There are many street dogs that hang out near the World Heritage Site of Boudha in Kathmandu.
In earlier posts, I photographed a tiny Tibetan woman that regularly fed the street dogs around the Stupa. Alas, she passed away last year, but two new Tibetan ladies have taken up the mantle and feed them daily.
Morning is the best time to see the fascinating life around the Stupa. People from all walks of life enjoy a walk around Boudha's Stupa. Usually they circumnavigate the huge structure 3 times. A great way to start the day.
This is Tippy, aka Kali (black in the Nepali language), a local dog that lives near my guest house in Boudha. He always has a tail wag for me.
This sign has been around for a while and is beginning to get a nice patina. Love that Danger Dog tongue!
The handsome Bodhi, hand painted on metal by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left) is a fine example of what you can expect when you order your own pet as a Nepal Art Dog (or Cat!). Bodhi's sign are both in English and Tibetan script.
It is time to immortalize your own pet!
You can order your own portrait of your own dog and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2014 trip. I will be back in June 2014.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 $22 per sign (to the US). And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents. For overseas orders, I find the least expensive method of shipping.
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!