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My webinar notes are written out and sketched on my ipad Pro using the notability app. I welcome feedback, questions, discussion, corrections. Some of these notes may be reworked into infographics in the future.


Street Dogs

Many years ago, I received a request to create a poster of Indian street dogs ("Streeties") by a Seattle-based rescue group who would take these dogs off the streets in India and rehome them in the USA. At the time I was so excited to draw these dogs that I didn't question the ethics of this whole operation. I assumed that the streeties were "happy" with their new American families, that this type of rescue was good.

[ Aditi Joshi's streeties in Mumbai were my models for these drawings]

Now when I think of streeties being uprooted from their local/social environments, and taken away from the people who feed them and fight for them, away to a totally different (White Saviorist) culture that places more value on "obedience" and "friendliness" than freedom for the dog to choose and negotiate their relationships, this feels sad and wrong.

I highly recommend this extremely enlightening interview with Sindhoor Pangal on Michael Shikashio's "The Bitey End of The Dog" podcast series.

Apologies for my messy handwriting.

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Yumi Vega
Yumi Vega
Dec 07, 2022

Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

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