Local groomer uses pet-safe dyes to color dog for holiday parades Abby gets dyed for the holidays every year, so she can visit people who need a Christmas lift, and even walks in a parade or two. - photo by Jim Dean Updated: Nov. 19, 2017, 4 a.m. Walking through downtown Dahlonega, ‘Abby the Elf’ stood out. Though her attire — a green Santa jacket, neatly outlined by a black belt —blended in with the dozens of local residents decked out in Christmas garb as they gathered for the city’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, Abby was different. Instead of walking on two legs like the locals, the pup — one of Sherry Freeman’s, owner of Couture Cuts Pet Salon, rescue dogs — walked on four, her legs shaved to create two sets of boots and her tail dyed red. “I just really love Christmas and I thought it would be a cool way to add Christmas spirit to my shop,” Freeman said. “I’m part of what’s called creative grooming and we do all sorts of things, though last year was my first color where we completely dyed the dog. This year will be the second time we do a full color.” This holiday season, Freeman is gearing up to once again dye Abby as part of an effort to socialize the dog and spread Christmas cheer to locals.