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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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Grumps and Honey in the hills

Indies love outdoors! Like most dogs, or perhaps even a little bit more!

Check out these pictures of Grumps and Honey and their humans Vidya and Samik, on a recent Sunday trek with other dogs and their owners. The place was Camp Temgarh, about 50 km away from Pune where they live.

(New to this blog? Read some earlier posts about these lovely INDog-mix girls:
 GrumpyGrumps and Honey and Honey.)

'The girls had a blast!' writes Vidya. 'They had such good fun. Grumps went around "protecting" her mum and dad from other over-enthusiastic canines who wanted to get a bit too friendly for comfort.

Honey was a big surprise. This was her first big social event and she was so calm, poised and sweet. I didn't dare leave them off-leash, but after a while we did, and they kept following us around.

Later we took a short trek to the nearby stream, where all the labradors jumped and swam, and got mucky and dirty, while the Indy girls sat at a distance and watched like VVIPs. The girls were fascinated by all the different smells in the woods - of the trees, the other dogs, other animals, cow pats, and of course dog urine.

Then when we were really tired, there was a campfire and we all sat around the fire with our respective packs while the organizer barbecued chicken and vegetables for everyone. The dogs really relished their meal after an exhausting but fun day.

We got home around 10.30 p.m. driving through dense jungle at night (scary). The dogs were so tired with all the activity, they weren't even interested in food!

Want to take your dog trekking? Here's an earlier post that includes some tips on trekking with dogs.

Text and photos: Vidya and Samik Biswas

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Sunday, January 17, 2016


Foxy Junior is our first Indy princess of 2016! 

Manav Pandey wrote in about this dainty, elegant INDog-mix:

'On a rainy evening in the suburbs of Mumbai, I met a pregnant Indy with the largest ears you could find for her size. I named her Foxy. 

In a matter of weeks Foxy had a litter of five beautiful, noisy puppies.

Now in Mumbai I have been volunteering with a non-profit organization that helps street animals. They biannually organize an 'Adoptathon'. So when the pups were about three months old, I took them for the Adoptathon. After an exciting and amazing day, I had four puppies adopted. Just one remained with me and I was worried about having to leave her back on the streets. But she was a fighter. Along with her mother, she survived till the next Adoptathon.

After an excruciating day, I was again about to take the pup back to the street, when an amazing lady, Mrs Bajaj, offered to take her to her farmhouse. She just needed me to get the pup spayed. But to my misfortune, the puppy went on heat for the first time in her life and couldn't be spayed immediately. I had to convince my parents that I'd have to foster her at our house, otherwise all my work would go waste.

Then began the process of fostering and attachment. 

Three and a half months later, Foxy was totally adopted by my whole family! They all adored her and cried at the idea of her going away!

She is the sweetest naughty little girl. She's named after her mother: Foxy Jr. Pandey.

She has changed a lot since she became our pet. She was an introvert and a silent baby and now it's just the opposite. Our lady has a wonderful place on the balcony from where she watches over her kingdom, from our third-floor house. She's a watchful self-proclaimed guardian of her 'territory' on the street below. She is very noisy and will bark at every dog and human. 

She is the life of our family. She has quite a personality. She's closest to my mother and gets quite jealous if we go close to her. She is still very playful.

She's the best thing that has happened to us!'

Story and photos: Manav Pandey

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