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Trend emerges of crystal ‘tattoos’ for dogs

Posted by: Pablo Smithson  Date: 09/05/2013   Category: Latest News

A new trend has emerged for pet owners to decorate their dogs with crystal ‘tattoos’.

The temporary designs, which come in an array of different patterns and styles, can cost up to £65 and usually last for a few weeks. They are typically applied to the dogs hip or tailbone using special dog grooming equipment.

The trend is currently sweeping the US – especially New York – and is expected to make its way over to the UK too. Jorge Bendersky, a celebrity dog groomer in the New York area, claimed the service is all about pups getting attention.

According to cosmopolitan.com, Mr Bendersky said: “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.”

The procedure is also labelled as totally safe on website dnainfo.con too, which will put pet owners’ minds at rest if they are considering the procedure for their dog. The process uses dog-friendly glitter attached to a stencil filled with canine-safe glue. Pre-packed designs with rhinestones are also sometimes used.

Individuals behind the trend also say the designs can be altered depending on the sex of the dog. For example, roses, hearts and butterflies are usually reserved for female pups, whilst male dogs may prefer a design such as a star, anchor or skull and crossbones.