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For most dog owners, grooming involves occasionally trimming their beloved pets hair and maybe attaching a fancy collar. But as these incredible pictures show, for some it is a much more serious business. From hit children’s TV show The Muppets to a panda, these dogs have been groomed to the limits of creativity.
This jaw-dropping set of images show how with a dose of artistic flare our most familiar friend can be transformed into a dinosaur or even Eor the donkey from children’s book Winnie the Pooh. Other pictures show dragons, owls and racoon designs which look like they are hanging off the bodies of the dogs – some of which have their coats carefully pampered, shaped and died over a period of six months to produce their radical look.
Photographer Ren Netherland, 51, from Clearwater, Florida, travelled more than 19,000 miles across the U.S. in a mobile studio to visit conventions which showcased the bizarre craze for cutting and dying dogs into incredibly different forms – an art called ‘creative grooming’. 'I'm hired by the grooming competition across the United States to photograph the winners of the shows,' said Mr Netherland. 'At the very beginning of the show you will see a dog with what looks like a mix of colour.