A doggie a day...

If you love animals and consider the Indian stray the ultimate survivor across the length and breadth of the country, then the Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) Calendar for 2014 is a must-buy. This is compilation of images by several photographers, on the wanderings of the Indian street dog. Each frame tells a story about the unseen hand that is never seen in photographs — people who care for these dogs, feed and shelter them, report when they are ill or injured, rush them to the nearest hospital or tend to them in the absence of one. The dogs in return shower them with love, companionship and security.

September 2014: Divar, Goa — “Far from the tourist crowd, this idyllic village is a throwback to a bygone era, replete with quaint homes and simple folk. My roving lens captured this dog, peeking around the corner of a balcony. The villagers feed him and he enjoys a susegaad Goan lifestyle”. — Abodh Aras

WSD has been looking after street dogs in Mumbai since 1994. They look after their health, vaccinate them against rabies and spay/neuter them so that their population is controlled in a humane manner. There are now many animal welfare organisations that look after street dogs all over India. If you have photographs of street dogs that you look after or from your area/region, mail those to WSD to be featured on a blog dedicated to them.

For your copy:
Cost Rs 150 each (desktop and wall). Proceeds will go towards WSD’s sterilisation, immunisation and health care programmes
Call 64222838

April 2014: Pune, Maharashtra — “This dog is a picture of utter bliss in his slumber. I was told that he is very comfortable with people and liked by morning walkers and worshippers who pray at the temple atop the Parvati hillock. A visually challenged man feeds this dog and others who live here”. - Rohan Mukerjee

To order: (It can also be couriered to various cities outside Mumbai (check on the courier costs depending on the number of copies and type).
WSD Office: C/o Mr F Broacha, second floor, Yeshwant Chambers, B Bharucha Marg, Kala Ghoda, CALL: 64222838; Rhythm House: K Dubash Marg (Rampart Row), Kala Ghoda. CALL: 43222727 

Did you know?
Most Indian street dogs have originated from the Indian Pariah Dog, which 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. Over the years, however, as seen in many photographs, street dogs in cities have developed a higher percentage of mixed or mongrel characteristics as compared to their rural counterparts. This is due to increased mating with other breeds. Those in rural areas, more or less, retain their original pariah characteristics that help them acclimatise to their environment. Strays in hilly areas sport a lush coat of fur to protect them against the cold.

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