Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

Woman Unaware That ‘Furry Convention’ Is Not For Pets, Takes Her Therapy Dog There And Becomes Famous
305points
User submission
13.7K
215K
Animals5 years ago

Woman Unaware That ‘Furry Convention’ Is Not For Pets, Takes Her Therapy Dog There And Becomes Famous

New York Media senior producer Kenny Wassus got a kick when he realized his mother went to the Motor City Furry Convention, thinking it was an event for pets, and brought her therapy dog Link with her. The pup being furry himself, it seemed like a logical choice.

Cheryl Wassus, Kenny’s mother, said: “I learned so much about this whole new culture of people who get together and dress up in furry costumes. I had no idea… 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.”

Once the doggie got used to the environment, Link seemed to be having a blast. The two even ended up participating in a panel at the con, which raised $10,000 for Pets for Vets, an organization that connects dogs with war veterans.

As for Cheryl, she isn’t planning to get into furry culture scene herself: “No, I don’t think so. No. You know, you get a little older, a little menopausal, and being in that many layers and layers of fur. No need to be overheating [in a furry costume]. I’m good.”

More info: Twitter (h/t: someecards)

One guy’s mother heard about Furry Convention and thought it was an event for pets

She brought her therapy dog Link with her – the pup being furry himself, it seemed like a logical choice

Image credits: kgw

Image credits: kgw

“I learned so much about this whole new culture of people who get together and dress up in furry costumes”

Image credits: Cheryl Wassuskgw

“It was a little embarrassing at first because Link was just a little curious why people were wearing tails”

Image credits: Cheryl Wassus

“So he was doing some serious tail-sniffing and checking out people”

Image credits: kgw

The Internet reacted:

215Kviews

Share on Facebook
You May Like
Popular on Bored Panda
Add your comment
Michel M. Prins
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, before there is going to be a crowd in the comment section of outing the other side of this fandom, I'll say this: Yes, it's true that the furry community has a "mature" side since it started and I won't deny that fact. However, some of you are also missing the point that the furry community is also one of the most loving, open and accepting community at the same time: whether you're brown, white, bisexual, asexual, male, female, have a disease (physical, mentally or none), have depression or you're happy, we don't mind, you are welcomed in the community with open arms, just like this lady experienced. What you see here is a small part of the community. Remember that NOT every furry or furry artist is part of that mature side of this community and there are many different variations of these furry cons. Please take all of this information into consideration. Nonetheless, let's now just enjoy the photos of the dog and this lady who had a great time out there! :D

Lux Lucis
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Michael, thank you _so_ much for addressing that! A lot of people, when they think of Furries, think of yiff (the more... sexual... aspect of Furry culture), and that really isn't the point of it. I was going to exactly the same comment before you did. Thank you from a Furry (:

Load More Replies...
Bobbi Newell
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The convention was a success if they were able to educate a "civilian" about their lifestyle! I love that Cheryl just went with the flow and stayed, rather than leaving, once she realized her mistake. I wish more people had her open mindedness and curiosity!

Load More Comments
Michel M. Prins
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, before there is going to be a crowd in the comment section of outing the other side of this fandom, I'll say this: Yes, it's true that the furry community has a "mature" side since it started and I won't deny that fact. However, some of you are also missing the point that the furry community is also one of the most loving, open and accepting community at the same time: whether you're brown, white, bisexual, asexual, male, female, have a disease (physical, mentally or none), have depression or you're happy, we don't mind, you are welcomed in the community with open arms, just like this lady experienced. What you see here is a small part of the community. Remember that NOT every furry or furry artist is part of that mature side of this community and there are many different variations of these furry cons. Please take all of this information into consideration. Nonetheless, let's now just enjoy the photos of the dog and this lady who had a great time out there! :D

Lux Lucis
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Michael, thank you _so_ much for addressing that! A lot of people, when they think of Furries, think of yiff (the more... sexual... aspect of Furry culture), and that really isn't the point of it. I was going to exactly the same comment before you did. Thank you from a Furry (:

Load More Replies...
Bobbi Newell
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The convention was a success if they were able to educate a "civilian" about their lifestyle! I love that Cheryl just went with the flow and stayed, rather than leaving, once she realized her mistake. I wish more people had her open mindedness and curiosity!

Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda