Bear-back is in this summer

An employee trimming a teddy bear image on the fur of a dog at a pet shop in Tainan, Taiwan, on Sunday. This is no ordinary trip to the pet groomer. At the salon, some cats and dogs are getting very creative, custom cuts. Groomers may snip a pet's fu
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An employee trimming a teddy bear image on the fur of a dog at a pet shop in Tainan, Taiwan, on Sunday.

This is no ordinary trip to the pet groomer. At the salon, some cats and dogs are getting very creative, custom cuts.

Groomers may snip a pet's fur into the face of a lion, a teddy bear or even the face of Hello Kitty. Igogo pet shop owner Ou Shih-jou has even carved out a few ideas for cats, such as her "stegosaurus" design.

She said: "If a cat needs to have its fur trimmed in the summer, the most common style is to be almost bald... But pet owners wanted something more creative and asked us to come up with a design for them.

When a cat gets angry, the fur on its back stands up. That inspired us to create the 'stegosaurus' design. It makes the cat look like a small dinosaur."

With styles like these, your furry friends are sure to stand out in a crowd.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2016, with the headline 'Bear-back is in this summer'. Print Edition | Subscribe