A woman who faced backlash for dyeing her dog red said she did it because “he looks cute,” and to defend against him being snatched.
TikToker Chloe, from Los Angeles, California regularly takes to the app to share clips of her Great Pyrenees Dandy using her handle @danthebigreddog.
Chloe has been forced to defend herself recently after trolls said that her dyeing the dog red was tantamount to animal abuse.
She offered two reasons as to why she chose to colour the dog’s hair, saying: “He looks so adorable in red.”
Offering a second reason, she added: “[I did it to] keep him from getting stolen. He’s a rare breed in my area.”
She argued that he is so recognisable that it doesn’t make sense for someone to steal him. She added that his bright colour also makes him less likely to be hit by a car.
She went on to say that Dandy, a Great Pyrenees, really enjoys the process of “having his fur done” and the vegan products used “make his fur shiny and soft.”
Chloe added: “Dan loves people and kids but he’s 130lbs so people would get scared of him. Now people don’t get scared of him! They only smile and ask to give him attention. He loves that.”
In a follow up clip, Chloe dueted with another TikTok user who decided to eat some dog fur dye to prove that there are no harmful substances in it.
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Many people drew comparisons to the popular cartoon character Clifford the Big Red Dog, but others weren’t impressed. One person called it “weird and cruel,” while another person asked: “Is it just me or is this abuse?”
One woman said it is “so sad,” adding: “I’m sure he had a beautiful natural hair colour.”
The animal lover uses Opawz products, which is a special dye designed especially for dog and horse hair.
“Permanent Colour lasts for more than 20 washes. For creative grooming competition and professional groomers use,” the website reads.
“Long-lasting permanent colour specially formulated for dog and horse. Provides bright, fashionable and unique colour results.”
While there is no law against dyeing your pet’s fur, an RSPCA spokesperson said it can be frightening or confusing for them.
“It’s great that people want to spend quality time with their pets but it’s important for owners to understand that some attempts to ‘pamper’ can be confusing and frightening for a cat/dog,” explained an RSPCA spokesperson to metro.co.uk in September 2017.
“People may think they are treating their pets by painting their claws or dyeing their fur, but some of the paints, dyes, inks and glues used during ‘pampering’ can be toxic and harmful to animals,” they added.