Tuesday, November 13, is this year's Day of the Dog in Nepal. Also known as Kukur Puja or Tihar Puja, this is my favorite holiday of the year.
I met this lovely Shakiri Kukur named Jackie yesterday. He was soft and friendly, big and very well-tended. He is 13 months old and I hope he has a wonderful Day of the Dog tomorrow here in Kathmandu. His owners are Buddhist, and do not celebrate the Hindu holiday of Kukur Puja but many of the locals here in Boudha still give their dogs treats on this day.
Mike is a Dog of the Day as well. This is what you can expect when you order your own Danger Dog portrait. 3 artists paint your pet's portrait from the same photo. Then you get to choose which one you like the best! Or which most looks like your own dog. In Mike's case, the owner bought all three. Who could choose?
Check in tomorrow for fresh photos of the Day of the Dog. The Nepali newspapers are conflicting as to when the Dog Puja really begins. Some say tonight and others tomorrow. Guess I'll cover all bases!
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 Fall 2012 trip.
HOW TO ORDER
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 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!
You will be happy you did!
Micro-finance through art patronage. Trade not Aid.