It’s hard to walk canines here, and most restaurants and cafes don’t allow furry companions.
So we were excited today to discover that Sunder Nursery, a recently opened park that friends have raved about, lets you bring in pooches – provided you clean up after them, and keep them leashed, and off the grass (humans must also stick to most pathways).
Located near Humayun’s Tomb in central Delhi, it opened earlier this year after being renovated. It houses a 16th century tomb, various gardens and lawns, and is meticulously maintained. You can find it on Google Maps here.
An added bonus: There’s a farmers’ market every Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. You can buy coffee and juices, snacks, produce and more. There are tables to sit down and eat, as well.
The complex is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. There’s a small admission charge for entry.
You can find more info on the Sunder Nursery Wikipedia page, and on TripAdvisor. Scroll down for pics — and a photo of the rules posted outside the entrance stipulating that canines are allowed in.
To recap: She is a New Delhi street dog and displays many of the characteristics of desidogs (also known as Indogs or Indian pariah dogs.)
Now almost a year and a half old, she is fully grown, weighing about 20 kg (45 pounds).
She is an alert, cautious, playful, smart, athletic, and affectionate dog.
She is also quite protective of our house, springing into action and barking if anyone unfamiliar rattles our gate.
She also loves to play fetch.
She is a powerful jumper.
She doesn’t demand to be by our sides constantly, but does enjoy sleeping near (or sometimes directly on) us.
Oh, and she definitely has a mischievous streak. She seems to enjoy nothing more than stealing a shoe or a sock as I sit down to put them on before leaving for the office in the morning, prompting me to chase after her (which is no doubt the point of the “game” for her).
If you’re interested in adopting a desi dog here in New Delhi (or just want to donate to a good cause) check out the Indian Canine Uplipftment Centre, or ICUC, where we got Ginger.
They do great work rescuing pups and providing medical services to the city’s huge population of strays.
We’ve also had some very informative training sessions with Namratha Rao of Pawsitive Tales. She really knows the breed well and is highly skilled. Get in touch with her if you have any dog training needs.