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Everyone's Confused By This Perfectly Normal Photo Of A Dog

The Dodo logo The Dodo 12/7/2019 Lily Feinn
a small white dog

Scamper is a perfectly normal pup — but once you see a photo of him, you’ll beg to differ.

The fluffy Shih Tzu mix appears to have a tiny head and a disproportionately large body. But it wasn’t some trick of photo editing or perspective that created such a perplexing image.

It was a haircut.

a small white dog lying on the ground © Kyra Driscoll

Scamper is always impatient when it comes to getting his hair done. The excitable pup refuses to sit still — which means his haircuts take quite a long time. 

Scamper's mom's first attempt at trimming his thick coat took a week to complete. But dropping the rescue dog off at the groomer's isn't an option. “He’s very nervous with new people and when I took him to the groomer he just cried and shook the whole time,” Kyra Driscoll, Scamper’s mom, told The Dodo. “I never wanted to make him do that again.”

a dog sitting in the grass © Kyra Driscoll

Driscoll has since gotten faster at grooming her pup, but she still has to do it in stages. “Now I’ve been doing it for a while and it only takes a few days," Driscoll said, "but I have to do it in multiple sittings because he gets so excited and wants to play.”

During Scamper’s latest haircut on Tuesday, Driscoll couldn’t resist sharing a photo of her handiwork on Facebook, with the caption: “10 min into his haircut, and he cannot sit still any longer. Now he looks like a disproportioned mutant.”

a close up of a dog © Kyra Driscoll

Starting with the head is an unorthodox way to groom, and Driscoll quickly learned why.

“He always looks so silly mid-cut because his hair is so fluffy,” Driscoll said. “Sometimes I start with his feet and then he has tiny little chicken legs and a huge body. Other times, I start with his midsection ... this time we started with his head and everyone thought it was hilarious.”

a small dog sitting on a table © Kyra Driscoll

Scamper's photo quickly went viral, gaining over 19,000 likes and confusing viewers. Commenters dubbed him the “shrunken head dog” and a “doggo with a mullet.”

Of course, Driscoll doesn’t mind how long his haircuts take — as long as Scamper’s happy. 

“He’s an incredibly loving dog,” Driscoll said. “He makes our lives so much better than we ever thought possible.”

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