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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, November 24, 2011

La dolce vita

Lazy moments.

To do her justice, Kimaya is not a lazy dog and much of her day is action-packed. But when it's time to rest, she does pick the best spots.

A dog's life as they say...

Photos: Rajashree Khalap, Shonali Laha

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lost dog Danny - Rs 30000 reward offered - Delhi

Danny is a female Indian dog, 2 years of age, who went missing from Sector B, Pocket 1 Vasant Kunj at around 6 pm on Sunday, 13th November, 2011. Danny has only one eye (the right eye). She is very friendly but also extremely scared and incapable of fending for herself. She has a brownish-red collar on and a yellow tick collar as well. She has been sterilized. If you see her please call
9810505620 immediately.

A reward of Rs 30,000 is offered to anyone who can help find her.

Thank you,


Pups for adoption in Delhi/NCR

Sharing an appeal that was forwarded to me recently. The pups are in Delhi/NCR.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We are family

This picture was posted in our Facebook INDog Club and I couldn't resist sharing it here too. Winter morning scene in Delhi!

Photo: Shikha Aleya
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mia the Black beauty

Gorgeous, independent, super-intelligent Mia, described by her lucky owner Snigdha:

Our dog's name is Mia.

My husband Bapoorau and I adopted her from the SPCA in Visakhapatnam in June of 2010. She was born some time in May 2010 making her 18 months old right now. She was brought into the shelter along with her mom and three other siblings.

Her mom belonged to the watchman of an apartment building who pretty much disowned her when she had the (rather out of season) pups. I think people complained and then the SPCA was called in. Mia was the only pup to survive.

Her mom is still at the VSPCA.

The people at the VSPCA told us how happy they were that we were adopting her because they were sure that a black female dog would never get adopted.

Anyway, right now we live in Tamil Nadu, Mia thoroughly enjoying the 18 hour car ride from Visakhapatnam.

She's the first dog that I've ever had; growing up, my family were big cat-lovers. I always thought of dogs as rather silly, as I think a lot of cat-people do. But needless to say, she has now firmly found her way into my heart and I can't imagine life without her.

She was really the most adorable little puppy, very healthy and full of energy.

We had read somewhere that the secret to toilet-training a dog was to lavishly praise them when you caught them in the act. So whenever we would see Mia peeing we would tell her she was a very, very good girl. And because she so smart, any time she did anything naughty (eat books, hide cell phones, steal socks, attack house-plants) she would run straight to the garden and pee! It was impossible to yell at her, she got away with anything.

I love the fact that Mia doesn't really listen to me and has a big spirit all her own. She can be a noisy dog, with an intense dislike of our water delivery boy but she is mostly warm and affectionate. She loves to play her version of fetch which involves her prancing in front of you with a ball in her mouth but not letting you take it from her.

She is wonderfully behaved when we take her out to public places, to such an extent that I can hardly believe it's her.

I suppose like a lot of dogs, she loves to sleep on her back with her legs in the air, chase crows off the roof and eat corn off the cob.

She brings so much joy and wonder and laughter into our lives. I really don't know how anyone can live without a dog!

Photos and story: Snigdha Ehm and Bapoorau Chidambaram
Tamil Nadu

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Presenting Coffee, a very handsome Indy-mix belonging to Meena and Nolin Chitnis. He's new on this blog but you can see his images and videos on our Facebook Indog Club Page.

Coffee was born in Pune. Nolin went there to adopt him after seeing his adoption appeal on Facebook. He was a one-month old puppy at the time.

Since his adoption he's been living with Nolin and Meena in Thane.

"Coffee keeping a watch on Meena who is taking a nap nearby," writes Nolin of this picture. This is at their beach house in Gujarat.

He's obviously a very alert watchdog, and he's also proved to be extremely tolerant of little pups and young dogs.

The perfect dog in fact - like most Indies!

Photo: Nolin Chitnis


These pictures were taken by Nutan Khalap (my sister-in-law) on a recent trip to Turkey. Kangals are not dingo-pariah type dogs, but they are still an ancient breed apparently developed without much human intervention, so I'm posting some pictures here.

I just love these huge gentle dogs. We saw a couple in Stellenbosch in South Africa at the Cheetah Outreach centre. They are being used in South Africa for non-lethal predator control, as they are known for their ability to protect livestock from big cats, wolves, jackals and other carnivores.

I've read that Kangal numbers are declining with changing lifestyles in Turkey, so I didn't really expect Nutan to see any. But she asked around and got to see and click them in a couple of places (one of them near Troy). Thanks Nutan!

You can read about Kangals on the net. Although they are sometimes considered the same breed as the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, they are in fact distinct as true Kangals are all from the Sivas province of Turkey. Here is
one of the pages about the breed.

Photos: Nutan Khalap

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