The "Kaiju Re-branding" Thread (aka "Kaiju's PR Campaign")
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    So, yea, I know I bitch about Kaiju a lot. I've made this thread to share with everyone all of Kaiju's good qualities and traits, because he does have a lot of them, I just don't share them very often.

    First, let me explain why I complain about him a lot. Basically, due to his high-drive and "tough guy" temperament, he requires more management than many of our other dogs. In a situation where you have multiple dogs (10+) ANY DOG that requires more one-on-one management than the average is labeled as a "problem child", whether they deserve that title or not. This is the case with Kaiju. If the situation were different and we had less dogs to manage I'd probably be totally taken by Kaiju and his Shikoku-ness... like I was with Ahi... I bet I'd complain about Ahi too if she was a puppy now and we had to keep her with all these dogs.

    Anyway, so what I am trying to say is that Kaiju is not a "bad dog", he doesn't have a "bad temperament", he's actually a wonderful dog, he just requires a lot of extra day-to-day management that many of our other dogs do not require. And so I bitch about him a lot. It's less him, and more me that has an issue.

    This thread will be dedicated to sharing all his good qualities in the form of pictures, stories, and videos. I have many, but I'm still aggregating them together to share with you - but stay tuned! :o)

    The obvious first thing to say about Kaiju is that he is a VERY NICE LOOKING Shikoku Ken...

    Kaiju

    Kaiju

    Kaiju

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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    For those of you who do not know Kaiju's back story, he was imported by me and my wife from Japan. Shigeru and I "intercepted" him as he went from one kennel in Japan to another. Kaiju was produced by a NIPPO judge's breeding program and is from Hiroshima.

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    Post edited by BradA1878 at 2011-09-26 19:09:30
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    I like the Kaiju re-branding thread. He still is a very handsome man.

    For new people, you should post his puppy pics. He was the most handsome puppy I have ever seen. He reminded me of Scrappy Doo.
  • LosechLosech
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    Kaiju is a very nice looking Shikoku, so much that I use him as the model of what I like to think a Shikoku should look like.
    I actually like hearing about Kaiju's "problems" for some reason. Maybe since Conker's recently gotten a mean streak in him that he didn't have before... Also, I tend to like "bad" dogs more than the good ones anyways XD
    It is nice to know that Kaiju isn't all bad though, and I'm looking forwards to more updates when you get around to them!
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  • Hahaha,
    I love Kaiju. I man-handled him and Ritsu when they first arrived and knew he was just going to be a handful. He had a lot of energy! I never really considered him a "monster" considering he just sounds so much like my Kurenai. I imagine him to be intense, playful, driven, impulsive, and mouthy when he plays. Quintissential Shikoku if you ask me. :-)

    Jesse
    Jesse Pelayo

  • Freak'n Kaiju, typical stubbourn NK. His name suits him really well, he really reminds me of Koyuki. She's a beating and a half.
    Gen, Ami, Kaylynn, Trinity, Yusuke......Riki, Hana, Sammi, Taro, and the newest addition Koyuki.
  • SayaSaya
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    I love the second picture.
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  • @shishiinu.
    Gen! Say the word and we need our lil' hellion travel partners to have a go at it sometime! I'm sure they'll play in a manner that would make Kaiju look like an angel:-)

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  • CaliaCalia
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    Poor Kaiju, I love him all the same even with his "bad boy" rep. He's probably just doing that to impress the ladies :P He is definitely one of the dogs I would love to meet some day.
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  • cmptekicmpteki
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    So noted. Kaiju rocks! Never doubted it for a minute... :)
  • AraksAraks
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    I freakin love Kaiju :) Personality and all, but then again, I'm usually attracted to super stubborn/ pain in the ass dogs lol. I'd love to meet him as well, along with those two cuties in the pic above ;)
  • okironokiron
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    I actually love hearing your complaints. Hearing about him being a butt is what makes Kaiju adorable
    -Rina
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    Yeah Rina heard me complain about Mei! Oh wait so does everyone including Brad and Jen.
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Ok, while some Kaiju vids upload here are some Kaiju puppy pics...

    Kaiju!

    Kaiju!

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    He was an uber-cute puppy!

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  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    Should we get "Team Kaiju" or "Kaiju 2012" t-shirts made?

    He was the freakin cutest puppy ever!!
    Post edited by tjbart17 at 2011-09-27 15:40:01
  • Love the yoga pose at the very end! I am very much team Kaiju. Frankly, I wish it were my place to pimp Kurenai out to him 1.5 years from now but that's all Corina:-P

    Jesse
    Jesse Pelayo

  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    Oh talk Corina into it!!!!
  • LosechLosech
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    I vote for Team Kaiju! Put one of those uber cute Kaiju puppy pics on it and I'll buy a couple.
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  • AraksAraks
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    So, when will the shirts be ready? lol
  • CrispyCrispy
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    I adore Kaiju! He's by far one of my favorite Shikoku here (if not my absolute favorite--sorry guys!), but I think it's BECAUSE we hear so much about how much of a punk he's being (coupled with that adorable face--come on, this isn't fair). He's very endearing and I never took away from any of his "problems" that he was a bad dog or had a bad temperament. He's just kind of punky and really, I think everyone (here) can appreciate that type personality. Still, I'm very excited to hear about all of the GOOD things too! :)


    If I heard about every Shikoku like how we hear about Kaiju, I'd want one in a heartbeat (and he and Mura are responsible for most of my Shikoku-crush). I am absolutely for Team Kaiju.
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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Ok, here is a video of Kaiju playing with a tarantula.



    You might ask: why include this video in Kaiju's re-branding campaign? Sure it's cute the way he paws the tarantula, but the real reason I included it is because of what happened off-camera...

    Shortly after this video Kaiju eats this tarantula. Yea, you read that right - he ATE THE TARANTULA. You know why? Because he's Kaiju, and he's a badass. He eats mutha f'n live tarantulas for fun! That's just how badass he is.

    Sure it made him sick, but that's whatever. You see, if Kaiju wants to eat live tarantulas and then violently vomit it up, then later spray tarantulas butt-funk all over his crate, the barn, and Ritsu, he can do that. Because's he's Kaiju, and he's a badass. He does what he wants. That's just how a badass operates.

    You see, "Kaiju" (his brand) isn't just about being cute, doing yoga poses as a puppy, or kissing Chase... It's also about being a badass too. Learn from him.

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  • ttddinhttddinh
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    Yea Team Kaiju all the way! He IS bad-ass!!
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    LMFAO is would figure that he sprayed funk all over Ritsu. It had to be Ritsu! It's just fitting.
  • aykayk
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    LOL. Somehow that re-branding is not quite working. :-)
  • CrispyCrispy
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    I love that video. The description is amazing.



    Kaiju, the Tarantula Slayer
    Kais: "...right. You're doing... what? Yeah, okay, let us know how that works out for you."
    Kaiju: "Look, guys, Back up. I've got this. Watch this shit. It's crazy. This beast ain't got nothin' on me. Don't be jealous."
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  • McYogiMcYogi
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    Hahahahaha, re-branding fail, Brad :)

    That's okay though, it just means you have to post more stuff!
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  • sunyatasunyata
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    lol... Poor Ritsu! :)
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  • brittkbrittk
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    That's a great story! :) Kaiju is so handsome and has such a great personality!
    Loving my Kai-ya :)
  • SayaSaya
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    Kaiju is so funny. Saya would done same thing to that tarantula. She is pawing and pouncing on crickets and eating them. >.<<br />
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  • "Learn from him." LOL!
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    Dave, proudly owned by Joey (Shiba Inu), Tyson (Kai Ken), and PRG's Mason Julien McDieserton III, a.k.a. Diesel (Labrador Retriever).
    "My opinion may have changed, but not the fact that I'm right"
  • Post edited by TheWalrus at 2011-09-27 22:19:22
  • Kaiju has bad assness written all over his face on the puppy pics. He should have a mask and a cape on to show how bad ass he can be.
    Gen, Ami, Kaylynn, Trinity, Yusuke......Riki, Hana, Sammi, Taro, and the newest addition Koyuki.
  • ttddinhttddinh
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    Oh I love the second picture where he is so muddy....he looks so mischievous!
  • Kaiju is so badass, Chuck Noris secretly wishes his name was Kaiju Noris.
    dlrobertsdlroberts
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  • okironokiron
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    I think micah and kaiju are brothers from another mother.
    -Rina
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @dlroberts - lol... Dave, I was totally thinking about making Kaiju a twitter account and tweeting stupid Chuck Noris-like quotes about him. LMAO

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    Post edited by BradA1878 at 2011-09-28 00:25:42
  • AraksAraks
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    Those puppy pics are the greatest.

    For those of you familiar with a certain meme, we could do this:

    The level of badassness

    Is too DAMN HIGH
  • HeidiHeidi
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    Have people been talkin' smack about Kaiju? He's a proper, bona fide Shikoku boy, no excuses necessary! I guess I can see how complaining about him can come off wrong, but I see it differently because I totally get it.
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  • cmptekicmpteki
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    Yoshi chomps wasps and hornets for fun...but a tarantula; damn! Flying opponents aside, that is a whole different level of bad ass... :)
  • @brada1878 I read your tarantula post out loud to Jason kind of like the theme from Shaft. He laughed so hard tear streamed down his face. He then said that Kaiju's name should be changed to Mother-F*#?in' Kaiju.
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  • See Jessica...now you've got me started....

    Kaiju's awesome badassedness continues..



    Jesse
    Jesse Pelayo

  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @JessicaRabbit - That's great! LOL

    "Does Kaiju look like a B!tch!?!"

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  • Kaiju being a badass makes this the best thread ever. Word.
  • Honey Badger don't care.....Kaiju don't care.

    Kaiju would eat a honey badger for breakfast!
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  • ttddinhttddinh
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    i love this thread...I'm cracking up by myself...my labmates think I am crazy....
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    Mother-F*#?in' Kaiju

    LMAO he probably already gets called that. Hilarious.
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Kaiju once mated with a Honey Badger, the off produced was Godzilla.
  • Kaiju once got it on with Kings Cavalier Spaniel...their offspring went on to become famous in a movie...I think the name of the movie was Cujo...

    Jesse
    Jesse Pelayo

  • jujeejujee
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    Haha, Kaiju is awesome :)

    Btw Jesse ( @CrimsonO2 ) I think we can convince Corina to send Kurenai to Taos for some 1 on 1 time with Kaiju! ;)
  • Haha Julie @jujee,
    There's plenty of time and ultimately Corina's call. I've never met nor seen an ugly Shikoku male (actually...regardless of gender) so I'm not too worried.

    Jesse
    Jesse Pelayo

  • Cujo...LOL!!
  • His badassness level is over 9000!!!!
  • I think Brad should enter Kaiju in a MMA fight..... just say'n. My money will be on Kaiju.
    Gen, Ami, Kaylynn, Trinity, Yusuke......Riki, Hana, Sammi, Taro, and the newest addition Koyuki.
  • Or maybe it was Kaiju that was part of DevGru when they took Osama out...
    Gen, Ami, Kaylynn, Trinity, Yusuke......Riki, Hana, Sammi, Taro, and the newest addition Koyuki.
  • He should fight Anderson Silva! (Awful pun in 3, 2, 1) After all, he's already eaten one Spider.
  • jujeejujee
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    lol @Asheaka! The spider will finally be defeated! :) Kaiju the new Middleweight champ?!
  • KevinKevin
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    Y'all ain't right.
  • ttddinhttddinh
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    @Kevin--What do you mean by, "Y'all ain't right?"
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Ok, moving on from Kaiju's badass-ness, he is also pretty chill as long as he has his walks and such. Here he is chilling with Ahi, his sensei...



    See, he's not ALWAYS being a bad boy or a badass, he's a good boy too. :o)

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    Post edited by BradA1878 at 2011-09-30 10:56:15
  • For all we know, you drugged them both with Xanax Brad! :-P He has a beautifully round face!

    Jesse
    Jesse Pelayo

  • SayaSaya
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    Kaiju is so cute! His badassness is just him being a shikoku I'm sure. The female shikoku I met was calm and stuff, but I'm sure they require lots of exercise.

    I like his face too. :)

    I know Bella my parent's boxer can be a real jerk if she doesn't get her two walks a day or at least one walk and one run a day.. She gets into stuff and acts obnoxious when she has excess energy.
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  • I love Kaiju. I think he was the cutest pup (that comes to mind right now lol) that I've ever had come through my door. He had a lot of attitude for a little guy, but then again so did Rome. I think Rome and Kaiju are brothers from another mother. In your face Shikoku males... lol. He and Baron saw each other for the first time in a couple months on Sunday, and Rome just rudely got right up in his face. Almost had a little tussle, but after a timeout and a long drive crated next to each other, they were back to being buddies. And yeah, Rome tries to climb every dog he meets.
  • beautiful dog that is Brad, congrats
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @ivanmeza03 - Thanks Ivan!

    @CrimsonO2 - I would never do such a thing! :oP

    @TheWalrus - We need to see some updated pics of Rome!

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    I think it's really neat how Kaiju was a community effort. So many forum members spent time with him before he got here so he touched a lot of people's lives - in his Kaiju way (which often involves humping).

    Thanks again to everyone that helped get him here! It really shows the strength and commitment of this forum's members - working together to help one of our breeds. Very cool!

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  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    @brada1878 That reminds me. I have two videos of Kaiju, Ritsu, and Shuran playing on my phone. I'll load them up tonight. I just actually watched them and realized Ritsu was a tenacious little puppy. They are really cute. They were having a blast with a toy. Of course they are cell phone quality.
  • sunyatasunyata
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    Hmm. I think the East Coast feels a little left out of this community effort... :-P I think for socialization, you should start shipping the puppies to the East Coast first, then out West. Haha.
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  • brittkbrittk
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    I agree with Casey!
    Loving my Kai-ya :)
  • ttddinhttddinh
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    @Brad--I love his round face too!

    This is his downtime, contemplating his next move muahaha...
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Yea, and you could see that he got nervous when he realized I was trying to snoop on his next scheme...
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    @brada1878 I forgot I had these. Here are two short vids of Kaiju, Ritsu, and Shuran playing at Corina's house. Kaiju is the cutest puppy I've ever seen.

    Kaiju is the small one making all that noise.



    Post edited by tjbart17 at 2011-09-30 22:02:51
  • SayaSaya
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    So cute! Kai pup and two shikoku pups I can't take the cuteness. lol
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  • I thought it looked like Shuran was looking for a spot to pee, and sure enough...
  • KevinKevin
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    I mean you are all crazy. It was fun to read those ridiculous comments.
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @tjbart17 - Those videos are super cute, thanks for posting them! :o)
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    So, we took Ayu and Kaiju to the Taos Wool Festival today, they both did amazing. Kaiju has a great temperament, he's really a solid dog. He was nice to dogs we met, loved all the people, enjoyed the kids he met... He's a really good boy.

    I took some lame video (with my mobile) as "proof" of how comfortable he was in a very busy environment...





    Also, here are some pics...

    Kaiju

    Kaiju playing with Chase and his "water bowl"...
    Kaiju & Chase

    Kaiju grabbing a beer with us...
    Ayu & Kaiju

    Kaiju meeting some people we met while having beers...
    Kaiju & Friends

    Interesting aside - I met 2 people who know what a Shikoku Ken was, and 1 that had met a Kai Ken before. Bu this other guy lived in Japan, and he called me over with Kaiju and said "When I lived in Japan this was one of my favorite breeds." I said "oh, you know Shikoku?" He said "Yes, but I like the all white ones more." ... I was like "Oh, the Kishu Ken?" He said "Yea, I loved those dogs."

    How cool is that? In tiny little Taos I met someone who knew what a Kai Ken, Shikoku Ken, and a Kishu Ken was AND had personal experiences with the Shikoku and Kishu! I thought that was awesome.

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  • EdgewoodEdgewood
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    Very cute photos Brad! Glad to see that we also see the positives sides of Kaiju too :-). So what is a Wool festival? Is it because a lot of indian blankets are made of wool?

    FWIW - I took my 2 dogs (one each on each day) to a huge horse show that gets lots of spectators. They too are really solid dogs in a very busy environment, letting everyone come up to pet and socialize with them and standing patiently while we talk. Ignoring the other dogs and being very obedient and calm.

    I don't know about you, but I need to get a little vest that says "Shikoku Ken - Japanese hunting dog of boar/deer" with a pocket that I can put brochures in so that I don't have to answer the same question over and over again. My friend who was with me cracked up laughing at the 20th "what kind of dog is that?", and there were many more after that! It is so rare to find someone who knows any of these NK breeds (outside of Akitas and Shibas).
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @Edgewood - The wool festival is an event where people who spin, knit, or weave yarn can display and sell their work. There's also animals there to educate people where the wool comes from. It's a big thing here in Taos because of the Pueblo, Mexican, and the Spanish culture here (also all the hippies lol).

    Yea, I've told Jen I might start printing Kai Ken and Shikoku Ken brochures too. Chrystal suggested trading cards too. I mean, rally, we can't walk 10 feet without someone asking about either breed. I don't mind tho, that's part of our non-profit description: "public education"... Still, it can be overwhelming at times.

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  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    I went to a global festival this weekend at Irvine, CA and brought both my pups. Surprisingly, Ichi did well and even went so far as to lie down in the middle of the crowd on the lawn. So many people were taken in with Ichi more than Kurenai. As much as people dearly wanted to pet Ichi, the best they got was a sniff. Kurenai, on the other hand, was an absolute love. People thought Kurenai was a shiba or husky mix, but only asked that after they asked about Ichi, the non-standard leggy/tall Shiba.

    Sorry, unfortunately no photos (fail on my part).

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  • EdgewoodEdgewood
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    @brada1878 - yeah, I also do not mind stopping to talk about the breed, but in a busy environment, it can mean that it takes a long time to get anywhere (I agree with the 10 feet before the next question comes). Or when you just finish answer one person and someone comes up, while the 1st person is still there, and asks exactly the same question!

    LOL!

    @CrimsonO2 - I get a lot more comments about Kuma being a "large shiba" whereas no one can guess what Sachi is. Or asking if he is a siberian. Kuma gets a lot less people stopping to ask to pet him now that he is full grown and big and masculine looking. Even though he is a big love. Sachi got a lot of "is that a wolf? or a coyote?"

  • jenzjenz
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    <<The wool festival is an event where people who spin, knit, or weave yarn can display and sell their work.>>

    You should totally set up a booth and sell the undercoat of your dogs--seriously, it makes great wool! I used to show Malamutes and had my Nelson's undercoat combined with sheep to make a great yarn- it was the greatest scarf you could imagine. Unless it got wet, then you smelled like wet Malamute, lol. ;o)

    Wonderful pictures but ugh, I'm still having panic attacks over that tarantula video from last week- I don't think I could ever live in the Southwest, they would creep me out way too much... lol.

    Jen
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @jenz - We thought about doing that, and collected a lot of CO hair, but Jen just couldn't find the time to spin it or clean it. I was really excited for her to make thinks out of it and sell them, but it just never happened.

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  • aykayk
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    There are people that take in the dog hairs, clean it, and spin it into yarn for you. Maybe that's an option?
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    @ayk - I think Jen connected with someone who would do that but for some reason it didn't work out... but I think. that was pre-Ovcharka for us. Ovcharka hair has been used as wool for 1000s of years.

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  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    Ok, some new videos of Kaiju being a good boy...

    Kaiju with Jen and Chase:


    Kaiju giving Akashi some bro-love:


    Kaiju and his BFF playing in our first snow of the season:


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    Post edited by BradA1878 at 2011-10-11 00:59:07
  • He is adorable and what a beautiful tail!
  • EdgewoodEdgewood
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    Love the video of he and Ahi playing in the snow. Very cute tag game going on there :-)

    He is really a pretty dog!
  • ttddinhttddinh
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    Ditto...they both look so majestic roughing around. Am I mistaken, was Ahi mounting Kaiju?? Is Ahi older than Kaiju? BTW, I love how your child is totally un-phased by Kai jumping up! How do your dogs take in your kids?
  • BradA1878BradA1878
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    This mos def belongs here...



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  • CaliaCalia
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    LoL, Kaiju reminds me of my Tikaani and the pups reminds me of Miyu...Too cute!!
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  • LosechLosech
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    Aww, that's too cute!
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  • TheWalrusTheWalrus
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    Really nice handicapping.
  • ttddinhttddinh
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    Yes, very cute!
  • MirkaMMirkaM
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    Awwwm, this is so cute.
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  • CrispyCrispy
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    He's so endearing. :(


    ...I want a Kaiju.
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