P and I are nerds, I’ll admit it. We love our dog like he is a furry child. So it’s fun to use the Nepali holiday “Kukur Puja” or “dog worship” as an excuse to spoil our pup. This is Sampson’s second year of participating in the festival.
Dogs are thought to be the messenger of Yamaraj, god of death, so worshiping your dog is supposed to protect your home from death and bad luck. It also celebrates the connections between dogs and humans.
So here are a few pictures from our early morning puja today…
Getting Sampson to sit to properly to give him a tikka and garland (he was distracted by the other treats I had hidden behind my back)
Giving tikka (he thought it was food, and wanted to lick it!)
Giving Sammu his garland, he was a bit reluctant at first, but after it was on, he was happy to walk around with it. AS said that dogs in Nepal usually tear the garland off straight away.
Successfully Kukur Puja-ed
Attracted by the sight of his new treats... a squirrel toy, a package of snaussage treats, and some cheese
Playing with his new squirrel toy
P gives Sampson a snaussage treat...
You can also read about “how to pamper your dog this Tihar” in Republica…