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Live from Kathmandu: Beware of Dog signs & Organic Farmer's Market

Finding new beware of dog signs here in Kathmandu is getting harder and harder, so ths is a great new find.   This is a classic style featuring a German Shepherd with a large tongue.

Here is an out of the way Danger Dog, but one I have seen before.   Still it is an old friend.   With the road expansion currently taking place throughout Kathmandu, many, many of the Beware of the Dog signs are disappearing.

Or they might just simply fade away like this Beware of Beagle sign.

I am always thrilled to see that Lassie is still there.   This one I have been watching for over 7 years and it was not new even then.   I like this patina, though this might be a good time to arrest it for its own good.

A different type of Beware of Dog sign.   Elegant!

It is Saturday morning and the Kathmandu Organic Farmer's Market is in full swing.  

The market seems to be more successful than ever.   Literally hundreds of people turned up to buy everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to Indian wine (quite good), cheeses, sausages, clothing, honey, breads, coffee, tea, etc.  

Set in the beautiful grounds of the 1905 Restaurant, all tables were full, and the views from the veranda were spectacular.   The Market is held every Saturday morning starting around 9 and is over when the vendors run out of product (about 11:30 or noon).   Dogs, cats and children love this venue.   1905 was built for the royal Rana family in 1905 and is perenially in danger of being torn down for a larger building.   It is located on Kanti Path, not far from the Garden of Dreams and the Kaiser Library.

We took a nice long walk this Saturday morning, as the low traffic cuts down drastically on the dust on the Kathmandu streets.  I've always liked this oversized signboard for a dog trainer.

Bebe the Jack Russell is a Danger Dog from the last trip.    Her portraits, pearls and all, are by Sufraj Khadka, Dilip and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).   All three have sold.

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   I am in Nepal right now giving photos to the artists.

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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