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SHE HAS RATS OR SOMETHING INFESTING... BECAUSE I JUST REALIZED MY COYOTE'S PAWS WERE ALL NIBBLED OFF WTF. 

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Okay...this is a journal I really never thought(or really wanted to) create but here it goes.

Oh and I know that she has quite a few minions(or lucky customers as I call them) from what I heard that go after her disgruntled customers that speak out. I am gonna say this. I was not one of those "lil meanies" that tried to set her up or whatever tall tales that are spinned. I was genuinely a loyal customer that had faith in her. She did an okay job on Blimp(his face is cute but I had to redo his body) and she sent him back in a timely manner. That was a few years ago. But THIS cannot be hidden.

I had so much faith in her. So much that I sent her a HYENA to be rugged because I figured she would have enjoyed that. A great portfolio piece! Well??? Read on!

I'm giving big negatives for nakomii/it'sprobablymars/vita nova taxidermy, (Mars Hernandez right now )Marissa Hernandez, whatever name she goes by.

I JUST received my two mounts from her today. My hyena Asha and my coyote Poof. *sigh* They smelled of smoke. 

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I had sent off my hyena to be rugged by her almost THREE YEARS AGO.. That's right. Almost three years. And nothing to show for it. So much for a rug. But please read on. 

Her whole body:
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Here are some of my back-and-forths with her about status and WIP's. I initially contacted her in July 2013 about having her rugged. As you can see, the same things being told.

Derp by pookyhorse 

The ONLY WIP I ever got from her on Asha. Look at the date.
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Now I asked for her to return my things AS IS because I was tired of waiting for NOTHING to be done. I told her to return them to me immediately in late april of this year. I told her I'm not asking for a refund and that I would even pay the shipping. I just want my things back. My hyena was a grail of mine and I no longer trusted her in her care. I didn't bother to demand refunds because of the troubles I have heard of from her previous disgruntled customers having to jump through hoops to get something. I didn't care about that. I was too tired of this. I JUST WANTED THEM BACK. So no, she didn't deny or fight me on refunds because I told her I didn't want any. 

 She told me was I sure I wanted them back unfinished? She would have my hyena mounted with a few weeks!!! UMMM YOU HAD NEARLY THREE YEARS TO DO THAT. And about a year and half on the coyote! It's like a damned twilight zone episode! I told her no, send them back as is, mounted or not, finished or not. Because we've been through this for so long and I knew at this point nothing was going to be done. 

She did finally send them three weeks later after asking a few times if she sent them. She paid the shipping. She told me she did unmount the hyena and clean her out(and told me she'd still have some clay on her) despite me telling her I just wanted them as is. She told me last year(or rather her previous coworker or whoever it is that helped her out with her taxi projects in that time frame, Innaturesimage I believe) on an status update that Asha was being rehydrated and in the process of being remounted.....

While I asked for returning as-is she did ask me if I was SURE that I wanted them back like this and whatnot. Basically a clear statement of I suppose to cover her ass. Look I have no problem telling the truth on my end. It all leans in my favor anyways.

Why? Because you had nearly THREE YEARS to mount her! There is no excuse! It doesn't matter if she is mounted or not! You had so much time! No excuses! I was way too tolerant and kind! I was foolish!! So much for being a good and patient customer!! 

And I'm not the only one out there. There has been some people that had come forth to me and a few others that they had been also waiting years on mounts!!! NO EXCUSE.. If you take a gander at her taxidermy page on facebook you can see how many comments from customers asking on updates, to answer their pm's and where their shit is and other stuff! Heck even somebody asking if they should remove the STAPLES from their mount's ears because it scratches them! I'm guessing they don't realize that those shouldn't be on there. 

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This lil tidbit made my blood boil. Another way to cover her ass. NO your waitlist shouldn't be that long to mount people's softmounts. NO EXCUSE. People..do not believe this. 1 year is one thing, maybe a year and half.. BUT 2-3 YEARS? For soft-mounts???? I've had a few friends get attacked for not finishing customer mounts within a FEW MONTHS.. Spoiled brats. TRY THREE YEARS. And the thing is while her waiting list may be that long. She has NO problem with mounting personal mounts or mounts for her loved ones within a matter of just a few months of getting the pelts... Or when she's pushing out PREMADES. So much for a priority list! (Like she told me and others that we were on since we've been waiting awhile, was told this a good year or so ago) Or too busy spending hours on personal fursuit items while you could be spending that on people who have been waiting years for their stuff. I'm not saying you can NOT spend any time on personal stuffs but SERIOUSLY. 

Marsbullshit1 by pookyhorse


I really don't understand her. She says her business is important to her. Obliviously not enough. I mean.. You received a bloody hyena for a project. How many get to handle hyenas? Some would kill to have the chance to mount one. It was a potential portfolio piece. A good way of showing people what you are capable of. If you weren't capable of mounting my hyena you should have just been honest. But no. Just sit on it for awhile and dismount it before sending it out. Well sorry. I overestimated you. 

Now onto my coyote, Poof. 

I did receive also a few WIP photos of him last year. But he was too be fixed as his ears and eyes were off as I was told. 

Here is how he looks now. I do not know if she actually finished him?? Also smelled like smoke.

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There.. as you can see. He has a whole number of issues that many of her other disgruntled customer's mounts have suffered from. 

Your business is unprofessional. You don't put your customers first. You have become complacent in your sloppyness and laziness. It's sad because you do have potential. It's there but sadly you refuse to better yourself. No you have not changed or whatever your girlfriends like to claim. Do you really want to run your business this way? I bet it's stressful! I can't fathom ever doing this to people! It would drive me nuts!

This is sad really. I take no joy in creating this journal. But something has to be said because this is becoming a big problem. I really think Blimp is cute, despite his issues. I really liked how personal you were with your customers(like when you did a livestream of mounting his head for me. That was neat. I'm not saying you should always do that). But things have slipped. My patience and trust has waned. And you seem to be disconnected from those that trust you their pelts. 

I will dismount the coyote and rehydrate and clean the hyena... So much for the wait. I was foolish to wait so long and to entrust her a grail of mine. 

And for those that are waiting on stuff from her, especially those that have been waiting too long. Be wary. And those that are getting decent stuff? Consider yourself lucky! Or for some perhaps you are just blind to what a decent mount actually looks like. 
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ratatouiIIe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
One of my coyotes paw pads was gnawed off too...
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cosandk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awe that coyote looks awful on his ears. poor thing. 
the paws....just oml.

that hyena just...wow...holy....the face is so messed up. 

Smelling like smoke?? did she smoke around them or something? 

Im definitely not going to ever commission her. 
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She never finished mounting the hyena so it's just crumpled up. I fixed her.

As for the smoke she told me that she works in a smoking environment and she has a disclaimer(though she's had my stuff long before we ever knew about this smoking issue) either way it's very unacceptable to work on taxidermy items in a smoking environment because that shit is so hard to get out. 

I'm glad you got warned of her before you did! 
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cosandk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah.

yeah no kidding. my mom used to smoke before i was born and now whenever we go to get a car, we have to make sure the smoke in it isnt bad / can be worked out pretty easy or she wont buy it. We had one car that it took us weeks to get it out and even then it wasnt out completely.

no kidding. thanks for making the journals!
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks for passing it on. I don't want to see anymore people deal with heartache by her. 
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cosandk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure thing. ^^
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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
why the hell would they smell like smoke

that's the weirdest part that sticks out to me
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And not only the smoke part.. She's putting these pelts in some place unacceptable. I just found that my coyote's paw pads have all been nibbled off. I have been told I'm not the only one.. She's just irresponsible all the way around. 
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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't think we want to know where she's putting them.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I had been told by somebody that she had before used to bury pelts outside in the snow for weeks when she was out of freezer space. I'm not sure where she keeps them but man.. Can't be good. 
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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i've heard of people storing food in the snow but a pelt?

considering when that snow melts itll get the pelt all wet and it wont really be that great for it, why the hell would you do that.
better yet, why would you have so many that you couldnt put in your freezers.
does she take too many commissions or something?
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah..she does. She owes people not just taxidermy but art dolls and other forms of artwork.. 
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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
that's not good business practice.

this is why we close commissions when we are getting close to having too much to do, kids.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And the funny thing is she lives with her parents. She has no real fucking bills. Not like she's one foot living in a box and eating ramen. 
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Zombie-Kumos Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently pooky isn't the only one to claim their items reeking of smoke. A friend of mine got PAPER from her that stunk to high hell of smoke, as well as other people getting mounts stinking of smoke.

At least put a disclaimer items won't be in a smoke free home. Jfc
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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
that's not a good sign

did she like... use fire when working with the pelts or something?
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Zombie-Kumos Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Idk. Honestly combining now the smoke smell, people having black mold infested pelts and some even having live and dead bugs in their stuff. I can conclude one of two things.

1. Her house is a fucking wreck
2. Everything is kept in a damp ass garage

That and on instagram she shows her old girlfriend vaping in her personal fursuit head. I would guess maybe she vapes or smokes too? Or damn they hotboxed the fuck out of where ever she does work at
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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
whOA WHOA WHOA

BLACK MOLD

BLACK MOLD???????

PEOPLE ARE PAYING TO GET PELTS THAT HAVE BLACK MOLD, AND INSECTS IN THEM?

this is just getting worse and worse the more i hear
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Zombie-Kumos Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
YEP. It's so gross.

I did a journal of all the stuff people dealt with last year to like. two years back and it's just nasty. Black mold, dead dermistid beetles and stink bugs... stuff that was salted coming in with barely any salt so flies swarmed the box upon opening, etc etc

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NaturalFur Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i was actually considering commissioning her too.


thanks for the information mate.

this is..... bad.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Please for the love of all pelts, don't commission her. 
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IcelandicFox Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. Which is weird because my previous pelts I've recieved last year didn't have this stench.. so the smoke thing must be recent?

tbh I'd probably pick up smoking too if I owed people thousands and was still sending out trashed mounts to my clients... js. Not to say for sure it's her smoking personally, but jfc.. a disclaimer to her clients is definitely in order. Smoke doesn't come out of pelts and it's disgusting to those who don't smoke/aren't around smokers regularly 
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to mention I just found out that my coyote's paw pads have been eaten off so she's not only keeping this shit in a smoking area but an unacceptable one with fucking pests/bugs!! 
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IcelandicFox Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
...ew. D: my raw pelts came back moldy and bug/dermesticid beetle infested.. feet were all chewed up with holes through the pads.. granted she did refund for them, it's disgusting that any pelts were kept in that condition and sent to her client like that. Did you bring this to her attention? Maybe she'd work with you and grant you your refund if you told her about this.. I wanna say maybe she didn't realize but.. probably not. It would be hard to miss ;c
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's deplorable that this is happening. I just wanna know where the hell she's keeping them. She obviously doesn't care! Been told she once kept pelts buried out in the snow for weeks when she had ran out of freezer space! She just has no business messing with people's stuff. 

I dunno with her. With pelts coming back with holes, mold, staples/nails, rotting, infested, nibbled on and smelling like smoke I have no faith in her.

He will simply be a wall hanger now. As for my hyena she's doing well.. Took to rehydration just fine and I am turning her into a headdress. SOmething I wanted to do in the first place. Should have just done that. Thankfully she's okay and hasn't been infested. 
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kamikins Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I found a huge ass dead beetle in my fox's fur when I got her back after 6 months of asking her constantly... To send. A damn. PELT. 
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad..... ): I haven't been scammed so badly since whitecloudtaxidermy fucked me over a good four years ago.. She has become no better. 
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno! ):
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tourmaline-83 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
T-pins! For god's sake. I think she should stop taxidermy altogether if she's not even going to do it properly, to say nothing of her deplorable business standards. Very, very, very unprofessional. Can we do a citizens arrest?
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just updated my journal..She has some sort of pests or whatever because my coyote's paw pads have been eaten off.. Just found this out. Was too busy looking at the state of his head to not notice his poor feet!!
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tourmaline-83 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
Aaagh! Smoke AND pests! Now you KNOW your stuff has been sitting around awhile. She probably threw it in a closet or something and never thought twice. I'm so sorry.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Who knows! Anything is possible with her! 
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Something needs to be done. Funny thing is on her new FA account there is NO mention of her old account on there nor the mention of doing taxidermy LMAO. She thinks she can run. But she can't. A tiger cannot change its stripes! 
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Xandrium Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would post this to Artists beware on livejournal if you can.

I myself am in a bind from a person who owes me commissions worth about $120. I ordered an artdoll from them worth $100 as a 21st birthday gift to myself. I recently turned 23. They're ignoring me and everyone else that attempts to contact them who are also waiting on things. They continue to post adopts and original work and some commissions they recently took. Its suuuper frustrating. 
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just posted it. Now hopefully it will be accepted there. 
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Xandrium Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hopefully! I like her art but this is unacceptable. 
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HunterStrait Featured By Owner May 13, 2016   Digital Artist
Yep, one of the main reasons i left the Taxidermy community, its not worth it anymore when there's people like this.
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MaguschildCloud Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She told me not to stand up for her once c.c I was once an admirer of hers. So she lets people stand up for her now?
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She said that? You should ask some of her previous customers that have gotten screwed over when they tried to speak out and their ordeals with her supporters. 
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MaguschildCloud Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno. I have never personally bought anything from her.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good! Keep it that way. 
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MaguschildCloud Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like your lucky to have your hyena back.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very glad to have them back. 
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Muddy-Coyote Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Then not to come off as rude but.. Maybe unless you've had an experience I wouldn't offer to try and defend her. I don't doubt that to some people she's very close with that she has a good repor with that they'd want to fight for their friend, as anyone would, but in a situation of personal business, it should really be between the client and artist. 
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MaguschildCloud Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:shrug: I cannot recall. I may have done a trade with her.
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WolfForce58205 Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
That sucks =( You really should have demanded a refund though for the hyenna if she didn't work on it. I mean, any other business that didn't deliver a product would be expected to refund the money. She didn't deliver a product (her work).  It's the same way that we're in the process of getting refunded for getting a circulating water heater installed 'cause the contractor is too busy with other jobs to do it, so we said fine give us the water heater we paid for and refund the money it was going to cost to install it so we can hire someone else. Same exact thing, it's great that she paid the shipping back and all, but no work=no pay. It shouldn't have to be a hassle to get a refund, that's just bad business and a ripoff.
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just don't wanna deal with it any longer. Very tired of it. Yes I should have but that would have probably meant more hassle. And I have only five months left in this country before I have to store everything and go overseas. I have no time and after three years, no patience. 
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Ace118 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Where are you going 
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kamikins Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry you had to deal with her bullshit too. I had to heckle and "bargain" with her for 2 years before I got what I had given her returned to me. I think she should use what money she has to send everyone's stuff back and then start fresh with something that's NOT taxidermy/fursuiting as her business model... Or just not run another business until she understands that she doesn't actually know everything. She thinks she can do all of these things when clearly? She can't; she needs a dose of her own medicine, or just something to knock her down a few pegs. 
Her last source of blind adoration is instagram and maybe FA at this point. Her options are limited and she's clinging to them like no tomorrow.
On a side note... What is up with the upturned muzzle? Goodness gracious :/
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that she keeps running away to various places and whatnot should be a red flag to people. A tiger cannot change it's stripes! Running away just to do it someplace else isn't going to fix things. ): Sorry about what happened to you too. 
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