Dog Owners Transform Their Pets Into Outrageous Characters

Animal photographer Ren Netherland travels across America to different grooming competitions and captures some of the wildest dog transformations for his Extreme Pets collection. His series reveals the wild lengths that dog owners go to at these competitive events. From putting on costumes and props to having their fur sheared and dyed, these pets look nothing like they used to.

Netherland's images prove just how significant hair styling and coloring are to a dog's appearance. With a little yellow poof and a pair of ruffled pink legs, one dog is instantly transformed into the likeness of Big Bird. Another dog has a saddle thrown on along with hair extensions to mimic the long mane and tail of horse. There's a growing number of these unique grooming techniques and it's an unusually entertaining sight to see the creative transformations of these loyal pets, but it raises the question of whether the makeovers are in fact humane. Is it art or animal cruelty?

Ren Netherland website
via [Laughing Squid]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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