New Year Ideas | Adopt an Indian stray dog
Local breeds are best suited to Indian conditions. But before you adopt, make sure that the personality of the puppy matches that of the family
Although they had discussed adopting a dog at length, Shobitha Mani and Gautam John’s dogs, Ella and Sparky, came into their lives serendipitously. “Sparky was brought in by my sister-in-law, Shonali, as a puppy, asking if we could foster him while a permanent home was found," says John. The decision to keep him was easy because they had planned to adopt anyway. “We knew we wanted to adopt and not buy a dog. We hadn’t discussed the breed, it just turned out that he was an Indian puppy," says John, a Bangalore-based lawyer.