Dog groomer dyes her poodle’s fur to look like Buddy the elf

A dog groomer has given her poodle a very festive makeover, in the form of a dye job that looks like Buddy the Elf. Nicole Beckman, 28, used non-toxic dyes to decorate 10-year-old poodle, Ira, in honour of Christmas. Nicole said: ‘Elf is one of my favourite films and Buddy is also such a funny character who everyone recognises.

‘I used to work in a shop where they played it over and over again for the kids and I never got bored of it.

‘I love Christmas as well and now Ira is part of the decorations.

‘I love getting into the spirit of it.

 Ira the 10-year-old poodle with Christmas character - Buddy the Elf Will Ferrell, New York, USA - dyed into his fur
The project took two hours (Picture: Nicole Beckman / MERCURY PRESS)

‘A lot of people laugh when they see him and it definitely makes them smile and Ira loves the attention he gets.’

The design took two hours, involving airbrushing Buddy’s hat and collar and using small paintbrushes for the details of his face.

‘I trimmed the hair down because it’s easier to dye when there’s less fur,’ said Nicole.

‘I cut out the shapes of the hat, face and neck collar then applied the dye.

‘I let him have a break while it dries then I come back and airbrush to sharpen any colours that haven’t turned out exactly how I wanted them and more scissoring to make it look nice and crisp.

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‘He’s so good and he stays still all that time.’

Nicole often takes part in competitions for creative grooming (Picture: Nicole Beckman / MERCURY PRESS)

This isn’t the first time Nicole has gone for an out-there grooming job.

She started creative grooming seven years ago, competing in contests with her squad of dogs: Labrador mix, Abe, eight, Pitbull-Dalmatian mix, Sofia, nine, and poodle, Sprockett, 11 months. Nicole, from New York, said: ‘I’ve always loved dogs and always wanted a career with animals.

‘I originally wanted to be a trainer but I got a job as a groomer and I’ve always been quite artistic.

‘I fell in love with it and Ira absolutely loves been groomed.

‘He hates it when he isn’t being touched by someone.

‘He just wants to be petted and constantly playing with the other dogs.’

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