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Our New Furry Friends…….

February 12, 2009

When we first learned we were moving to India, people kept saying “don’t cows roam the streets there?” It sounded interesting. So, I would say, “we’ll see.”

Well, the answer is a big fat yes. Cows and goats and pigs and dogs. You name it.

Here our some of our new furry friends.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2009 7:39 am

    *municipality…sorry for the typo

  2. February 14, 2009 7:37 am

    @lola – well, we have this thingy called a minicipality “jamadar” (sweeper), who picks up, and cleans all the poo if and when he can find it. But more often some careless soul steps on it, spreads it all around, then it dries, turns into a fine powder and is blown away. Poo is bio-degradebale, and is also very good for plants!

    As for bird droppings bringing good luck, never heard of that one, honest. But if this was South America, you could make a fortune collecting that stuff. (ref:-

  3. February 12, 2009 9:36 pm

    Deep – we mostly see dogs here too – cows don’t roam where we live – but they are all over the heart of the city – monkeys were mostly in Agra

    Rhonda – the cows and monkeys are revered here – people like the dogs to stay around for security – the animals pulling carts, well, they are working their b-u-t-t-s off. 😎 We keep our cats safely inside

    Badass & Lola – clean up the poo – surely you jest – a bird pooped on my purse yesterday and the Indian lady I was with told me it was a sign of good luck.

    Murray – we are hoping to go on a safari for a real “African” feeling adventure

    Anita – we have not seen as many water buffalo – but the few we have seen are BIG

  4. February 12, 2009 9:08 pm

    Does anyone pick up the poo?

  5. Anita permalink
    February 12, 2009 12:15 pm

    I do see you have buffalo in your pics, sorry I missed that!!

  6. Anita permalink
    February 12, 2009 12:14 pm

    Your furry friends just reminded me of a very funny incident. We were in South India when Anjali (My 10year old was 2). She pointed across the street, very excited and said “Mommy, a rhino, a rhino!” I look across, and it is, grey, 2 horns (indian rhinos have only one)… one on each SIDE! It was a water buffalo!!!! Watch out for them, there are plenty in and around Delhi!!

  7. MurrCal permalink
    February 12, 2009 10:01 am

    I am thinking “out of Africa” wish i had a plane!

  8. February 12, 2009 9:45 am

    So, I imagine there is a distinct zoo-poo-like odor?

  9. Rhonda P permalink
    February 12, 2009 8:58 am

    It’s very cool…but then on the other hand, I feel kind of sad for the animals. Some look homeless, and other’s probably wish instead of having their faces painted and carrying people around, they could be out in the wild, running free!

  10. February 12, 2009 5:56 am

    I dunno why, but these lines seemed relevant…

    You’ve got me captured
    I’m under your spell
    I guess I’ll never learn
    I have your picture
    Yes I know it well
    Another page is turned

    Are you for real?
    It’s so hard to tell
    From just a magazine
    Yeah, you just smile and the picture sells
    Look what that does to me

    I’ll wait
    ‘Til your love comes down
    I’m coming straight for your heart
    No way
    You can stop me now
    As fine as you are

    Van Halen – I’ll Wait

  11. February 12, 2009 5:54 am

    I don’t know about Delhi, but I can tell you about Calcutta, where I live. Cows have been banned by the government within city limits. But yes, we do have a very large number of dogs, rather to my discomfort. There are a lot of NGOs that go around sterilising them, but somehow they’re always there. A colleague of mine, who has to come to office at 6am has to carry a pocketful of stones to throw at street dogs, who take a bite at him every chance they get. Monkeys are very rare and camels are just too exotic for our part of the country.

  12. February 12, 2009 1:44 am

    Tottsmom – I have heard there is a zoo too and we hope to get there soon

  13. Tottsmom permalink
    February 12, 2009 1:13 am

    Who needs a zoo. Although I hear Delhi has one.

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