A creative dog-groomer who regularly paints her Poodle for competitions defends herself in the UK Daily Mail.
Vikki Pearman, 41, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, claims animals love all the attention. Pearman owns a grooming salon and has 10 years of grooming experience. Her Poodle, Lacie, is regularly entered in creative dog grooming competitions and they have come in first an impressive six times.
All products used are safe for pets, as they are specially made for them, with no harmful chemicals. They can either be a temporary wash out colour, or there are longer lasting products that fade, but have to grow out. They still don't damage the coat in any way.
But the Kennel Club, the UK's largest organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs, has claimed creative grooming can hurt an animal's feelings.
Vikki dismisses this as 'utter nonsense.'
My girl only knows that she gets lots of attention and fuss, which she loves, and I take her everywhere with me – including on nursing home visits, to dog shows and I even took her to a zoo once.
I think all the kids on school trips believed she was the main attraction, and not the actual zoo animals. She always puts a smile on people's faces.