Cheryl Wassus went to the Motor City Furry Convention with her therapy dog, Link, expecting to spend the day among like-minded animals and their owners. But she could have never imagined what she had signed herself up for.
The convention’s charity of choice was Pets for Vets, a programme Wassus promotes. So she decided to set up tables to promote the charity and talk to attendees about its work.
But the conference was actually a meet-up for furries – people who dress up in furry animal costumes.
Her son tweeted some photos of the mix-up, and they’re absolutely amazing.
my mom thought furrycon was a pet event and volunteered w our therapy dog 😆 https://t.co/mizlydLxjl
If it's any consolation, it looks like the dog had a great time.
Wassus told NY Magazine that she’d never heard of furries before, and had no idea she was walking into Furry Con.
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.
I learned so much about this whole new culture of people who get together and dress up in furry costumes.
But will Wassus be converting to a furry any time soon?
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. I’m good.