‘I look exactly like my dog – strangers stop me in the street to say we’re twins’

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Harriet Harper, 28, from Didsbury, Greater Manchester, didn’t realise how similar her and toy poodle Boo looked until she brought her home – now strangers remind her of their matching appearance on a daily basis

Ginger girl and dog
It was a complete coincidence

They say dogs look like their owners – and for this duo the phrase certainly rings true.

Harriet Harper, 28, gets told by strangers every time she leaves the house that she looks just like her dog.

Though it’s no surprise when you see the pair together.

Toy poodle Boo has beautiful red-haired curls, just like her owner – yet Harriet says she didn’t even realise the resemblance when she bought her.

Harriet told The Mirror : “It didn’t go through my mind once – I’m in shock myself. When I got home and looked at us both in the mirror, I realised OMG we’re the same.”







Harriet’s hair is naturally ginger and curly
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She didn’t clock they were matching
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Harriet, from Didsbury, Greater Manchester, welcomed tiny puppy Boo into her home when she was two-months old.

Their uncanny resemblance was a complete coincidence, Harriet reassures.

“It wasn’t intentional, I just really liked red poodles – I thought they were gorgeous,” she said.

“I get comments every day from people saying ‘you look just like your dog’.

“When someone walks passed us in the street, I now expect them to whisper ‘she’s got the same hair as her dog’.







Strangers often stop them in the street
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She expects to hear whispers about their hair
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“Family and friends say we look alike too, and Mum calls us the two gingers.”

Harriet also admits to having similar personalities, with both of them “enjoying their own separate space and time together”.

The dog groomer and actress says: “We are naturally very identical.”

Boo’s beautiful red-haired curls are completely natural – and so are Harriet’s.







The pair have similar personalities too
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Though it’s potentially caused them rejection in the past.

“We’ve auditioned for pet adverts together before, and sometimes I think the reason we didn’t get the job is because we look so stereotypically alike,” Harriet says.

“It’s almost not realistic – but she really is just my dog.”

The dinky 19-month-old pup weighs 3.5kg and is the “smallest in her litter”, but Harriet thinks she’s perfect.

“She was meant to be miniature poodle size but didn’t grow like her brothers and sisters,” she said.







Actress Harriet has been turned down for looking too alike
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Their resemblance is almost unbelievable
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“Though many people mistake her for a cockapoo due to her teddy bear appearance.”

Harriet describes Boo as extremely playful, friendly and sociable.

“She wants to be everyone’s best friend. She likes to pick and choose her affectionate moments, but you’ll always see her playing with a toy,” Harriet said.

“She’s not one to sit around and thinks it’s hilarious to nip at my feet as I walk up the stairs.”

Harriet has been a dog groomer for three years and recently started up her own business POOCH Bespoke Dog Styling in Manchester.







Toy poodle Boo is Harriet’s favourite client
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“Boo has turned out to be a very good business partner because people often ask where I get her groomed,” Harriet said.

“To maintain Boo’s Asian Fusion style, she takes a lot of upkeep. I give her a bath, tidy and brush out once a week – she’s a high-maintenance puppy.

“She throws a tantrum in the bath like any child when you say ‘bath time’ but absolutely adores being styled on the table with scissors and clippers.”

You can keep up-to-date with Harriet and Boo on her Instagram and Facebook page @pooch_bespoke_styling.

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