Artists whose preferred medium is dog gathered yesterday from across the US to compete at the Garden State Exhibit and Convention Center in Somerset, NJ. The contest is called "Creative Challenge" and was the final event of a 3-day dog grooming convention called Intergroom. In addition to transforming their dogs, entrants integrate a themed background and introductory skit (in our fave intro, one contestant's adolescent daughter performed a half-hearted ribbon dance to dubstep music). Themes this year included Snow White, Beetlejuice, Scooby Doo, Butterflies, Skulls, Alaskan Nature, Vampires, and God. First place went to Cat Opson from Dana Point, California, with her Scooby Dog. Now check out the dogs, in all their kaleidoscopic glory. Photos, below.

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