Since getting kicked out of anthrocon a few years ago, after walking right in (we had no idea what it was), my family and I have been going to Pittsburgh during anthrocon to see the furries doing their thing. It is strangely interesting. The fursuit parade was outside for the first time. It was something to see. Of course I have to post the picture of the Dalmatian :P After the parade, I talked to some of them, and they were all very friendly. I had previously thought of them as a somewhat exclusive group, not too welcoming of outsiders, but no, they were great! Much, much nicer people than many of the folks of the little town I live in :)
I really don't get the dislike of furries.