By Jess Grieveson-Smith
An owner was left not recognising her own dog – after a groomer shaved all the pooch’s fur off when he misunderstood the owner’s instructions.
Nanuk, a seven year old Samoyed from Florida, US, was left bald and even needing to wear sun-cream and a jacket after his surprise haircut.
Owner Carley Coca, 28, says she asked her local groomer for a ‘trim of his upper coat’ but couldn’t stop laughing when she saw the end result.
With all his fur gone, Nanuk looked more like a British Bull Terrier than the fluffy Samoyed.
Walking past him in the dog groomers, she didn’t even recognise the naked pooch – whose fur took a year to grow back properly.
Carley, an occupational therapy doctorate student, said: “When I went to pick up Nanuk from the dog groomers, and I literally said out loud ‘that’s not my dog!’
“The groomer assured me, it was Nanuk and I even had to call him to check but he looked like a complete different breed.
“Nanuk seemed to love the haircut – he acted so proud but he’d never looked like that before, I was so shocked.
“Even as a puppy, he’d always been so fluffy!
“He’s got a hilarious personality – he’s just one big stubborn goof and without all his fur?
“I couldn’t stop laughing – I remember saying can you just trim the long hairs off his feet and ears?
“It was awful really as the man who had groomed him was obviously so proud of his work, so I felt like I just had to smile and let it go.
“You do have to be careful with Samoyed fur, and they shouldn’t be cut like that really, but he was never cold – he honestly seemed to love it.
“Although I did love having to put sunscreen on him, and at one point even a t-shirt to try and protect him.”
Carly and her husband Michael Coca, 28, tax accountant, now take Nanuk and their two rescue pups Sadie and Mucca to a different groomer and were relieved when Nanuk’s hair grew back completely normally.