Live from Kathmandu!
Nepal has a delightful tradition of honoring dogs during the celebration of Kukur Tihar. The second day of Tihar is devoted to giving dogs their due by treating them with delicious foods and adorning them with marigold garlands and a bright red tika blesses their forehead.
These 2 lucky dogs are at a Kathmandu Municipal Street Dog Help Center, where they are recovering from a recent spay/neuter and miscellaneous other treatment from de-worming to rabies shots. They have just finished their Kukur Tihar ceremony and are happy to pose with one of the caretakers at the facility.
This cute dog was offered a pizza crust (too much cheese for me) and like many Nepali dogs, he turned up his nose! Most dogs here do not like cheese! But he refused politely and licked my hand instead.
Someone really loves this dog! Many, many marigold garlands festoon this lucky dog's neck. Here garlands are known as 'malla'.
These young girls and their dogs seem to be relaxed and happy to celebrate Kukur Tihar.
This dog seems to have had a smudge in addition to his red tika. The tikas are meant to be blessings, much like when you see a red bindi (dot) on a Hindu's forehead. He look good near that pink wall.
This guy did not like my cowboy hat!
The tika and marigold garlands suit this handsome dog.
This guy is tuckered out and enjoying his sleep in the sun. Even street dogs get the Kukur Tihar treatment. (Kukur is Nepali for dog.)
This dog really did not like my hat!
If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, you can send me a photo of your pet. I am now in Kathmandu, Nepal, taking orders.
I will return in early December in plenty of time to deliver for holiday gifts.
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!
HOW TO ORDER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.
Hello from Dogmandu!
You will be happy you did!
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