World Stray Animal Day April 4th, 2012!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

April 4th, 2012 is World Stray Animal Day!

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 WSD had this to say about the Indian Pariah

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


4 thoughts on “World Stray Animal Day April 4th, 2012!

  1. so nicely written blog.

    Very few peoples cares about IPD in india and being a foreigner you cared of India heritage, so nice of you.

    i also awn IPD at my home and can say very intelligent dogs and loyal to the masters

    you can compare with foreign breeds also, they can luve easily in high temperature as well.

    really nice dogs they are.

  2. Hi there. I love your blog. I love the tone in which you write. Most of the blogs I’ve read by foreigners in India are so acerbic, vitriolic and downright bigoted. I love dogs, and I hope more people start adopting these pariah dogs.

    • Hi Melia!

      Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! It’s very much appreciated!

      India does test one, no matter if you are an Indian or not. I think the important thing for me to remember is that life is hard anywhere, so I try to think about that when I write!

      Hope to see you comment more often! Hopefully my life get’s a tad more simple so I can write more often! 😉


  3. The INDogs are very loyal and friendly, though a bit noisy. 😛
    But these dogs really love a free and open environment. They become quickly miserable if kept in a small apartment throughout the day. Yet, they are very territorial. My childhood has been spent with these fun-loving animals and even I can attest for their loyal, noble, friendly, intelligent and lovable nature. They are very friendly and caring with the neighbourhood kids, if they are not maltreated.

    The only major problem is that they are a bit too noisy and bark quite a lot during the mating season.

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