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Live from Myanmar - Animal Edition.

I have been here in Myanmar a week and have only seen one Beware of Dog sign!   The Burmese seem to have a very different form of signboard art.   They use cut stickers on plastic.  

Look closesly to see the method they use.   This is a rare sign on metal.  

The street dogs in Myanmar are everywhere.   They all look alike - like tall thin Basenjis with a hyper-awareness of their surroundings.   They do not sound like Basenjis however, as they bark.   But not often.  

The biggest surprise for me is that cats (and kittens) are everywhere here in Myanmar.   While I am yet to see a cat that is specifiacally the Burmese breed, the cats here are not as shy as the dogs.   One even jumped on Dan's lap at the dinner table.  

I have a Nepali photo series that I call 'Butcher Shop Dogs'.   But here we have the 'Butcher Shop Cats of Burma'!

This goat with the curls on his forehead came up to me and tried to eat the fringe from my scarf.   Then tried to eat my skirt!   It was a very tame goat and followed his owners commands to cease and desist.  

This Great Dane puppy is one of a pair that hangs out by the pier in Mawlamyine.  He is at the stage where he is like rubber and moves in leaps and bounds.   This is a very soft and friendly dog.

Here is his bigger companion.  This black Great Dane is prone to lunging at people and also chases the horse carriages that pass along the street.   She is also a bounder in the best sense of the world.

This rooster arrived and left on a motor scooter - sitting on the seat just ahead of the driver.   His name is Ike the Rooster and he obeys his caretaker's commands.   

This as Assan, the young waiter at our favorite restaurant in Mawlamyine.   He is cheerful and quick, with a beautiful smile.   This restaurant is typical of the teashops in Myanmar.   Each plate is 100K each (there are about 870K to the dollar) so we enjoy a great, tasty and filling breakfast of roti, paratha, dahl, samosa and tea in any combination for a grand total of less than a dollar for the both of us.

We are currently in Mawlamyine, the southern capitol of the Mon Province, formerly known as Moulmein, and the former British capitol from 1832 to 1856 or so.   It is full of old colonial buildings and this lovely temple high on the hill overlooks the town and river.  

Myanmar is known as the Golden Land, and has many golden temples.

More later.   The best part of Myanmar is by far their charming and gracious people.   Please visit if you can.


You can have your pet's portrait hand painted on metal in Nepal.   Here are Paco's recent choices by Dilip, Sagar and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).  

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2013 trip.  

1. 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 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.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at: 
That's it !

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!


The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).


Let's keep these artists painting.


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!



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