Shep has been a furry lifestyler since 2005 and has a German Shepherd as his fursona. He is a current staff member of Rainfurrest, Howloween and VancouFur. He was chosen as fursuit guest of honor at Furlandia 2014 for his contributions to the fandom.
Shep's fursuit character, Nitro, was constructed by WhiteyFawks of Arend Studios, and debuted at RainFurrest 2007. Nitro became well known for his stunts on a Motocross Bike. . To present day, the fursuit has been seen at several conventions and events located in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
In real life, Shep is a skilled tradesman working in the electrical field, as a journeyman and project foreman. His free time often includes building things from the ideas in his head and staffing local conventions. Before Shep found the furry lifestyle, he competed in the sport of motocross racing for nearly a decade. He achieved two BC Championships before retiring from competition in 2006.
- Further Confusion - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- ConFurgence - 2014
- All Fur Fun - 2009
- VancouFur - 2012, 2013, 2014
- Biggest Little Fur Con - 2013
- Furlandia - 2014
- Anthrocon - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Eurofurence - 2010, 2012, 2014
- RainFurrest - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Howloween - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Midwest FurFest - 2008, 2011, 2013
- Howloween Staff Member - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- RainFurrest Staff Member - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- VancouFur Staff Member - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- RainFurrest Fursuit Programming Lead - 2012, 2013, 2014
- Howloween Fursuit Lounge Lead - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- RainFurrest Fursuit Lounge Lead - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- VancouFur Fursuit Lounge Lead - 2012, 2013, 2014
- Anthrocon Panel Host, Co-Host - 2012
- RainFurrest Panel Host - 2012
- Furlandia Panel Host - 2014
- Furlandia Fursuit Games Host - 2014
Since 2007 to present, Nitro has been a member and director of a local fursuit entertainment group. Entertaining at dozens of charitable non-profit events, including Children's Hospital, walks for ALS, cancer, juvenile diabetes, hospice, festivals and parades. Nitro has also entertained in Washington state. The fursuit has been seen on live television and media several times over the years.
In 2010, during the Vancouver Olympic winter games, Nitro roamed the crowded city streets with a group of other fursuiters cheering on team Canada. Also that year, entertained the public in the streets of in Delft, Holland.
In 2011, Nitro made his way to the ski resort of in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Entertaining the crowds and riding the chairlifts to the top of the mountain.
Beginning in 2009, Shep decided to use his creative talents and trade skills to build projects that fursuiters and local conventions could use and enjoy. These projects included: deluxe fursuit head drying trees, blowers, electrical panels, and rechargeable fursuit head cooling fan kits. The popularity of the head trees prompted Shep to build two additional units, recently adding UVC germ killing ability and timers for each head.
Shep continues to look for new project ideas to help improve fursuit lounges. His motivation is simply seeing the fursuiters enjoying the things he builds.
- NitroShep's profile on LiveJournal. Retrieved January 28th, 2008
- Nitro Fursuit MX on YouTube. Retrieved November 25th, 2007
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