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Jul. 4th, 2010 @ 11:14 am Surprising Donkey!
OK, so this is when I'll admit that in our 8+ years of being together, I have NEVER bought my mate, mikecoyote a gift. Not birthdays, not Christmas, not Yom Kippur. Never.

This year, I made up for all of that.





This was a collaboration between myself, javacostumes and bastekk. We started it about a month ago, when Mike was down in LA for Califur and a family visit. We managed to keep it a complete secret until the very last morning, when Mike caught me working at 5am and I had to shoo him away before he saw. (So he had to spend the WHOLE day wondering what I was up to...)

The whole thing started as kinda a joke. I was giving Mike a spanish lesson one night, mentioning that the burrito he was eating was really a "little male donkey". His mind immediately went to a little female donkey, a burrita, and how cute it'd be to make a pink donkey named Burrita. The rest, as they say, is history. I got most of the inspiration for the look from the donkey transformation scene from Pinnochio, especially how cutely pathetic and pleading all the donkeys were as they were being caged to be sold to the circus and salt mines.

The night of his birthday, I blindfolded him, dressed him in the suit, then stood him in front of the mirror and removed the blindfold.

The best part - I got video of Mike putting it on for the first time! Click HERE for video

For the first few seconds of the video, he has NO idea what he looks like. Then, he looks in the mirror ;)

I'm really happy to give my coyo a special birthday surprise, especially after the amazing surprise he got me for my birthday back in May.

HUGE thanks go to Java and Bastekk, without whom this would have never happened. I made most of the head, Java made the body, feet hooves and tail (plus helped with the cute details, like adding a pink bow and jingly bell to the tail, freckles to the cheek, and light pink eyelids). Bastekk made the hand hooves, the ears, and helped a ton with carving the muzzle and cheeks.

So now that I have a donkey...who wants to buy him for their circus?? ;)
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From:slycat
Date:July 4th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Aww, that's fantastic! What a brilliant way to celebrate his birthday :D *envies*
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From:diadexxus
Date:July 4th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
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haha Burrita! hah LOVE the name! I LOVE surprises like that! You can just TELL how much he is smiling in that when he turns around and sees Burrita in the big mirror!

Totally awesome you guys.
-J
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From:baconcoyote
Date:July 4th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's one pink donkey! That's a really awesome birthday present, especially the blindfolding part. It had to be a pretty interesting sensation to not have any idea what you've become until you've completely became it

Happy Birthday to Mike!
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From:crocodile
Date:July 4th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Surprise fursuits are one of the best gifts of all time, if not THE best gift. :)

Happy birthday to Mike, glad you finally got him something you deadbeat. :)
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From:thump
Date:July 4th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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;P
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From:relee
Date:July 4th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Ohhhhh! That's SO CUTE and SO SWEET! The video is sweet too, watching how giddy and excited Burrita is. XD

Also you have a very sexy voice, Red. <3
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From:focswulfe_light
Date:July 4th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
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aww thats just very neat and cute ^^
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From:raycek
Date:July 4th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
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OMG

That is so insanely cute want to hug heeeem
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From:tastyeagle
Date:July 4th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
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You guys just blew my mind away.
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From:kj_roo
Date:July 4th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Mmmm. Birdyminds. *chases after it* :D
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From:kj_roo
Date:July 4th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Kyooooooooot!
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From:wolfstoy
Date:July 4th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is awesome!
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From:taurath
Date:July 4th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
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That is a pink donkey. NOthing more needs to be said :O
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From:krasnayath
Date:July 4th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Ok, that's really sweet! In more than one definition of the word! *hugs*
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From:thump
Date:July 4th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
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best surprise ev4r! I love getting to see the reaction shot in the video, epic! You guys rock :)
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From:codexrau
Date:July 5th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
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Wow! That's amazing man ^_^ Mike looks like hes having a blast :D Kudos you two, and I cant wait to talk to you both about it ^_^ I hope someday I can be surprised with a suit like that!
From:cyrin_phin
Date:July 5th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
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That is just AWESOME! :) My goodness, those hooves look great!

Certainly sounds like one of the best birthday presents anyone could possibly get :)
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From:ducktapeddonkey
Date:July 5th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
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Too awesome!
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From:toonishvulpine
Date:July 5th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
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Fugging epic right there man, just fugging epic. :D
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From:divitus
Date:July 5th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
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damm that is one great way to give a gift and great looking suit.. pink to the extreme
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From:baby_carlie
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
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I hope you remembered to give my Happy Birthday wishes to Mike after we talked! That donkey is sooooooo cute! ^__^ And you are such a wonderful mate for doing that for him. <3
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From:c_eagle
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)

Fun!

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I love the Pinocchio scene analogy too :D ... Great Pix and Vid!!
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From:loranskunky
Date:July 5th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is so cute and amazing work. Is that fully made of fleece? I love the name too, so awesome.
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From:stitch629
Date:July 5th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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that's alsome
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From:nicodemusrat
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! :D Nicely done. A very happy birthday indeed.
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From:marko_the_rat
Date:July 5th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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So nice! I can just imagine his expression under the head.
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From:3catsjackson
Date:July 6th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
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Over the years, I've seen many various things, some involving weasels and some not, and to varying degrees of pinkness. But I can say without hyperbole that this is positively the very best thing ever in all of human history. And the second-pinkest. (Thr first being Sir Elton John.)

Good show, sir! For your prize you win the internets.

Edited at 2010-07-06 08:33 am (UTC)