I've been wanting to get a fursuit. After considering if for a long time and discussing it with a few friends, Dogz R. Barkn, who had been teaching me to draw and chatting during the long nights that came from working at camp. I knew he had done fursuits in the past, and the exaples I'd seen were all (to my untrained eye) very good looking.
He offered me a discount and said he'd have the suit heady for the next con I was going to, CFNW '04, it was 6 months away, and I figured that was plenty of time, and so I started paying him. I made a really dumb mistake here, in assuming I could trust him, and so I paid for the suit, in full, by August. I was very naive and saw no reason the suit wouldn't be done, so it couldn't hurt to pay in full, right? And it lowered my stress level, because I'm almost phobic of outstanding debts.
And so the stage was set. This was, as a quick reminder, the summer of 2004.
The suit wasn't ready for Conifur. This ended up not ebing a big deal, because, due to a mix up with school that resulted in MUCH increased tuition, I didn't go to Conifur. So then, I wanted it done for the next con I was going to: FC ' 04.
So we got closer to FC '04, at which point Dogz suddenly came to be VERY busy with school, and told me he'd try to have it at that con, but he wasn't expecting much...needless to say, it didn't happen.
From there things went downhill. Askign about the suit brought a few excuses about not wanting to compromise quality, but more often just simply ended the conversation. The last conversation on IM happened in March 2005, then he simply stopped responding. Emails and pm's on dA worked through August or so. Phone calls, after that. My head arrived in late November, and it looked wonderful and cute and goofy, just as promised, aside being two years late. I stayed in touch, mostly by phone after that; Dogz told me the suit was done, and he'd bring it to FC since shipping it would likely cut it to close.
And then, mysteriously...the night before he left for the con, a radiator exploded, and my suit got soaked and possibly ruined. I say possibly because I still haven't seen it. After FC (and the beginnings of a refund - $60) I got a text message to my phone with tracking numbers for two boxes, from Dogz. The numbers never appears online to be tracked, nor could the post office verify that a package with that number even existed. And he hasn't been in touch since. Never answers his phone, email, pm's, or even the few mutual friends who are willing to pass along messages. I don't expect I ever will hearback from him at this point.
Like I said...I'm not doing this to elicit pity, simply to warn. Dogz is as unprofessional as they come, and getting any sort of commsion from him is risking a repeat of what happened to me..and numerous other people.
And if any of you do know, and have contact, with Dogz...mention that I still expect my refund when I see him again.