This lucky dog, a Spitz, sports a bright red tikka on her forehead. She is a lucky dog since she belongs to a fishmonger's stall.
Most kennel clubs in the Kathmandu area focus on Boxers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Spitz, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs, Golden Retrievers and Dalmatians. The only unusual one on this sign is the Cocker Spaniel - though I have seen a few in Kathmandu.
Kate Clendon runs the Community Dog Welfare Kopan so well that she is widening her efforts every year. She still needs support, though. You can find out how to help here: http://www.communitydogwelfarekopan.org/
First she gently captures the dogs, checks for mange and deworms them, spays or neuters them and rereleases them in their home turf when they are deemed healthy.
I found a new (old) Nepali Danger Dog sign yesterday. These are too few and far between.
I have been passing this beautiful folk art portrait of a Nepali Collie for at least 7 years. There is definitely a strong patina, but that just adds to the charm...
Immortalize your 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 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!