There was so much to see at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows, from agility and flyball competitions to individual breed judging, from canine musical freestyle to Frisbee exhibitions, but all eyes were on the amazing transformations taking place in the Creative Styling Challenge.
For those who were at NRG Park on Sunday afternoon, it paid to keep checking the progress over in Hall B as poodles and other furry pups were fluffed, sculpted and air-brushed, using all-natural colors and dyes, to become living, panting works of art.
The dogs seemed to enjoy all of the attention from their groomers, and it was amazing to watch dogs become lions, cool cops and even an all-in-one safari.
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A big tail wag to all who participated, and especially those who took home the win. Fifth place goes to Jacey Hurst with the oh-so-colorful and incredibly cute creation Neverland. Fourth place goes to Cathy McGinnis, who gave her dog a lion's mane with a clown on its side to create Center Ring. Third place props go to Leslie Waldrep, who transformed her three-year-old standard poodle, Sterling, into Master of the Hounds.
A lot of steps went into Nancy Laurent's Poodle Patrol, which not only nailed second-place honors, but also won the acclaimed People's Choice Award, clearly the audience favorite. Winners were chosen based on originality of design, grooming, technique and presentation.
We think the judges were "spot on" in naming Cindy Oliver's Safari Poodle as big kahuna for the No. 1 slot. How many animals can you count?