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Guest of Honor at FurFright 2011!


It's with great excitement that I write to announce that I will be one of the Guests of Honor at FurFright 2011! It's a real privilege to be GoH at a convention as awesome as FurFright - Belic and his team put on a FANTASTIC show year over year. I'm definitely going to doing a ton at the convention art-, panel-, and event-wise so FurFright 2011 is going to be a blast! I hope that all my friends can come join me and celebrate at the convention!

http://www.furfright.org/ - October 14-16, 2011

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Time to say goodbye...

I know that a lot of people have been very supportive of Skroy's and my recent announcement of being together. It definitely seemed like a crazy match with awesome potential, and both of us were just as excited as everyone else, if not moreso, to be able to explore this opportunity.

Unfortunately, it seemed that the challenges of a long distance relationship were too difficult for everything to remain sustainable. When he and I decided to be together, we definitely aligned with what we were looking for in the relationship - someone to love and to be loved by, and someone to share happy experiences with as a team, to work with, bounce off of, and learn from each other. But the way each of us wanted to do that and what each of us perceived as priorities didn't coincide. In the face of the logistical difficulties (like distance and time), we needed to make a decision that would make us happiest in the end.

I'm at least glad to have had the opportunity to share times being close with you, as brief as our time together was - thanks for the magical memories. While we may not be mates, I still look forward to the times when we can be that team of performers out on the convention floor as well as when we can hang out and connect as the individuals beneath the fur.

Take care, Skroy - best of luck as you continue to grow into your own both inside and outside the fandom.
Puppy

The Time of My Life

So there has been a lot of hype over recent news that Skroy and I are now officially together. We're very excited about the new relationship and look forward to the places it will take us as we learn and grow together. In the middle of all the fanfare, however, I want to make sure to highlight and give extreme gratitude to my companion, Jimmy Wolf (jimwolf24).

He and I celebrated an absolutely amazing 5 and a half years together, and in that quarter of my life, shared many, many significant experiences. He has been an incredible source of support and happiness - Jimmy has helped me grow immensely as a person while I really come into my own as an adult. It all started on October 9, 2004... we'd met in person for the first time and I'd said that I would like to follow in his footsteps. He went above and beyond and helped me blaze my own path that has taken me to fantastic heights.

As time passed, we continued to give it our all to continue onward together, but understood that both of us still had plenty to explore about ourselves. Eventually, we decided together that the time had come to give ourselves the opportunity to gain those experiences and knowledge that we couldn't obtain as a couple. A mutual and amicable decision out of love for each other, we embrace the opportunities of enjoying the benefits of an alternate life and of course hope the best for each other and will be happy so long as the other is happy, just like usual.

Jimmy, thank you immensely for an unforgettable time as partners, for being that source of stability and support and for taking care of me. You deserve a ton of recognition for everything you've done for me. I would not be who I am today if it weren't for you - I wouldn't even be a part of this fantastic, crazy community and share all of the great friends we have together. You were an amazing companion with a genuine heart and you truly are a special person with whom I fully intend on remaining close as time goes on.

Transitioning into our new lives isn't going to be the easiest process, and everything will take a lot of getting used to. But we can cherish the memories that we do have together (and readers, you can reference Jimmy's journal for the surprise he gave me which does exactly this) and look forward to the memories we'll have in our new lives.

I love you, wuffie - you'll always be my first love.

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Fandom's Favorite Fursuit Pursuit!

[EDIT] Ah! Didn't realize polls were closing tonight and not tomorrow! Well, polls closed with one vote separating me and my competitor. Congrats DiNGO! :) Looks like I have to wait another year for a chance at the title! Best of luck to the Sweet 16!

Well since Skroy has been making a ton of posts about it, I figure I ought to do so myself. Would love to see me and my folfsky progress through the brackets, so please vote for both of us! (I need it a heck of a lot more than he does o.o)

Click here and vote!

I graciously am grateful for all support! :)
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Next Chapter

Just hours before my 24th birthday. Crazy how the time flies before I even know it, and how much has been accomplished and experienced in that time. There is plenty more coming my way, many have assured me, and thanks to everyone who has played a role in it, big or small. While there's a lot that I don't know yet, with the support of those around me, I'll prepare myself as best I can and I'm excited to charge into this next chapter of my life!
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Guess it was -too- real!

Guess I'd like to say April Fool's regarding my last posts - I'm not quite in the market for commissioning a suit; however, a lot of the information was very helpful in case I do start considering, and I'm sure that some bystanders who happen to read through the comments will get some good nuggets of advice!

As for the other part of it, JD's sticking around for the long haul. But I *will* wear him until he falls apart. And I do have that spare fur which will eventually be en route to NYC - it's a close match. We'll see if I am still satisfied with it by the time it comes. But what is interesting is that I got a lot of positive feedback about adopting a new character, particularly one that deviates greatly from the bouncy pup. So as I like to say, there's a little bit of truth in every "just kidding" and the feedback might come in handy after all!

So Happy April Fool's Day everyone! I hope it was a good one!
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Commissioning a suit? [Take 2]

EDIT: Sorry for the repost. Wanted to update the poll but no one could get access to it despite everything I tried to do... gotta post this again. People, feel free to re-post your comments, and I'll repost mine :)

Hey everyone!

Still in the middle of the craziness of the timeline from my last post, but plenty to catch up on as always! Lost my camera in Boston, so no dance footage to share from that weekend, but I'll be able to recover it when I return later this month as it's been picked up by the organizers of the tournament.

While I was in LA, I had the pleasure of doing some fur shopping (thanks Miles!), in the ever-elusive hunt for JD fur, which has been incredibly difficult for me to find. There was a close substitute that may work out, but I'll have to wait to see how well it works with the previous iterations of JD. The suits are getting old and have taken more than just your casual wear and tear, so to speak. I'm worried that the JD's would not last the year (the original one should've been retired LONG ago...).

Trouble is, I'm starting to find it harder and harder to find the time to get around to fursuit maintenance, let alone fursuit construction altogether! Here's where I want to feel out what the commission landscape is like - I've never commissioned a suit before, so I'd like to hear your recommendations. I've put together a quick list of fursuit makers that I know are out there, though I don't know all of them for sure. Pick out the ones you think would be good to look into!

Who should I commission?

Noble Productions
1(1.6%)
Arend Studios
5(8.2%)
Mixed Candy
2(3.3%)
Don't Hug Cacti
4(6.6%)
B3 Mascots
3(4.9%)
Kodi Made
3(4.9%)
Jill Costumes
3(4.9%)
White Wolf Studios
1(1.6%)
Paws Productions
0(0.0%)
Surf Cat Costumes
2(3.3%)
Media
2(3.3%)
Furr Happens
2(3.3%)
One Fur All
1(1.6%)
Critter Country
1(1.6%)
Azure Coyote Studio
0(0.0%)
Blue Nose Creations
0(0.0%)
Other (please leave comments with suggestions)
6(9.8%)


I'm also curious what to get for the commission:
1. I could commission to have JD made from another maker. And I'd probably want to have two of them made because the dopplegagner gig seems to be a big hit with people. And after all, with it being made by the same maker, they'll *definitely* look the same, which was something I'd been trying to do with my current suits.
2. I could commission an entirely new character. I've actually been thinking it's time for a change, since JD's been around for a while and he's kinda falling apart - I think it's time to retire JD. Being a Leo in western zodiac and a Tiger in the Chinese zodiac (fire both ways) and formerly the NYU Bobcat, I'm thinking I ought to pay more attention to my feline connections. Tigers seem to be starting a surge, I think, so I might want to hop on that train and have one for when they really get big!

So help me out, guys! I wanna hear your feedback, it'll be really helpful!
Puppy

Commissioning a suit?

Hey everyone!

EDIT: I was unable to edit the poll in order to add additional people after seeing some recommendations. Please see this post if you would like to vote!

Still in the middle of the craziness of the timeline from my last post, but plenty to catch up on as always! Lost my camera in Boston, so no dance footage to share from that weekend, but I'll be able to recover it when I return later this month as it's been picked up by the organizers of the tournament.

While I was in LA, I had the pleasure of doing some fur shopping (thanks Miles!), in the ever-elusive hunt for JD fur, which has been incredibly difficult for me to find. There was a close substitute that may work out, but I'll have to wait to see how well it works with the previous iterations of JD. The suits are getting old and have taken more than just your casual wear and tear, so to speak. I'm worried that the JD's would not last the year (the original one should've been retired LONG ago...).

Trouble is, I'm starting to find it harder and harder to find the time to get around to fursuit maintenance, let alone fursuit construction altogether! Here's where I want to feel out what the commission landscape is like - I've never commissioned a suit before, so I'd like to hear your recommendations. I've put together a quick list of fursuit makers that I know are out there, though I don't know all of them for sure. Pick out the ones you think would be good to look into!

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So help me out, guys! I wanna hear your feedback, it'll be really helpful!

EDIT: I was unable to edit the poll in order to add additional people after seeing some recommendations. Please see this post if you would like to vote!
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Bouncing all over! (Philly, LA, Boston, Detroit)

Hey everyone!

Still got plenty of stuff to catch up on, but here's a few quick vids of my ballroom antics - these from Binghamton's ballroom tournament earlier in February:

And more videos on my Youtube page!

Got a flurry of destinations coming up - Kodi, I don't know how you do it, flying all over the place! But it's bound to be a fun time! :)

Was just at a ballroom tourney in Philly this past weekend (still gotta work through the footage of that), and though all my usual partners were away for Spring Break, pretty much, I still came back with a few ribbons in my hand - and some free dance pants for winning an event I totally was just playing around for fun!

Now I'm prepping for a trip to Los Angeles for work, where I'll be from tonight through this Wednesday night, so if there's anyone who's from the LA area who'd like to hang out, I'm totally game! I'm located at the Westin on 4th St by the Harbor Freeway - I know that LA is a big place, so let me know if there's anything nearby that I should hit up!

After that, this coming weekend, I'll be doing another ballroom tournament up at the Harvard campus in Boston! So Bostonites, if you'd like to hang, shoot me a line as well! While I'll likely be busy during the day doing plenty of dancing, it would still be cool to hang out in the lunch and/or dinner times. Ping me and I'll let ya know what my schedule looks like!

Then I come back and play host for a few days as Reactiv Tiger and Tzup are coming into NYC to explore around! Gonna be an exciting week. If you're in NYC and wanna hang out in Manhattan with the crew, get in touch with either myself or Jimmy Wolf :)

And then just another week at work before packin' bags to go to Detroit for FCN! First time attending, and gettin' all the Sponsorship benefits I've been hearing about! Looking forward to attending - and looking forward to crossing paths with plenty of folks there!

And that's the upcoming forecast in a nutshell!
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Cruise 2010!


Click here to vote on your preferred location



The organizers are also using this poll to gauge interest in this kind of trip for this year. I went on it in December 2009 and had an absolute blast! Don't worry - I'll be putting the chronicles of that down eventually, as there's plenty of fantastic footage!

The bigger the group interested, the more perks that the group can get! So if you're thinking about going (which I highly advise), definitely leave your opinion on the poll and in the comments!