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If this giant panda looks too fluffy to be right, that’s because this panda is a dog. Animal photographer Ren Netherland travels the United States photographing subjects at creative grooming conventions, and his portraits showcase the wackiest in cuts and dye jobs.
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“Every dog, every cat is different,” he told PEOPLE. “There is always something very unique about every animal.” When it comes to this dog, that’s putting it mildly.
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The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers touts practices that are used “without compromising the comfort or safety of the animal involved.”
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Standard poodles, with their large frames and good-natured demeanors, make expansive canvasses for creative groomers.
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An iguana, a banana and something that looks a little like Clifford the Big Red Dog constitutes a chameleon. That’s where the “creative” part of creative grooming comes into play.