Watch a brand-new episode of The Cute Show! to see Koby the dino dog destroy the competition later this month on VICE.com. Photo by Ren Netherland.
Whoooooo! What a relief. You’ve finally made it to the Cute Show Page! Release the heavy burden and sad vibes the rest of this issue has heaped upon you and just R-E-L-A-X as your brain is both confused and entertained by this fact: Recently a bunch of dog lovers congregated at a convention center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and groomed their pets to resemble everything except canines. We saw a dinosaur, that orange falcon thing from Harry Potter, Rainbow Brite, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, and even a hippie. Admittedly it’s a bit ridiculous, and most likely participation in an event like this is a pit stop on the road to Loserville. But c’mon—it’s pretty adorable. Our favorite was the dinosaur (aka poodle) named Koby. His owner told us how great the breed’s hair is for this sort of competition because it sticks straight out, making it easy to sculpt. Turns out they were right! Koby was crowned the winner and went home with a cash prize, an enormous trophy, and eternal glory.