A note from Duke Shepherd

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Wererstritchy, Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:05 pm

This is a repost from FaceBook. I thought I'd share it here.

this is one of the hardest choices I've had to make. It certainly
doesn't feel like my proudest moment and I have been thinking about this
decision for over week now.
As some of you may or may not know,
life has thrown me quite the curve ball at the moment. With the
pressures of business, clients, finishing the unit and bills, the
situation has caused me to be left short in the financial department.

I've always been pretty good with budget and as I said, due to a major
set back in business I am unable to re-corporate at this point in time.
No point going into details, I just want to recover to get life back on

You see, I'm depressed. Not something that I'm used to,
I've always had a very positive outlook on life and I've worked hard for
things in my life. But, there's the thought of not being able to finish
our home so myself and my partner have a place to live. I was really
looking forward to putting up Christmas decorations, now I just wish I
could put walls up instead.
With bills, car registration, and the
money needed to get the business back up and running it's just a lot of
stress and pressure causing me to feel so very overwhelmed.
With out things being finished, I can't move forward, finish costumes and such. I need to be able to move in and unpack/set up.

Perhaps it was an oversight on my behalf, a life mistake, and you can
say I'm in this situation because of something I did. So be it, I'll
accept it was my fault.
But, it was something I really didn't see coming.

People have offered to gift me money, but I really feel too proud and
strange accepting that sort of gesture. So I offered a solution in
opening fursuit commissions, but due to a negative comment that really
hit me the wrong way given the situation, I took the post down and
continued to just feel at a loss of what to do.
I'm not perfect and
certainly not any more deserving than another person, or at least I feel
so. I know that some people may think of less of me for doing this, but
so be it. I really don't know what else I can do and where else I can
turn. I assure you, I have looked into all available options and short
of selling the Duke character, there isn't much else.
Call it the last choice for a desperate man. I wouldn't ask unless it was needed.

I see people ask for tips everywhere, for simply enjoying their
artwork. I've seen people pay to keep a comic strip going or
artwork/prints not of their character. My media is in the form of my
music videos. I certainly never set out for earning anything for them.
Sure, they required a hell of a lot of effort and a heap of time is put
into them, but they're rewarding in themselves for me. I don't make them
alone either, work comes from all angles.
Perhaps what I'm getting at is I've built up quite the following, fan base, and friendships because of the media I put out.

So I'll embarrassingly ask this; if you've enjoyed what I do and feel
you can shoot a dollar or two over paypal then I would appreciate it.
Certainly if all my followers put a dollar in, it would certainly help
my situation a great deal.
I can't offer anything in return other
than my thanks and gratitude that you helped me out in what is a low
point in my life. Hey, if you want to leave your name in the message
sections of the gift, then I'll see if I can put together a video
thanking all those who helped this dog.

My paypal is thatdancingdog@gmail.com You are also welcome to contact me via this address.

I just want to get my life back on track so I can get back to doing what I love.

Regardless what you may think of me after this, I thank you all for your time and the kind comments I receive on a daily basis.


Duke Shepherd

Duke Shepherd has done a lot for the community. He runs FurDu, he owns a business, does music introduction videos for AnthroCon in America, Pittsburgh. He also just about attends every con in Australia, wearing his iconic suit, Duke.

He doesn't know I exist, I barely know him as it is. But I think for someone so major, his voice kinda needs to be heard. He's someone important to the fandom.

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FoxTailedCritter, Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:25 am

Ye reap what you sow.. HAHAHAAA. <3
Everything you say or do has ripple effects....
Be the change you want to see in the world.

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Wererstritchy, Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:36 pm

What do you mean?

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LoneWolf2770, Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:24 pm

Duke Shephard is a very,very important part of the fandom, and we cannot let him fall....HELP HIM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!! - LoneWolf, current member of FURDU and the Anthrocon

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Wererstritchy, Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:58 am

This was posted over 2 years ago, he's gotten himself stabilised and has moved to America.

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LoneWolf2770, Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:32 am

I know.....i didn't know that he moved to America,though..... so stupid :/

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