While most people go to Pokhara for its lovely lakeside and mountain views, the laidback atmosphere and the nightlife, Pokhara has always inspired me with its large number of vernacular Danger Dog signboards. The people of this town seem to love their dogs. Most of them are well-groomed and friendly.
This handsome dog named Rambo guards the old stone fence of a traditional Nepali house. You can see the difference between the old houses and the new ones that are springing up all over town. There is a lot of new construction all over Nepal.
This is Shree's 14-year-old son, who is holding the store while his father is in Kathmandu (200 km away) and his mom is up in the village. But it is good to see that Shree has a good stock of Beware of Dog signs, inspired by former Danger Dog customers. Yuki the Shibu Ino is at top left, followed by Layla the Black Lab and Ernie the Schnoodle at bottom. These dogs are obviously an inspiration to Shree!
Shree is in Kathmandu again trying to 'go out' to Korea, leaving his family for a 3-year contract while earning better money than he ever could in Nepal. He has had to learn Korean, and is undergoing extensive testing in order to qualify. Shree has tried in the past and did not make the cut. I am of mixed feelings about this, as I hate to see a man have to leave his young family, but I wish him well in any case.
I believe that this smart looking Beware of Dog sign is painted by Jit Gurung, one of my artists here in Pokhara. His style is distinct and often reminds me of R. Crumb, though not in this example. Nice eyebrow!
As you can see, most Nepali Beware of Dog signs feature German Shepherds, which is why I get so excited when I find that Shree is disseminating Shiba Inu and Schnoodle portraits! The teeth and tongue are typical of many native Danger Dog signs.
Stay tuned. More tomorrow.
I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now. I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.
HOW TO ORDER
To order, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.
Hello from Dogmandu!