Folk Art Obamas arrive at the Santa Monica Museum of Art
New Nepal Signboard Art at Nomad in Cambridge

Tibetan Terriers on their home turf

While not technically Tibet, the Mustang District of Nepal borders Tibet and is home to many Buddhists from Tibet, whose customs, language, food and dogs have not been diluted by Chinese rule.  

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Does any dog look more chill than this handsome Tibetan Terrier lazing on the porch of his home in Jharkot in the Mustang District of Nepal?   He is in his element.

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This Tibetan Terrier has been cooling his paws in mud and is ready to call it a day.   The dogs all over Nepal sleep all day and bark all night (guarding the compound is their job, after all).

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This shaggy example of a Tibetan Terrier from Dhakarjhong - a village far from the main road - sports a 'tika' or red powder placed as a blessing on his forehead.   His dreadlocks belie his traditional lucky status in this part of the world.

Not a true terrier, the Tibetan Terrier's role was as companion, shepherd and guard dog to his family.   They were highly esteemed, and still are.  They are larger than a Lhasa Apso.

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Hugo & Minnie by Baba, 2010, Synthetic enamel on metal, available

Hugo and Minnie are a beloved pair of Tibetan Terriers who made a great pair of Danger Dogs a while back. 

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Hugo & Minnie by Hari Timesina, 2010, synthetic enamel on metal, available

You can see more paintings of Lhasa Apsos and Tibetan Terriers at the website.

One of the great things about Nepal is the friendly, laid back dogs.   Not only Tibetan Terriers and Lhasa Apsos, but Spitz's, German Shepherds, Pugs and Labradors are all popular.  And there are many, many mutts who are just as cute.

More on them another time!


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 in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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 Winter 2012 trip.



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