It's fascinating to read this thread, as I'm still waffling over whether or not I'm a furry... My story is much the same as others'. I have always drawn dogs, foxes, wolves, frogs, and all manner of other animals. My friends have looked over my shoulder as I am doing homework and said, "you always draw dogs like that, don't you" and so on. When I was younger I loved books like Watership Down and Tailchaser's Song, I drew out complicated stories involving dog characters, always dressed up like an animal for Halloween, and constantly played games with my friends where we pretended to be animals up until my teenage years. I like to imagine myself as a dog, and animals have always been important to my identity. What kept me away from furry for so long was the anthro thing- It took me a long time to warm up to anthros, as I prefer animals which look like animals. After joining DeviantArt and seeing good anthro art, though, I now enjoy it. Actually, my friends and I used to make fun of furries... After my dogs died I realized just how important they were to my life, and how central animals were to my identity. I thought hey, why not do a Google search and find out a little more about this mysterious furry thing with the horrible stigma attached to it, maybe these people are like me... Then I found FA... And I found a community centered around creative expression and identification with animals, which is pretty cool. So I suppose that might just make me a furry.