Poodle gets Shark-tastic makeover, drives San Jose fans wild – NHL.com

Shortly before the San Jose Sharks’ home opener last week, a four-legged, teal-mohawked star was born.

Wesley, a 1-year-old standard poodle, has his owners, Mickie and Eric Ford of Danville, Calif., to thank for his Shark-tastic makeover. Always either fluffy or shaved, Mickie Ford got the idea for Wesley’s radical new ‘do when she saw professional dog groomer Katrina Short’s work on her own zebra-inspired pup in a viral post on social media and realized Katrina’s Pet Salon was only 15 minutes away.

Instagram from @katrina_short: My poodle Zeus! He is a zebra now… lol! No stencil, all free hand painted on hair color! He loves it!! And I’m in love with it too! .. #katrina_short #poodlezebra #poodlelove #creativegroomer #creative #doggroomer #petgroomer #petgrooming #doggrooming #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinstaworld #dogs_of_instagram #dogstagram #fun #followme #follow #amazing #love #zebra #poodlezebra #trend #famous #celebrity #dog #dogs #pet #pets #photooftheday #dogoftheday #poodle #standardpoodlesofinstagram

“I saw it and thought, ‘Oh my God, this is the coolest thing ever,’ and I just happened to realize that she was local,” Mickie Ford told NHL.com.

The Fords have been Sharks season-ticket holders for 20 years, and mascot S.J. Sharkie even made an appearance at their wedding-rehearsal dinner. Their two children, Owen, 13, (“That may or may not have something to do with Owen Nolan,” Mickie adds, “He was our favorite Shark”) and Emily, 12, have followed suit with the Sharks family tradition.

So just in time for the start of the season, Mickie took Wesley in for his transformation from standard poodle to poodle shark. She only specified that she wanted something teal and Sharks-related.

“Because I’d seen her stuff, I knew it was going to be awesome,” Mickie said.

Short uses pet-friendly dyes, but does the intricate designs freehand. For Wesley, she shaved the area where the Shark

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