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Live from Kathmandu: Nepal's Day of the Dog


Today was the Day of the Dog in Nepal.  I went to the old section of town and took photos of the dogs with their treats.   Even better, I videotaped two dogs getting their treats.   It was a complex ceremony.   The dogs liked it though, until they lit a wick and waved it over them.   Still they were stoic and accepted their treats with aplomb.  Or a bark.


Some of the dogs were just plain tuckered out after all that attention.

This guys bark was worse than his bite.   See that wagging tail.   Still I would not stick my hand in there.

Sated and lying in the sun with his master by his side.

This dog has a glazed look in his eye.   Too many treats?

I noticed this dog patiently waiting outside a butcher shop and was delighted when he was given a little meat, as was the dog.

Then the dog's mistress came over and began the actual Kukur Puja ceremony.   The lady began with more marigold garlands, then rice was sprinkled on his forehead, along with flowers.   Then a tasty plate of chickpeas and rice and beans was placed in front of him.   5 Rupee notes were placed on his head (that didn't last long) and everything was fine until she lit a wick and waved it in front of him.  

He looks askance at that lflaming wick and who could blame him?

Tuli the Enlightened Dog by Sagar, Baba and Sufraj (clockwise from top left).

This is what you can expect when you honor your dog (or cat) with a Nepal Art Dog portrait.  The time to order is now.   No obligation to buy, but I bet you will not be able to resist!  You will receive your choice of portrait in time for the holidays.


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 am 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 Fall 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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