By Diane Ako
Inca is ready for Halloween. I recently came across a pet-oriented, non-toxic paint called (online only at www.petpaint.com) 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!