A dog groomer has revealed how she regularly transforms her pooch into other animals using extreme makeover techniques.
Rachelle Lynn McGinnis, 33, from Missouri, spends hours painstakingly making her 12-year-old poodle, Bijou, look like everything from a horse to a bright green dragon and even a peacock.
The creative lady who owns a dog grooming business called K-9 designs, uses controversial methods such as dying and ‘carving’ fur to create the inventive styles.
And according to Rachelle, Bijou loves being transformed into different species – no matter how long it takes.
Rachelle Lynn McGinnis, 33, from Missouri, posing in a costume next to Bijou, her 12-year-old poodle, painted in a red flamenco design. Rachelle ‘carved’ roses into Bijou’s fur to achieve the look
Convincing: Bijou, 12, has become a master of disguise thanks to her inventive owner Rachelle Lynn McGinnis. Here, the poodle has had his fur puffed up to look like a polar bear
Bijou as a green dragon: Rachelle says she has received a positive reaction on social media to her doggy designs – even though her methods are controversial
Bijou makes for a very believable horse – some of Rachel’s project can take up to a year to be completed
Peacock for days! Bijou goes from poodle to any other animal that tickles her owner’s fancy. Rachelle said ‘She’s so fluffy that the main part of it is washing and brushing her’
Rachelle, from Missouri, US said: ‘The wackier designs the better. Bijou has been everything from a horse, to a dragon to a polar bear. It’s something I love doing and I feel like it shows off my creativity.’
‘Bijou is colour-blind – she’s not bothered what she looks like as long as she’s healthy, loved and happy.’
The timing of Rachelle’s unique designs can vary massively, and each are their own project – with some taking almost a year of preparations.
Au naturel: As Bijou looks normally. Rachelle says: ‘My most complex design was turning her into a horse – she had a saddle, and mane.’
Rachelle added: ‘At the moment she looks like a polar bear, and this one requires lots of hairspray.
‘She’s so fluffy that the main part of it is washing and brushing her.
‘To actually style it, the final part only takes about 30 minutes, but to grow her fur to look like a polar bear took 11 months.
‘When I first cut the fur into the right shapes it took a couple of hours but I always do it in stages.
Bijou doesn’t look too happy to be caught mid-transformation! Rachelle said some carving can take hours to achieve
Rachelle said it took 11 months for Bijou to grow enough fur to achieve the polar bear look. Styling it only took 30 minutes
‘Bijou doesn’t need to be standing for hours at a time and it’s good to give her the breaks.
‘My most complex design was turning her into a horse – she had a saddle, and mane.
‘It was such an intricate carving that in the end that it must have taken about eight hours to complete.’
Rachelle’s designs have attracted a lot of attention for Bijou as she claims everyone stops to take a look.
Rachelle Lynn, 33, from Missouri, 32-year-old, owns a dog grooming business and managed to turn her pooch into a polar bear, a horse and even a peacock
Making peacocks friends? ‘It’s all about the attention,’ Rachelle said, adding that the pooch didn’t mind as long as she was loved and stroked
Rachelle giving Bijou a treat. Rachelle said the poodle grabs everyone’s attention with her intricate lools
She said: ‘People always ask for pictures – I’ve even had people get out of their car because they want to stroke her.
‘For Bijou, it’s all about the attention – it’s not like she looks in the mirror, she just loves being groomed and stroked.
‘In order to get her image looking really realistic I had to get the polar bear design perfectly.
‘I also had to make sure the photos were great so she had to be stood at a certain angle with her neck elongated and we were lucky – we got some great shots of her in the snow.
‘Taken from a distance, she blends right in and it’s easily believable that there’s a mini polar bear lurking about.
‘My plan is to make her a sheep next – the polar bear is hard to maintain, but with a sheep she can have a fluffy body, and then closely trimmed paws, dyed black like hooves.’
Rachelle says she has received a great reaction on social media.
She added: ‘Someone wrote that they seriously thought they were looking at a picture of a polar bear.
‘It’s amazing how realistic she looks in both the photos and real life.
‘I am very proud of my creations so far.’