Is Columbus ready for poodles with pink mohawks?

Is Columbus ready for poodles with pink mohawks?

The owner of Graffiti Dog, a new pet spa, salon, boutique and organic bakery at 12 W. Pacemont Road in Clintonville, is betting at least some residents might be willing to experiment with the fad of having their dogs groomed in unique ways and coloring their hair.

"So we're bringing the trends in L.A. and New York to Columbus," said German Village resident Kate Quinn last week just as the store had opened.

Actually, the trend probably began in China, where dye jobs have resulted in dogs that look like pandas, tigers, funny looking punk rockers.

Quinn is an artist and former Clintonville resident. Art, design and animals are her three passions, Quinn said, so she's combining all three in a former tattoo parlor.

The idea for the salon originated a few months ago, Quinn said, when she decided to "go in another direction," one that was inspired by her dog, a long-haired, dappled dachshund named Picasso.

"I want to spend more time with my dog," Quinn said.

After consulting with friends who are already in the grooming industry, Quinn found the West Pacemont space and began preparing it for her new venture.

"I didn't want any commercial flair to it at all," she said. "We're a holistic, organic pet spa. We're not assembly line, so we're not going to cage them and get them out."

In fact, Quinn said that customers are asked to pick up their pets within 15 minutes of when the procedure is completed for the sake of the dog.

In addition to providing "blueberry facials" for dogs and using only natural products when bathing them, Quinn said the shop can provide massage sprayers as opposed to just a dip in a tub. Her main pet stylists, Brittany Hall and Stephanie Truex, can paint dog toenails in addition to using a single or double coloring process that can turn fur pink, turquoise or purple.

Truex has been a dog groomer for six months, following training and certification in Medina.

"I pretty much haven't seen a down side to it," Truex said. "I love it."

Graffiti Dog will be hosting local photographer Terra Luna on Nov. 27 and 28, offering $20 photo sessions of pets, which will provide 10 to 12 images that can be transferred to mugs.