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October 2017

New Finals from Dilip

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Wolfie the Werewolf by Dilip


Happy Halloween! The first finals from the artist Dilip Niroj are finished!  Wolfie does not need to dress up with those teeth!  This rescue pup is looking good in his first portrait by Dilip.  

Folk art portrait of a Black Standard Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Gotham the Black Standard Poodle

Gotham is Great is Gotham's full name and it is an appropriate one.   He is a great dog and when Dilip looked at that photo he said "Dinner!" with a laugh.   Look at that uvula!  Those teeth!  That tongue!

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepa
Tattoo the German Shepherd by Dilip

Tattoo is a handsome, well-loved German Shepherd, here hand painted on metal by Dilip.  There are two more versions to come of all the pets featured on today's post.

 

Folk art portrait of a Boxer Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Henry the Boxer by Dilip

Henry is a Boxer extraordinaire in his first finished portrait by Dilip.

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog from Puerto Rico hand painted on metal in Nepal
Nilly in pears by Dilip

Nilly is nothing if not a classic beauty in her pearls.   No over the top Halloween costume for her.   Nilly is a lucky dog, rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico.

Folk art portrait of a Mastiff hand painted on metal in Nepal
Titus hand painted on metal by Dilip

 Titus is regal in his lei, in this first portrait by Dilip.   

Folk art portrait of a Mastiff hand painted on metal in Nepal
Flint the Mastiff by Dilip

 

Flint the Mastiff may be a delicate flower, but he is a big one!   

Remember, there are 2 more of each dog coming soon.   Stay tuned.

If you'd like to see Danger Dogs (and Cats) from past trips in costume, here is the link to nepaldog.com's Dogs in Costume page...

Have a happy Halloween!

 

Beware of Dog signs hand painted on metal in a kitchen in Nepal
My Kathmandu Kitchen!

My Kathmandu Kitchen will soon fill up with these portraits. 

If you like what you have seen above, it is not too late for you to order your pet's personalized portrait.

You can fully customize what you would like it to say, coloring in the background, style of painting (folk art or realistic) and, of course, all pets are wcome.   I have had everything from desert turtles to conyers to ferrets ordered.    Each commission gets a choice of 3 portraits by different artists.

I am currently in Nepal at the beginning of my trip.   Please order soon.

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!

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   

I am in Kathmandu right now and taking orders until the November 25, 2017 cut off date.  I will be back in plenty of time to mail your holiday orders.

How to order your custom pet portrait from NepalDog.com

  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 $20 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!


Laxmi Puja or the Festival of Lights in Boudha

The third day of Tihar starts as being the Day of the Cow, but the real fun starts when evening comes and every home is adorned with colorful powders (rangolis) leading to their front door.   Also lit by butter lamps and candles, this is all meant to attract Laxmi, Goddess of Wealth, to their home.   The day is filled with music and merriment, fireworks and laughter.

But those Rangolis...

 Rangoli on the Boudha Stupa draws many admirers

A large Rangoli made of colored powders

 This one was done by a female Nepali artist.  I remember her from last year.   People come and marvel at this impermanent piece of art.   This rangoli only lasted another 48 hours, but was always admired.

A colorful rangoli beckons Laxmi into a shop

A Rangoli beckons Laxmi to a shop
Rangolis for Laxmi Puja
Rangolis in an arcade in Boudha

 When many shops are in an arcade, the rangolis can get elaborate.   I hope Laxmi isn't confused...

A pinwheel rangoli to entice Laxmi
Rangoli on a quiet street in Boudha

 This pinwheel shape is especially appealing.

Rangoli and fireworks on the Boudha Stupa
Sparklers and fireworks are part of the fun
Sparklers and Rangoli on theBoudha Stupa
Boudha Stupa rang with laughter and sparkled with light

 Cafe du Temple Arcade lit for Laxmi

An arcade in Boudha filled with Rangoli 
Primitive Rangoli in Boudha
A small Rangoli 
Butter lamps heat the night around Boudha Stupa
Butter lamps glow in the night around the Stupa

 Religion is always the reason for any holiday in Nepal. 

Boudha Stupa covered in lights
Boudha Stupa covered in light

 It is always special to see Boudha Stupa lit at night.   During Laxmi Puja they stay on all night.

Street dogs of Boudha
Street dogs of Boudha sleep through the festivities

 These insouciant street dogs don't seem to mind the loud fireworks and the crowds.  They are sleeping in order to get up and bark all night!

 

Street dog of Boudha with Rangoli
The next day the rangoli are intact

 For at least a little while, these rangolis see the light of day before being destroyed by footsteps or dogs or the wind.   After 3 days they are all gone. 

Folk art portrait of a Papillon Chihuahua dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
A Papillon Chihuahua mix by Megh Raj Thapa

This little charmer is hand painted on metal by the sign board artist Megh Raj Thapa and is a perfect example of what you can expect when you order a portrait of your pet.   You can fully customize what you would like it to say, coloring in the background, style of painting (folk art or realistic) and, of course, all pets are welcome.   I have had everything from desert turtles to conyers to ferrets ordered.    Each commission gets a choice of 3 portraits by different artists.

I am currently in Nepal at the beginning of my trip.   Please order soon.

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!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   

I am in Kathmandu right now and taking orders until the November 25, 2017 cut off date.  I will be back in plenty of time to mail your holiday orders.

How to order your custom pet portrait from NepalDog.com

  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 $20 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!


Welcome to Nepal's Day of the Dog 2017

Nepal is the only country in the world to celebrate a day dedicated to dogs.

 Kukor Tihar is a day of Dog blessings.   

A Spitz and a Boxer on Nepal's Day of the Dog
A Spitz and a Boxer on Nepal's Day of the Dog

This young (very well-trained) Spitz and his brindle Boxer puppy friend are awaiting their Kukor Puja treats.

A brindle Boxer puppy and her first Day of the Dog
A brindle Boxer puppy and her first Day of the Dog

The 5 and a half month old Boxer is about to enjoy her first Day of the Dog.

The ceremony is complicated and took about 3 minutes.  That Spitz has the patience of a saint and the young Boxer has that unique Boxer wiggle...   They are garlanded with marigolds, red tikas (blessings) are applied to their foreheads and paws.   Coins are placed on their heads and then, they are very well fed with meat and rice.  Flower petals and rice kernels are also part of the process.

Kukor puja ceremony of Nepal's Day of the Dog
The Kukor Puja ceremony begins

The ceremony has just begun and the Boxer pup is already digging in.

A Spitz dog poses in Namaste position while waiting for his Day of the Dog treats in Nepal
The Spitz does his Namaste while awaiting his treats

He must have held that Namaste pose for 4 minutes, before he got antsy.   He also shakes hands...

Nepal's Day of the Dog ceremony
Nepal's Day of the Dog ceremony deserves a selfie.

The Spitz' owner is understandably proud... 

A Nepali St. Bernard on Nepal's Day of the Dog
A big and handsome St. Bernard dog on Nepal's Day of the Dog

 This big St Bernard is very good at his job.   He did not stop barking at me!

A young Spitz dog on Nepal's Day of the Dog
A young Spitz just wants to have her ears rubbed.
 
Nepal's Day of the Dog
This dog was so pretty and friendly...

 

Street dogs enjoy Nepal's Day of the Dog
Two Nepali street dogs near my hotel in Boudha

 Even the street dogs near my hotel got the full Day of the Dog treatment and they are sleeping it off!

A Dachshund on the streets of Boudha on the Day of the Dog
Lucky the Dachshund roaming the streets of Boudha

Also known as Kukor Puja or Kukor Tihar, it is part of a 5 day festival which also has a special day for crows and cows.   Tihar is part of the festival of lights where the locals invite Laxmi into their homes with colorful powders and lights so that they can have wealth in the coming year.

India also celebrates a version of this holiday, but they do not honor dogs as part of their Diwali (Dipawali) festival.

 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   

I am in Kathmandu right now and taking orders until the November 25, 2017 cut off date.  I will be back in plenty of time to mail your holiday orders.

How to order your custom pet portrait from NepalDog.com

  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 $20 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!