Streeties are fascinating. Someone once asked me to describe the attitude of a street dog. Is he friendly with people? Is he cautious of people? There were many questions. I pondered over this for a while and then finally the best way I could describe it was that streeties are “cautiously curious about people and life in general”. They like people. They will approach people. But at the same time, they never let their guard down. They are free spirits and hate being confined. Here is Debolina’s story of Tini, another free spirit.
Canine Behaviour Counselor , Bangalore Hundeskole
I bet everyone is happy to welcome the rains to Bangalore. While we are painfully aware of the changing weather patters, let’s for now just enjoy the spirit of the mango showers, with this lovely picture postcard from Pondy.
Photo Credit: Akshar V S
Selvi looks like a normal person. She works as a domestic help in India leading a rather humble life, perhaps earning around $70 a month. But Selvi is no ordinary person. She has a remarkable crew of elves – her streeties.
Kam Raghavan, the person who happened to spot Selvi’s elves, had this to report: “She started working a couple of years ago in one of the apartments in the building you see. There was only one dog on the premises then. She started feeding that dog. Over the last couple of years the brood has become larger. She no longer works at the building. But travels to it every morning with food for her beloved pooches. ”
P.S. We are still get get reports on what the elves are up to. If you are around MRC Nagar, Chennai and spot Selvi, do say a “Hi” and ask her about her elves. We might get some clues. If she permits sharing a picture of her elves, do upload and hashtag it with #selviselves #bombatdawgz.
If you think Selvi’s elves are up to something super cool and want to support her feeding program, give her a buzz. She apparently is open to investors in her project. Leave a comment if you’d like to reach her.
Do you have a similar story to report or an article to publish? Leave a comment.
Canine Behaviour Counselor , Bangalore Hundeskole
Apologies for the long silence on the blog. We are back with a spanking new wallpaper for all you beautiful people. I photographed this image back in 2010 in Rishikesh during a morning wandering around the area:) This image is a part of my ongoing project about our community dogs (as we choose to call them over ‘strays’)
To make it your desktop wallpaper – Just click on the image and voila.
A beautiful, peaceful and most importantly a puppylove filled 2014 to you all from team BD.
Will back soon with a post featuring a touching poem by one of the BD members.
How has the festive season been treating you all so far ? Diwali is around the corner, so do think about whisking your pups away on a minivacation during the crazy cracker days… aaaand we trust all of us who adore our pups will continue to spread the message of celebrating noise-free and lots of light 🙂
Feel free to download the image above for your desktop wallpaper. Just click and there you go.
A little snippet about the picture – Photographed these guys a couple years back, deep in the Nilgirs. This old man had tucked a packet of ParleG in his pocket, this adorable babydog in his big, warm hands, and he was beaming. Such a simple moment. And priceless. I had a feeling that the fella was in very good hands.
Happy weekend and lots of love, wags and licks from team BD & all the BD pups !
Hello there !
Unveiling our first column here on the BD blog. Photo of the month. 🙂
Here amongst us on BD, we have a wealth of photographs we’d love to share with all you awesome dog lovers. We’ll be featuring endearing street scenes with our community fellas, our fur-kids at home, etc. All captured by team BD. We will, in due time, start inviting and curate photographs taken by our BD group members too. Each photograph will have it’s own desktop wallpaper version to adorn you computer screens. Here’s to you all and the most beautiful creatures known to mankind…
For, as Josh Billings said – “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
And every moment with them is celebration, solace, laughter.
PS – Just click on the image to download your desktop wallpaper for September !
- 1/2 kg of chicken liver(with its juices if you have it, else some chicken stock)
- 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup of whole grain flour(i used atta, but ground oatmeal will be better)
- 3/4 to 1 cup of maida
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oil
- Herbs – dried or fresh(I used basil, thyme, oregano – I suggest you experiment)
- Pre-heat oven to 180-190 degrees Celsius
- Put the liver (with liquid), eggs and oil into a blender/food processor and blend till there is an emulsified liquid. This should take 4-5 minutes.
- Mix 1 cup of whole grain and half a cup of maida with the herbs till it forms a uniform mixture.
- In a large bowl, mix the wet and dry ingredients till the mixture has the consistency of a slightly runny cake dough. Use whole grain flour to get to that point.
- Coat a baking tray(ideally an inch deep) generously with fat, pour the mixture into it and bake for 15-20 minutes(the time will depend on the moisture content of your dough and the depth of your tray). You need to watch it raise and cook fully. Let it rest till it completely cools.
- The resulting consistency will be that of a heavy bread. And very easy to cut into 1 cm x 1 cm cubes.
“No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.”
– Bern Williams
It happens every other day at our home, albeit with slightly older girls and boys. You see, one of the biggest advantages of living in a gated community that the other amenities never match up to is having the neighbors’ kids adopt you because you have a dog 🙂
There’s noway they would stay away on the dogs’ birthday either. So, if the kids get cupcakes to relish, how can the dogs not get pupcakes, eh? While the kids got store-bought cupcakes, here’s what I baked for Ma Belle and Leo on Ma Belle’s 5th. Let me know how your pup liked it!
Belle and Leo’s Pawrrrty Cake Recipe!
Preparation time: 30 mins | Cooking time: 40 mins
Whole-wheat flour – 2.5 cups
Eggs – 3 – whisked
Baking powder – 0.5 tsp
Chicken Liver – 2 cups
Grated carrot – 1 cup
Pumpkin cubes – 1 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Water – 1 cup (approx.)
Butter – 50 g
Peanut butter – for frosting
Cake Oven (Microwave with convection OR OTG)
Baking dishes – round cake tin and muffin tray
Ladles and whisks
Cake and muffin paper liners
1. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large cake mixing bowl and toss.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs well.
3. Add milk to the eggs and whish again.
4. Blanch and parboil the pumpkin and chicken liver separately.
5. Cool the boiled pumpkin and half of the chicken liver in an ice bath and blend it into a smooth paste.
6. Add softened butter to the flour mix in step1 and mix into a crumble.
7. Add the pumpkin and chicken liver paste to this mix and fold in.
8. Add the whisked eggs and fold in.
9. Now, add water to this mix and whisk till you achieve the desired consistency.
10. Add the grated carrot and mix lightly.
11. Roughly chop the remaining boiled chicken liver and keep aside.
1. Preheat the oven at 200 C.
2. Grease and line the baking dishes – cake tin and 5 slots in the muffin tray.
3. Pour the cake mix into the readied baking dishes.
4. Generously add the chicken liver chunks into the cake mix.
5. Bake the cake at 180 C for 25 mins.
Note: At 20 mins, use a toothpick to check the progress to ensure that it isn’t over baked and dry.
6. Bake the muffins at 180 C for 20 mins.
7. Note: At 15 mins, use a toothpick to check the progress to ensure that it isn’t over baked and dry.
1. On the serving dish, place the round cake slightly off center.
2. Remove the liners and arrange the muffins around the round cake to resemble a paw.
3. Smear chunky peanut butter on the cake top.
4. Use grated carrot to write what you please on the cake top.
Its ready for the pawrty!
Do you have a favourite recipe for your pups ? If so, please to spread the love by sharing your recipes in the comments box below ! 🙂