When I look at these Yarn Dogs I see a stroke of artistic genius. A yarn dog is a very interesting invention. It is constructed of a plastic frame shaped like a poodle with synthetic yarn cords embedded in tiny, spaced holes and secured with glue. Getting the yarn dog ready for grooming is just the beginning and no easy task. Many hours, up to four, go into prepping the yarn dog for grooming as every strand needs to be brushed out straight. There is no room for error at each step. Over brush and you’ll have a bald spot. Over trim and you’ll have a divot.
Working on a yarn dog is really about creating a three-dimensional sculpture just like grooming the real thing. After the “dog” is styled, creative groomers add paint, rhinestones, beads, pipe cleaners and other goodies and what have you got- A masterpiece! I can picture all those creative juices flowing when I look at them. I wonder, “Where does their inspiration come from?” How do they get it so right when there’s no room for error?
Even though they are pet stylists it’s not always about dog or cat hair. It doesn’t seem to matter what medium they use. Groomers are also fabulous knitters, sew-ers, artists, writers, gardeners, and cooks. The right sides of their brains are amazing! They get an idea and run with it, full speed ahead. Stylists can groom yarn dogs to resemble almost anything. Look at the results! Groomers love to create something beautiful and unique out of nothing. That’s their fun.
There were so many fabulous yarn dogs online and at Atlanta Pet Fair; I thought I’d post them here on my blog. For those who don’t have the opportunity to see them at grooming shows, feast your eyes. When you see the possibilities, consider tackling one yourself. I was skeptical when they first came on the market a few years ago but I should of known better.
Who else but a pet groomer could take a plastic dog, a pile of yarn and turn it into a crowning achievement. Groomers have a vision when they pick up a brush and scissors. If they can turn a mop of loopy yarn into a piece of art they can do anything! Once again, I’ve been totally blown away by talented pet stylists. This is another reason why I fell in love with the grooming industry.
Next stop, Yarn Kitties!
(Photos courtesy of Rachel Key Vaughn - Poodle, Antonio Neto Siqueira - Clown, Justine Cosley -Elvis, Olga Zabelsyaya - Sealyham Terrier, Jacob Hajda - Mammoth)