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Friday Fun: Does This Count as Animal Cruelty?

If you’ve got a dog, you’ve probably thought to dress him up in a costume. You’ve got nothing on these poodle owners, documented by photographer Ren Netherland. As the Telegraph reports, every year Netherland logs thousands of miles, documenting the insane transformations that occur in poodle-grooming competitions. Apparently, he’s the only dog photographer entrusted with the task by the show organizers. The results have to be seen to be believed:

Wonder what this guy things about Ben Roethlisberger:

Ren Netherland

Peacocks do it all for the ladies:

Ren Netherland

Camels are miracles of natural selection, able to traverse long miles in the desert by storing water in their humps:

Ren Netherland

After being hunted nearly to extinction, buffalo have made a comeback:

Ren Netherland

Johnny Depp really should have won an Oscar for his Keith Richards–inspired performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, in Pirates of the Caribbean:

Ren Netherland

[Via The Telegraph and My Modern Met, which has more pictures]CK