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Dog tattoos: Will NYC trend take off?
Forget painted paws and dyed fur: The hippest hounds in New York City dog parks these days are sporting ink. Will the posh pups of Westchester County be next to pounce on this fetch-ing trend?
New York-based celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky has Upper East Side dog owners lining up to tattoo their trend-setting tail waggers, DNAinfo reported.
"In the summer, they cut the dogs' hair short, so you've got to supplement the glamour. Having no hair is no excuse not to be glamorous," Bendersky told the site.
The designs cost about $100 and are most commonly applied to the hip or tailbone. But don't worry: There's no laser treatment necessary down the road as the tattoos are only temporary. The body art is applied using stencils, canine-safe glue and glitter.
"Dogs are like humans, and when they accessorize they get attention. A pink dog does not know it's pink, but when people are smiling and taking pictures, it gets attention. So, a dog likes to get tattoos," Bendersky told DNAinfo, sounding not at all crazy.
Check out this photo gallery to see just how thrilled the tramp-stamped tail waggers look with their new ink.
So far, the trend has not taken off with the cool canines of Westchester County, but it may be only a matter of time.
Summer Staples, owner of Breeders Pick NY in Scarsdale who specializes in custom hair dying for dogs, told Newsday she had not heard of temporary pooch tattoos. But she sounded eager to look into it.
Staples said that as long as the ink is not harmful to the animals, she will try it out on Princess, her pet Maltese, who regularly sports hot pink or purple streaks, which clients from all over Westchester County want to emulate. Staples anticipated seeing an inked up Princess would inspire other dog owners to want the same for their bare-skinned barkers.