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Friends, we are pleased to share with you that our article, Why Indian Pariah Makes a Good Companion is featured on Pet Care Magazine, Creature Companion. We are thankful to Kritika Pushkarna, Editor, Creature Companion for helping us in spreading the word and awareness. Let’s keep up the good work !

“Why Indian stray dog or pariah makes a good companion

It’s Monday, noon time and scorching heat which can make you sweat just walking on the street. Sweat is trickling down rapidly to the chin as I stroll fast to reach my car…Something amusing grips my attention!

Encountering Prince’s joyride with Raja

I see a young man sitting on a hand-driven tricycle under the shade of a papal tree. I further look down and discover a brown stray dog, sharing his cushioned seat…

I couldn’t help walking up to him with curiosity…”will you be interested in two packs of incense sticks for rupees 10?”, he politely asked and i nodded and gave him the money.

“What is your name and is this a stray dog?”, I questioned.

“I am Prince and yes he is a stray dog, but now Raja is my family. My family gradually abandoned me when I met with an accident a few years back and lost both my legs and since then I adopted Raja and gave him my name!” was his reply.

A cliché that a dog is a man’s best friend, but often this bond and attachment can go way beyond. Just the presence of Raja in Prince’s life makes him feel loved, secured and protected at the same time.

“Be Desi and be with Desi”

“We reside in a country where everything foreign amuses us to the extent of choosing a “foreign pet” that we want to take as part of our family, just because it is exotic and beautiful in appearance. What we tend to overlook is the fact that the local or the desi breed is best adapted to our climate.” Archana Rao, from Bangalore an avid animal lover who has over 15 dogs in her care at present.

“Indian street dogs apart from being a perfect fit for our temperate climate are also extremely loyal and intelligent. Furthermore, street dogs are more flexible as the breeding is done in a jumbled way unlike the pure breeds that are often prone to genetically related health problems”, adds Kanika Rawat, Senior Quality Analyst with a Fortune 500 firm in Bangalore.

Adoption principle apply in such cases too

Bringing home a new family member calls for proving an apt environment as the rules of adoption holds true here as well. You have to make certain that there is an overlap in the personality of the puppy and the family. Since these are street dogs they are more used to open spaces and very high on energy. Therefore they demand frequent walks. They like being out door as they are used to free space and freedom. Confining them to one place might depress them.
Besides most of these dogs have faced a bad history hence they need a loving home and affectionate master. In addition they might also be suffering from some physical deformities or skin problems it is best to get them checked, sterilized and vaccinated from a specialist.

Indian street dogs more resilient than pedigree dogs

As mentioned earlier, the morphology of Indian stray dogs is best suited to Indian climatic changes hence they adapt well while sustaining to the weather unlike the pedigree dogs. Since they have less fur on the skin they shed off less hair. Usha Madan, a Bangalore based teacher who participates in many animal rescue operations with NGOs like Karma for Tuffy says of the Indian breed, “They do not demand much maintenance or grooming like shampooing, brushing, special dog food and daily tonics as pedigree dogs. Moreover we should not stereotype the street dogs as dirty or unhygienic as they come from the street, they can be trained as properly and pick toilet training habits like any other pedigree dogs.  Rather they can even be fed the daily food like rice, pulse, boiled egg, chicken and boiled vegetables”

Change in mind set

Today there is a change in trend and these street dogs have become more acceptable in our Indian homes. With constant awareness and welfare concerns families have mellowed their attitudes and rather welcoming these desi locals into their home as a family member. This change can be attributed to many people, NGO’s and even the youngsters, who are supporting the cause via social networking sites. This is boosting up the adopting figures of the Indian street dogs monthly.

To conclude, you should always prefer desi over foreign. These Indian dogs are definitely better suited than pedigree dogs and outrank on many criteria. We should respect and give importance to our desi members or the “locals”. It you treat them at par and as affectionately like the imported breed then all the doubts will be cleared that indeed locals are the best!”

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