Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • Ben and I are so stoked his brother Josh is here! It’s been a long time coming. We’re in Ratnagiri until tonight then back to Goa.
  • Mariellen from BreathDreamGo put together a piece where 30 travelers say why they love India travel and I was happy to collaborate on that.
  • Also, I saw the traffic on Hippie in Heels rise since last week because of the House Hunters show, so I want to say again- if you’ve just found my blog: WELCOME! 

Now your story,

In Goa, when people have Pedigree dogs they don’t let them out without a leash for a variety of reasons. One I found out recently, is that people often steal them. Pedigrees are worth quite a bit of money in India and are surely overbred. Dogs are easily stolen too because the robber just tells the dog to come get on their scooter and the dog happily sits down at their feet and is driven off.

Huckleberry Finn our late dog was a pedigree and I’m sure everyone wanted to take him because he was the CUTEST dog in the world. Our new dog Shanti, isn’t a pedigree, although I think she looks like a german shepherd, but she’s so stinkin’ cute I’m sure someone would love to take her too.

Like lots of countries in Asia, entire families ride on scooters. In Goa, you see even foreigners with their whole family on their scooties. So why not put their dog on too?! So they do!

You see dogs on scooters all the time. It’s so funny, but even as puppies people in Goa teach their dogs to sit on the scooter patiently and stay still. Many don’t have cars, so this is the only way to take the dog to the vet or to play at the beach.dog on scooter india

That’s little Shanti and Ben ready for a ride along the path near our house. She likes to jump off when she sees interesting people, so we don’t take her often. We are “dog people” and LOVE dogs, but training them isn’t our strongest suit.

This is India!


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