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New York Media senior producer Kenny Wassus has a very special mother, Cheryl Wassus, and she has a very special therapy dog named Link. When Cheryl recently learned that the Motor City Furry Convention was coming to town, and that it was raising money for Pets for Vets (a charity that pairs dogs with veterans), she assumed it was a pet-themed event. She had never heard of furries, and what's furrier than a dog? She went to the con and brought Link along, expecting he would make every animal lover's day. And she was right—but not in the way she imagined.

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As you can see from the photos Kenny shared, Link was a big hit.

They're bowing to his hyper-realistic dog suit.
They're bowing to his hyper-realistic dog suit.
This is the fuzziest hug in history.
This is the fuzziest hug in history.
Now it's starting to look like a Bigfoot video.
Now it's starting to look like a Bigfoot video.
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Kenny kept sharing Cheryl's pics. After a while, it became a little too much even for a trained therapy dog like Link.

Cheryl told select/all that although she had never heard of furries before, she quickly became comfortable with their fascinating culture, and learned a lot. Link, on the other hand, needed more time to adjust.

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I had no idea I 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. It was all good. Just a real interested community.

In the end, Cheryl and Link even participated in a panel at the con, which raised $10,000 for Pets for Vets. And even though the experience was very positive, Cheryl explained that she isn't about to get into furry culture herself.

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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. I’m good.

Tell that to Link. He can't take his fur off.

Sources: select/all