Why I Love Nepal -- Dogs on Gates
The Danger Dogs at TedX

Dangerous West Highland Terriers!

I photographed this West Highland Terrier on my driveway.   This portrait by Hari Prasad highlights the deep shadows and sidewalk contrasting with the dog's sweet pink ears.  

Another version of the same Westie again painted by Hari Prasad.

Maggie the Westie as painted by Santosh Shrestha.

Finally we have Maggie the Westie by Sufraj Khadka.  

Go Westie, Young Man!

These are all currently available at NepalDog.com.  

More tomorrow.

I am leaving soon for my 8th Danger Dog trip.   Order your custom 'beware of dog' signboard today.

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 1500 pieces commissioned in 3 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a  tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image and often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage  

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to NepalDog.com for more examples.

If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com. 



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