The Panda Dog

by on Jul.10, 2010, under News

by Tattoosue on July 10, 2010

It was crazy enough when the trend was to paint your cat but now things are way over the top.  A newest rage is catching on in China – colorizing or dying and basically, giving the dog a makeover.  It’s already caught on in Korea and Japan.  I’m not talking just a makeover – they actually try to alter and change the dog’s entire appearance. The spas cater to wealthy Chinese who have more money than they know what to do with and no common sense.Pet ownership is high in China and businesses that promote pampering those pets are thriving in that country.  Pet spas are popular and offer services such things as pedicures, dog massages, and rose petal bubble baths.

They trim the hair to help imitate whatever animal they’re trying to emulate. For the panda look, some of the fur was cut and some of the hair was bunched up in elastic bands to create the short rounded ears of a panda.

The owners say getting these treatments helps with their animals self confidence.  They get so much attention when they’re out in public, everyone “ohs” and “ahs” over them.  It seems to me that it’s bolstering the owner’s ego.  I haven’t heard of the similar business of painting cats ever caught on.  The book was out years ago.

Veterinarians warn that the dyes may be harmful to their skin and the whole charade may actually be hurting the dog’s mental well-being.  Do something more worthwhile with that cash.  Help the homeless and leave the dogs alone.

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Charity\ July 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm

The dye is NOT harmful, or at least not the kind that I used. Mine are semi-permanent and flower and vegetable-based. I’ve never had a dog have a negative reaction, and any dog that won’t cooperate with the coloring process (moving too much, disliking having to hold still) is simply not colored.

it’s not cruel at all, so long as the dogs are only colored if they will tolerate the process.

Tattoosue July 27, 2010 at 4:22 am

That’s good to hear your input. It’s good to hear that you are looking out for the dogs well being.

Panda Dog August 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Thats the coolest idea I’ve ever seen. I thought from the photo that it was an actual panda dog and wanted one straight away. Now I’m going to have to dye my dogs hair 🙂 I bet he won’t be happy about that but he’ll look adorable. The panda dog craze is nowhere near dead.

Tattoosue October 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I’ve heard both sides – but yes, it’s good to get a difference of opinion sometimes.

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