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ToonPaw, formerly known as Tvalo Bear (real name Mike Foley) is a furry fan, a fursuiter and fursuit maker and designer at ToonSuits Character Costumes, a Vancouver, Canada-based mascot making organization. He is an avid traveller, and history buff. He is always happy to chat up a fellow furry and lend a helping paw.
ToonPaw joined the furry community in the mid-1990s. He was always a fan of animation art and cute cartoon characters. He worked for The Walt Disney Company in the early 1990s and Baloo the Bear is his all-time favourite character. He began making fursuits in 2003 and has made many dozens of cute cartoon-type characters.
Toonpaw has several personal fursuits but prefers to build them for other people and see their characters romping around.
ToonSuits is a Vancouver, Canada, registered company, and has been making mascots and fursuits since 2003. They have made dozens of suits for various charities, elementary schools in North America, and for private owners and furries around North America, Japan, and Europe. ToonSuit costumes tend to be wide-eyed, cartoon-type critters. Each suit is built to a customer's specifications.
Corporate and business mascots include the Vancouver Police Force (German shepherd dog), Claremont Prepartory School (wolverine), Tuscany Hills Elementary School (coyote), HotShots Girl's Soccer Team (seagull), THE FOX 103.1 FM (fox), Lakewood Creek Elementary (coyote), McKenzie Elementary School (wolf), and The Cornvallis Times-Gazette (beaver).
- https://web.archive.org/web/20110207152124/http://toonsuits.com/ The webpage includes image saying "Costumes featured in the "Vancouver Courier" paper March 4, 2004". Second image says "Costumes Seen on CBC Television's "Culture Shock" November 2003".
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