THE friendliest "tiger" you'll ever meet was the first dog to be courageous enough to be coloured for a cure at Best Friends Pets.

The Tweed Heads South pet store and grooming salon will host a fundraiser next Saturdayinspired by the Leukaemia Foundation's Shave for a Cure.

The Colour for a Cure day will see dogs coloured with non-toxic washout or semi-permanent dye at the store from 9am to 4pm.

Store manager Sophie Lacrosse said Pedro the golden retriever was dyed to resemble a tiger on Wednesday, ahead of the big fundraiser.

"We want our local pet owners to help raise funds while having a bit of fun with their pet," Ms Lacrosse said.

"The dyes are completely safe and are a great way to give your pooch a new look - all for a good cause.

Ms Lacrosse said if they meet their goal of raising $560, the grooming staff will colour her hair.

"We're also having heaps of other fun activities in the store for a gold coin donation," she said.

"It will be a really fun day out for the whole family."

While Pedro was rocking some mean tiger stripes, Ms Lacrosse said dog owners could choose from a wide range of colours and designs, with stencils available. She said the dyes would work best on lighter coloured pooches.

Ms Lacrosse said the Tweed store, which hosts a handful of events every year, was trialling the fundraiser. She said the rest of the Best Friends stores across the country could pick the event up if it went well.

You can have your pooch dyed for a minimum donation of $10, and pet owners are encouraged to take it a step further by colouring their own hair, too.

More info: visit Best Friends at 2/10 Machinery Dr, or phone 0755236700.



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