Meitou went to the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire (Aug. 8th)
  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    Bonney Lake, WA~

    Meitou did really well even though the Faire was pretty busy. He was also super popular ("Oh! That dog looks awesome!" or "That dog is so cute!"). I had to tell a lot of people that no, they could not pet my dog. One father brought his tiny baby close and I told him "no pets" and then as soon as my back was turned he put his baby down in Meitou's face and put the baby's hand right out to Meitou. I looked down just then to see Meitou licking a baby hand, but oh my gosh it freaked me out.

    I bought fairy wings for Meitou and he wore them the entire time. When I first tried them on him I put them on upside down. Whoops. I fixed it after I bought them.

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    Meitou did not want to be too close to the jousting. But for some reason he really thought he could go in the "staff only" area nearby.

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    This fairy liked Meitou a lot.

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    Meitou wanted to say hi to the unicorn. Or at least he thought he did.

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    I heard someone say "Oooh! Look at the dog getting it's picture taken with the skeleton!"

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    Around this point I met a woman who told me she had a Shiba and wanted to get a Kai. She told me Meitou was the first Hokkaido she had met in person. ;)

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    I bought a cool necklace and made Meitou model it once we got home. I should have made him wear it at the actual Faire, lol.

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    Wings and necklace

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    And that evening, near home, my sister and I saw this:

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    It was way prettier in person. It looked like a 4 layered rainbow and then it grew kind of a reverse rainbow cloud behind it.

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    And then a few pictures from the 15th

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  • SayaSaya
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    Looks like you and Meitou had a lot of fun!
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  • lindsaytlindsayt
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    Looks hot and dry! Meitou must have been pretty popular :)
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  • Meitou is such a good boy with all those costumes and horses and people and stuff. That's the way!
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  • Does Meitou get weird with strangers petting him?
  • TheYetiTheYeti
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    He looks like he had a blast! Rollo met horses once. They kind of freaked him out since he's never been around any animal that big before. Then he spent the next couple of hours trying to eat the horse poop..
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  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    @Saya We did have a lot of fun. :) Although Meitou gwas starting to get a little cranky near the end because it was pretty warm. All he wanted to do was hide in the shade, so I knew it was time to go.

    @lindsayt He was pretty popular. :)

    @WrylyBrindle Yeah, I'm glad he doesn't have issues with big crowds or random costumes so I can still take him fun places that might be a bit busy.

    @laurenmarie He gets super weird about strangers petting him. He does not like it at all or want it. He'll dance away and duck his head out of the way and it pretty escalates into very angry barking so a lot of people who don't listen to me when I tell them not to pet him, or don't believe me, then get all offended and think he's scary/dangerous. He only likes being pet by people he knows really well and really likes, and that's a pretty small group of people when it comes down it. What about Oni? Is he weird about strangers touching him or is he okay with it?

    @TheYeti Yeah, Meitou isn't sure what to think of horses when they are close. When they are far away they're very interesting. He ignored the horses at the Ren Faire. I think he was feeling too hot to be interested and with all the clanging jousting noises I don't think he found it very appealing. hahaha, now the camel that was nearby was a different story. Meitou thought the camel smelled super interesting, hahaha.
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    But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”
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  • @whobitme, he is very on and off. Sometimes he loves strangers and other times he acts all excited like he wants them to pet him and then he turns and does the angry bark. He has done really well with some younger kids petting him but we only let it happen for a minute just to be safe. Overall I just tend to avoid strangers.

    I think our boys are a lot alike! Especially with the vet visits, I am curious to see how the training works for you!
    Post edited by laurenmarie at 2015-08-24 22:24:55
  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    @laurenmarie Our guys do sound a lot alike. I find it very interesting to see how similar they can be at times. ;) I usually avoid strangers, too. At least direct interactions with them. Meitou doesn't usually mind being in a crowd. For the vet visit training, I hope it helps, too. The last time Meitou had to go in (rabies shot) it seemed to have helped a little, but we have room still for a massive amount of improvement. And I honestly don't expect him to really improve all that quickly. He has some rage toward vets and vet techs.


    Anyway, hopefully I'll have some new photos of Meitou up soon, mostly consisting of things I make him wear for funny photoshoots.
    1 Human + 1 Hokkaido
    RIP Amy (Border Collie)

    “Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket.
    But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”
    --Patrick Rothfuss, A Wise Man's Fear

    "Life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination."
    --Brandon Sanderson, the First Ideal from The Stormlight Archive.
  • Looks like a fun time!

    The pictures of him under the statue look iconic. :)

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