A mum had dyed her Great Dane pink and painted her nails, in hopes strangers will stop being so scared of her.
21-year-old Jessica Williams says she noticed strangers were often scared of Great Danes due to their size.
To ease strangers’ fears – and to ensure her five-month-old puppy Drama was given heaps of attention when on walks – Jessica decided dyeing her pink would make her more approachable.
Seeing that her own dog-groomer friend had recently dyed her own dog, Jessica, from Fort Campbell in Kentucky, USA, had the idea to make Drama as inviting as possible – by dyeing her bright pink and purple, and trimming and painting her nails.
Jessica says ever since, Drama gets more positive attention, and that she’s ‘hooked’ on the new trend for her puppy.
She said: ‘People are generally scared of big dogs, and I’ve noticed that some people might not approach my dogs as much as little ones.
‘With them being dyed it makes it easier to socialise them, because not nearly as many people are afraid – especially when they’re pink and purple.
‘It also means that Drama can be the reason someone smiles, and they would be more eager to walk up to us and ask to pet them.
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‘And alongside her short, pink nails, it makes it clear to people that she isn’t going to do any harm!’
Jessica dyed Drama for the first time on 22 January , and forked out £76 for the treatment.
She believes it is worth the money to allow her puppy to be more accepted when in public.
She said: ‘Even though Drama has only been dyed once, I am definitely hooked!
‘We make sure that a safe dye is being used on her and she loves the experience – it’s like she’s having her own spa day.
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‘Unfortunately, Drama is colour-blind, so can’t see just how fabulous she looks, but everyone else definitely thinks she is!
‘As soon as her dye starts to fade I will definitely be taking her back to the groomers to have it done again, she looks great.’
Jessica admits that she has received backlash from people who believe dyeing her dog is cruel.
She said: ‘Most people love it, but others hate it and think she’s embarrassed.
‘A lot of people don’t realise that the dye being used is really safe so start to think it’s cruel, so I make sure I tell everyone that it’s a safe dye and doesn’t harm Drama at all.
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‘I’ve had complaints about painting and trimming her nails too, but I always make sure Drama is comfortable and a good dog owner should always take care of their pooches feet.
‘I’ve even received death threats about the fact I dye my dog – but in reality all of my dogs are spoiled more than most adults!’