The Dog in Puducherry, India - a Rescue Story

April 07, 2017
Back what feels like a life time ago, but was only two years, my work sent me to Puducherry, India for two weeks. This was a really, really hard trip for me, as a lot of the decisions about where we would stay and where we world work were kept from me until a couple of days before we left. I like to plan everything to the last detail when I travel, so I don't have to worry about anything when I get there and can enjoy my time. No matter home many times I was assured that everything was taken care of, when we arrived we found there were no sheets, blankets, towels, mosquito nets or internet.

There were many stray dogs, including a tiny puppy that would hang out in the streets near our apartment. A woman in the area was feeding them, so they'd formed a tight knit group, a family really. One evening a dog from another part of town came by and they started to fight with it. It was actually quite scary seeing dogs really fighting, and I yelled something at them from my balcony, but it didn't help.
The view from my balcony.
There was one dog in particular I saw while walking to work in the mornings. A poor, miserable skin and bones dog, so skinny I couldn't believe it was alive, so skinny it was painful to look at. It was honestly quite upsetting and disturbing to see an animal so emaciated.

Another dog on the way to Auroville 
My colleague and I were able to trade off who was working once we got out equipment set up, and I was walking back to the apartment we were staying in during the afternoon when I saw him again.

The other dogs who lived on that street didn't try to drive this one off. Instead, they let him stay with them, until the woman in the building next to ours spotted him. 

No matter what language you speak, people sound the same fussing over a dog. I have no idea what she said, but I bet it was along the lines of "Who's a good boy, then?" and she tried to coax him inside her house. The poor, emaciated dog timidly followed her in, tail between his legs and once they were out of sight I continued into my building. 

I returned to my apartment later, only to see that dog squatting in front of my building, doing an enormous you-know-what right in front of the gate. My first though was "oh, great....."

My second was "that dog has eaten! and he's eaten well!"
And it was such a relief to know he was going to be taken care of. Never have I been so happy about dog poo.

 I returned to Germany soon after, but I was honored to be able to witness that little dog's life take a big turn for the better, with a new dog family to keep him company and a human family to keep him fed.

This cat was on the balcony next to ours, the same building as the lady who fed the dogs.


  1. Thank you for sharing! One day I would love to go to India with my camera in hand. It's beautiful in a heart wrenching way!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. That is a tale that faces so many cats and dogs in the world. This one was so very lucky, to find help, and it is wonderful to see when we ourselves can't actually help ourselves.
    Purrs, Erin

  3. What a heart-wrenching trip! Thank you for linking up to the Showcase.

  4. I can imagine just how tough it would be to see an animal in such an awful condition. I'm so glad you were able to have a happy ending to this story before you headed home.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  5. That would just break my heart. It just about did reading this. Thanks for joining the showcase.


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