<P>10 Copyright © 2012 Find A Groomer Inc. All rights reserved Subscribe www.egroomer.com F E A T U R E S T O R Y Sunshine State Gets Creative!Gets Creative!Gets Creative! Creative Grooming Returns to Florida July 1, 2012 Since 1971 artificial coloring of animals has been illegal in the Florida state. The law was initially put in place to protect chicks and small animals from becoming impulse buys for children, especially at Easter time. In the end, the law blanketed all animals making it illegal for anyone to color dogs. A few years ago the annual NDGAA Fun in the Sun Competition held a creative competition. This was about the time I was really getting into creative styling. I was fortunate to have competed with Pearl in the very last creative competition held in the state of Florida, around 1995. I went away with a first place win under Judge Michael Lamb, but we all lost something else that day. At the end of the competition I was confronted by local animal control officers aiming to give me a citation for coloring a dog in Florida. They were not nice to those of us who competed, nor to the show producers for allowing such a competition to take place where a law was in place forbidding the coloring of any animals. I thought to myself, What is wrong with these people? Do they not realize one of the greatest Creative Divas of all time, Donna Holtzer, lives in this state? I took my dog and tucked my colorful tail (so to speak) and left the state never to return since there would never be another creative styling competition in Florida. On October 17, 2007, Gregg Docktor of the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Fort Lauderdale, FL got the ball rolling to reform the law preventing creative styling by pet groomers. He sent a letter to the governor explaining how this 45 year old law was outdated and unfair (see letter on next page). He explained how the law did not allow the groomers of Florida to compete in creative styling competitions, let alone practice creative styling in the state. It also prevented creative styling instruction in professional grooming schools. To make a long story short, his persistence helped get the law stricken. The good news is that on July 1, 2012 groomers in Florida will be free join the rest of the creative styling community in a celebration of color! In honor of this milestone I have decided to sculpt a Flamingo Sunset into the coat of Birdie Jade my 4 year old Standard Poodle (see eGroomer cover photo). In this article I am going to share with you the steps I took to do this creative style and the products I used. (Continued on page 12) Certified Master Groomer Dawn Omboy, also known to the grooming industry as The Queen of Color, is the author of Creative Canine Color & Design and Touch of Color instructional DVDs for Creative Styling. A retired top creative styling champion, Dawn is an international judge and industry speaker she is also a member of the International Judges Association. She has been seen several times on the cover of Groomer to Groomer and writes regularly for the magazine. Dawn is also a two-time nominee for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Congeniality. She has appeared on the Today Show, a German documentary and Animal Planet judging a competition. Her passion for creative styling keeps her busy exploring new products and techniques which she freely shares with fellow groomers around the globe. 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