Too bad Cheryl Wassus didn’t ask her son what a “furry” is — it might have been an embarrassing explanation for him but it would have saved her a pretty hilarious trip!
When the Pets For Vets volunteer heard that the Motor City Furry Convention had chosen her organization as its charity for the weekend, she decided to pay them a visit and brought her 1-year-old service dog Link.
The trouble is, the Furry Con isn’t for animals. It’s for people who like to dress as anthropomorphic animals, often as a sexual fetish.
Of course, when his mom told him about her confusing trip, NY Mag writer Kenny Wassus just had to share some of her pics from the convention floor:
Afterward, Kenny’s coworkers were so amused, they actually did an interview with Cheryl to get the whole story from her perspective.
Obviously, she had no idea what she was walking into, having never heard of Furries before. But Link was a little slower to catch on. Cheryl explained:
“It was a little embarrassing at first because Link was just a little curious why people were wearing tails, so he was doing some serious tail-sniffing and checking out people. They weren’t offended, though, they just embraced him. It was all good. Just a real interested community.”
And a real interesting community as it turned out.
Cheryl wasn’t afraid to ask questions after the mixup:
“I learned so much about this whole new culture of people who get together and dress up in furry costumes. I didn’t know that there was this progression ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ like first, they choose a name, and start off with just a tail and ears. But from there, some of these costumes are amazing, and so elaborate. I was asking a lot of questions. Where do you get these? Where do you come up with something like this? A lot of people design their own, I guess. They decide what character they want to be, and then they spend lots of money having these costumes made. And then, they all get together for these events.”
The furry community was so welcoming, they even attended as Cheryl went ahead and did her presentation about Pets For Vets!
“We actually did a panel discussion about our charity and what we do, and these people, these furries, were very taken by what we do. Laurie [another volunteer] did a really nice presentation about the brain, when it comes to PTSD and vets, and they took off their furry costumes, or just the heads. Those things have to get incredibly warm. I can’t fathom wearing one of those all day. But, yes, they were absolutely tuned in ├óΓé¼┬ª I saw some tears, people were definitely listening and paying attention. I don’t know what the final toll will be, but I imagine Pets for Vets is going to do quite well.”
She wasn’t wrong. Motor City Furry Con ended up raising over $10,000 for the charity!
So all in all it was a one heck of a happy accident!
PS — You can find out more about Pets For Vets HERE!
[Image via Twitter.]