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30/07/2016, 12:15

Photographer takes 'ruff' pictures of dogs before they get pampered at the groomers

People have a thing for before-and-after pictures, whether they show weight loss, makeovers, or plastic surgery. It's fun to see a transformation.

But while it's humans who are the subjects of these comparison pictures, animal photographer named Grace Chon thought people would get just as much of a kick out of seeing doggie makeovers — that is, before and after they're groomed.

'I think a lot of us have a fascination with before-and-after images because it’s always fun to see dramatic transformations,' she told Daily Mail Online. 'I had the idea of doing a before and after series with dog grooming because there’s something about it that’s so funny to me. Sometimes the dog looks so different and you wonder if it’s the same dog in both images.'

Ta-da! Animal photographer Grace Chon took pictures of animals like Herman (pictured) before and after getting groomed (here, by groomer Cindy Reyes)

In need of a haircut: She said there's 'something so funny to me about seeing a dog so shaggy that they can’t even see', like Rocco (pictured), who was groomed by Patricia Sugihara

Ruff cut: The dogs were all groomed at Healthy Spot in Los Angeles, California (pictured: Biggie Smalls groomed by Cameron Adkins)

In the picture series, which she calls Hairy, pups of different breeds are shown with long, overgrown fur and hair that's been much more closely cropped.  

According to BoredPanda, Grace made sure the fur on each of the dogs got especially long before she snapped the 'before' picture, meaning the pups went past their normal grooming schedule. 

'There’s something so funny to me about seeing a dog so shaggy that they can’t even see!' she said.

Then, the canines were taken to at Healthy Spot in Los Angeles, California, where they were cleaned up in a Japanese grooming style — which is a little different from how dogs in the US are typically groomed.

Cutie: The dogs there, like Yuki (groomed by Alyson Ogimachi) get cleaned up in a Japanese grooming style

All better! Grace said the 'emphasis is on making the dog look as adorable as possible' — as seen on Teddy, who was groomed by Donna Owens

'The emphasis is on making the dog look as adorable as possible — cute on steroids — by highlighting the uniquely cute characteristics of the dog. These cuts are works of art — each haircut takes hours as the majority of the styling is all done with hand scissoring,' Grace explained.

The results are priceless. In several of the 'before' images, the dogs are practically blinded by their long hair. It gets dirty around their mouths, and they look, frankly, a bit ridiculous.

In the 'after' shots, though, several of the dogs look happier and more energized. One named Yuki even got a little ponytail on the top of her head, while another named Herman seems to be actually smiling for the picture.

Woof! The photographer likes to 'portray the humanity of animals' like Lana (groomed by Koko Fukaya)

She added that the groomers, like Donna Owens who cleaned up Athena (pictured), practice an art form

'I always hope to portray the humanity of animals in all the work I shoot,' Grace told Daily Mail Online. 'They are our teachers, guides and best friends. But with this series especially, I also really just wanted people to smile, laugh, and not take life so seriously. 

'There's so much bad stuff happening in the world right now and we could all use a breather, even if it's just five seconds scrolling through social media. These dogs are all so super cute, before and after!' 

The photographer also gave props to the groomers, calling what they do an 'art form'.

'Watching the groomers up close made me realize how much time and dedication goes into a cut especially when the majority of it is being done by hand with scissors,' she added. 'The groomers I had the pleasure of working with are so creative and great at what they do.'

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