Taiwan pet salon goes wild with fur designs
A PET salon in Taiwan is making a name for itself for providing quirky fur grooming services, by offering designs that range from cute to outlandish.
Cats and dogs get their fur trimmed with outlines of cartoon character Hello Kitty, a teddy bear and something called "Stegosaurus spine".
The designs by Igogo salon are mostly thought up by owner Ou Shih Jou and pet groomer Lee Mei Chen.
Ms Ou said the unusual pet patterns came about because owners asked the salon to do something different than the normal summer shave.
One eye-catching motif involves shaving a spiky spine into the back of a cat, leaving it looking like a stegosaurus.
"When a cat gets angry, the fur on its back erects, that made us come up with "stegosaurus design"," said Ms Ou.
"It (makes the cat) look like a small dinosaur. The owners were happy after they came back to see it, thinking it was quite creative."
Ms Lee said the designs are determined by the natural assets of the pets.
The teddy bear design is one of the most complex in the furry repertoire of the 30-year-old Taiwanese hairdresser-turned- pet groomer. She also comes up with paw prints, lion faces and characters like Japan's Hello Kitty on animal backs.
Although the pet salon opened in September last year, it has already drawn keen interest from the public, with pets posing for pictures on leaving the place.
"When walking outside, people think it's amazing and magical. Everyone wants to take a photograph and see what kind of styles they came up with," pet owner Kuo Yu Lan said.
The shop charges at least US$20 (S$27) for one trim, depending on the size of the pet and the design's level of difficulty. For instance, the teddy bear style can take up to three hours to complete.