Pet stylists in Taipei are shaping dogs' coats into perfect squares.
This is a very patient dog. (via Siam 55)
At first, I wasn't sure if I should write this story. Is this a fair way to treat a dog? They're free-spirited creatures, and don't like to be put in a box. There are at least four sides to this story (six if you want to get all three-dimensional about it). But after thinking it through, I'm pretty sure I've found the right angle. Now that that's squared away, here's my conclusion: it's cute!
In Taipei, Taiwan, in the latest trend is to shave your dog's head into a perfect cube. It's a painstaking process that only pays off if the dog is looking straight at you, but it's worth it for these amazing pictures. These pooches look like they came straight out of Minecraft:
He's not a Boxer, but he is a box. (via Siam 55)
Now his face can fit perfectly into a box of saltines. Yum Yum! (via Siam 55)
These photos are pretty great, but what if you're not into squares? If you find angles too jarring, or if you just want your dog's face to have the greatest possible area for the smallest possible perimeter, look no further. Circle dogs are here as well:
I think I drew this dog in first grade. (via Siam 55)
"Walk me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." (via Siam 55)
It's a bobblehead come to life. (via Siam 55)
Dog or microphone? You decide. (via Siam 55)
You will definitely not be surprised to learn that the Japanese are getting in on this, too. They have grooming competitions where teams of groomers take extra-fluffy dog mannequins and shear them into the most precise shape possible. The transformation is amazing:
"I saw the dog in the fur and shaved until I set him free." (via Sepia Pet)
That's what dogs looked like on Nintendo 64. (via Sepia Pet)
He's not real, but neither is a dream. (via Sepia Pet)
What do you say? Are you going to groom your dog into a geometric shape, or leave it in its imprecise natural state? This is clearly the trend of the future. By next year, if your dog isn't a square, you will be.