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Woman defends dying her dog with bright colours but is branded ‘cruel and irresponsible’

A woman who dyes her dog various bright colours has defended colouring her pet’s fur, claiming it helps her pet ‘come out of her shell’. 

Nicole Rose, 35, from Ontario, Canada, appeared on This Morning today where she insisted that her rescue dog, Stella, loves having her hair coloured with a myriad of psychedelic designs. 

The dog groomer, who is the co-owner of a dog grooming parlour, adopted Stella in 2011 at five-months-old, after she was rescued from a puppy farm, dyeing her fur for the first time shorty after. 

Viewers weren’t convinced that Stella enjoyed her various make-overs, with some branding Nicole ‘irresponsible and cruel’ for colouring her dog, and urged the owner to let Stella keep her natural fur. 

Groomer Nicole Rose, 35, from Ontario, Canada, appeared on This Morning today where she insisted that her rescue dog, Stella, loves having her hair coloured

Nicole - pictured with Stella dyed bright pink on her wedding day - adopted Stella in 2011 at five-months-old, after she was rescued from a puppy farm

Nicole – pictured with Stella dyed bright pink on her wedding day – adopted Stella in 2011 at five-months-old, after she was rescued from a puppy farm

‘I think because she gets a lot of attention when she’s coloured. The fact she’s so shy, it brings her out of her shell,’ Nicole explained. 

‘When she’s not coloured and our clients come in, they almost don’t recognise her. I don’t know if its the attention or the fact she feels really good, but she just loves her colour.’ 

Nicole said that Stella’s fur had already been dyed before she adopted her, and that the animal became miserable after she shaved it off. 

‘I thought it was very cute but we shaved it off,’ said Nicole. ‘She laid in her bed and moped and was really, really sad. 

Viewers weren't convinced that Stella enjoyed her various make-overs, with some branding her 'irresponsible and cruel' for colouring her dog

Viewers weren’t convinced that Stella enjoyed her various make-overs, with some branding her ‘irresponsible and cruel’ for colouring her dog

‘We decided to dye her again and she was just so happy and ran around the salon and started dancing and pawing all of us. She was so happy.’ 

Viewers weren’t reassured by the explanation, with one raging: ‘It’s irresponsible to put this dog dyeing idiot on TV.’

Another said: ‘Stella doesn’t look best pleased to me. Leave the poor thing white. That’s what she’s meant to be. #ThisMorning.’ 

A third penned: ‘OMG! I thought being rainbow coloured was bad but that bright pink has taken my breath away. That’s really cruel’. 

Nicole said that Stella's fur had already been dyed before she adopted her, and that the animal became miserable after she shaved it off. Pictured, Stella dyed to look like a Zebra with a purple mohawk

Nicole said that Stella’s fur had already been dyed before she adopted her, and that the animal became miserable after she shaved it off. Pictured, Stella dyed to look like a Zebra with a purple mohawk 

Nicole insisted her various make-overs help the animal 'come out of her shell'. Pictured, Stella with pink and purple angel wings, ears and paws

Nicole insisted her various make-overs help the animal ‘come out of her shell’. Pictured, Stella with pink and purple angel wings, ears and paws 

Nicole admitted that she has faced criticism about dying Stella’s fur in the past, but says she manages to sway people’s opinions once she explains how happy it makes the dog. 

‘Once they meet her and hear her story they’re quite impressed,’ said Nicole. ‘Anyone who knows Stella knows how much she loves her hair colour.’  

During the show, host Phillip Schofield said that Stella looked like a ‘billboard,’ after appearing with the words ‘Stay Safe’ carved into her fur. 

However Nicole continued to defended herself insisting she used ‘safe’ dye and that Stella becomes ‘more friendly and outgoing’ after having her fur coloured.

Nicole continued to defended herself insisting she used 'safe' dye and that Stella becomes 'more friendly and outgoing' after having her fur coloured

Nicole continued to defended herself insisting she used ‘safe’ dye and that Stella becomes ‘more friendly and outgoing’ after having her fur coloured

Nicole also explained to hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) that never puts her dog in clothes, as Stella doesn't enjoy being dressed up

Nicole also explained to hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (both pictured) that never puts her dog in clothes, as Stella doesn’t enjoy being dressed up 

She added that Stella ‘really came out of her shell and started to be a dog’ after her fur was dyed for the first time.  

Nicole also explained that never puts her dog in clothes, because Stella doesn’t enjoy being dressed up. 

The owner told: ‘She does not like bows, she does not like bandanas, she does not like to wear clothes. 

‘She will wear a jacket if its freezing out, but she loves the snow and rarely wears a jacket because she doesn’t like it.’ 


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