Are you into tattoos? No, not for you – for your dog.
That’s right: hair tattoos are no longer the prerogative of rappers and athletes. Pet owners in the UK are asking groomers to shave tattoos in the shapes of hearts, snowflakes and paws into their dogs’ fur.
The temporary tats last around three months, and it takes about an hour to carry out the procedure.
An hour? Who has a dog that will sit still for an hour? I wonder if they medicate the canines first?
The idea comes from Jessica Allegri and Amanda Marshall, both groomers in the UK, who initially tried out the idea on their own boxer.
From The Daily Mail:
It was a quiet day and we thought it would be fun to shave a paw print on my dog, who comes to work with me,’ Ms Allegri said.
‘Our customers were really impressed and asked where he had had it done. Since then we have had lots of people asking for pooch patches and we’ve done snowflakes, flowers and hearts.
One woman even wanted a One Direction symbol shaved onto her dog for her daughter. For the dogs it’s just like having a hair-cut and doesn’t hurt.’
Did anyone ask the dogs what they think about this?
There’s a similar trend in the US, only it involves actual tattoos.
According to the National Association of Professional Creative Groomers (NAPCG), it’s not enough to get your dog a wash and haircut, or even a pedicure. The group suggests airbrushed designs most commonly created with a stencil and special pet-friendly, non-toxic dye especially made for animals are a developing trend. The idea grew out of specialty or creative grooming, such as transforming a pet into a panda or other exotic creature, that emerged about three years ago.
Why tattoo your pet? From theweek.com:
Some dog owners use their tattooed pups for advertising purposes, getting the logo or name of their company airbrushed on Fido, but most owners just do it for fun. “People love it — it’s hilarious,” Heather Holland, owner of Lucky’s Yellow Rubber Ducky Dog Wash in Shreveport, La., tells USA Today. “People can’t wait for their friends and family to see it.”
On the other hand, the Westminster Dog Show in Madison Square Garden bans tattooing to make contestants’ noses blacker, or braces to straighten crooked canines, or any type of surgery to enhance appearances.
Let’s think about this. Isn’t tattooing, or any other kind of adorning, taking away your pet’s dignity? How would humans like it if they had to submit to such embellishments against their will? Our animals give us unconditional love, so shouldn’t we respect that?
Are these tattoos for the pleasure of the owners or the dogs?
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