05:41 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 03/07/2015 09:05AM
Atchoum the cat now has tens of thousands of Instagram followers, and his owner, Nathalie Côté, had a feeling he'd be an Internet sensation.
Atchoum's rise to fame began with a dare from Côté's kids to post a photo of the unusually hairy Persian kitty on Facebook. The kids thought that no more than 100 people would like the snap, but mom knew he would make a splash.
"Atchoum was so cute!" Côté tells PEOPLE. She received the feline as a gift last July from a coworker at the Quebec veterinary hospital where she works as a groomer. "Differences are beautiful in living things."
Atchoum, who was born with hypertrichosis (a rare condition that causes excess hair), is otherwise healthy, says Côté – but he requires a lot of care, including regular brushing to prevent matting of his hirsute coat.
Originally posted 11/03/2014 05:30PM
In the shadow of Cairo's medieval aqueduct, Mohamed Mustafa teaches his 5-year-old son the family's trade, one shear at a time.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 04:25PM
At Angela Kumpe's grooming studio in Arkansas, pet owners with a flair for the dramatic can give their dogs almost any look imaginable – looks so wild, they got their own TV show. The new Animal Planet special Clipped!, airing Friday, May 3 at 10 p.m. ET, follows Kumpe and her staff as they work to turn a loyal customer's pup, Buggy, into a bumblebee.
"I can transform dogs into almost anything," Kumpe says. "You name it, I can do it."
Originally posted 03/28/2011 07:45AM
Between puppy playdates and trips to the dog run, finding the time in your (and your dog's) busy schedule to give him a bath can be a challenge. But thankfully there's a new in-between bath touch-up for your smelly friend: True Blue's Fresh-in-a-Flash cleansing spray ($11.99). It's like perfume for your pooch, masking odor until you can squeeze a scrub into his crammed social calendar.
The pleasantly scented spray, with hints of grapefruit, chamomile and lavender, conditions your dog's coat but doesn't weigh it down (or make it sticky!) like other sprays can. Developed with veterinarians, the detergent-free spray (which is biodegradable) is gentle enough to use every day, without worrying about build up.
Originally posted 03/08/2011 07:45AM
You know the old saying: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So we were skeptical when FURminator said they had perfected the design of their deShedding tool for pets, which launched back in 2002. It turns out the latest design tweaks definitely improve upon on an already amazing product.
The new deShedding tool still removes an unbelievable amount of loose pet hair (say, enough to knit a large sweater), but it's now tailored to your pet thanks to a modified stainless steel edge. What exactly does that mean? Let's say you have an overweight short-haired feline: the short-hair, large cat tool will eliminate that flying fur. How about a micro-mini shorkie? Try the short-hair, small dog tool.
Originally posted 02/18/2011 05:00PM
Not every dog can be a Westminster champion, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try to look like one. With the new groom tool from Dyson, whose line of vacuums already works miracles in homes with animals, even the hairiest of pups can shine like a blue-ribbon winner.
Our test subject, a wiry-haired mutt named Rudy, is no Scottish Deerhound; at a mere 20 lbs., the former shelter dog is a bit skittish and can look like a wet white rat without even getting soaked. But he does share the medium-long fur of the recent Best in Show winner and, under the Dyson brush ($69.99), looked transformed (as best he could) into a well-groomed barking machine. The tool's 364 angled bristles combed his hair loose of knots and smoothed out the coat, even revealing a patch of color usually hidden in the twists of his fur. The surface area of the brush, about 6"x4", caught Rudy's loose hair efficiently, and perhaps even more impressive was the easy disposal of the hair: it gets sucked into the vacuum.
Originally posted 12/15/2010 07:45AM
It's true: New York City has a pretty posh reputation, and New York City pups are just the same. Manhattan dogs go to daycare, dress up for Halloween parades, even meet celebrities like Carrie Underwood and Hilary Swank! With all this fanciness going on, there has to be a doggie boutique that exudes just as much class, right?
Originally posted 10/15/2010 07:45AM
It's an issue most dog owners deal with at one time or another – those unpleasant gaseous emissions. My dog, Luther, a Dalmatian and lab mix, is one of the foremost flatulence offenders.
Luther's carrot, lettuce, and cucumber cravings are legendary. But, as a veterinarian friend once told me, "He's a good boy to be eating all his fruits and vegetables. Just remember, however, that it means he'll have lots and lots of gas!"
Originally posted 07/28/2010 07:45AM
Last year we told you about Molly Mutt's innovative, stuffable and washable doggie duvets, which can make a tired old dog bed brand new in seconds. Now, from the same earth-friendly gang, comes a trio of products aimed at keeping your home – and your four-legged BFF – smelling so fresh and so clean.
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