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Decorated dog

August 19th, 2013

Inca is ready for Halloween. I recently came across a pet-oriented, non-toxic paint called (online only at and decided to test it out on the dog. PetPaint is a dog-safe, veterinary tested hair spray for animals.



The PetPaint cans and stencils are sold individually. As of this writing, PetPaint cans are sold for $9.99, and stencil packs are sold for $4.99. I got a stencil kit because I'm artistically challenged, and two paints: red, with the intention of making our dog into a ladybug, and black, because my friend Jen has white dogs and might like to make them into cows or zebras.



"Wow, just what any dog wants," sarcastically teased Claus upon hearing my grand plans.

Olivia was immediately excited, and nagged me every day to decorate Inca until I agreed to do a dry run one weekend.

It's very child-friendly, as Olivia was easily able to poke out the perforated stencils and separate the six sheets.


Then, we went outside and, holding a reluctant Inca by a leash, sprayed her. It does take two, because one person has to hold the dog still and one has to hold the stencil down to the fur, and spray.


Inca was less than excited but she cooperated. Such is the pleasant nature of a Labrador, which is why I'm such a devotee of that breed.

In just ten minutes she was all made over, including the canine tramp stamp above the base of her tail! Note the look of pleasure on her face!

It washes out with shampoo, and here's a tip if you're using it on a black or brown dog: prime the area with white first before spraying the intended color. It will show up better against dark fur.


Next time, I'll actually have a comprehensive design plan. This time, we were just testing all the shapes out.

Inca can't wait for the real deal!

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2 Responses to “Decorated dog”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    I wonder whether Inca will lick lick lick the paint until it blurs or comes off completely. I wonder whether Inca's dog friends will notice the paint and whether their behavior toward Inca will be different on account of it. I wonder whether a stranger-dog will approach or avoid Inca on account of seeing the paint at a distance, and whether the stranger-dog will sniff the paint before or after sniffing the usual body parts which newly acquainted dogs like to sniff. What a wonder-full topic in canine psychology!

  2. gordo:

    Hi Diane,

    Looking at pictures of Inca, prompt me to express comical thoughts of what might be going though Inca's mind. I have notice that some of the dogs my friends dress up, don't act as themselves with the change in wardrobe. I wonder if this is what they are thinking.

    Inca's Thought​(a dog's point of view)

    My pupule master, decorate me like a Christmas tree. What was she thinking? Doesn't she notice my confused and sad look when they dress me up? I hope my friends don't see me. If all my doggy friends see me, they will be rolling on the ground laughing at me. How embarrassing. How am I going to live this down. Auwe, I just don't know what to do. Maybe, if I spray doggy patterns on her arms and legs and send her off to work, she might understand how I feel.

    Love, Inca

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