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Cleopatra and her Camel
A growing breed of pet owners are going to great lengths to transform their pooches into colorful creatures like dragons and peacocks – all for the sake of competition. It’s the world of Creative Grooming and Sandra Hartness, left, a groomer from Yucca Valley, Calif., planned this camel ‘doo for her dog Cindy for a full year. Hartness grew the white poodle’s hair out of for nine months, then dyed it in stages to create he camel effect for this winning outfit.
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St. Patrick's Day Joker
Annette Bamper of ABC Grooming says that her older poodle got jealous when she started coloring this younger dog, Joker. “He loves to be colored. He’d rather be colored than plain,” she says. Joker does both St. Patrick’s and pride parades.
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Growing up, Sandra Hartness didn’t even like poodles. Then she became a creative groomer and got hooked. Here she shows off her handiwork on her white poodle Cindy.
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Angela Kumpe of Little Rock, Ark., won at this year’s 36th All American Grooming Show, where Jerry Schinberg, of Des Plaines, Ill. introduced creative grooming in 1980.
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In her first competition, Missy Gullet a Native American from Iowa, cut her friend’s chocolate Standard Poodle into a buffalo.
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This kind of styling–turning a dog into a magical creature–is known as a fantasy cut in the creative grooming world.
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Sandy Blackburn, author of The Everything Dog Grooming Book, started with black poodle rescued off Petfinder.com, but now has Jasmine, who is white – well, until this summer when she became purple.
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Amy Beishuizen decorated her dog Falcore as a wounded marine after he lost a leg to cancer.
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Blackburn, who runs the Groom Room Pet Spa in Attica, Ind. groomer says that since she had two boys, she enjoys playing dress-up with her dog.
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