“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi
The Ambassador is Cesar Millan also known as the Dog Whisperer! To hear more on what Cesar has to say about being given the wonderful post of World Stray Dog Ambassador, please go here. He has a lovely video posted and a heartfelt written newsletter explaining why this topic is so near and dear to his heart.
For me personally, this day means a lot. Since moving to India, I was faced with the extreme hardship of the Indian Pariah Dog. A truly beautiful, resourceful and noble animal that is taken for granted and left on the streets. Too many people in India are now buying “status” dogs like Golden Retrievers or Rottweilers or German Shepherds or Pugs without understanding the needs of these dogs and completely forgetting the beauty of their own pariah dogs.
The Indian Pariah Dog is an ancient breed related to the spitz family and the Australian Dingo. Its origin dates back 12,000 to 15,000 years – older than any other breed. Since it is not commercially bred or recognised, it has long been relegated to a second-class position in the canine world. However in recent years it has been steadily gaining in popularity as a house pet.
Pariahs are friendly, highly intelligent and adaptable, not to mention good-looking and well-proportioned. They are very alert and naturally good watchdogs. They are usually healthy and sturdy, and particularly hardy in our sweltering tropical climate.
Having known our own Pariah Society dogs for three years now, I can attest to their healthy, sturdy, intelligent and loyal character.
Nothing makes Bear and I more happy than a day spent with the Society dogs, walking, petting and giving treats for a perfectly executed “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “paw”. They are so eager to please that they learn all these things quickly and remember them since we first taught them 2 1/2 years ago.
Won’t you please consider adopting one of our country’s loyal dogs? They’re waiting for you….right outside your front door.
© 2012 Gori Rajkumari