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The Dogs of Bangalore

Bangalore Street Dog

In Bangalore, all of the street dogs that I saw were similar. Tight, short fur, about 25 pounds, and generally the same size and shape. I thought that was strange. In the US, the stray dogs come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. The US strays are usually mixed breeds, either un-wanted, lost or feral.

Since then, I’ve come to learn that these aren’t stray dogs as we in the US are familiar (you know, like from Lady and the Tramp).  These are actually called “Village Dogs” and are a distinct family of dog types.

Our pet dogs were once wild, then domesticated by our ancestors. The dogs were selectively bred to create new breeds.  Not so with these village dogs in Bangalore. These village dogs are wild, though have evolved to have a symbiotic relationship with humans. The wild dogs learned to hang out in villages and scratch out a living along-side human settlements.

Bangalore Village Dog

National Geographic recently featured several cool articles about dog DNA and the origins of our favorite breeds.  One of these articles introduce me to village dogs, describing the research being performed at Cornell University.

Funny what you can learn while waiting for the doctor.

Starting again…

It’s been a long time since I’ve contributed to this blog.  My initial plan was to blog about fly fishing and software quality.  I ended up getting more into the fly fishing side, so I just went with it on my other site, Whiskey Creek Flies.

I’ve been writing about software quality, but in blogs and email distribution lists at work.  Now it’s time to revive this side of my blogging life.  So, drop in occasionally, I’ll be writing about software quality and testing from the perspective that I’ve built over the past few years.

Tight Lines…


Software Quality Conferences

I was lucky enough to speak at a couple of conferences last year. The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in Portland and the Verify Conference in Washington D.C. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it turned out to be a tremendous experience.

Todd Fitch, a college at Intuit, and I collaborated on a paper that describes our adoption of automated testing from a manager’s perspective. We described the journey by process, organization, and technology. The paper is available in the PNSQC proceedings