Meeting New Furs/The Next Generation

I had an interesting experience this weekend that put into context where I stand in the furry fandom. We had friends in town and decided to go out to a local festival where the annual "All Species Parade" was going on. We don't get out much and even less so in suit, so this was a wonderful opportunity to be a fur in public.

Before the start of the parade we were approached by a blond haired kid who couldn't have been any older than 16. Before he even spoke he had a look in his eye that told me exactly what he was thinking - he was a furry and he had just found other furries. He was nearly speechless, cheered and raised his arms to the sky and said "Finally! I'm not alone anymore!"

I was immediately filled with two strong yet opposite feelings; both empathy at knowing EXACTLY how he felt and the relief of finding like-minded folks, but also the teeth-gritting cringe of meeting someone with lofty expectations of furry and the thought that I'd be the one to have to introduce him to the fandom at large.

Not 15 years ago I was in the same position - I knew I was weird, had just found the internet, and was *just* realizing that there were people out there like me. I desperately wanted to meet other people, especially ones with fursuits. I was so lucky to have found the people I did - who in spite of my youth, accepted me for who I was and showed me to the wonderful world of big cuddly animal costumes. I don't know where I'd be without those people, and the world would probably be a much lonlier place.

With roles reversed, I'm finding myself turning my nose up at this kid. I'm justifying my coldness, telling myself I'm too busy, he's too young, that we have nothing in common except for furry, and that it's not my responsibility to shepard him into the fandom etc etc etc. The more I sit on that decision, the worse I feel. The thought that I'm never going to have kids scares me into wanting to impart what knowledge I have onto the next generation, and there really is no better recipient than the up and coming (and lonely) fur.

I've just e-mailed him and pointed him to a local group of college-aged furs, but I don't want that to be all that I do. But I also fear inviting him into my house and him turning into a drama bomb, or becoming clingy, or wanting something from me that I can't provide (attention, time etc.)

I hate feeling like this :(


OK so I was going to follow up with my last FC post with some emo thoughts that were on my mind, but making that post gave me a bit of perspective and left me wondering - is it really necessary? As the PCD fades into memory, I've been left with a few goofy furry ponderings.

Specifically, for all the fursuits owned by mikecoyote and I, I almost never call any of them by their actual name...for each suit we have a series of pet names that cycle in an out depending on our mood.

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Help Me Get My Groove Back

So I lost all my mp3s in successive computer and then iPod failures, but now I have a shiny new phone just aching to be penetrated with some crunchy grooves.

I've got a bunch of songs I have in mind to download, but what I want to ask all of you is: what are your favorite albums, taken in their entirety? As in, you put the album in and listen through it beginning to end, skipping as few tracks as possible.


Coca Cola Polar Bear by Jim Henson Creature Shop (Video link, safe for work)

Pretty neat to see another suit from the Henson Creature's always great to a suit with such great expression, movement, and even blinking. It of course brings back thoughts of Bear in the Big Blue House, which is one of my favorite suits ever, simply for how charming and engaging the character is.

All costumes are in some way an attempt to bring a fake world (a cartoon world in this case) into a real one, and every little bit, from the design and construction of the costume to the performance of the suit itself, makes that transformation that much more real. It just makes me happy to see :)

Fursuit Auction - Colby Jack the Rat!

I'm trying not to spam *everywhere* about it, but I do want to get the word out about our latest fursuit, Colby-Jack the rat, going up for auction and will be ending in time for shipment before AC.

We were really torn about wanting to sell him, but in the end decided it was for the best. Mike and I aren't exactly easy on fursuits, and with pristine pink velour paws, it was only a matter of time before we ruined him ;) We hope he finds a good home.


If you know anyone looking to become a rat, please do let them know!

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