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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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Champ and Jebo in Goa

Two pictures of Champak Lal and Jalebi from their recent Goa holiday. 

Chilling at a cafe

Champ ecstatic after a beach run

These two pictures are not from Goa. I just posted them because they're beautiful!

Read the earlier Champ and Jebo post here.

Photos: Neha Arora

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LittleDog Brand

Cute INDog-mix LittleDog belongs to Dominique Brand.

"My husband and I are British, recently moved to Kolkata and before we knew it we had rescued a little Indian street dog," writes Dominique. "He was about six weeks old but weighed only a kilo. His five other litter mates all died. He had over 300 ticks and was covered in fleas. He was so weak he could hardly stand." 

"This is from when he was 13 weeks old (roughly) and thriving. He's very clever and is learning new things every day with training. He has become a local celebrity in our neighbourhood with his training tricks."

Little Dog's mother is a very shy dog who lives on the street near the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. LittleDog has the same colouring as her and his grandmother. The dogs are fed by a kind lady every day.

LittleDog's mother

This is his grandmother below.

"I thought I would show you a photo of me with my human mummy out in the rain in Kolkata. I hate the rain and prefer to shelter under the umbrella...although my humans tell me that I should try to get used to it...I think they'd like me to play in the water but there's a fat chance of that! He he!"

On his recent trip to Darjeeling. Here he is on the train from Kolkata to Darjeeling. "He coped remarkably well with the chaos, but is looking a little worried in this photo, in case he misses out getting a few crisps from me!"

"LittleDog enjoying romping around off the lead for the first time ever, on the river banks (in the valley bordering Sikkim). He never gets to run around off the lead in Kolkata because there are just too many dogs and jackals which are very territorial on the golf course. As you can see, he loved it!"

Another from LittleDog's North Bengal holiday album. "Since he hates water he needed a little biscuit as an incentive to jump across this tiny stream!"

LittleDog will soon make another journey: he is shifting to Thailand with his human family next month.  Looking forward to posting about his adventures there!

Photos: Dominique Brand


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Sunday, December 9, 2012


Handsome INDog-mix Ramu belongs to a friend in Pune. I love black dogs!

Apparently he's a real softie despite his macho looks. "He spent the entire day yesterday looking tearful because I yelled at him for stealing a choc cream biscuit."

Thanks for the picture, Malini! 

Photo: Malini Nair, Pune

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I have a long list of Indy beauties to feature here, so long I'm almost feeling faint! Serves me right for neglecting the blog for so long. 

So here's the first: Vandana's gorgeous INDog Chocos, in Palakkad, Kerala.

"In February this year two puppies decided to crawl under my car. Even though we had no intention of raising a dog, they managed to melt our hearts and make us let them stay. 

One of them went missing at the time we decided to adopt them, and was later found with a group of gypsy duck owners. He seemed very happy with them.

The one we kept, it turned out, was a girl and for a long time she was afraid to come anywhere near us...

Here are a few pictures. She makes every day so cheerful!"

There's more to the Chocos story. She used to jump over the wall and wander off, though later Vandana started restricting her movements and keeping her indoors. She had been gaining weight for some time, and in the last week of November she had a litter of three puppies, though the vet had assured the family that she wasn't pregnant! 

For the birthing Chocos had picked a low shelf in the kitchen, like a little cave. 

"She's like, 'I got this,' " says Vandana. "She isn't ignoring the pups or anything. Tore off the placenta, cut the cord, kept the puppies' face and nose clean." 

These are her puppies. One of them looks quite a lot like her!

Photos: Vandana

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Kimaya has a mood swing, or two

Hello, we are back!

And sorry for our loooong absence from this blog! It's inexcusable but I have two excuses anyway. I've had to work quite a lot on my other blog (about tiger conservation). And of course the Facebook INDog page swallows up a LOT of the time I have left.

There are many Indy beauties from FB that I have to introduce here; but first a longish update about us. It's a bit of a homily on canine loyalty as well, so skip the text if you don't like that sort of thing! But don't skip the pictures, they're quite nice!

It's actually about our human ideas about canine loyalty. We had this phase in our lives when Kimaya became disloyal to her former best friend. I meant to post this long ago but wasn't sure how to write about it without letting some very human disapproval show through.

The former best friend is of course our beautiful Brownie, of whom much has been written in this blog. 

I've mentioned before that Brownie decided to change his residence sometime last year. He was always friendly with these two dogs belonging to a bungalow near ours. The owner lives in Nagaon most of the year.

Brownie used to visit them quite often and one day he decided to start living there, instead of with Mr Athavale, his original owner. 

He still drops by at the Athavales sometimes, but it's no longer his principal home. 

I'm very happy for him. His new home is perfect. There are at least seven canine members, and that's just what Brownie likes - lots of doggy company.

But...this created a rift with his former best friend Kimaya. 

Kimaya is petrified of Brownie's friends. They've never tried to harm her, but she's scared of them anyway. She's scared of all pet dogs. 

Last October the fluffy one ran up to her and tried to make friends. Well to be honest he wanted to check whether she was neutered or not, but he didn't threaten her or touch her at all. Their family servant grabbed him and took him away. 

Kimaya took it badly. After that she didn't want to come to the beach at all for the next few months. If she saw these dogs even from a distance, she'd try to run back home. 

On another occasion an ownerless brindled dog growled and snarled at her, and that was the last straw. Our beach walks stopped altogether. 

I dragged her out on a leash a few times, but she was obviously so terrified I gave up. We would just sit on the steps for a while, but even from that safe place, the sight of Brownie's new family far away would scare her and she'd want to go home.

Kimaya can be a little dim-witted sometimes, specially when under stress. She associated her poor old friend with all these scary experiences. She didn't want to play with him any more. Look at her in these pictures, just wanting to go home and refusing to interact with Brownie.

Brownie understood the problem and explained to his friends that they shouldn't come anywhere near Kimaya. I don't know how he did it but he did. So we'd find him and his friends romping on the beach, and he'd come and join us and his friends would quietly turn around and go home. I'm not exaggerating at all. This is exactly how it happened.

You'd have thought the rift would have healed at this point. But then - along came Kiba.

Kimaya completely shifted her loyalty to Kiba. This is probably very moral from a dog's viewpoint. When Brownie came over for dinner, she'd stand between him and Kibby and bark loudly to protect the puppy. I was quite proud of her. But then she started growling at Brownie and clearly discouraging him from coming to the house. That's when we humans (specially the husband) started thinking her a bit nasty. And disloyal. After all Brownie had taken such good care of her the two years she lived in Nagaon. 

Finally poor Brownie just stopped coming back with us from the beach. He'd come and say hello to us, try unsuccessfully to play with Kimaya, and then trot back to his own family. I was convinced he had a sad expression.

That hurt. I knew Brownie before Kimaya was born. He's very much part of our lives in Nagaon. 

Thankfully, once we started taking Kiba to the beach (in May) things began to sort themselves out. 

Kiba is no longer an idiotic blundering puppy. He knows how to interact with other dogs now. He made a few attempts to bully Brownie's younger family members. Luckily there was enough space for him to run away when they retaliated. And luckily he runs quite fast.

Kimaya would still growl at Brownie occasionally, but that lessened over time. On our last trip she was actually glad to see him. He came home for lunch one day, and dinner another day. 

He and Kiba won't ever be friends, because they're both the bossy type. But that's okay. At least he and Kimaya are friends again.


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