THIS poodle clearly feels the force is strong within him – after his owner
crimped him into Yoda from Star Wars.
The pet pooch had his fur died green and different shades of brown to imitate
the look of the Jedi master from the fantasy films.
And as a little surprise, the little dog has a small Ewok shaved and coloured
into his behind.
He was one of a score of canines being entered into a dog-grooming competition
where owners can win more than £30,000 for their efforts.
The outlandish designs — which can take up to six months to create — include
Disney characters, African animals and legendary beasts.
One of the dogs has been clipped and dyed to look half-tiger, half-elephant
while another resembles a cute version of the Chimera from Greek mythology.
The stunning transformations were captured by animal photographer Ren
Netherland, 52, who travels thousands of miles across America to reach
competitions every year.
The former Navy officer, from Florida, said: “Creative grooming has become
wildly popular. The majority of people are amazed by the photos and are
often curious as to what breed of dog it is.
“There will always be that one person that thinks it is cruel but they don’t
understand how loved these dogs are.”
The owners spend two hours putting the finishing touches to their animals
before the final shoot. They are then rated by a panel of expert judges.
And while getting them to pose for the camera may seem like a tough ask, Mr
Netherland said most of the dogs enjoy the limelight and don’t need much
However, when that fails, his 25 years of animal photography experience
enables him to make a model out of even the shyest pooch.
WE look behind the scenes of a dog-grooming competition where pets are turned into works of art
He added: “The animals love me. I’ve been told many times that I speak their
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