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Live from Kathmandu: Nepali dogs

Live from Kathmandu: Old Beware of Dog Signs

The Beware of Dog signs I love are disappearing fast here in Kathmandu, but there are still pockets of old neighborhoods where you can find them.


Beware of Dog sign on Buddhist Gompa in Nepal
Beware of Dog sign on Buddhist Gompa in Nepal


This beautiful Gompa in Tinchuli, near Boudha includes a couple of cool signs hand painted on metal.


Folk art Beware of Dog sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Very big Beware of Dog sign in Kathmandu

This one is about 15" by 18"  and very dramatic in person.

Folk art Beware of Dog sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Vintage beware of dog sign with lots of patina


This one is very old and has a fabulous patina.  I recognize the artist who did this one, he always included teeth and tongue and whiskers!

I think the one below is painted by the same artist...

vintage folk art beware of dog sign

An ornate gate and an ornate Beware of Dog sign!

Nepalese vintage beware of dog sign

This is the same artist that did the first sign featured on the Gompa.   Signs like this used to be common.

Folk Art Canaan Dog hand painted on metal
Danger Dog Dalev, a Canaan Dog by Dilip Niroj


Above is an example of a portrait by Dilip Niroj.   Dalev is a Canaan Dog and this was a portrait painted last trip.

I am in Nepal right now taking orders.   You could have your pet immortalized on metal by 3 sign painters, giving them fair trade work and you a choice of 3 paintings of your pet.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order for next Mother'sDay, Father's Day, and Graduation gifts.   I am in Nepal right now and ready to give your pet's photo to 3 different artists.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

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!


To order, 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 artists 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, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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!

Send your photo to [email protected] or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.




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