August 29, 2009


Below are some images from so-called "Creative Grooming
Shows" where poodles and other canines are groomed to
resemble pandas, fairies, camels, horses, American football
players, dragons, dinosaurs, chickens, peacocks, even the US flag!

Non-permanent powdered paint is used, the dogs look well
nourished and the maximum prize is just $1000 (£611) which
is hardly the main incentive, given travel, maintenance,
veterinary costs etc. Nonetheless, I still find these images
disturbing. What’s your take?



Jack Sparrow



Football player





Multicoloured Paint





The owners and the photographer maintain that the
dogs enjoy all the attention. Of course, they have
vested interests. As a (natural!) white Bichon who's
had no "work" done, am I being unreasonable?



Credit: Ren Netherland/ Barcroft Media

Many thanks for your comments, visits and follower
links this week! See you Monday for my WHAT
LOLA LOVES spot! (And a bit more outrage...)


Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh I have to agree with you, a little disturbing for our very intelligent friends. I'm sure you are horrified Lola, at such goings on.

Have a lovely weekend my friend.

NicNacManiac said...

I also agree with you.....this is insanity!! Make sure you stay away from the paints...I know you would like to experiment...don't do it!!
Enjoy the weekend!! xOxO Nerina :)

londongirl said...

another great post - makes my day!

why do these people treat theiranimals like toys?toys they can paint& dress up?!

enjoy the weekend! xOxO

laterg8r said...

i have to admit that these pics made me smile but i do feel sorry for the dogs - how embarrassing for them :D - it's so undignified!

Z said...

It's quite disturbing that some of those dogs seem to be enjoying it - have they no dignity? What I'm wondering is how they got the dog dressed as a bison to hang its head realistically - wait, maybe that was the shame showing...

Jessica Cangiano said...

There's undoubtedly a degree of creativity to these canine sculptures and art installations (:P), but at the end of the day, they definitely cross into the "just a tad to freaky for comfort" category.

I hope you're both having a splendid week, my darlings! Tons of hugs!!!
♥ Jessica

charmedwishes said...

hello! i blogged about this also. in my opinion, the dogs look so cute. it was fun to look at, but that's just me.

Anonymous said...

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Melissa said...

My oh My!

Draffin Bears said...

No give me a dog that looks like a dog not a Panda or camel or such.
Don't you think that the poor dogs would be embarrassed with all those hideous colours?

Thanks for sharing though and what do you think Lola?

Have a great weekend

Marie Runkel said...

Eeeeeek! It makes me want to give the owner a mohawk while they are sleeping! Tzke that!

Maggi said...

Oh snap, those are amazing! And a little disturbing...but still amazing! lol

JamaGenie said...

I'm with Marie! Mohawk the owners...and don't forget the paint job too! Obviously these dogs' owners have wayyyyy too much time on their hands.

Dreamgirl said...

No... I really don't like this. I don't own a dog, but I do think they look beautiful just the way they are. I'm not even crazy about all the "fashion" clothes some people put on their dogs... Let a dog be a dog and get yourself a Barbie doll if you want to play dress up!

HOpe you are enjoying some sunny Andalusian weather. (I'm so envious!)

KC said...

Nora, I give credit for creative imaginations but I think the time and money would be better spent at their local shelters. As far as it being abusive to the animals it would depend on the animal I suppose. Many dogs would love the pampering and attention. My lovely "kids" would not stand for it. They hate their normal grooming sessions. KC

Michelle said...

Those poor dogs! LOL! I hope they don't let htem out like that for fear they will get beaten up by a gang of dogs or something. Hehe! They are certainly outrageous and I agree, a bit disturbing.

xoxo...hope you had a wonderful weekend, both of you!

Michelle and the kitties. :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

omg! these are sooooooooo cute! but how awful for the doggies to go through that. these pictures definitely made my day. =) love your blog and am now a follower. =)

daylily777 said...

Dogs as art is werid,also looks uncomfortable.Very interesting, my first time seeing such extreme dog grooming.Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.Have a blessed week. 8-)

Amanda said...

Well not one of them looks exactly happy now do they? If I even attempted this with my Bruno (a woolly spoodle) he would not talk to me again. Very disturbing images!

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello my darlings,
I am back and have missed you terribly!! I have a post on my blog that explains my lengthy absence but enough of that, I just wanted to stop by personally to thank you for the sweet birthday wish you left Cristina and to let you know that your kindness meant the world to us both. I am now off to read the posts that I have missed and to look around your interestingly gorgeous blog.
Love & Hugs
Duchess ♥♥♥

Nora Johnson said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments - all very much appreciated!


Frieda Babbley said...

Now see, this is absolutely what I love about standard poodles. We had two - Annie and Fannie. Fantastic shots. Fave? No. It would depend on the mood I was in. Wonderful post, lola.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Hello Lola,

Your friends are so well-dressed and well-groomed. I couldn't imagine so much talent, really.

Rajasthani Turbans

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Those Poor Poor Dogs...Their masters are exploiting them... The horse for instance, the mane and tail must be tied on hair and that would be SO bothersome to the dog! Even if he were taught to tolerate it...
Thank you for sharing this and I'm glad to see I'm not alone in how I feel about it.
Have a wonderful week,