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Even the dog is a dye-hard Steelers fan in this family

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  • Tasha Bailey, a Labradoodle from Arlington Heights, proudly displays a Pittsburgh Steelers logo on her back, courtesy of Palatine dog grooming business Jimminy Clippers.

       Tasha Bailey, a Labradoodle from Arlington Heights, proudly displays a Pittsburgh Steelers logo on her back, courtesy of Palatine dog grooming business Jimminy Clippers.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • From left, Nick Waters, Elizabeth Martin and Ashley Waters work on Tasha Bailey of Arlington Heights, a Labradoodle who had a Pittsburgh Steelers logo shaved and dyed on her back at Jimminy Clippers, a Palatine dog grooming business.

       From left, Nick Waters, Elizabeth Martin and Ashley Waters work on Tasha Bailey of Arlington Heights, a Labradoodle who had a Pittsburgh Steelers logo shaved and dyed on her back at Jimminy Clippers, a Palatine dog grooming business.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Tasha Bailey, a Labradoodle from Arlington Heights, proudly displays a Pittsburgh Steelers logo on her back, courtesy of Palatine dog grooming business Jimminy Clippers.

       Tasha Bailey, a Labradoodle from Arlington Heights, proudly displays a Pittsburgh Steelers logo on her back, courtesy of Palatine dog grooming business Jimminy Clippers.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • From left, Elizabeth Martin, Ashley Waters and Nick Waters work on Tasha Bailey of Arlington Heights, a Labradoodle who had a Pittsburgh Steelers logo shaved and dyed on her back at Jimminy Clippers, a Palatine dog grooming business.

       From left, Elizabeth Martin, Ashley Waters and Nick Waters work on Tasha Bailey of Arlington Heights, a Labradoodle who had a Pittsburgh Steelers logo shaved and dyed on her back at Jimminy Clippers, a Palatine dog grooming business.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 

The Baileys are die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fans -- actually, make that dye-hard fans.

Staying true to a preseason promise that the family's Labradoodle, Tasha, would proudly display the team's logo should Pittsburgh reach the Super Bowl, Alyson Bailey turned to Jimminy Clippers to decorate the furry canvas with the red, yellow and blue emblem.

"I would say Tasha's probably indifferent, but I'm loving it and I know my family will too," the Arlington Heights woman said.

Cathy Hartley, owner of the Palatine dog grooming business for 30 years, said her crew had to dye Tasha four separate times over the course of two days in order to get the colors right.

The yellow and blue proved tricky, and each application required a shampoo and heated blow dry.

"The dog was so sweet and patient," Hartley said.

The Baileys' request wasn't a first for Jimminy Clippers, which a couple weeks ago dyed the Chicago Bears logo on a willing pit bull. Hartley's other clients include aging gray poodles dyed to look a more youthful black, a white cat dyed blue to match its eyes and a schnauzer with a tri-color mohawk.

"We love to dye the animals," Hartley said. "It's just a blast for us and for the owners."

Besides Bailey's son, Evan, a Thomas Middle School student who just had Steelers' black and gold bands put on his braces, a person sure to appreciate Tasha's makeover is Bailey's father-in-law. The former Pittsburgh resident will be watching the Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's Super Bowl from his room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

"We're going to see if there's any chance we could let Tasha in to see him," Bailey said. "He'd get a big kick out of it."

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