Michigan woman and her dog unwittingly attend furry convention and adorable hilarity ensues

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Link, the therapy dog, feeling good about the furry convention.
Link, the therapy dog, feeling good about the furry convention.
Sometimes the internet is a wonderful place.

Especially, when we find Monroe resident Cheryl Wassus and her therapy-dog-in-training, Link, attended a furry convention under the assumption it was an event geared towards pets and pet owners.

Boy, were they wrong.

But, according to a series of tweets from Wassus' son, the two still had a great time and learned a good deal about furry culture, which includes anthropomorphic costumes and role playing and is less about sexual fetishes than people like to think.

Wassus's story went viral and she's been interviewed by New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, and the subject of an aggregated story on Huffington Post, and now here in Metro Times.

According to these articles, Wassus is a Pets for Vets volunteer and the furry convention — Motor City Furry Con, which is held in Novi — reached out to the nonprofit hoping to raise money for their cause.

So, Wassus just assumed it was a pet-themed convention. Well, you know what they say about assuming.

Anyway, adorable hilarity ensued as Wassus took various photo of Link with furries who were thrilled by their attendance.  The best part? The Furry Con raised $10,000 for Pets for Vets while Wassus and Link got a crash course on a subculture they likely never knew existed.

About The Author

Alysa Zavala-Offman

Alysa Zavala-Offman is the managing editor of Detroit Metro Times. She lives in the downriver city of Wyandotte with her husband, toddler, mutt, and two orange cats.
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