1 June 2006

My Boys

A photo of three of my beautiful dogs. These dogs are ubiquitously known as country dogs in India, a polite way of saying mongrel! Apparently they are supposed to be real dogs; what dogs should look like if left alone to breed themselves. If you watch Cable TV; Animal Planet or Discovery Channel, you will notice the same sort of dog in programmes about the Australian Outback, Africa or Asia, i.e. the natural dog.

As for India, this dog is very much part of Indian life, however most of them will never be allowed inside a house in their whole lives. They are born outside, live outside and die outside. Rabies is not at all infrequent in India, so many villagers are nervous of unfamiliar dogs and generally do not pet adult dogs, even their own!

As this breed has had to live on its wits, the strain is smart and hardy and able to withstand long periods of fasting and all kinds of inclement weather. My own dogs live inside and are shamelessly spoiled. In this snap the boys are having their morning dip. From left to right the boys names are: Wally, Oscar and Casper.


Divyakka said...

Oooooooooh your boys are soooooooooooo adorable! Thanks for the wonderful snap!!

Arunachala Living said...

Glad you like 'my kids' plan to put lots more snaps of them on this blog.