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This is India! 43

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 Werkenntwen.

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 Werkenntwen 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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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Ryan Biddulph March 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    The other day here in Bali I saw a dude with 2 dogs on his motorbike.

    1 stood on the back seat, 1 in front.

    I had heart failure watching it; they were big dogs!

    What a cutey your dog is.


  2. Justine March 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Nothing makes me smile bigger than seeing puppies on scooters! It is quite possibly the cutest thing EVER. Your little pup is so adorable. I say that you should take a video of Shanti on a scooter because, well, that would be awesome!

    • Rachel Jones March 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      good idea! I think i’ll try that. I’ll put it on IG @hippieinheelsblog next time we take her for a ride

  3. Rachel March 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, a dog on a scooter! Just about the cutest thing I’ll see today, I’m sure! Shanti looks adorable, I can’t imagine life without dogs. The idea that they might get stolen is heartbreaking, it’s been happening quite a lot back here in UK recently: horrible.

  4. Ashley March 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I was so shocked when I saw a family of five on a motorbike for the first time in India, but then quickly realized how common it is. Your dog is sooo cute!

    • Rachel Jones March 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Yes it’s hard to get used to! and thanks shanti is cuter than she is clever! haha

  5. Kelly March 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Its so funny how casual it is for families in some countries to bring babies and animals on scooters with them. My dogs would definitely jump off the scooter as well–I’m not sure they could handle it!

    • Rachel Jones March 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is something I don’t think much of now but when friends visit and are in shock, it reminds me it isn’t normal.

  6. Zascha March 29, 2015 at 2:50 am - Reply

    A dog on a scooter? That’s the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while! :)

  7. rebecca March 29, 2015 at 6:02 am - Reply

    super cute pooch!

  8. Tim UrbanDuniya March 29, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I’m a dog person too, but thankfully I’ve never had to worry about mine getting stolen :/

    He is soon cute! My Bronte would never have coped on a scooter though!!

  9. De'Jav March 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Sucks that you have to worry about dogs getting stolen. A dog on a scooter that’s pretty impressive. Guess you got to do what you got to do.

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