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March 2011

RIP Jake - A Great Danger Dog!

I met Jake in 2007, as he was passing in front of my house.   I was just about to emBARK on the first Danger Dog trip.   I had no orders, but I needed some good looking dogs so I took Jake's photo.

Jake and his soulful gaze even made it into the New York Post!   Sold.

Here is Jake as a work in progress by Nabin in July, 2007, my first Danger Dog trip!

Jake and his intense gaze -- along with his little foot -- as painted by Nara of Asha Arts.   Sold.

Here Jake is with his little foot again, and his polka dotted nose.   Portrait by Dilip, available.

Jake's little foot has disappeared into the vortex!   By Vinosh.  Available.

Jake is in fine company.   Painted here by the master painter Sabala, along with some assorted Danger Dog friends.   This portrait of Jake, along with the Weimaraner beside him, is still available.

This portrait of Jake is by Vinosh from Birju's Studio.   Alas, Vinosh is no longer available, as he has left Nepal for remittance work in Saudi Arabia.   But this painting of Jake is available.

Jake died before his time, due to kidney failure caused by the melamine-laced dog food from China.

He will be sorely missed by his loving owner, by us, and the many, many people whose lives he touched.   He was a big handsome dog and I was glad to know him.  

I hope he has gained a well-deserved mortality through his participation in the Danger Dog project.  

Every Danger Dog has a story.

Rest in Peace, Jake.


Dogs and cars

Frank Pictures Gallery is exhibiting a show featuring Martin Usborne's photographs "Mute - The Silence of Dogs in Cars",  inspiring me to take the photo above!    For a preview of the exhibition, click here.    For those of you who want to attend the opening, it will be on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Bergamot Station, starting at 6:30 pm.   More information on the link above.

This is truly a show for dog lovers who love art!

These dogs could not wait to get out of their BMW!   This portrait of 4 labrador retreivers is by Megh Raj Thapa.

This lovely Catahula Leopard Dog waits silently for his owner in the front seat.

Above is Sanjib Rana's portrait of the happy pups hanging out of the hatchback.   Also available.

I am leaving for the 9th Danger Dog trip soon, so now is the time to order!

If you want your pet to be part of this fair trade art project and give 3 Nepali artists jobs, please send in your pet's photo, let me know what you would like the sign to say, and you will recieve a choice of 3 portraits of your pet on metal.   These paintings are on (often) recycled metal using synthetic enamel, are approximately one square foot, and can be hung indoors or out.  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   You only pay if you like one of the three signs.   In the meantime, 3 struggling artists will get work -- they are all paid whether you choose their portrait or not, and you have helped save a floundering art form.   The unsold portraits will be placed in museum gift shops and folk art shops.

Please contact me at, send me a photo of your pet and that's it! 

These make beautiful gifts and I will be home in plenty of time for Father's Day!