Marlon Brando of Dogs

<strong> [Chingoo] </strong>
 [Chingoo] 

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Another dog blog!

Can’t help myself when it comes to these three mutts. The loves of my life – Chingoo, Kajal and Chokli.

<strong>[Smarter than he looks]</strong><br />Chingoo understand every word I say without question though somewhere in between my persistence and his charm, I suspect it's I who got trained. Chingoo's father was as good looking;
[Smarter than he looks]
Chingoo understands every word I say without question though somewhere in between my persistence and his charm, I suspect it’s I who got trained. Chingoo’s father was as good looking; unfortunately, he was eaten by a leopard. It’s up to Chingoo now to carry on his father’s Himalayan Bhotia-dog lineage.
                [Unacceptable monkey-behaviour, according to Chingoo]
[Unacceptable monkey-behaviour, according to Chingoo]
 

  
There are moments when Chingoo’s killer instinct surfaces and then he surprises us with his gentleness. Once a troop of 30 odd Rhesus monkeys decided to party on our tin roof, antagonizing the dogs to no end. I let them lose; Chingoo went berserk. Next thing I knew, he was pursuing the simians round and round the house with an infant monkey in his mouth; with me yelling “Drop it” in hot pursuit while wondering if the last Rabies shot I took was still valid. Things quickly turned around. It was the turn of the monkeys to act tormented. They screeched the place down and finally, Chingoo let go, of  ‘baby-in-the-mouth’, without so much as a scratch. Reunited with their kidnapped ilk, the hysterical primates promptly did the disappearing act in a blur of grey.
[Watching the Langur watching him]
[Watching the Langur watching him]
Langurs seem so gentlemanly compared to their Rhesus cousins. The dogs seem to agree. I’ve had Langurs foraging in the oaks with Chingoo sitting quite complacently below. It’s quite a picture; Dog and Langur in the mist! There is an exception, though. If the Langurs get on the roof and look at Chingoo through the skylight, he considers it an unforgivable invasion of his privacy. It’s  quite comical as the curious Langurs will stay put, shade their eyes and peer this way and that to have a better look at the dogs from their high perch while the latter bark their heads off.
[Khaleej Pheasant]
[Khaleej Pheasant]
Chingoo used to love chasing  Khaleej pheasants back in Ranikhet. When we moved to another hillside, for want of a Khaleej, he chased and killed a neighbour’s home-range chicken. Luckily the owner, a generous and kind-hearted woman, forgave him; even let him visit again. What Chingoo would really like to get his paws on are the pine martens. I always thought them adorable till I saw one attack a Woodpecker’s nest and eat the fledglings alive. Years ago, I saw Chinogoo and Kajals standing guard over a dead porcupine. I can’t say if I was more surprised or aghast. I thought it would be the end of them. Porcupine quills are known to infect and even kill tigers. Both the dogs had deep holes on the top of their heads and they looked quite stunned by the strange encounter. I flushed the wounds out with bottles of Betadine and they survived though they look a long time healing. 
           [Chingoo and Kajal]    Chingoo has a great trust in humanity except, for the delivery guys. [For which he can be forgiven.] He used to take it upon himself to escort dog-friendly folk to their homes or on their walks. He learnt his lesson the hard way. He returned home one day, brutalised, the bone on his leg showing through the wound and two front teeth missing. Betrayed and all shook up, he wouldn't leave my side for days. He became rather quiet. It took him a while to  get over his fear of people. That's when I decided 'absolute' freedom might not be such a great scheme in the long run.
                                                            [Chingoo and Kajal]                            Except for delivery guys, Chingoo takes kindly to humans. He used to take it upon himself to escort dog-friendly folk to their homes or on their walks. He returned home one day, brutalised, the bone on his leg showing through the wound and two of his teeth missing. He was pretty shook-up by the experience and wouldn’t leave my side for days. It took him a while to get over his fear of people. Perhaps, ‘absolute’ freedom is not such a great scheme in the long run.

[Kajal=Khol]
[Kajal=Khol]
The outlined eyes, part of Kajal’s genetic make-up that Chingoo inherited. Kajal is a gentle and elegant middle-aged lady who loves her creature comforts besides being the best rat catcher I’ve  known to date. She catches and then releases the rodent, sparing it a torturous death and us from dealing with a gruesome carcass. Kajal’s winter fur is as soft as goose down, I often think how cool it would be to knit it into gloves. Collectively, our dogs shed enough to lace the air, our food, and every surface of our home. They would indeed make great gloves. If I only could harness it, instead of ingesting it.
[ Kajal with a friendly calf]
[ Kajal with a friendly calf]
[Chokli as a pup]
[Chokli as a pup]
I found Chokli abandoned in a ditch on the hillside. Mistaking her yelp for a bird call, I whistled. I knew I had found a survivor when she crept out of a bush and yelped back a reply. I was instantly drawn to her hyena stripes, the glint in her bright beady eyes and the white ‘socks’ on her paws. She was one smart little stray. My husband called her a pocket edition. She may have been petite but she charged like a speeding bullet every time she saw a monkey, dog or cow. Fear was not part of her canine vocabulary. She baby-sat Chingoo when he was a pup and let him swing by her tail till he got heavier and bigger than her.
[Chokli]
[Chokli]
Chokli was also way more alert than both  Kajal and Chingoo. While they dreamt through the night; fluttering eyes, stirring paws et al, Chokli’s pointed ears would cock-up at the mere hint of a sound. She died prematurely because of a careless vet who overdosed her with antibiotics for a  fungal paw infection. She is missed.
[The threesome in better days]
                              [The threesome in better days]

Related content: http://www.himalayandog.com/BreedStandards.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_Sheepdog

http://mastiffdogssite.com/Himalayan-Sheepdog.php

 

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