(Not So) True Colors

Purple hair is not just for people...


Elvis Presley was a redhead.

It’s true. He dyed his hair jet-black to fit the rebel rocker image.

It’s pretty well documented that Marilyn Monroe was a bottle blond. Cindy Lauper? It’s anyone’s guess as to this 1980s pop star’s true colors. Lindsay Lohan and former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman change their hair color like most of us change sheets. Pink, the singer/songwriter, is not always pink.  She’s blond, black, purple…

If people can do it, why not dogs? There’s already a market. Extreme grooming contests are now the rage. Check out Google images - dogs cut and colored to look like lions, pandas and camels. Oh my. And, some funky colors, too. 

Now, let’s just say that an animal shelter has too many dogs and too many of the same dog breed. Would it be awful if this shelter touched-up a few of them, to get them noticed and into new homes? I’m talking about a colored dye that is completely harmless, of course, and not permanent. 

That shelter is PHS/SPCA! Beginning next week, you may find a Chihuahua with pink highlights or a Pomeranian/Chi mix in electric blue. Black and orange, or red and gold, to match your favorite hometown teams? We might have it.

It’s our way of emphasizing personality traits we’ve grown to know and love, of giving wonderful dogs a chance to shine and find their forever homes. And, just to be clear, this is approved by five of five PHS/SPCA veterinarians - in fact, the dog pictured here belongs to one of them! 

Let us know what you think.


pae December 24, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Furthermore, if these dyes aren't permanent, what happens when the dog licks his fur or goes out in the rain! No thanks, my next rescue or foster won't be pink or blue or any other unnatural color?
Sudeep Johnson December 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Looks awful. I'm not a fan.
Jill Fleisher January 02, 2013 at 09:12 AM
It's Cyndi Lauper!
Jill Fleisher January 02, 2013 at 09:23 AM
I was in Pasadena a few years ago & there was an extreme dog grooming event going on in town. Some of the dogs were staying at my hotel. Most of the dogs I saw were standard poodles. Some of the dye jobs were pieces of art, they were so beautiful. I found it to be very interesting. I would have loved to go to the show, had I known about it b4 I planned my trip.
Scott Delucchi January 04, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Please take a few minutes to read my follow-up column. We thank you for the honest feedback and listened!


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