"Cuddly as a cactus": Dog gets the Grinch treatment from viral groomer

San Diego, California - Gabriel Feitosa loves to give dogs a new 'do. Whether it's making them look like a giraffe, red panda, or zebra – nothing seems too difficult for the famous dog groomer. But he's definitely outdone himself with his latest styling effort.

This is what a Bichon Frisé normally looks like (stock image).
This is what a Bichon Frisé normally looks like (stock image).  © 123RF/ deviddo

To celebrate the holiday season, the 29-year-old groomer transformed a Bichon Frisé into a one of the most beloved festive movie characters of all time: the Grinch.

The Christmas-hater is recognizable for his green skin, red and white Santa Claus outfit, and distinctive hairstyle.

That's exactly how four-legged Teddy looked after his three-hour makeover – apparently according to his owner's wishes.

Feitosa shared the result in a TikTok video, triggering a heated discussion among users in the comments section.

Many worried about the animal's well-being and feared the paint could be dangerous for the four-legged friend.

Feitosa is only too familiar with these worries.

"Everything is vegan, non-toxic. It's developed for animals, and that's what people don't understand," the groomer said during an interview on the British show This Morning.

He even has a video on TikTok where he eats the dye to prove that it is safe.

Dog groomer assures that paints are vegan and not harmful

Gabriel Feitosa (29) proudly presents Teddy the dog, whom he transformed into a Grinch.
Gabriel Feitosa (29) proudly presents Teddy the dog, whom he transformed into a Grinch.  © Screenshot/TikTok/gabrielfeitosagroomer

The hairdresser only uses FDA-approved pet hair dye, Feitosa insisted.

Because Teddy's coat is naturally white, the colors are particularly vivid.

As you'd expect from a makeover that good, Feitosa's prices aren't exactly cheap.

Owners have to pay around $280 for small dogs and $500 for large dogs.

There are no upper limits, the groomer added.

The doggy Grinch video has been viewed over two million times so far, and Feitosa already has almost 870,000 followers on TikTok.

Cover photo: Screenshot/TikTok/gabrielfeitosagroomer

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