Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

A Dedication

Yesterday I had a fursuiting gig as Otto Otter. This was one of those events that I love. I was actually asked to perform! Someone had seen my performance at the local wildlife refuge a couple of months ago and later contacted me to see if I would be interested in performing at a children's book fair. Oh hell yeah! I didn't know what to expect, but when I pulled up to the venue and saw buses and buses full of kids arriving, I knew I would be in for something big. The event was sponsored by the local county commissioner. It was in a poor part of the county and kids can't afford books for themselves. Each kid was given an age-appropriate book to encourage reading habits. The mascots were invited to provide a little entertainment. I performed with Smokey, Puddles the Duck (USFWS), and Buddy Bison (NPS). The event was late in the afternoon, so Kitty was able to join me after work to be my handler. And boy! Did I need a handler! Kids everywhere!

All the time I was in suit, I kept thinking about Quasi. I really wanted to dedicate my performance to him. He was a true fursuiter and performer. I think we had a mutual admiration for each other since we were about the same age and here we were, 2 old farts putting on animal costumes. We weren't there to stand in one place and wave. We wanted to bring characters to life! And that's just what I did. We were blindsided by the event sponsors by having us all stand in front of the kids and then wanting us to dance. The other 3 suiters were a bit shocked, but I busted out moves like I was at a con dance. If music was playing, I was dancing. Towards the end of the event I had my own little collection of little girls who loved dancing with the big otter. I was even asked by the real little ones if I was real. Of course! Magic! Illusion...maintained! So thank you, Quasi, for being an inspiration to some of us suiters out there. You had "it" and I shall try to keep that legacy going.
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