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Skylie Dosier likes lions, so now her dog Teddy bears a lion cut. (The Observer/laura mackie-Hancock).
Skylie Dosier likes lions, so now her dog Teddy bears a lion cut. (The Observer/laura mackie-Hancock).

By T.L. Petersen

Observer Staff Writer

King of beasts, or man's best friend?

The question seems to be giving people pause as they see Teddy out with the Eddie Dosier family of La Grande or in his yard along N Avenue.

Josey Dosier explains that she loves the family dog's normal coat. Teddy is an 8-year-old Newfoundland/golden retriever mix, 120 pounds, with the long heavy coat of a Newfoundland, but in the golden color of a retriever.

But a summer trip to Grandpa and Grandma's farm near The Dalles left Teddy — who always travels with the family — full of sticks and mud and other country stuff.

"We were going to give Teddy a summer haircut," Josey said.

When her daughters, 6-year-old Skylie and 2-year-old Clara learned of the planned trim, they begged their mom to "make Teddy look like a lion."

The girls, led by Skylie, even found their mom a children's picture-book of the lion they wanted. "They like lions," Josey explained.

Josey used her talents as a trained dog-groomer — retired, she's now a stay-at-home mom — to go to work on Teddy. Mom did insist on being sure there were "before" pictures of Teddy, but there's probably more now of the "after" Teddy, scattered in photo albums of friends and strangers alike.

"It was very simple. He just lay there the whole time," Josey says.

"The girls have been calling him Simba all week," she laughs.

And how is Simba ...er Teddy taking the new 'do?

"He's getting lots of positive attention," Josey said.

Teddy just flopped down in the yard last Tuesday when the haircut happened and didn't even get upset when Josey used two bottles of dark dye to color his new mane and the poof on the end of his tail.

She quit at two bottles, not because the mane was completely dark, she says, but because Teddy was wagging his tail and her daughters were also getting dyed.

Teddy went to Grandpa and Grandma's again last weekend, Josey said, and Grandma asked who the new dog was.

Josey confesses to being surprised at the reactions to Teddy's summer haircut. She took him for some morning walks around La Grande last week with a friend, she said, and everybody did a double take.

"It's funny, the reactions," she says. But she won't be upset when Teddy grows out again. "We've always kept him in full coat, and I think he's gorgeous."

The debate now is: will Teddy get to make his next trip to school this fall as a dog or as a lion?

Either way, Teddy loves the kids, and they're sure to love him.

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