My name is Wolfgang Doghouse. =3
You can call me Wolf or Wolfgang.
Calling me Mr. Doghouse is great too! X3
There are a lot of things about me but first of all, I love wolves and I love furry art!
Canines have -always- been a huge passion of mine, especially wolves. When I was 12, I was a subscriber to Dog Fancy and I'd decorate my walls with pictures I'd cut out! X3
When I turned 19, I went to Mission:Wolf in Colorado and worked there for a year.
It's a wolf sanctuary in the middle of the Sangre de Cristo mountains at around 9,500' elevation.
I lived in a tipi on site and helped care for the wolves that lived there as well as maintain and expand the sanctuary.
After Mission:Wolf, I headed off to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in the high dessert of New Mexico for another year.
I learned all sorts of things from the sanctuaries!
Of course I learned even -more- about wolves, but I also learned a bit of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, welding, fencing, and much much more.
Later on, I met a red fox named Sandy on Second Life.
Sandy helped me out in a time of great need when I had no one else to lean on.
He's the single most important person in my life. =3
We dated for awhile but it didn't quite work out.
We still love each other deeply and have been living together for roughly 8 years.
He's got an awesome mate now and I couldn't be happier for him! =3
Now, I'm a licensed massage therapist!
I know – I know! The furry jokes are endless! X3
But I love it and I love making people feel good.
I also make jewelry out of naturally shed hair from live, healthy animals as a hobby and an alternative to dead fur – something I -highly- disapprove of.
I'm a vaper, I play guitar from time to time, and I love to play video games with my friends. =3
Squad and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam are probably my favorites at the time.
I love to socialize and enjoy hosting large dinner parties every month for many local furries in my area.
The furry community is huge and those who identify with it and consider themselves a part of it come from all over the globe. We are a diverse bunch with all sorts of different opinions and beliefs. What ties us all together is our love for anthropomorphic art and expression.
It's to be expected that the overwhelming majority of us have a huge amount of compassion for our animal counterparts. This can be demonstrated in the enormous amounts of money we raise for animal sanctuaries, animal rescues, zoos, Humane Societies, and other charities that are typically always geared for the benefit of animals and those who help them. From 1999 – 2017 we have generated roughly $2.7 million dollars to charity just through our conventions! Midwest Furfest raised over $85,000 for C.R.I.S.P. just last year! This really is incredible.
Getting to the point, regardless of your personal opinion about taxidermy and real fur tails that people wear, we should all be able to agree that the sale of taxidermy should not be conducted in an environment with so many people it's sure to offend. Even if you're a person who has a collection of your own, surely you must realize that more people who identify as furries are going to be uncomfortable with your collection than not (and by no small margin either). It would be respectful to keep that away from those it's surely going to offend. But this isn't about any one person's choice to wear a real tail to a convention or not. That is not something that can be controlled in a reasonable fashion.
This petition is only concerned with collecting enough signatures to support the prevention to sell taxidermy and related products at MFF. As it currently stands, MFF highly discourages the sale of these items and does not allow any dealer to sell taxidermy as their only merchandise. Still, every year you see two or three vendors with real animal tails and other products selling their merchandise. The only reason they are able to do this is because there is no policy in place that prevents it provided they have other items and merchandise to sell other than taxidermy (and the related).
While the MFF staff recognizes the conflict of interest and sympathizes with those who are offended and saddened by the sight of dead animal parts being used in this manner, they are not able to completely prohibit their sale without our help. Now, Midwest Furfest is the largest furry convention in the entire world! If we can help support the MFF staff to adopt this request, many other fur cons are sure to follow suit.
I am confident that the vast majority of our community will support this petition and I implore you all to sign. Your opinion matters and together we can make our conventions better, more welcoming, and happier for all who attend.
Click here to sign!
Joined 17 May 2013