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 and wads of multicolored cotton balls with tongues.

Quinn is an artist and former resident of Clintonville. 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 pet salon originated a few months ago, Quinn said, when she decided to "go in another direction," one that was inspired by her own 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 business 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 whatever grooming or other 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.

Picasso, by the way, is in no need of such attentions.

"He's already pretty decorated," Quinn said.

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."

In scouting a location for her business, Quinn said that she looked in the Short North and German Village before, recalling her years of living in Clintonville and how much residents of the neighborhood regard their dogs as part of the family, making her decision. Rent was a little less expensive, too, she admitted.

"I just felt that this was a great place for us to be," Quinn said.

In announcing the opening of the Graffiti Dog, Quinn wrote in a press release:

"Our boutique offers handmade custom clothing designed by Graffiti Dog and specialty organic pet treats made in-house by Noah Evans and Kate Quinn. Future offerings will include shipping of boutique and pet treats along with transportation services to better serve the community.

"In addition, Graffiti Dog is committed to community work. We are passionate about helping rescue groups obtain funding and supplies through events and education. Future projects include making a difference by helping homeless dogs get some well needed pampering to a link between people finding the right pet or helping place a pet."

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.

In addition, the store will be participating in the Holidayville event on Dec. 4, hosting a pet psychic from noon to 6 p.m. and a practitioner of Reiki touch therapy for dogs.

More information is available at the store's website,