By WomansDay.com Staff
We don't condone it, we just report it-and by "it" we mean modern pet grooming trends in popular practice, near and far. Have you ever seen a poodle groomed to look like a bison? Or a chow chow painted to personify a country's beloved endangered species? (We hadn't either.) Catch a glimpse of those two creations plus eight other wondrous pet-grooming fads below.
Red, White and Pooch
This dyed Westie was photographed mingling with the GOP outside the Republican National Convention-though we're not sure the D-O-G necessarily approves. Photo by Getty Images.
Pretty in Panda
The Giant Panda is a beloved species in China, so we assume painting a pup's fur to mimic the bear's appearance is the country's temporary, if not slightly crazed, way of honoring its significance. Photo courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk.
We don't know whether we owe this trend to pop star Rihanna or celebrity tot Maddox Jolie-Pitt, but the spiked hairstyle seems to have pawed its way from Hollywood to the pound. Photo courtesy of Patrick via Flickr.com.
Gone are the days when little girls practiced braiding on dolls. Expect the days of a Lassie-like loyalty to follow suit (we wouldn't jump down any wells looking like that either). Photo courtesy of Maartje Van Boerdonk via Flickr.com
Hairless kitty tattooing has caused quite the uproar in Moscow, but the fad hasn't spread too far outside the Russian city. For fun, we virtually inked the Sphynx shown above with a tribal tattoo and we still don't see the appeal. Photo by iStockphotos.
We'd be sporting the same wide-eyed expression if we were this little guy-especially if we had that much metal in our brows. (Don't even get us started on the bull-nose ring.) Photo by iStockphoto
They say pooches eventually end up looking like their owners. Here's one that got a little help thanks to a temporary hairpiece. Photo by Getty Images.
Each year, specialist grooming shows and competitions churn out a crop of creative poodle grooming designs. Allegedly, the dye is temporary, the dogs love the attention and the transformations are awe-inspiring-like this camel design...
and this bison design...
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