Works in Progress from Pokhara
Wild mushrooms from the Himalayas

Dogs of Mustang

These two dogs guard the Buddhist Gompa's rooftop in the medieval town of Keg Beni.   Their fur is amazing and practical.   With high winds they need a thick coat.  

This Tibetan Terrier mix relaxes by a dhoka (Nepali traditional basket) outside his home in Jharkot.

This handsome dog lives in Ranipaua, just outside the holy shrine of Muktinath.   He came right up and stretched.   Tourists must smell good to these dogs.

This little old (and deaf) dog is the house dog at the Mustang Lion Hill Guest House where we stay while in Jhong - a fortress town just across the river from Jharkot.   Kamal, our host insists that she is 25 years old.

Her black son, pictured above, has the most intense gaze of any dog ever.  They seem happy.

Jhong's Gompa also has a dog guarding the temple's holy relics.   This poor boy was being hounded by two young monks and reacted as any dog would.  

This black dog named Tiger barked and barked at us, doing his dogly duty.

Until Tiger's tail started wagging wildly when his young owner came to calm him.

This beautiful pair of working dogs shepherd mutton all day high in the mountains.   They only look fierce.   They were sweethearts.   The one on the left had a particularly pretty and full tail.

Last but not least was this wooly Tibetan Terrier I saw in Dhakarjhong.   This fellow was like a rasta dog.   But happy as can be with his dreadlocked fur coat.   Notice the remnants of a tika (blessing placed on the forehead with a red powder) on his head.

American Dogs (like Cecil by Jit Gurung above) help Nepali signboard artists.

If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here for another 3 weeks ordering portraits. 

Deadline for new submissions is September 15th - fast approaching.   So do not delay.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Autumn 2012 trip.



To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three artists 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.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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 or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.



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