The Florida Renaissance Festival hosts Medieval Menagerie, your chance to bring your pet to the festival. Participate in pet costume contest. Register at the Humane Society of Broward County's Mobile Adoption Center. DATE TO BE DETERMINED.
Registration fee is $2 with the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Broward County. Click Here for Registration Form
For centuries, dogs have been an important part of human existence. The Renaissance was no exception. Tales from the Renaissance that include dogs stretch the continent over.
Kitchen dogs, hunting hounds, and foot warmers only scratch the surface.
In the large kitchen, cooks would employ a Turnspit Dog. This squatty, long-haired, Chihuahua like dog would run in a circular cage like a hamster turning the meat turn on the spit.
Dogs also earned their keep as heaters in the cold months. Often small dogs were taken to church and other gatherings where it would be cold and the owner would be seated. These dogs, often owned by the rich, were expected to lie on the floor at the owner’s feet to keep them warm in the damp and cold winters of Europe.