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From the coffee plantations in El Salvador to the streets of Notting Hill

A couple of weeks ago while visiting a pub in Notting Hill we had the pleasure of meeting a lovely mongrel from El Salvador. After asking her owners a couple of questions we were very curious about her story.

Wabbit was found in a coffee plantation in San Salvador in extremely poor conditions, she resembled more of a hyena than a dog. the person who found her decided to take her home and bring her back to health. After a month of treatment and love Wabbit recovered well, growth back all her hair and resembled a healthy puppy.

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“Tish and Aldo” an animal lovers couple adopted Wabbit when they were living in El Salvador, she was estimated to be about six months, with the already given name of Wabbit.

Mongrels and street dogs in El Salvador are given amusing names, they’re called Aguacateros, as they’re animals that supposedly eat avocados or ‘agucate’ in Spanish off the trees. Once you adopt a street dog and bring it home, they’re upgraded to Aguaca-terrier.

“Tish and Aldo” lived in El Salvador for two years with Wabbit and then decided to move to London. As part of their preparation work to move Wabbit, Aldo had to micro-chipped her, and checked the various vaccinations and tests she needed done. It was a long trip and Wabbit travel for more than 24 hours. She took a flight from El Salvador-Amsterdam-Milan and then a road trip to London.

Luck was on Wabbit’s side. A dog that was found half dead in a San Salvadorean coffee plantation and now plays in the public parks of Milan and London, walk the mountains of northern Italy and wanders around the pubs of Notting Hill and Primrose Hill looking fabulous with her enormous ears.

Thanks to Tish and Aldo and after a big struggle Wabbit is a healthy and happy gorgeous dog.

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The Buddhist Attitude towards Animal Life

Animals are said to be conscious only of the present. They live with no concern for the past or future. Likewise, little children seem to have no notion of the future. They also live in the present until their faculties of memory and imagination are developed.

Lucky those animals who live surrounded by Budas.

Men possesses the faculty of reasoning. The gap between man and animal widens only to the extent that man develops his reasoning faculty and acts accordingly. Buddhists accept that animals not only possesses instinctive power but also, to a lesser degree, thinking power.

In some respects, animals are superior to men. Dogs have a keener sense of hearing; insects have a keener sense of smell; hawks are speedier; eagles can see a greater distance. Undoubtedly, men are wiser; but men have so much to learn from the ants and bees. Much of the animal is still in us. But we also have much more: we have the potential of spiritual development.

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DOGA – Yoga for dogs

We all know about the benefits of yoga for human’s mind and body what not many people know is that yoga is very beneficial for dogs as well. Studies have shown that with the right guide and postures man’s best friend can improve its ability to obey, its breathing and also can help them to relax.

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Doga’, which is said to appeal to your pet’s natural instinct to stretch, has become a new fad among New York, Japan and US dog-owners who believe it creates a unique bonding experience.

When the idea first originated it was considered a fad, but it seems doga has been steadily growing in popularity.

Dogs take part in the classes either by acting as weights to help balance their owners or by doing some of the moves themselves. As well as a good strech the energy centres and chakras are connected so it’s a deep, loving experience for both.

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Mongrels in New Zealand learn how to drive

If you are looking for a driver and live in New Zealand adopt a mongrel!!

"Porter" the driver dog behind the wheel

“Porter” the driver dog behind the wheel

To increase pet adoptions from animal shelters Auckland SPCA came up with the initiative of training three cross-breed rescue dogs to drive a modified mini car as a way of proving that even unwanted canines can be taught to perform complex tasks.

The motorized mutts — Porter, Monty and Ginny — were trained for three months to sit behind the wheel and operate with their paws the changing gear, accelerator and brakes.

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The pleasures for English mongrels

In the UK dogs and other pets are not normally alloweeed into restaurants and cafes because of our health and safety regulations. Fortunatelly things are changing  and dog friendly places are becoming very popular nowadays. We’ve heard of restaurantes and hotels welcoming dogs but we were quite surprised with a sandwiche shop in London welcoming mongrels especially.

Walking by St Pauls Cathedral, one of our Mongrels of the World lovers came across this brilliant sing outside a cafe. We wished more places in the world would accept dogs – especially mongrels.

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Mongrels of the World Calendar 2013

After MOTW’s calendar 2012 succes we decided to create the 2013 calendar to help raise money for a special foundation which shares our belief.

Each month features splendid, original photographs of cute mongrels taken by MOTW founder Juliana Velez and Cindy Amey from The Soi Dog Foundation who kindly donated some pictures to this worthy project. No stock images have been used.

Profits will go to The Soi Dog Foundation, a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organisation in Thailand. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs.

It also campaigns against the dog meat trade and MOTW fully backs their work and wants to show support by helping raise funds through the sale of our calendars.

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The beauty of the Colombian canine mixed races

For Mongrels of the World it is always a pleasure travelling to Colombia and seeing the huge amount of mongrels living on the streets of the capital city as well as the countryside. Although the street dogs represent a problem in some areas of the country the majority of them look in very good shape and people seem to look after them. It is also becoming more popular for people in this part of the world to adopt a street dog. We came across many people who had decided to share their lives with a struggling animal and were very pleased with all the love and happiness the street dog brought into their lives. We are looking forward to going back to this beautiful country and hearing some more nice stories of people adopting mongrels.

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Mongrels of the World 2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Mongrels of the World calendar 2012 – supporting a good cause

Mongrels of the World is excited to announce the release of its 2012 calendar. Each month features truly spendid, original photographs of irresistible mongrels taken by MOTW founder Juliana Velez and her friend Ehud Ambar who kindly donated his time to this project. MOTW has created the calendar to raise money for a special foundation which shares our belief.

MOTW Calendar 2012

Read more and have a look at the whole calendar.

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The city of mongrels by Lauren Udwari

Mongrels of the World came across Lauren Udwari and American photographer who travelled around Chile for a couple of months. She took some amazing pictures of street dogs that then turned into a wonderful project. We hope to inspire some animal lovers to take action and help in some way those who can’t speak for themselves.

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The lovely mongrels of the Colombian capital

Millions of stray dogs roam the streets in the suburbs of Bogota, Colombia’s capital. On its last visit to this country Mongrels Of The Morld travelled to Cazucá a place in the south of  Bogota where the variety of mongrels is incalculable.

Colombian mongrel with an elegant pose

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Love at the first sight

How many of us have fallen in love with a mongrel to the point of wanting to take it home? That was what happened to english tourist Debbie Edwards when she saw a mongrel terrier begging for food at a restaurant in Marmaris, Turkey. She couldn’t resist the dog’s look and decided she wanted to bring him home. She paid £3500 to fly him with her and now Hector is living in New Port, Wales with the family.

Hector the lucky turkish mongrel. Courtesy of Metro

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A Middle Eastern mongrel adopted by a British soldier in Afghanistan has arrived in the UK to start a new life.

Lucky dog Peg was being looked after by Pte Conrad Lewis, 22, who fell in love with the animal and started to care for it.

Soldiers are normally ordered to shoot stray dogs in Afghanistan because of the diseasses they potentially carry but Pte couldn’t resist adorable Peg.

Pte Conrad Lewis and 'Peg'. Click on the image to view the video at BBC News online. Photo: BBC

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Can life get any better? Yoga for dogs

Inspired by dogs that imitate their master’s morning yoga routine, photographer Daniel Borris created some really cool Yoga Dogs calendars and books with different dogs and puppies doing human yoga poses.

Play, bark, breath. Courtesy of Yoga Dogs

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We salute anyone who loves mongrels. Hello Bangkok mongrels

Mongrels of the World has found a really cool blog about Bangkok’s street dogs.

After reading the posts you’ll get a great idea of the challenges Bangkok street dogs face, and perhaps better appreciate their ability to stay positive during all the hot, dusty days and hungry nights spent scraping out a living in the Thai capital. You can follow the blog at

I'm Back After A Long Nap -- What'd I Miss? Courtesy of Bangkok Street Dogs

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Lesson one: Never mess with a mongrel

This story makes us feel sick. Whay kind of nutter would do this to a dog or any other animal? Remember if you are thinking of messing with a mongrel….DON’T.

The Sun reports that this beautiful dog was found buried alive up to its nose after being shot 40 times- but still miraculously survived.  Horrified police officers saw Star’s face in the ground and when they dug him out, they discovered he had been repeatedly shot with a pellet gun.

Buried Mongrel - Taken from

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Walt Whitman Quote

I think I could turn and live with animals

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained;

I stand and look at them long and long.

They do no sweat and whine about their condition;

They do no lie awake in the night and sweat for their sins;

They do no make me sick discussing their duty to God;

Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things;

Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago;

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

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