Nepal's Day of the Dog in Kathmandu!
Visions of the Stupa at Boudhanath

Pigeons and Laxmi Puja in Boudha

 

Bouda Stupa pigeons
Monks feed the pigeons each morning

Every morning thousands of pigeons congregate on the Boudha Stupa to be fed by the Tibetan locals.

 

 

Pigeons at Boudha Stupa
Pigeons flock to Boudha

 


They are very dramatic in their large numbers.   They are mostly gone after 9 am.

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The Tibetans put out pathways to guide Laxmi Puja to their house to bestow wealth in the coming year.  The Festival of Lights or Deepawalli is part of the Tihar holiday.   Locals circumnavigate the Boudha Stupa in the background in their daily 'kora' of 3 passes around the stupa.

 

Laxmi Puja celebration
Marigolds line the path to attract Laxmi to their door.

 

 

Lhasa Apso in the streets of Kathmandu
Lhasa Apso near a vegetable stand in Boudha


Even in Buddhist Boudha, some celebrate Hindu festivals.   As in the many dogs with garlands even days after the Day of the Dog.   Though this little Lhasa Apso has long lost hers.

 

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I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Since there is expected political unrest in Nepal in November, please get your orders in early...

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2013 trip.  I will be back in early December 2013 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.

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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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).

If you have already ordered the price will remain the same, forever.   ie, if you are one of the lucky ones who ordered in 2007, your price will never change.  

 

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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