Our Dogs

The Kopan Five

11/12/2014 12:13

We are a group of 5 puppies, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.  We were found dumped in a flooded hole and were saved by the lovely people at the Community Dog Welfare shelter in Kopan, Nepal.  We are all healthy and have been vaccinated.  We are outgrowing our little enclosure and look forward to finding forever homes where we can be part of a loving family.


Pip (male)

I’m quite a character.  I’m a funny little dog.  I’m very innocent, curious, very playful, and very naughty (in a cute way!)  I’m a bit smaller than my brother and sisters and cute as a button.  I think I would be particularly good in a family with children.


Misha (female)

I’m sweet and fun and love to explore, sleep and play.  Although I’m not perfect, I have a bit of a wonky walk, but I hope this doesn’t stop someone from wanting to love me.  I’m a typical, irresistible puppy waiting for a lovely home with a family who can give me lots of love and an inside bed!


Gogi (male)

I was the leader of the pack!  Adventure was my 2nd name!  Until one day I broke my leg, too many adventures!  I then turned into a moochy pooch and now Cuddles is my 2nd name!


 Cashew (female)

Just look at me posing!  Look into my eyes, me so gorgeous, I need you!  I’m the intelligent one of my brothers and sisters.  I’m a thinking dog.  I would be a good dog for a single owner or a couple.  I need lots of attention and toys.  I’m really smart and would love some training to stimulate my brain.  And just like my brothers and sisters, I need a loving home and an inside bed would be greatly appreciated!


Bachi (female)

I’m sweet as pie.  My nature is similar to Misha’s, we are a bit like twins.  We both have a bit of a wonky walk but it doesn’t really bother us and we hope doesn’t bother you!  I’m curious, love to explore and play and have quality cuddle time.  Apart from a loving family I also like the sound of one of those inside beds!


Djengo's Journey

03/11/2014 15:56

Djengo was found in Thamel in July 2013 by Nicky and Naren - he was in pretty poor condition and had trouble keeping food down.

Djengo in Thamel

Nicky meets Djengo


Djengo is left at the shelter - to be picked up soon...

In October 2014, Naren drives 3,000 km from Goa to Kathmandu to pick up Djengo, and Djengo's Journey starts.

October 2014 Naren arrives to get Djengo

Djengo rarin' to go..

Djengo travelled like a pro. Not even a hint of vomiting.  Naren gave him one anti travel sick pill every morning for a couple of days but then stopped as Djengo was getting too much antihistamine.  Naren says Djengo eats so much!  He’s been on a royal road diet of Aloo parathas and boiled eggs for breakfast, lots of cookies, and fried rice and loads of chappatis.  The second day after they crossed the border in UP, Naren said Djengo ran away, across a busy highway with screeching cars swerving round him.  He ran into open fields and disappeared for about 45 mins.  Naren said he searched everywhere, then finally just went back to the car and waited ........ low and behold Djengo came back and jumped back in himself!  From then on Naren kept him on a leash, but he told me the second day 'Djengo understands very well we have to go far and that he knows where he’s going'.

They got into a good routine together, stopping for lots of wees (evidently he does big frequent wees) and walks.  They managed to find hotels to take a dog in the room, sometimes Naren paid double rate extra to persuade them on the condition that if Djengo barks or soils he will compensate and that Djengo will not go on the bed.  Djengo slept fine under Naren’s bed.  Only the last night he did a full wee on the room carpet early morning which Naren said he quickly soaked up with a towel then left!  In one hotel the room boy wanted to come in but Naren couldn’t open the door, only slightly, because at that time Djengo was snoring on the bed!

In UP (a dangerous state) they were robbed by a gang of off-duty cops, who took Naren’s car key and wallet and all the cash inside, then told him to get on a train with his dog back to Goa.  He basically had to buy his car back off them.

One night they had stopped for a break and many people crowded around the car and took an interest in Djengo.  They started asking questions.... "is this your dog?"..... Naren said "no, he’s a free dog" (a line from the film 'Djengo' about a freed slave, when they ask who is your owner the slave says "nobody, I’m a free man'.  Then the people saw Naren’s car has a Maharastra number plate which is the home of Mumbai and Bollywood, so they asked "does the dog come from Mumbai?"..... Naren said "actually he’s from everywhere, he’s a movie star"....they actually believed this story and started snapping photos, they asked Naren "who are you, are you also a movie star?".....he replied "no, I’m Djengo's driver".

Anyway on the last night as Djengo hopped down from the car thinking it was another hotel, he heard me, saw me and went absolutely loopy.  What a welcome/reunion I got.  It is very moving, how deep dogs are, and what they remember.  So then followed quite a stressful couple of hours, Djengo was hyper excited and barking his big bass woof, and all our dogs (locked in the outhouse) sensed a newcomer and barking frenzy commenced as we desperately tried to calm and silence everyone due to our awful intolerant hateful neighbours.  Our 15 yrs old head male dog Scoobie, fully arthritic but still mentally switched on, who stays in the house mostly on a mattress, looked completely pissed off at a new younger handsome addition to the pack.  But one of the female puppies instantly took a liking to him.

Naren smelled much worse than Djengo but they have such a nice rapport going between them, Naren understands everything about Djengo now and how to communicate with him.  Record timing and very smooth trip, the last day they covered 700km.  




11/02/2013 14:36


Sheru came to us suffering with a severely damaged and infected ear - we suspect caused by fighting.  He is from a local temple and has returned happily there after recovery.  His ear healed very well and he was also castrated to help prevent further fighting.


11/02/2013 14:24


The local vet suspected Kale (pronounced Kah-lee) could be up to 14 years old - well above the local life expectancy for dogs.  He remained at CDW to live out his life and received medical treatment for bad mange and a leg injury.  Kale was sponsored by Bernie from Ireland, and lived the remainder of his life comfortably.


11/02/2013 14:20



Dorje may look scary and gruff but in truth is the gentlest of all giants!  He is a big boy and is about 5 years old.  Due to his size, he will not return to the streets as bigger dogs struggle to find enough food to sustain their weight.  He is now being sponsored  by a Canadian friend.


30/11/2012 14:11


Puchi is 8 months old and was dumped at the shelter.  Puchi is a young and energetic girl, with an interest an everything!  Puchi would be a great candidate for adoption.  In the meantime, Puchi is looking to be sponsored.


30/11/2012 12:45


Jade was quite an old lady and remained in hospice care.  Jade suffered from severe mange and this resulted in permanent hair loss. Despite this, she proved to be the biggest smoocher of them all!  She was sponsored by an Australian friend until she died.


30/11/2012 10:07


Young Simba was a playful energetic girl when she arrived in a plastic bag one night.  She was a little sweetheart until she was infected by a blood parasite, probably tick borne. She collapsed and despite treatment was unable to get around very well. She survived for over a year before dying at the centre.


Simba on arrival.