Now comes the hard part... How do you choose which of the three best represents your pet?
Matilda and Cabbage are two cute pit bulls as they lounge on my bed. I can't imagine which of them I would choose. Please note that their snappy scarves have been duly noted by all three artists, though Cabbage (the redheaded one) has had hers turned blue in two cases. The artists (from left) are Jit Gurung, Dilip Niroj and Baba.
George the Briard (a French Sheepdog) still has one more portrait to come. Here are his portraits by Baba and Indra Lama. Indra seems to have misunderstood when I told him to add Nepali to his signboard! Hence he wrote Dharma Kukur (Religious Dog) in western lettering! Hope George doesn't mind. It does make it easier to read, but is not as pretty as the Nepali script! By the way, the Nepali letteriong on Baba's sign translates to "Dog here be aware'. In Nepal, one puts the verb at the end of the phrase.
Tito's final three consist of portraits by Megh Raj Thapa, Baba and Indra Lama (clockwise from top left). He looks ike he is saying Namaste. By the way, that is a common trick taught to Nepali dogs - to sit up and pump their front paws up and down. This is sure to amuse. And get a treat in return. Indra's painting of Tito is a direct translation of Danger Dog, again mistakenly in English script! At least we can learn Nepali from this!
Puck the Golden Conure got the artists thinking of the perfect venue for this pretty parrot! Each gave Puck a different color background. Another hard choice! I would love to find out someday how a parrot from Brazil got the name Queen of Bavaria! And what if Puck is a boy - wouldn't that make him a King?
Sombra is a beautiful German Shepherd, here portrayed by Indra, Dilip and Shree (clockwise from top left). I do know why this breed is alternatively called an Alsatian. Does this make Sombra the Queen of Alsatia?
We can't forget the cats! Demian and Maizie are Beloved Cats. I hope they love their portraits by Sanjib Rana, Baba and Megh Raj (clockwise from top). These black beauties could not be more different.
Fisher the Cool Cat! By Jit Gurung, Baba and Indra (clockwise from top left). Ramro Biralo means 'beautiful cat' in the Nepali language.
Tony the Cat still has one more portrait to come. Baba has placed Tony high in the Himalayas and framed him nicely with a dramatic black and orange edging. Megh Raj's version is a more traditional painting of a ginger cat but very nice as well.
Barney the white Labrador Retriever had so many nice photos, that I gave 3 different ones to the 3 artists. The top portrait (by Sanjib) is still awaiting lettering. Taken at a wedding, Barney gets a nice pet from the bride and give a wide smile in return. The portrait by Baba (lower right) shows his big smile. Megh Raj finished the trilogy. This was painted from a black and white photo of Barney and I provided Megh Raj with another photo to use as a color reference. This last one is like a photo of Barney on metal and shows his bright smile and sweet disposition. I've met Barney, I know!
Lastly today, we have the lovely Zach, a Collie. By Megh Raj, Baba and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left). I don't believe that any of them have ever seen this unusual (in Nepal) breed. Zach has what is known as Tulip Ears, which downturn charmingly, and they tried to get it right!
Choosing from three portraits will be hard for many of these Danger Dog (and Cat!) afficionados, but the whole project is designed to give more work to these struggling artists. Like everywhere in the world, modernity reigns, and in Nepal this means that the old charming hand-painted signs are being replaced by computer-generated images.
I hope you would agree that this would be a shame.
Time is running out to order your very own pet memorialized on metal. I am only accepting orders until June 1, as the bandhas (general strikes) are making it more difficult to travel through town.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. You will receive a choice of 3 portraits by Nepali signboard artists. You can see more examples and learn how to order at www.NepalDog.com.