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Fursuit Friday Feature #26: FANG/ZAPHIRA

Heya fuzzbutts, and happy Fursuit Friday!!!!

It has been awhile, but, I wanna welcome you to another Fursuit Friday Feature!
I would have gotten one out much sooner, but, for those of you who follow my YouTube channel, you wil know that my activity all but stopped until recently. My computer has been on the fritz…and while I try and get this issue fixed, well, hopefully this is something to bring a smile to your face because it brought one to mine!

I was approached by a buddy named Togo that said he knew a fursuiter that would like to be interviewed. How could I refuse? I love featuring people in my blog, and I have not been disappointed. Fang and Zaphira are both incredible suits to see, and the stories behind them even more amazing!

I love experienced Fursuiters and people that have been in the fandom long enough to have a ton of adventures and a ton of stories. With those things also come a ton of helpful advice which we are never too short on 😀

But enough rambling, welcome back to Fursuit Friday Feature, and here’s to getting to know the personality and these amazing suits!!

1.Name:  James Miller

2. Character Name(s): Fang/ Zaphira

3. Character Species:  Wolf/ Cat-Dragon

4. Fursuit Maker (can include links to shop if you want):  I made my suits myself along with one additional one.  All three were created in the past 2 years along with plans of making 2 more in the near future.  I will be constructing them for my wedding dated for November 10th, 2018.  

5. Total Cost (optional)—  Fang cost about $200.  He is my Jo Anne Fabrics baby.  I got their crap, 60% off discounted fur along with discounted foam and discounted hot glue sticks.  My mother had some craft supplies that I borrowed and used into the suit.  Zaphira was a bit more involving DreamVisonCreations materials such as their large feline resin head blank (c – hinge joints), all the head accessories, and paw shaping materials (claws and palm pads).  Also, I used better fur purchased from at $25 per yard.  Zaphira came out to be a whopping $1,000.  Both look about 250 man hours to make.  

6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?  As stated previously, 250 man hours per suit.  As far as months, Fang was about 3 months start to finish.  With Zaphira, I took more time on her and she came out about 15 months later.  

7. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?  I actually knew back around 2011. I started a dragon head using needlepoint mesh after I was in Pittsburgh during Anthrocon. It ended when I went to college and was thrown out in 2015 (wish I didn’t).   I gave up due to life and lack of interest. Then, months after the dragon was in the garbage (1 month after I took my first job), I was in the city for work and witnessed another Anthrocon!  This time, I was able to purchase a day pass for Sunday, dress up in a spandex suit and Halloween wolf mask, passed a ball around with a few welcoming fursuiters, and fell in love. Side story, my fiancé at the time was with me, and that July, I found out she was cheating on me. The second sighting and her betrayal was the life spark for prototype Fang. 3 months later, Fang was fully born as a full suit.

8. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
Do I?!  I live in the wonderful city of Pittsburgh, home to Anthrocon. Once Fang was made, I was out between 2 – 4 weekends a month (including winter). I have ice skated, bar crawled, and toured. I have participated in events like a mascot meet, the Pittsburgh arts festival, animal convention, anime convention, numerous  bowling meets, baseball games, and even designed a yearly fursuit Pittsburgh stroll before Anthrocon. Not to mention being at different cons, Niagara Falls, and was offered a job as Fang here in Pittsburgh. My two favorite experiences would be Niagara Falls and Station Square. The falls because even out of the country, the people knew who we were. We were always being photographed, pulled aside to show others, and swarmed to such a point that I was uneasy as to how we could get away. There, Minion and I met up with good friends of ours, Togo and Saphira, that joined us in suiting, as well as Hoopycat that was a major help handling for us. Station Square was my stomping ground. There, I had fans that want every other weekend to meet me. They would always buy me a drink so they could watch me drink in suit. They were fun but not as impactful as the children. They would be by the water fountain and they would play ball with me. The people’s reactions watching from the restaurants were hilarious to watch as I pass the Melting Pot and the Grand Concourse. I loved suiting there until security told me to stop. No one was complaining but it was the fact that my head was covered. It is private property so I have respect them.

9. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
I have been to Anthrocon x3 (soon 4), WPAFW x2 (soon 3), AnthrOhio, Furpocalypse, and Fur-The-More. I loved AnthrOhio 2016. Alkali was there and made my entire experience. I had watched videos of him before but was never able to meet him in person. He was so approachable, funny, and relaxed the environment. He didn’t make himself the center, he was one of us. He was looking to us for the entertainment instead of being the focal point himself which he so easily could have. He was a guest like us and joked with us but brought so much to the table. He is now my idol.

10. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?  On average, people enjoy interacting with me. I would say that 5% ignore me and 1% don’t like me wherever I am. I look to make high fives, waves and smiles everywhere I go. I do get an incalculable amount of pictures and the occasional hug from children. I had a kid that was scared of me at first, played fetch with me, followed me for well over an hour, and cried when we had to leave. I love my experiences suiting in public.

11. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?  Smiles. Smiles and to brighten everyone’s day. I could get into how bad day to day is for everyone and their mother, so I want to be a smile. If I can make someone smile, great. If I can make someone’s day, even better. People’s happiness is a way that I can be happy. I see the smiles and it is contagious to me and to everyone they meet.

12. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?  In suit, I can express myself as I normally would like but often isn’t socially acceptable. It normally isn’t socially acceptable to kneel down and give a child a hug in the middle of the street. Nor is it to talk threw a modified dog toy squeaker. Not to over express an emotion or heightened energy level. I can’t normally boop noses or chase some tail (without my fiancé killing me). I can’t say hello to everyone I pass with a smile and wave like greeting friends at the door. And I surely can’t spread the laughter and excitement that we all need in our day to day life.

13. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
My favorite thing about wearing a fursuit is the ability to be myself and to have fun. I am able to have childish fun because I feel secure behind the mask. This definition of childish fun includes romping around, having massive amounts of energy, and being goofy to random passerbys. Of course, I need to include, all the smiling faces and pictures doesn’t hurt or bring me down any. What gets me the most, I guess, living in the city of Pittsburgh, is the level of acceptance both from fellow fursuiters and from muggles. Everywhere I go there is some level of acceptance towards us, just within the city of Pittsburgh, there is more of a craving. Store owners, event managers, even bartenders not only invite us in, but ask if there are others nearby. I guess my favorite thing about wearing a fursuit is wearing a fursuit and being whoever I want to be.

14. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
My least favorite thing about wearing a fursuit would be the heat. I try many different ways to keep air ventilation for my suits the highest possible. No matter how many different ways I include, it is me wearing fur material from head to toe. I naturally run a bit warmer than the normal person so staying in suit is difficult especially considering the amount of energy I like to give off while in suit. I try to keep cool with vent holes, fans, and recently an ice vest. My advise is hydration is key and monitor yourself.

15. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
I would say, make sure you clean your suit, make sure you are done growing, and make sure it is what you want. Clean your suits. I use rubbing alcohol spray mixed with some wintergreen alcohol spray. Highest percentage to really clean the suit. I spray it down with a spray bottle and brush it all out after every time I wear a suit. Also, I leave it out to air dry and to not get mold. I keep dryer sheets in the suits as well to keep them dry and smelling nice.

16. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
See above

17. Do you think you will ever get another suit in the future? Would it be an upgrade to your current suit or a different character?
Currently working on 2 new ones. Upgrading my Fang suit.

18. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube): No

19. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this? [it can literally be about anything]: Have fun, watch who you choose to be friends with, it’s a social support group and do what makes you happy.

Thanks to James for the amazing interview!!!

It is true that suits often liberate us from certain constraints. I know that in Rune I feel much more confident, and all I aim to do when wearing him is to bring happiness to others. The smiles and hugs that you get in suit is its own kind of reward that can not be easily explained…and suiting is a journey all in itself.

Whether you make your own or you buy one, there is a process we all go through in getting used to the suit, in judging what things are okay, what is not. It is true, there are things we must be wary about as well. Suiting is fun, but not everyone understands…and it all comes down to respect. There is still a code of conduct we must follow when out in public, and its important to remember that even when we are in a costume playing at fantasy, we are still in reality.

But it’s always wonderful to hear about the journey…the progress that people make in their creations and even in suiting in general. In this case, the first suit, to all the care and extra work put into a second. I can only wish this person so much more amazing things in the future and I look forward to seeing the upgraded Fang and other future suits to see just how much more progress has been made!! 😀

So thanks to James again and thanks to Togo for directing him this way! So awesome to have you both in my blog!!!

Thank you everyone for your continued support! Remember, I am always accepting new people to interview. It doesn’t even have to be for Fursuit Friday! Artists, crafters, if it’s Furry-related, we can get you featured! Just leave a link to your FA, facebook, or Twitter down below and I will get to you ASAP!

But until then, I will see you all in the next one 😉


Lets talk about TFF (still relevant?)


I originally started this blog back in April (if you can believe it). I had the whole first part typed out since I had been taking my sweet time in getting anything done. It read:

Hello everyone! I am finally back from TFF (Texas Furry Fiesta in Dallas)- I actually made it back yesterday but my sleeping schedule and just coming back to reality, well, it has me a little down in the dumps so, it has been taking me a good minute to make any sort of progress when writing and/or making videos.

I was determined to get the blog post done while the con was still relevant and fresh in my mind. But every time I went to write the blog down, it got halted. Maybe it was because it seemed so “overwhelming” to me at the time, or, maybe it was still the post-con depression that was keeping me away…
Either way, here I am again at my desk, trying to put the convention into words while it may still seem interesting and might still be relevant, somewhere.


Texas Furry Fiesta…it was my first furry convention ever, and I must say that it was nothing short of amazing. I HAD A BLAST! There was so much there that was new to me. I went and suited in Rune with my buddy Captain, got to meet some really awesome fursuiters, and got to check out some really nifty events and panels while I was there as well.
I saw some people I had featured in the blog before, got tons of hugs, and I even bought a few things here and there to commemorate the trip…so all-in-all it was an amazing first experience. My furry con cherry has now been officially popped…but goodness did the whole event seem to go by too fast!!!

I know I was there, but everything great and magical all seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. I never wanted it to end because I was having such a good time! I believe this is where “post-con depression” comes from…

But anyways, because the con was so massive and because there were so many different parts to it that it would take much to long to explain…I managed to break down everything I liked about the con and such into some questions that I think people might be wondering about the trip, about my time there, and etc. So, lets go ahead and get that all underway:


  • Was the convention as magical as it looks on YouTube?

—The answer to this is a bit of a yes-and-no situation. YouTube videos of the convention are amazing. They really make you feel emotional with all the powerful music and all the fun people are having. Trust me when I say that those aspects of the con exist! But, only if you put yourself into them. How would it be best to explain? The convention is what you make it. So, if you spend all your time wandering around and avoiding people, then no, the convention will not really seem that magical. But, if you ask for pics, interact with suiters, go into panels that are fun and funny, and you really make an effort to get out and do something awesome, then the convention will be fantastic! And even without the music…if you make it great, the convention will be just as magical as it was on YouTube. So, did I find the convention to be magical? For the most part, yes. It was pretty awesome!



Rune, Tato, and PBJ

  • Did people recognize you?

—It was actually pretty surprising to me, but, there were actually people at the convention that recognized Rune! Now, granted, most people recognized him because of my YouTube Channel…but there were a few people like Spade and Tato that recognized Rune because I had interviewed them for Female Fursuiter Month! So, it was actually pretty cool when I would hear my character’s name and then someone was waving at me! There was also a fan of Rune that said they saw me, but, they were too shy to approach me. Which, it kind of made me giggle. If at any point you see me at a convention, do not be scared to say hello to me! I am just as shy as you but I promise that I will not bite! If you ask for a hug or a picture, I promise you that you are seriously making my day!



Captain and Rune – official TFF pic

  • How was fursuiting?

—Fursuiting was a mixture of the best thing ever and also the most challenging thing I have never done. I realized that it’s one thing to get into costume/suit for a Youtube video, but then it’s an entirely different thing to suit up at a convention and then get stopped every 5 minutes while you wander about blindly. Do not get me wrong, I loved every moment that I was in suit. I loved it when people would ask for my picture or would want a high-five. I loved all the hugs that I got and loved hearing people tell their friends how cute my costume was. I was stopped (along with Captain) by the same people over the course of 3-days because they loved our suits so much, and I got to also be Rune during an improv panel which was great fun as well! Even the fursuit parade was amazing! But, it wasn’t without its challenges. I have NEVER felt more drained in my life then after a whole day suiting! I understand now when fursuiters online stress on the cooling periods and in taking time to hydrate. Headless lounges are a god-send as I spent most the day sweating. It was so great just to cool down and drink some water away from the rest of the convention! But heat was not the only issue…
People would step on my tail, it was hard to get through certain areas with my feet on – I sneezed out my squeaker at one point, and Rune would get super ruffled. Luckily I did not need any emergency repairs or anything like that…but, while Fursuiting is amazing fun, it also takes a lot of practice, and lot of patience, and a lot of care in self and suit alike.


Rune and Drummer

  • Favorite con moments?

—It’s so hard just to narrow done the convention to just a few moments. Even when I tried, I ended up with 5 things that were just…so amazing. Unforgettable moments really. But there are several more than just these! So, first amazing moment was getting to meet Adam King (the owner of Xytras and Drummer) – not only do I adore Drummer’s suit and wanted a pic, I see Adam as a icon for the Furry Fandom. His philosophy, his wisdom, just everything he gives back to the community makes him someone to look up to! Though I have not even been to his meets in San Antonio, he has taken so many furries under his wing and provided a place for them to meet up and have fun, and now he is hosting his own convention this year in which I want to attend! So that’s just part of the reason why getting to meet him and take pics with both his suits counts as one of my fave moments at the convention!


Rune and Blueberry

Another favorite moment was getting to meet Blueberry the Dutch Angel Dragon! She was so tiny and cute!!! I have never seen such a young Fursuiter, and she was so much fun and just seemed so sweet! She later found my YouTube Channel which was awesome!


TFF Fursuiters get ready for the Parade!

The Fursuit Parade was another one of my favorite moments. I have never been in a parade before, and this one really makes you feel like a celebrity! There were so many amazing fursuits, and, the minute you leave the lobby to start the parade there are people clapping and cheering! It’s not as lively as portrayed on YouTube though. After awhile the parade gets pretty quiet and all the fursuiters start to get tired thus the line moves a lot slower. Still, I got to give a lot of high-fives and squeak at a lot of people. It was great!


The Fursuit Games!

The Fursuit games was another interesting memory. I just remember asking Captain: “Will it be hard?” since fursuits tend to get very hot. She said: “No, it won’t be anything crazy! They keep it simple because they know people get tired!” so I believed her and we decided to give the games a go. NO…just…NO! The fursuit games were insane!!! I was linking legs with Circuit while trying to do a crab-walk in a forward line…and then I ended up doing my crab-walk with one hand because Circuit has a 6ft tail that I kept sitting on! And that was just the first game!!!!
But, even though it was crazy, the other games were a lot of fun. Rune got tapped my the “scorpion” in one of the games, and I got to do a very dramatic dying scene which made people giggle. So it was actually really fun and I am glad I was a part of that.


Little girl says hi to Rune and Captain

The last ‘best’ memory from the con is a section I like to call: “Hi Pokemon”.
So, Captain and I were leaving the headless lounge when suddenly we heard someone say: “You wanna go say hi to them?”
Next thing I know, this little Asian girl is coming up to us. She could not have been older than 2-3 years old and she says: “Hi Pokemon!” she just kept saying high and giving us high-fives! She was so cute it melted my heart! She was just too adorable! Captain and I may not be Pokemon…but for that little girl, we would be Pokemon forever!!!



I got a pic with Saiya the Sergal!

  • Post-con depression:

—After the convention, there is the rumor of people getting “post-con depression”, where the sadness of leaving the con just has you in a slump. I kinda thought it was all just people being silly, and of course they would miss their friends making them sad and such…but having been to TFF and then left, I am here to say that post-con-depression is real!!!

I had not even left the son but a few hours prior, and I was on a bus back to Austin when I just started feeling terrible! I think it’s because (as mentioned before), the son just goes by way too fast! Everything happens in the blink of an eye…all those panels, the dance competition, the shopping, and all the photos. All of it feels like it happened in a matter of hours rather than days. That, and, you start thinking of the things you missed, the people you may not have seen, and you start thinking of the things you learned and what could have happened differently (at least I did this).

I also think that suiting for so long and being so tired, malnourished, and dehydrated plays a part in this as well but, I was suffering from this down-feeling for a good week-and-a-half before I started feeling better.



Captain (left), Telephone (middle), and Rune (right) – and a random Elk!

  • Advice for newbie con-goers:

—Listen to people that have been to conventions before! They know what they are doing (most of the time)! But from my personal experience, here are some basic tips for the newbie con-goers out there:

  1. Map out the venue ahead of time and try and figure out where everything is.
  2. Plan out some panels! Conventions are fun by themselves but you will have large pockets of boredom if you don’t find something to fill your time!
  3. Do not stay by yourself or avoid people! Conventions are a social event! You won’t have any fun if you just wander around and keep to yourself! So meet people, start a conversation, try and make some friends!
  4. Do yourself a favor and go watch the dance competition! It’s amazing!
  5. If you’re going in a fursuit, make sure you have a RELIABLE handler!
  6. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated whether you are in a suit or not!
  7. If you can get a room in the hotel hosting the convention…do it. It may be more expensive but, it will be worth it!
  8. Do not just sit around in the lobby (if you can help it)- you will be missing so much if you do! It’s not worth it!
  9. Take lots of pictures! Majira Strawberry once said that he wished he took more photos because he could not remember most of what he did at the convention (since it went by so fast)! He was right! Without pictures, I would be lost as to half of the things I saw and did at the convention! So take pictures and make memories!
  10. Do not flood the popular fursuiters! Ask their permission to get a pic, if they are busy then come back later. Do not bother fursuiters in the headless lounge! That is our place to relax!



Captain (far left), LolliHolli (left), Match (middle), Midnight (right), and Rune (far right)

  • Would I change anything about my experience?

—While I loved TFF to death, there are a few things that I wish I could have changed about my first experience. Firstly, I would have planned out some more panels. I had no idea how much down-time there was going to be between panels and people just not really suiting and etc…so I wish I had seen more things and gotten involved in more events.

Another thing I would have changed would have been to have more reliable handlers. It might sound mean, but, while the handlers Captain and I had were good at times, we needed handlers to be there for us at ALL times, but we spent a lot of time wandering alone…and that can be dangerous. Plus, it would have been easier to get pictures. We missed a lot of good photo ops because there was no one there to take a picture for us, so there’s that. But, had there have been an emergency of some kind, without a handler, we could have been in some really serious shit (pardon my language).

I def would have liked to stay at the hotel hosting the convention. We were going for cheap rather than convenient…but with how often I was hopping out of Rune and then back in Rune and not wanting to carry him around, well, it was too many visits to the car to put him away. That and, changing in the headless lounge or a bathroom somewhere is not as comfy as if we had our own rooms. Or, if we just wanted to nap but did not want to sleep on a table…that would have been nice too since convention rules state that you’re not really allowed to sleep on hotel property unless you are in your own room.

Lastly, I wish I had really made more friends. I found that even in my fursuit I was still really shy. I was reserved and even in some pics I look ‘uncomfortable’ even though I wasn’t…I was just shy. But, even though my buddy Captain is the best con pal you can have, when we split up, I was bored and very lonely. I watched a bunch of convention videos after the con ended, and I realized that the #1 reason why those con videos are so magical s because it’s full of groups of friends goofing off together. You would see these groups everywhere having fun…and they had the best pics, the best memories, the best videos…all because they had a group to experience the convention with. Call me envious, but, I would like to have even more people to hang out with next year.

Oh…and I’m bringing my own car this time…
No more of that bus nonsense and relying on other people…



Captain and Rune with Cade Cardigan Corgy!

  • Conclusion:

—Overall I could not have had a better time at TFF. It was bumpy, sure…and there are things I would have liked to change but, altogether I see it as a learning experience / something I can really draw from and use to prepare myself for next year. It took me awhile to write this blog because it was my first con, and with that come a lot of emotions. But, I did it.

Next year I won’t put off the blogs for so long, and I will write them sooner to keep them more relevant…but you can trust me when I say that Furry Conventions are an amazing place to be. They can be a bit pricey, they are not always what you might expect…but this can be for the better. I know I spent a lot more money than I thought, got some amazing souvenirs and got to see some amazing suits, even more amazing talent, all while helping a good cause…but yes, if you have a Furry Convention that you have been debating on going to…go…just go…I do not think you will regret it!

So hey, thanks so much for tuning in and reading this blog! I am very humbled by your continued support! Do not forget to watch my TFF videos down below, and as always, I will see you all in the next one 😉

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Welcoming my Sister to the Furry Fandom!


*”Welcoming my Sister” – Art by thelostcause86 (FA)
Mia-the-winged-wolf belongs to me / Strawberry belongs to my Sister*

It’s one of those bonds that are really hard to explain. The relationships can be so varied. I know siblings that used to love each other as kids, and now, they can barely stand one another. Then, there are cases like my Sister and I where…we hated each other when we were little. But despite even that, I always had her back…and as adults, we are closer to best-friends.

But, no matter your current sibling-relationship, there is always that time in your life when your siblings looks up to you…and/or they want the things you want and want to be involved in the things you’re involved in. Imagine my shock then when 10+ years later and my Sister is asking for a Fursona!!!!

So, this all happened after the Dallas Convention I had attended (Texas Furry Fiesta 2017), and all my photos of it had been posted on facebook. I get a call from my younger Sister who is feeling a bit down (because her hubby just went to Basic Training for the Army)…and she starts talking to me about the fursuits.

She said they all looked cute, and it looked like so much fun. She said that I should have a full-suit because wearing skinny jeans with monster feet just looked silly. Then she says: “I want one.”

I was quiet for a moment. The statement took me by surprise: “Um…what?”
“I want a fursuit! I think it would be fun!”
“What would you even be?”
“I would be a pink kitty! Or maybe a white one, I dunno.”

I could hear the voice of Captain screaming in my ear at the mention of a white Fursuit, and I remember telling her that white was not a very good idea if she wasn’t prepared for the upkeep of it. Still, my Sister wanting a fursuit? Where did this come from?
I mean, I have heard of “Furry Conversion” in a sense…where people introduce family into the fandom, make them a sona, and then slowly try and get them into it all but, with my Sister and I being nearly black-and-white when it comes to personality…well, one could maybe see and understand where I might be a little confused.

So then what else could we do but try and determine her Fursona? She already said she wanted a kitty…so that was a start. My main sona was a wolf but, she didn’t really care for that…again, a black-and-white situation.

So, long-story-short I am talking to my buddy flamesvoices as all of this is unwinding and she starts sending me fox sonas and feline sonas she had stashed away in her magical folders. Then at long last she sends a pink kitty my way, and sure enough, my Sister falls in love with it.

Lets just be clear…I think pink is gross haha.

by Brit Mapes

*Art by Brit Mapes*

So, on that day my Sister became known as “Strawberry the Kitten”. She wasn’t going to keep that name at first but, then she decided that changing it would be too much of a hassle. Still, she loved the character and I wanted to give my Sister an authentic Furry experience.

So what did I do?
Well, I posted in some free art groups I was part of on facebook and tried to get her some art to try and start her collection (since I knew she would not have money for art for some time). And sure enough, the fandom pulled through…I mean, it REALLY pulled through! My sister got more art in the first 24 hours of having the character than I got my first 4 YEARS of being in the fandom!

*(Top left) Art by flamesvoices / (Top right) Art by theacriliccat – colored by Emma Parks/
(Bottom left) Art by Casey Renner / (Middle) Art by Emma Louise Jarvis / (Bottom right) Art by Emma Louise Jarvis w her character and Strawberry*

My Sister was thrilled each time she got a gift. She was so surprised with how nice people were, how awesome they had been in accepting her. I told her that it was one of the things I loved most about the fandom.

So many people were merely excited that a family member had decided to try this thing out for themselves. I think a bit of it was people being relieved that she had such an open-view of the whole ‘furry’ thing when there are people whose families do not always take it so well.

But, I have always been lucky in that my Sister is open-minded, and she really does her research on things before passing judgement. Like everyone else, she has heard the misconceptions about furries, and she has heard what people ‘claim’ a Furry is. But, unlike most other people…rather than just believe the first thing she heard, she decided to come to me (someone in the fandom) and ask me about it. Now, outside of my wife, she is my biggest supporter, and, she even watches my YouTube videos from time-to-time.

So, if ever you see Strawberry out-and-about on Forums and the like, feel free to give her a nice warm welcome! Also, if you wanna say some words to her here, I will be glad to pass on the message!

But, this was more a personal blog just letting everyone know that I am still alive, all-the-while giving a big, warm, Furry-welcome to my Sister!!!

See you all in the next blog 😉

Fursuit Friday Feature #25: MUERTE


Happy Fursuit Friday everyone!

It seems like such a long time since we have been able to do one of these things. In fact, the whole month of March was like one big Fursuit-Friday celebration since it was female-fursuiter-month. But, now we are here in April and it’s back to the regular features of these amazing fursuiters that I have gotten the pleasure of interviewing!

So, here is one from the vaults. Today I present to you: MUERTE the Butterfly Dragon!!!!

what caught my eye with this character was the scaling pattern in the ears and on the tail. It’s so mesmerizing and I really loved the colors. the more i looked at the character, the more unique detail I was seeing, even down to the patterns on the back and the skulls in the eyes.

But, a butterfly dragon? I have never heard of it before which makes it all the more fascinating to me! I am all about unique characters and new species…but, enough rambling, lets get down to the interview!!!

1.Name: Kiara Blackburn (Aisling Knight)

2. Character Name: Muerte

3. Character Species: Butterfly Dragon

4. Fursuit Maker: Hollow Creature Creations

5. Total Cost: Personal suit i made myself. Worth $2850.

6. How long did it take you to get a Fursuit?
Made the fullsuit in a span of 2-3 months

7. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Yes

8. Have you been to any Cons in suit? Yes. Debuted at FWA 2016

9.How have people reacted to your Fursuit? They seemed to really like it. Said it was really cute. Had some fun playing around with kids and making them smile.

10.What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun? My main goal for making this suit was to show my new style for fursuits and to have my own suit i can wear to cons.

11. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube): I have videos of him on my business page.

So there you have it! Short and sweet!

Naturally the interview questions are all optional…so, anything that does not apply to someone and/or they just do not want to answer, they do not have to. I must say that a suit of that quality and with that much detail…being completed in 2-3 months is really impressive to me! So a major round-of-applause for the maker because that takes a lot of skill!

But I find Muerte to be extremely charming and I hope they are still able to go to cons and such, and maybe I might have the honor and luxury of meeting them some day!

So, this has been our Fursuit Friday Feature! Thanks so much for tuning in and thanks for your continued support with this blog!

More to come in the future so, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 8)


So, the month of March is ending and with it comes the end of “Female Fursuiter Month”. This saddens me a bit because I have had so much fun talking to all the different ladies who came forth to share their pics and their small little writings for this blog. I feel like this has spurred me to be more active in this blog that I have in such a long time, and it’s been such an amazing month and journey for this  blog…so, here’s one final entry until we say goodbye (at least until next March)



camo volunteer 1

“This is the old version of my suit (he’s being updated rn and getting legs and feet!) but his name is Volunteer the Firefighting Dutch Angel Dragon. And well I love playing as Volunteer and my other sonas and just being part of a fuzzy family. It also gives me a lot of confidence and joy to talk to people (especially talking about my volunteer firefighting profession)”


Trinity Trottier

“This is me and my character, scaramouche! I live my life as a leading and social, extroverted person, I have seen so many young furries and most of them were female, these girls inspired me to be who I am today, with my best pal moochie! He’s mad at me because I didn’t talk about him, he’s an egotistical bird with the attitude of a horse!”


Kiara Espada

“This suit’s name is Sanchez.
Since I started suiting, I’ve enjoyed cons a lot more and have started to chip away at my shell. I’m an introvert and find it difficult to attend cons, social gatherings, etc. I’ve started to make a few more friends, or at least acquaintances, since I started suiting. I’m a lot happier when I get a chance to suit and make others smile.”


Mana Klemp

“My name is Mana, I’m a 24 year old cosplayer and new fursuiter. (Like super new, just started on Feb 26). My suit is Tweek, the cockatiel themed dutch angel dragon I adopted from Immortal Fursuits, he’s the reason I became a furry XD I fell in love and my one friend was already getting a suit made. Fursuiting has made be decide to strive to learn the art and do more than just cosplay, plus I have gained friends through it.”


^^^Funneh Sky (suit/left) – Tess (Center suit/Right)^^^

The honorable mentions were people that never sent in a written part but wished to be featured anyways. But, this brings us to the last entry and the end of Female Fursuiter Month! Thanks so much to the amazing ladies that participated! Thanks to those who answered my post on “Fursuits=<3″,”Furries With Real Fursuits”, and “The Official Dutch Angel Dragon Community” – you are all awesome! Also to those who found me through Amino and participated…a huge thanks goes out to you as well!!! 😀

Now that this is over, more blogs are coming in the future! I have a bunch of TFF blogs planned (if I can stop being lazy and just do it) as well as other things coming up! Also I plan on sharing more videos from my YouTube Channel on here and do more fursuit blogs as well! So, be looking out for those!

Anyways, thank you all for reading and for your continued support! And, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 7)


Here we are, back again with another installment for “Female Fursuiter Month”! How is everyone feeling? Has Daylight Savings Time kicked your butt yet? I know it’s kicking mine! But, this series has gotten so many good reviews, positive vibes, and people that really enjoy it!
And I love getting to talk to so many interesting people and seeing all the different suits out there. It has been really awesome! I have gotten to talk to fursuiters from all around the world, veterans of the community, and newbies as well. I have talked to people that hired makers to build their Fursona, and a LOT of people that took on the job of making a fursuit themselves. It’s been great! So, before I babble on any more…lets get down to the next part of this feature…

  • How this works:

—I asked on facebook and Amino for female fursuiters and for those that were interested, they sent me a pic of themselves next to pictures of their fursuits, and then wrote a small passage about themselves, their suit, and how fursuiting has changed or influenced them in any way. If you are also interested in being featured for the month of March, all you have to do is drop a comment down below with a link to either your facebook, FA, or Twitter…that way I might contact you for details.



Lili Doughty

“Hey my name is Lili and my suit is Skittish SugarBlush the skunk. I live in Australia and I’m 20yrs old. I recently graduated from university achieving a bachelor of creative writing. Fursuiting changed my life and my whole perspective on it, I have crippling depression and stress disorders and one of the major passions in my life was cosplay. I met my first fur at a supernova 2 years ago, and I knew that this is where I belonged. I created my own fursona and made my own suit. And I can’t imagine life without my baby Skittish in my life. She gives me the wings I need to step out of my room and enjoy life. Even on my bad days I spend it drawing her or dreaming of new things to do with her (eg. Videos ect). She is one of my main reasons to live and I owe her so much for helping me find confidence to make friends and even just get outside my room often. I’m now trying to make and sell suits for other people because my desire to create hasn’t stopped with just one. I hope the suits I make in future will help other people battling social and mental challenges find some relief through suiting <3”


Katie Gay

“Awesome! Well I’m Katie, and my suit Sky was made by myself (muffinpolice on deviantart). Making fursuits has been a way to express myself artistically, and wearing them and performing has been a way to make people happy and just be myself. I love the creativity in the fandom and how kind people are. I can’t wait for many more years making suits and meeting new people!”


Nyree Moore

“Hello I’m Nyree, I’m 16 years old and a very devoted furry. My fursuit is my fursona Lilac. Fursuiting have influenced me because I love the culture and the impact it has on people. I love how I can bring smile to people’s faces when I wear my suit. Mostly I love how confident I feel inside Lilac, the fact that I can immerse myself into a character I MADE is what I love the most. Bringing my characters to life.”


PicMonkey Collage

“I’m Rachel, my fursuit here is of my fursona Hazel and she is made by me. I’m 36, I have arthritis and as I’m off long term due to surgery, I’m using my time to help the StrongBones charity and Post Pals, both are charities for disabled/unwell children.”

Newbie or veteran…younger or older, this fandom has something for everyone! And the creativity! I don’t think we see enough Bugge (Bug) characters in the fandom! Nor do we see enough skunks! I think all the colors, the designs, the different species we get to see in this fandom – just seeing how people choose to put themselves out there and represent themselves is truly something amazing!

And, it always warms my heart when I get to see a fursuit being used for awareness or being used for some sort of charity. Yes, they may be luxury items…BUT, they can still be used to do something good in the world. Whether that’s producing laughs or smiles, whether that is being a role-model to someone, or whether it’s raising money for charity…we can all do a little something to make this world a little bit better!

Thank you all so much for reading! I love all the support I have been getting recently, and it makes me so happy that someone is out there enjoying my blog! All these women are amazing, and they adorable fursuits! So many thanks to them for helping me out with this project! Remember to drop me a comment down below if you are looking to get featured here!

…and as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 6)


A whole six parts and we are still going! We have even more female fursuiters to show off since the month of March has been dubbed: “Female Fursuiter Month”! It has been so cool seeing all the amazing suits that people own. Ad it has been even cooler to hear the stories behind them, to see what women use in their writing to really define them. It’s awesome to know what people say about themselves because it shows the things they find important and this life…and it’s all just very fascinating!

So I am very happy and lucky that I get to showcase these amazing ladies and their suits for you all! 😀

  • How it works:

—Are you interested in being featured for Female Fursuiter Month? All I need from you is a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, if you want to, a small written passage about yourself and your suit, and/or how fursuiting has changed or influenced you! If you are interested in doing this then please drop a comment down below linking to a facebook, FA, or Twitter where I might be able to reach you for details.



Stefany Belisle

“Here is me and my d.a.d Spade. I absolutely love the creativity and origiality that comes from becoming a maker. I love how diverse the community is and before getting i to fursuiting I struggled with what it was I wanted to do with my life. The feed back and joy I see others have with suits and characters, whether I’m in suit or watching others, it’s one of the best feelings ever.”


Brianna Pherigo

“The fandom itself has done alot for me. It’s allowed me to explore my creative side and I’ve started attempting to build suit parts. I’ve always wanted to create things. I’ve always loved Halloween and the costumes, that evolved into cosplaying and anime conventions and then before I knew it I became a fursuiter.”


Sammy Panther

Girl power
Girls rule


Eli Halewood

“This is the only picture I have with my fursuit, he’s a lot older in that pic as I still hadn’t finished him when I took it. He’s my first ever fursuit I have made, he’s my main fursona Jupiter. He’s a dragon. I love him to death, I have had him for just over a year now.”

So there it is, another part down, and we still have more to go!

The great thing about this Community is the creativity…but also the ability to grow and to really appreciate the small achievements and the small steps towards a greater goal. In this community, I see a lot more people appreciating just the little things…like some gift art, or maybe a new ref sheet, or a badge, or even that frst fursuit that might not be Mischief-Maker level, but, they love it none-the-less. Also that magic when a character is finally able to come alive…it truly is amazing!

Thanks so much for reading and thanks to all the amazing ladies that posted their entries for submission! It has been such great fun and an honor featuring you! Stay tuned for more of these in the future!

…and as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 5)


Hello again furries and fuzzbutts! Welcome back to another part of Female Fursuiter Month! This by far has been one of my favorite blogs to work on because the responses to it have been amazing! So many wonderful ladies stepped up and were so excited to show themselves and their suits and be featured here…and some of them I got to actually stay and talk to online and learn so much more about them, and it really does put into perspective the range of people you will meet in this fandom!

This community has done so much good for so many people, and fursuiting has changed so many lives. So, doing this blog and getting to share those stories…it has all been amazing. So I am really glad that I get to do another part for you guys 😀

  • How it works:

—So, for those interested in being featured here for Female Fursuiter Month, all I ask is that you first send me a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, in your own words, you can either say a little about yourself in your suit, or you can tell me how fursuiting has changed you or influenced you in any way (or both)! So, if this is something you want to do, just drop a comment down below with a link to your facebook, FA, or Twitter so that I might contact you for the details!



Kat Watson

“Heres a selfie with my own suit. Cocoa the doggo
I got into suiting as i can be more open with confidence and be myself. Outta suit i feel insecure like im an outcast but when i go to my local meet and suit up i feel like ive found my missing family.”


Alisyn OLeary

“Myself on a normal basis, I love cosplay, and dressing up, but most days I’m at work at our local fabric store, or sewing at home. If I’m with friends, it’s out for hikes or watching horror movies In suit, I’m just as confident, but much more outgoing, my hippogryph Orion really shows who I am. Mystical and brave. And I’ve always known, if I where any animal… I’d need to be something with wings. In suit, I also have armour, as I know I’m a warrior and will always fight for what is right. (In suit or not) I’m usually more sassy in suit which makes a lot of people laugh. It’s my main goal in life honestly, to make others happy and smile. If that’s all I get done at the end of a day…. my day was well spent!”


Amy Langdon

“My name is Amy, I am French and Tate is my fursona.
It reflects my personality, he likes to be a clown and have fun with people.

Mon nom est amy, je suis française et Tate est mon fursona
Il reflète ma personnalité, il aime faire le clown et amuser les gens”


Taylor Webb

“I’m not good with talking about myself but I’m a very sweet person and I try to help everyone and anyone as best as I can just too make them smile and I stand up for what’s right and if someone’s harassing my friend or loved one I will defend them. I’m a kindhearted person and would give the clothes off my back to help someone About my husky Shea she’s basically the same as me she loves too make people smile and spread love wherever she goes it does make her sad when she’s confused for a cat but she doesn’t mind as long as it isn’t hateful she loves to dance and be cute.”

Furries are located all over the world…and one of the amazing things about the Community is knowing that no matter what, you are never truly alone. We have seen 2 people from France already, some people from the UK, and then people scattered all across the USA.

Another thing I have noticed is that a lot of people, once they are in a suit, all their shyness, their all seems to go away and these people can be more free, and can be more of the person they feel they should be. That is always a great thing too. It’s amazing to hear all these stories of why people love to fursuit and the lives they have touched by doing so. Also, in hearing the changes they brought on for themselves…it can be very inspiring – and all these ladies are lovely and so great!

So thank you all for tuning in and reading! More parts of this to come! I will be doing this for as long as submissions allow, and the submissions will remain open until the end of March! Thanks to all the wonderful ladies that sent in their entries to participate! You are all awesome!

And as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 4)


So, here we are still in March, and we still have more women to feature! And the submissions just keep piling in!
For those that might be tuning in just now: I have been asking for women to submit their suits (and themselves) to be featured in this blog for Female Fursuiter Month! And I feature anywhere from 3-4 entries per post! Hopefully this will give me a good chunk of content this month to show off all these amazing ladies and all these lovely fursuits!!!

  • How it Works:

—If you would like to be featured in this blog for Female Fursuiter Month, all I ask is that you submit a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, in your own words, either give me a small written piece on yourself and your suit and/or tell me how fursuiting has influenced or changed you in any way! If you’re interested in being part of this project, please drop me a comment down below with a link to your facebook, FA, or Twitter so that I might reach out to you for the details!



Holly Williams

“Hi. My name is Holly Williams, and my suit is Myrl Frostfang, although I have a few different characters. I work as a cook and moonlight as a writer, hoping to get my first book out by the end of year. Suiting helps me get to be me. I have anxiety and normally don’t do well in large groups but if I’m in my suit I feel more relaxed and more confident. I absolutely love to interact with different people and kids especially love when I go to the medieval fair.”


Taylor Yoder

“I am Taylor, a Southerner from Alabama, I’m 18 yrs, 4 year experienced costume designer and fursuit maker, and I live in Northern Indiana. I’ve been a furry for about 3 years now, I have 2 fursuits, Bytes my Dutch Angel Dragon is my second suit, and made him myself.”


Emily Chalker

“I made a Gidget just as a fun costume to wear at first, then the first time outside of a con I suited for a trick or treat for little kids. While there this one little kid loved me so much that it mad me so happy for the rest of the week. Now I try and suit as often as I can just to make kids happy, because that makes me happy.”


Carleigh Paige Carson

“Well here’s me in one of my favorite heads I’ve done (Lucy)! I just recently got into the fandom about 2 years ago but before I found it I was in love with animal masks. I’ve been making heads for 3+ years now & they have helped me greatly with opening up and giving me the guts to show who I truly am ❤ The fandom is my favorite thing to follow and I truly appreciate all the suits people have made ❤ It’s such a awesome art & I’m so glad I’m not the only one out there that likes dressing up; Especially as cute & awesome animals ^-^

Also the people in this fandom are super nice and it’s probably the best thing about it! <3″

So there’s another batch of such awesome ladies shedding a bright light on the furry fandom! Sending good vibes to Holly in that she gets her book published! I’m on that long road myself and so I def know that pain! Also sending good vibes to all those aspiring fursuit makers features because they are a billion times more talented then I will ever be for sure XD

Still, thank you all so much for reading and checking out this post! More to come as we continue to celebrate Female Fursuiter Month, so please stayed tuned! Thanks to everyone that has participated thus far, and, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Female Fursuiter Month (part 3)


Welcome back to another installment for “Female Fursuiter Month”! I am still blown away by how many people wanted to enter into this, and I already know that more requests are piling in. Through this, I have seen a lot of amazing suits…and it’s been so fun getting to chat with people about fursuiting! I mean, I get to do it with my Fursuit Friday features, but, never to this extent really!!!

And I think seeing all these suits are getting me even more hyped for TFF as I really hope that I get to bump into and actually meet some of the people that have submitted for this 😀

  • How it Works:

—The whole month of March is dedicated to female fursuiters. So, all I ask is for a picture of yourself next to a picture of your fursuit. Then, I ask that you tell me a little about yourself and your suit, and that you tell me how fursuiting might have changed you or influenced you in any way. If you are interested in doing this project and being featured in my blog, then leave a comment down below with a link to your FA, facebook, or Twitter so that I can get those details!


Kelly Ludovice

Kelly Ludovice

“Hey my name is Kelly Ludovice. I have been furry for about 6 plus years now I live in Houston, Texas. I am 20 years old. Fursiting has made more outgoing because I have special needs. I have been bullied for most of my life because of it. Fursuiting makes me have a more playful side I never had before and makes forget for moment that I do have disabilities and that I am just like everyone else.”

Alexa Beers

Alexa Beers

“Hello I’m Alexa!
My fursuits name is Blue Keaton.
There really isn’t much to me just a girl out there who wants to make life as it is.
I discovered that people make and wear fursuits in 2011 and actually I’m pretty impressed how far and how well fursuits are being made today! I have become, really, a better person ever since I found the fandom. I found my passion. 🙂 Sewing
Eyo come check out my dev art page magic boi-

Bryanna Miller

Bryanna Miller

“Hey! My names Bryanna, I’m only 16 and this fandom has impacted my life in such a positive way since 2010! It has made me way more outgoing and happier. I have suffered harassment and many mental health disorders such as major depression, ptsd, anxiety, and ect and a form of personality disorder that’s not super affective but occurs in bad situations, the point is these problems and more have really messed me up , but this fandom keeps me grounded and happy, And I know my suit I made isn’t perfect, but nor am I, everything about it speaks me, I am so thankful to be part of this amazing fandom with many amazing suitors along with it , You all are an inspiration to me and I hope to make many new friends here. Today’s the day we woman get to speak and be noticed, And I’m proud to be among many ladies in the fursuit world :)”

Christina Raymond

Christina Raymond

“A little about me:
I’m 26, got introduced to cosplay in 2008 and have spread my creative wings since. My first cosplay was a suit of shadow Lugia. This suit gave me great respect for others wearing them because of the time it takes to Make and put on. It also made me feel free emotionally to see all the smiles on adults and kids to :)”

So there you have it, there’s another part down!

But, we still have more to go! So many awesome women, so many amazing suits! I was and continue to be blown away by these gorgeous submissions and all the hard work and love that goes into these fursuits and just fursuiting in general. The way it has affected people…the way it has made lives better. This is partly what this community and fandom is all about! The spread of joy, love, and fun! Getting to be creative and getting to feel so free and just be yourself! Possibilities are limitless here!!!

Anyways, thank you all for tuning in! More blogs to come! I will see you all in the next one! 😉

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