadness, and Dawn would take him into his own quarters, play him music and calm him down.

Once healed, Whitey’s story spread among animal lovers and it became known that he had nowhere to go, as his previous home posed obvious dangers, with such cruel people around. Hearing of his plight, Kiran Rao, our Trustee and loyal friend to animals, offered to add Whitey to her family of many dogs and cats. Once safely at Kiran’s, Whitey finally began to enjoy some nourishing food and lots of rest. And anyone who visits him is greeted with boisterous exuberance as he has finally shed the last of his terrible fear of humans.

But since the other dogs there have been around a long time Whitey feels left out, and still sings his sad song. It is now quite clear that he wants to bond closely with a human family. His needs are simple. Good food, some open space, shelter from the elements (we feel he would be uncomfortable indoors all the time as he is not used to it) and lots of love and companionship without too many other dogs to share it with! He is young, neutered and in excellent health.

Would you like to be the lucky family to give Whitey the happiness he deserves; to give him a new and happy song to sing? If so, please email cattitudetrust@gmail.com

PS. Would the brave young girl who helped save Whitey please mail us? Whitey would love to meet her and say thank you.

Devika Mukerji Khazvini
The Cattitude Trust