A pet lover who coordinates her tie-dye hair with her dog’s fur claims the dog has become a local celebrity – but online critics have accused her of ‘animal cruelty’.
Rachel Vedder, 37, of Groesbeck, Ohio, has spent the past 12 years dyeing her beloved dog’s fur in an array of unique colors and patterns, sometimes even matching her own hair.
Kitty, the 13-year-old Shih Tzu Bichon Frize mix, is truly a work of art with her vibrant orange, pink, purple and yellow fur.
The groomer uses only animal-friendly products and dyes, but is still subject to trolling.
Rachel Vedder, 37, from Groesbeck, Ohio, has spent the past 12 years dyeing the fur of her dog Kitty, the Shih Tzu Bichon Frize mix, 13 (both pictured)
Rachel has painted everything from cartoon characters such as Princess Peach and Mario (pictured left) to bold prints on Kitty. In the photo on the right: : the neighbour’s dog with a dye at sunset and Kitty with an owl
Rachel said she’s always been a fan of bright colors, so her hair is currently bright orange with purple, while Kitty is bright orange with a tie-dye rainbow (pictured)
Rachel said she always wanted to have a dog to make a piece of art and Kitty was the perfect candidate when she adopted her
Rachel has painted everything from cartoon characters such as Princess Peach and Major Lazer, to an owl and even a horse on Kitty’s fur over the years, in addition to dyeing it with crazy patterns like dots. colorful cheetah.
Rachel said: “I love matching my hair to hers. It’s great to be outdoors while pairing with my dog.
“I’ve always been a fan of bright colors, so my hair is currently bright orange with purple dip-dye, Kitty is bright orange with a tie-dye rainbow theme.
“It doesn’t take too long to dye Kitty’s hair, it takes about an hour to three hours depending on the design, and about a bottle or two of dog-friendly dye.”
She continued: “I always knew I wanted to have a dog to turn into a work of art, and when I adopted Kitty, she was the perfect candidate.
‘Back then, dog-friendly dyes weren’t a thing, so I had to get creative and dye it with red Kool-Aid which turned it pink!
Rachel said it could take up to three hours to dye Kitty’s fur and about a bottle or two of dog-friendly dye. Pictured: Pink and Blue Fornite Llama
Rachel said she ‘absolutely loves’ pairing her hair with Kitty (aqua coloring and tutu pictured) and being paired
Rachel said she would get creative with Kool-Aid red before dog-friendly dyes were a thing, which became Kitty pink. Pictured: watercolor tiger
Rachel said Kitty was a shy dog when she first got her, but dyeing her fur brought out her confidence. Pictured: horse design
“I also used pet safe food coloring to dye her colors like yellow and green and she looked amazing.”
“She was a shy dog when I first got her, but dyeing her fur really brought out her confidence, whether it was meeting other people or dogs, or just doing things with a dog.”
Rachel said Kitty always gets arrested when she walks around and has become a local celebrity for her vibrant fur, but has received a mixed reaction online.
Rachel added: “Everyone loves Kitty’s fur and she loves the attention it gets her.
“We are always stopped for photos and pets when we walk around, Kitty can’t get enough of them.
Rachel said she used to use food coloring to dye Kitty’s shades like yellow and green, and managed to create all the colors of the rainbow.
Rachel said she and Kitty were always stopped by people who wanted to take pictures. In the photo: portrait of a girl on a background of oranges and roses
Rachel said people take videos and photos of Kitty while driving in her convertible
“My car is a convertible, and when we’re driving I see so many people taking videos and photos of it.”
“When I started dyeing her hair, a few trolls came out of the woodwork online to say what I was doing was animal abuse, but I’ve only ever used animal-friendly products and dyes.
“Honestly, dyeing your dog is no different than putting conditioner on him or the coloring you see in his food.”
“But I had a pretty positive reaction when I shared photos of Kitty via Instagram, and quite a few people messaged me saying they loved her look!”
Rachel said trolls accused her of “animal cruelty” when she started dyeing Kitty, but she’s only ever used “animal-friendly” products.
Rachel said it can be expensive to dye Kitty, who has been decorated with unicorns and cheetah dots (pictured), but she redoes her rainbow tie-dye style every three months
Rachel’s favorite way to dye Kitty is in a rainbow tie-dye style, which she has to redo every three months due to fading.
She said: “I used to dye her hair in entirely different styles once a month.
“It got expensive, especially when dog-friendly hair dye started to become more popular.
“I’ve done a lot of different styles over the years and love doing designs on her back.
“Some of the simpler designs include a unicorn, owl and cheetah dots, but one of my favorite designs was Sid Hague from the movie House of 1000 Corpses.
“There’s also been a lot of experimentation with colors over the years, but now it’s an old spinster, I just do rainbow tie-dye, which makes it look fabulous.”