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October 2016

Live from Kathmandu: Nepal's Day of the Dog 2016

Nepal is the only country in the world to have a day that honors dogs.   And they do it spectacularly!

Nepali street dog on Nepal's Day of the Dog
Nepali street dog on Kukur Tihar

 This lovely dog has found a soft spot to relax after being treated on Kukur Puja, Nepal's Day of the Dog.   

Tihar is a Hindu religious holiday and is widely celebrated throughout Kathmandu.

Nepal's Day of the Dog in Kathmandu
Another happy dog with his bone

 This guy is too tired to eat that bone!   

Nepal's day of the dog celebrated in Kathmandu
Spaniel dog in the window on Kukur Tihar

Not only street dogs, but house pets get the treats.

Golden Retreiver on Nepal's Day of the Dog in Kathmandu
Dog and his master on Nepal's Day of the Dog

It is plain to see that this dog is well loved.

Accord to Hindu lengend, the dog is revered as the guard of Yamaraj, the God of Death.  This Retreiver is not a guard dog!

Nepali child and her dog on the Day of the Dog Kukur Tihar
A Nepali girl and her beloved dog

This little girl is in her new dress.  A Tihar tradition is that one wears new clothes.   

Tibetan lady feeds the dogs on the Boudha Stupa
Tibetan lady feeds the dogs on the Boudha Stupa

Even in Buddhist Boudha, the dogs get their mallas (marigold garlands) and tikas on their foreheads.

This woman feeds the street dogs around the Boudha Stupa daily.

Please make sure that every year is a day of the dog in your life.   

Jack Russell dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Zoe the Jack Russell by 3 Nepali sign painters

This is what you can expect when you have your own pet immortalized on metal in Nepal.  Zoe was a commisisoned portrait from a previous year.   Her portraits are by Sanjib Rana, Megh Raj Thapa and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).

To see previous years' blogs of the Day of the Dog in Nepal, click here.


I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the October 2016 trip.  I will be back in early December 2016 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:  
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!

You can tell that this is a valued family friend.