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More 'Beware of Dog' Signboards of Kathmandu


While ordering Danger Dog signs yesterday, we walked the streets of Kathmandu looking for good 'Beware of the Dog' signs.   Here is an old friend near the Chabahil area of Kathmandu.

Another old friend in the district.   I often photograph signs I have seen before to keep track of their patina.    This lassie is a particular favorite.   There is a huge compound behind this sign.

This is a wonderfully naive (and large) signboard advertising a Veterinarian.

This two-sided signboard is from the same vet.

This 'beware of dog' sign is certainly different.

This pretty sign has the typical Nepali tongue on a 'be ware of dog' signboard.

This 'dog(???)' can speak for itself.

Turns out that the Everest Kennel Club people are going with a new image!   Yesterday I reported that some family had put their Corgi on their gate.   The Corgi is the new German Shepherd here in Nepal.

This faded afghan sign is a precursor to the German Shepherd that is now everywhere.   Soon to be replaced by a Corgi?

All these Danger Dog signs don't seem to phase these kittens.

If you would like to immortalize your pet and help struggling Nepali signboard artists at the same time... now is your chance!  I am here in Kathmandu currently taking orders and will give each commission to 3 artists who will paint your pet on metal, giving you 3 choices and 3 artists work.

Each sign is approximately one square foot, synthetic enamel on often recycled metal.   They can be hung indoors or out.

Any questions or comments are welcome.   You can leave them below or contact me at [email protected].   The Nepal Art Dog project also has a website at   There you can find the various artists, their style of art, costs and what's available if you'd like to purchase an existing signboard.  

This is a fair trade art project determined to promote signboard art in Nepal before it completely disappears.    Micro-finance through art patronage.   We are giving these artists a rod not a fish.

Danger Dogs (or Cats) make the perfect gift for pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.



I found this charmer as I walked the streets of Kathmandu.   This Danger Dog with a black eye says:   "You should have seen the other guy!"

These two don't look nearly as creepy in person as they do in this photo.   In fact, the pug is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen in person.   These two dogs get along like best friends - I photographed them last year in the daylight.   They are extremely friendly and cannot wait to be petted, even at night by a crazy lady with a flash camera!

There are many Enlightened Dogs in Nepal.   This is Barney, a handsome white labrador retreiver who has had his portrait commissioned as part of my Danger Dog Fair Trade Art project here in Dogmandu.   This portrait is by Baba and is available.   (You can also have your pet painted here in Nepal - contact me at [email protected] for more information - or visit my website at

We walked a long time in the dark last night.   Kathmandu is still suffering from an electricity shortage and has many scheduled 'load-shedding' (no electricity) times.   Many people now have generators, but it is still dark out there!


I was happy to see this old favorite yesterday.   These twin boxers have held up well.   When I first saw them, they did not have any blood dripping from their muzzles.  

Unfortunately this sign, one of my favorites, has not fared so well.   It makes me want to knock on the door and buy it (replacing it with another good signboard, of course).   It may be too late.   The patina on this one was great.   Oh, well.

Above is an example of an adapted Everest Kennel Club signboard.   They scanned a photo of their own dog (a Corgi!) replacing the standard stenciled shepherd.   Good for them.

I am here in Kathmandu taking orders in the 7th Danger Dog trip.   Please send me your files of your pets and I will give the photos to 3 signboard artists here in Nepal.   They will paint your pet's portrait on metal (using synthetic enamel).   These beware of dog signs can be hung indoors or out.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   You pay only after choosing which of the 3 portraits you prefer.   The struggling Nepali signboard artists are paid fair trade wages in any case. 

Contact me at [email protected] to order or with any questions.   You can also go to to find out more about the project.

Micro-finance through art patronage.

Why I love Nepal - Boudha!

We are getting back into the swing of things here in Boudha.

On the way home from dinner, we pass the stupa and get in touch with all our dog friends.   I don't know if these dogs remember me from last trip or they just like the smell of foreigners.   In any case, I got a nice welcome.

We started our evening with this fabulous view from the Saturday Cafe high above the stupa.   I wish you could hear the chanting, the temple bells, the low rumble of prayers that complete this scene.   A man goes round the stupa with his censer filled with myrhh, delighting the nose as well.

Football fever has hit Nepal, with these young men playing even in a light rain.

The South African World Cut FIFA games are televised nightly at 7:45 pm and a quarter after midnight here in Boudha.   This large rear-screen projection screen is in a pleasant garden surrounded by corn fields.   The Tibetan Dream Factory is a non-profit restaurant with proceeds going to help Tibetan refugees.   Not only money, but training is included in their largess.   We had a Thai red curry and a Thai green curry as we watched the game between Holland and Slovakia.  They used to have a cook trained in Calcutta who made the exotic curry, and I guess he has moved on.   The curries were good, but not a trace of Thai flavor remains.   Oh, well.

Who's minding the store?   

A beware of dog signboard on its last legs.  

I ordered many signs yesterday.   If you would like your pet immortalized on metal by a Nepalese artist, please send me a photo of your pet, I will give it to 3 Nepali artists.   You have no risk as I take no money up front.   If you do not like any of the 3 portraits of your pet, you pay nothing.   All 3 artists are paid fair trade wages in any case.

Please contact me at [email protected] with any questions or comments.   You can also go to to see more about the project.

Live from Kathmandu!

We are back in Kathmandu.     100_9817
This dog has a low grumbling frightening growl.   I think he does not even need this sign to warn you away.   But I am glad to see it all the same.

This is low tourist season, the mountains are hidden behind dramatic monsoonal clouds, rains make the streets muddy.   But all this means that we have the whole floor of our guest house, the best seats at the restaurants, and rainbows.


This huge rainbow appeared on the rooftop of the Dragon Guest House last night.   It looked as though it ended at the Boudha stupa, but the new buildings that have popped up all around the Dragon have obscured our view from the hotel.  

The monsoons are late in coming,  the streets of Boudha are newly paved in stone, business may be slow, but new places are opening, new buildings are everywhere.

We ran into this little boy with his new puppy pulling him along.   This little dog is a hunter, he ran after a strolling cow...

Then the little dog turned his attention to this stunning St. Bernard.  

And the St. Bernard was just as interested in this little dog.

Beautiful signboards are alive and well here in Kathmandu!  

This Beware of Dog sign is in Boudha, and reminds me of a Danger Dog I know named Grover!   Remember, a Nepali beware of dog sign will always have a tongue!   Dogmandu!

If you would like to have your pet immortalized on a Nepalese 'Beware of Dog' sign, now is the time to order.  

Send me a photo of your pet and I will give it to 3 endangered Nepali signboard artists who will paint it on metal using synthetic enamel.   Each portrait is approximately one foot square.   Your satisfaction is guaranteed as you pay nothing until you decide which of the 3 portraits you prefer.   The 3 artists are all paid fair trade wages in any case.   The portraits you don't buy are offered at museum shops, art galleries and on-line.

For more information, please contact me at [email protected], or go to

Any questions or comments are always welcomed.

In Honor of the Oscars -- Movie Star Signboards from Nepal

Nepali signboard artists often use photos of movie stars from magazines for their beauty shop signage.

Nicole Kidman gets her hair done here.   Whilst in Nepal, she has black hair.   And probably a henna tattoo.

Penelope Cruz frequents the Sherpa Beauty Parlor while she is in Pokhara.   If you look closely, you can see that she was wearing a racy top that the local censors decided would be better painted over.   This happens to be by one of the Nepal Art Dog artists - Santosh Shrestha.

Also by Santosh, is his version of a young pre-Governator Arnold Schwartzenegger for the Fewa Gym.   Nice veins Arnold!

Angelina Jolie, by Jit Gurung, is what made me hire Jit in the first place.  This is right outside of his shop near Mahendrapul in Pokhara.  

 Kate Moss Sufraj
Other famous ladies include this portrait of Kate Moss that I commissioned as part of an experiment to see if I could expand the Nepal Art market.   I think this looks more like Tatum O'Neal than Kate Moss.   And Sufraj gave Kate a snaggle tooth!    This photo was taken from a Versace magazine ad. 

This is the wave of the future for Nepal signage.   I'm sure that Jennifer Aniston would look just as good hand-painted, original sign.    And I'm sure Jennifer would prefer to be paid for her image.   

Princess Di is featured on this old beauty shop sign in Boudha.   I wish she DID have a facelife!

My former editor and a co-worker on the Spider-man trilogy are nominated this year for their editing of 'The Hurt Locker'.   Best of luck to Bob Murawski and Chris Innes.   I can't wait to hear your acceptance speech.

The Nepal Art Dog project aims to stem the trend in Nepal to replace these hand-painted signboards with plastic pre-printed signage.  

You can help...


Nepal Art Dogs are hand-painted enamel portraits of pets on recycled metal, approximately 1 foot square.   Made in Nepal by 58 different artists’ studios.



This is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.


For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.




Commissions available starting at $250


Send your Pet’s photo – get 3 choices from 3 different artists – pick your favorite