Tuesday, March 11, 2008

White Dog, Pink Dog, Can't We All Just Get Along?

From the Denver Post:
"We do it to promote awareness of breast cancer," said Douglas, 30, who has owned the large hair salon for three years. "Cici is a conversation piece. Customers come in and ask why the dog is pink. So we tell them about breast-cancer awareness, about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and then we ask for a donation."
Okay, pink poodles aren't exactly my cup of tea, but I certainly respect the effort put in to benefit a worthy cause.

Unfortunately, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley doesn't:
Joy Douglas, owner of Zing Hair Salon at 1100 Spruce St., has received a $1,000 ticket from an animal-control officer for coloring her white poodle, Cici, pink by using organic beet juice.
Is the dog actually being mistreated? No, even the Humane Society admits the dog is in fine shape, other than being pink.

Maybe other dogs make fun of Cici? No, dogs don't have color vision.

Thanks to reader Neil C. Reinhardt.