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Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Megh Raj

Megh Raj finished with a bang yesterday...

Folk art Mastiff hand painted on metal in Nepal
Sweet Bella by Megh Raj

Sweet Bella's final portrait by Megh Raj is a stunner.   It is the perfect shade of green to highlight her tawny coat and bright bouquet.

Folk art Mastiff hand painted on metal
Norman the Mastiff by Megh Raj

Megh Raj thoughtfully gave Norman a chair!   Can't beat that!

Folk art Labradoodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Higgins the Labradoodle by Megh Raj

Higgins looks like a pup here in his Danger Dog portrait.   Megh Raj often age degresses pets and makes them look young.

Folk art Cats hand painted on metal
Valentino and Muse by Megh Raj

Valentino is a Korat Cat from Thailand and has a lovely grey fur.   Muse lounges like a tigress on her lovely textiles.   Megh Raj added a nice touch with his romanticizing the 'O' in Valentino with a heart.

Folk art Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Evie by Megh Raj Thapa

Evie has lead an interesting and difficult life - she has been shot in the head and had other mishaps.  But now she has a happy home and the pretty smile to show her appreciation.

Folk art Great Danes hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jonah and Hank by Megh Raj

Jonah and Hank are a handsome pair, as Jonah peeks out from the shrubbery, as he likes to do.   This was a composite from two photos.

Folk art Dachshund hand painted on metal in Nepal
Matilda the Dachshund by Megh Raj

Matilda's portrait by Megh Raj comes complete with Tibetan script.

Folk art Tibetan Terrier hand painted on metal
Dixie the Tibetan Terrier by Megh Raj

Dixie's Nepali script translates to 'Tibetan Dog'.   Again, Megh Raj makes his dogs look like young dogs.   Never a bad thing.   Perhaps I should give him MY photo!

Folk art Black Lab hand painted on metal
Smokey the Black Lab by Megh Raj

Bless his heart, Smokey is still a handsome dog at the age of 13.   Megh Raj really captured his sleek fur.

More tomorrow.   Stay tuned.

You can see more about how the project works by clicking my recent series called Anatomy of a Danger Dog.


Orders are now closed for a 2014 Danger Dog order.   However, I have over 72 different breeds on my website,, so see if I have a portrait that looks like your pet!  

I am officially taking orders for the 2015 trip.

Be ahead of the pack and order today!


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.   Large format photos work best.

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 $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!


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