Published in The Weekend Independent Magazine on 9 December 2011

Puppy napping...

With all due respect to my family’s deceased golden retriever, I’ve discovered that the Deshi dog outsmarts the likes of “Clancy” by a mile.  These pariah dogs, as they’re otherwise known, are native to the subcontinent and according to canine expert Gautam Das, the breed is “one of the few remaining examples of mankind’s original domestic dog. Their physical features are the same as those dogs whose fossil remains have been found in various parts of the world.”

These pariah puppies were rescued from Gulshan 1 in Dhaka.  A large group of street children, too young to know better, were tossing the puppies around like footballs, before leaving the vulnerable trio in the middle of a median strip to see whether they would venture out to cross the fatally busy street. The pups are now three months old  – or thereabouts – and have since found loving homes.  Each pup displayed extraordinary intelligence and an affection that knew no bounds. The same goes for “Grem,” the fourth puppy we’ve rescued and are currently fostering (she’s identified in captions).  Grem needs a long-term home, so please leave a comment on this blog or email me at if you’re seduced by her charming gaze!

Puppy season is in full swing – and now’s the time to be kind and proud of the deshi dog.

For information about how to get involved in animal welfare, click here to find “Obhoyaronno – Bangladesh Animal Welfare Society” on Facebook.

If you’re looking for a vet in Dhaka, I recommend Dr Siamak.  Click here for contact details.

Too cute to comprehend!

Grem's soulful stare... She is hoping to find a permanent home soon.

Sweet sistas

Despite her young age, Grem is very well-behaved while being walked on a leash, and she's calm around our kitten (it's the kitten that isn't!). She loves fetching balls too.