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Live from Kathmandu: Nepal's Day of the Dog 2014

Nepal has a charming 5-day holiday called Tihar, and the 2nd day celebrates dogs!

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This lovely Pug is enjoying his Day of the Dog

Kukur Puja (Dog blessing in Nepali) is my favorite holiday, as you can imagine.   The dogs are given food treats and garlands of marigolds and often red tikas (blessings) on their foreheads.

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Kids play on and around the temple.

Kids also like this day.   The streets of Kathmandu are loaded with lights and brilliant strands of marigolds and purple gomphrenia festoon the doorways and windows.

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These two pups are enjoying their 1st Kukur Puja

 These happy puppies are born into a lucky household.   They are one-month old.   I found these pups by following the mother dog, Kanti, to their middle class Nepali home.  I was pleased to see that they were indeed getting the royal treatment, including a bowl of milk.   They preferred their mom however.

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Puppies and their mistress
Spaniel puppy on the Day of the Dog in Kathmandu
Spaniel puppy on the Day of the Dog

It is the first Day of the Dog for this young dog with his two young masters.   This puppy was soft, friendly and beautiful - well loved!

Butcher shop dogs on the streets of Kathmandu
Butcher Shop Dogs

These dogs got along as they waited for meat being cut to be offered to them.   All in all a great Day of the Dog in Kathmandu, 2014.

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2014 trip.  I will be back in early December 2014 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:   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 $22 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!


Nepal's Day of the Dog in Kathmandu!

The second day of the Tihar festival is devoted to the dog.   This Hindu festival lasts for 5 days and is also known as Diwalli in India.  

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This dog with his beautiful mistress guards the store and is right out front when passersby come to give him treats.

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These four dogs are dog tired after all of the treats.   Rice, cookies, meat...  These dogs have had their day.

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Tihar is a 5-day festival and these garlands will be used on Gai Puja (Day of the Cow) and then there is Laxmi Puja - the Festival of Lights.   More on that tomorrow.   Suffice it to say that this is a magnificent time to be in Nepal with the lights and the festoons of colorful marigold garlands on every doorway.

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The Cocker Spaniel that lives at the 1905 Restaurant in Kathmandu looks particularly fetching is his garland of purple Gomphrena and golden Marigold.

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Even the Buddhist dogs of Boudha get into the act.   Tihar is a Hindu holiday.   Many of the dogs around the stupa were decorated.    This dog got a mala (Nepali garland of marigolds) and a tika (red blessing on the forehead) and no doubt a lot of food treats on this special day.

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My old friend Batuli relaxes on her front porch.   That malla did not last much longer before she threw it off!   She enjoyed the local Tibetan treat of Kopsey, a delicious concoction of butter, sugar and flour as her special treat.

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I  went to find this handsome Spitz again from a previous trip, but he was probably out enjoying the day.This is probably my favorite image over the last 7 years of Kukur Puja or Day of the Dog.  

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I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Since there is expected political unrest in Nepal in November, please get your orders in early...

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2013 trip.  I will be back in early December 2013 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:   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 $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).

If you have already ordered the price will remain the same, forever.   ie, if you are one of the lucky ones who ordered in 2007, your price will never change.  

 

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!

 


Live from Kathmandu: Holy Cow!

The third day of Tihar is known as Gai Puja or Cow Ceremony.    Of course, the cow is always holy in Nepal but they amp it up a bit on this day.

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This lucky cow is being tended by a number of Nepali women.   The cow seems oblivious to all the garlands hung on her neck and the flower petals being strewn about as she happily chews her cud.

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The ladies seem to be enjoying themselves as much as the cow.  There is much smiling and bell ringing and laughter and bustle.

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With at least 5 handmaidens attending her, the cow just keeps eating at a steady pace. IMG_1765
Until finally, as part of a fertility rite, the younger ladies gingerly climb under the cow.  They moved fast.   That cow is BIG!!!!

Tihar is the festival of lights and for many Nepalis is their favorite holiday of the year.

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Also on these ladies' compound was this adorable kitten who must wonder when her day will come.

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The kitten's American counterpart, Tigger, was honored last trip by Baba, Sagar and Jit Gurung (clockwise from top left).  

This is what you can expect when you honor your dog (or cat) with a Nepal Art Dog portrait.  The time to order is now.   No obligation to buy, but I bet you will not be able to resist!  You will receive your choice of portrait in time for the holidays.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I am here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Fall 2012 trip.

 

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Live from Kathmandu: Tomorrow is Nepal's Day of the Dog!

Tuesday, November 13, is this year's Day of the Dog in Nepal.   Also known as Kukur Puja or Tihar Puja, this is my favorite holiday of the year.  

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I met this lovely Shakiri Kukur named Jackie yesterday.  He was soft and friendly, big and very well-tended.   He is 13 months old and I hope he has a wonderful Day of the Dog tomorrow here in Kathmandu.   His owners are Buddhist, and do not celebrate the Hindu holiday of Kukur Puja but many of the locals here in Boudha still give their dogs treats on this day.

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Just imagine how nice Jackie will look with a necklace of marigolds.

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Mike is a Dog of the Day as well.   This is what you can expect when you order your own Danger Dog portrait.   3 artists paint your pet's portrait from the same photo.  Then you get to choose which one you like the best!   Or which most looks like your own dog.   In Mike's case, the owner bought all three.  Who could choose?

Check in tomorrow for fresh photos of the Day of the Dog.   The Nepali newspapers are conflicting as to when the Dog Puja really begins.   Some say tonight and others tomorrow.  Guess I'll cover all bases!

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Fall 2012 trip.

 

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you achoice 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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Live from Kathmandu: Get ready for the Day of the Dog

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It is puppy season here in Nepal.   This sweet pup is named Yon Kyi - sounds like Yankee with an o like in gone.  She likes to grab your sleeves as you pet her, but Yon Kyi looks pretty contented in her young mistress' arms.   Kyi means dog in Tibetan. 

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Batuli, an old friend and former Danger Dog subject lazes in her large garden near Boudha.   She is a Shikari Kukor or hunting dog with a great disposition and a welcoming wiggle.   Batuli means 'cute young girl' in the Nepali language.

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While walking in Kathmandu I came across this love NEW example of a beauty parlor signboard.   I miss these hand-painted artworks.  It is all too rare to see a new one.

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This street vendor displays all the necessary treats for the feast of Tihar. Traditionally one decorates their home with lights and welcomes friends and family.  Garlands and bright decorations are all part of the fun.

Tomorrow is the start of the Tihar festival here in Nepal.   Tihar is a 5 day holiday that is dedicated each day to the worship of first crows, then dogs, cows, Laxmi - Goddess of Light and Wealth, and brothers.

But the second day of Tihar is Nepal's 'Day of the Dog' or 'Kukur Puja'.  More on Tihar tomorrow.  My favorite holiday, of course!!! 

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My photo above is an example of a happy dog basking in the sunlight of his lovely hand-carved wooden window.   The garland of marigolds and his bright red tikka on his forehead are just a small part of this special day honoring dogs.  

More on previous Day of the Dogs in Nepal are here:   http://nepaldog.typepad.com/danger_dog_blog/2010/11/live-from-kathmandu-the-day-of-the-dog.html

and here:  

http://nepaldog.typepad.com/danger_dog_blog/2009/10/nepals-day-of-the-dog.html

http://nepaldog.typepad.com/danger_dog_blog/2011/10/live-from-kathmandu-nepals-day-of-the-dog-2011.html

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Charlie the Bichon Frisee by Megh Raj Thapa, Sagar and Baba - clockwise from top left.

Charlie and his three portraits are an example of what you can expect when you make your own pup the Dog of the Day and honor him or her with their very own Danger Dog portrait.  

Expect the unexpected.   I certainly did not expect Sagar to include a portrait of Charlie's mistress along with two portaits of Charlie himself!   When asked about this, Sagar simply replied ' I wanted to do art.'

Stay tuned on more about Kukur Puja and the festival of Tihar.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Fall 2012 trip.

 

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you achoice 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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.