|Barked: Wed Sep 19, '12 3:36pm PST |
|If the dye is Kool-Aid, you're in for six months of this color, more or less, regardless of whether it was intentional or not. If it is Kool-Aid, it's perfectly safe.
Yes, actually, a fifteen-year-old study on growth of cancer cells might well be wrong or lacking many things we've learned since then. Because research on dogs considered uncool by most of the scientific community until the last decade, I wouldn't waste my time on something fifteen years old as far as dog biology and perceptions.
As for why anyone would do it, and the insulting "why not get a toy instead"--if you have a light-colored or white dog with a coat type that lends itself to interesting and varied clips, it can be fun. A lot more fun that a stuffed toy, for sure.
It was my sister and my niece, a few years ago, who dyed Addy pink with Kool-Aid, not me, and I wasn't thrilled, but what Addy noticed and cared about during that time was that we couldn't walk down the street without hearing "What a cute dog!" She got lots of highly enjoyable (for her!) attention.
If you use something non-toxic, and don't do a clip that's uncomfortable to the dog, you aren't doing any harm, and your dog may very well enjoy all the attention, from you and from others. But, yes, you do need to check your local laws, because there are stupid people everywhere, and sometimes they make laws.
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