The comic begins with Husky introducing the reader to his hometown of Santa Monica, California, which, while a small town on its own, is right next to Los Angeles, where most of the characters spend most of their time. However, his down-time is cut short by his friend Ian. Husky and Ian talk about his Love Interest, Saetto, and then heading to the club to meet up with their friend Andy. The story then goes from there, splitting into different plot-lines, focusing on Husky's friends and their relationships and problems.
Despite every character being an anthropomorphic animal, there are very few references to that outside the occasional species naming and usage of tails sticking up instead of a character's butt.
Fur-Piled started in 2004 and ended in 2011, and it won the 2008 Ursa Major Award for the Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip.
It can be found here (as of April 2019, the original website appears to be down, and can only be accessed via the Wayback Machine), and printed versions published by Sofa Wolf Press, which have some extra content, can be found here.
This webcomic includes examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: Though Husky is the main protagonist and focus of the story, specific chapters and parts focus on his friends.
- Armoured Closet Gay: What Andy believes Michael, Saetto's brother, to be.
- Art Shift: A single panel shows Husky in a much more zanier and odd style compared to the realistic style the story is normally drawn as.
- As the Good Book Says...: Lila tries to pull this on Chris. It doesn't work.
- Beta Couple: Rose and Louis are probably the best example. They have the fewest problems in their relationship and the least amount of drama.
- Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Saetto is the blond, Husky is the brunette, and Andy is the redhead. On the girls side, Louis is the blond, Ian was the brunette, and Rose is the redhead.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Ojiisan writes like this, observing his characters and recording their actions. Later, he and Rose have a small conversation about this, to which Rose refers to God as a "peeping-Tom."
- Book-Ends: The comic starts on a Friday night at the Denny's, and it ends there as as well, on a Friday.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: One chapter had Husky give us some exposition about why he wouldn't get together with Saetto, but cuts it short by saying that he's bitched enough and it's time to move on with the story, completely with ripping the page.
- Butch Lesbian: Ian, and later, her girlfriend Tanya.
- Camp Gay: ANDY. Dear god, Andy is the personification of this trope. However, after a stint with either an extremely closeted or homophobic lion, he decided that he doesn't want to be this any more, which leads to his character development and finding his mate.
- Cast Full of Gay: You can count the straight characters with one hand.
- Cool Old Guy: Ojiisan, whom almost everyone refers to as "old man."
- Coming-Out Story: None are the main focus, however, and usually only to serve as backstory for the characters.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of the cast gets their chance to snark at the others, but Rose tends to do it the most.
- Death by Origin Story: Michael, a lion that Andy knew, who, for the better part of his childhood, was his father figure and mentor, even if his own family accepted him, they weren't really there for him. In addition, Indigo's parents died when he was just heading to college.
- Despair Event Horizon: After stalking a lion named Michael in the supermarket, Andy invites him for sex, but, in the end, he hurts Andy in ways Andy couldn't describe and breaks him.
- Drives Like Crazy: Ian, presumably. One page shows her driving right off a hill into the air.
- Family of Choice: The main cast is this.
- Five-Man Band: Of the originally introduced characters; Husky is The Leader, as the main protagonist as well as being bright and fun but level-headed. Ian and Andy both take roles as The Lancer, as Husky's best friends, with Andy being the player of the group, in contrast to Husky's faithfulness, and Ian's unwillingness to move onto a new relationship. Louis is The Smart Guy, being incredibly smart and always able to give good advice to her friends; sometimes she shares the role with Rose as well. Both Chris and Saetto are The Big Guy, with Chris being big in the physical sense while Saetto is big in the pain sense. Rose, despite sharing a role with Louis, is also The Chick, due to her being the Team Mom of the group and being able to mobilise the others into action or give them helpful advice.
- Foreshadowing: The person Michael, the lion Andy was stalking, and their conversation doesn't seem important then, but it foreshadows some future events, notably, when he mentions his brother Saetto's exes, the abusive one is later talked about by Saetto himself to Husky.
- Gayborhood: West Hollywood, California, where most of the cast spends their time. Truth in Television as We Ho is a true Gayborhood.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? / Gay Bravado: Chris, every so often. He's described as a "hetro-flexible," that Husky can't figure out. He can pull some huge drama-queen acts that look gay to Husky, an actually gay guy.
- Important Haircut: Saetto gets one.
- Love Triangle: Between Husky, Saetto and Car.
- Official Couple: Husky and Saetto are the main couple, but his friends also get in on the act, with Rose and Louis, Ian and Tanya, and Andy and Indigo.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Husky is questioned by "The Royal Court of the Queer" after Husky gets home from his date with Saetto.
- Out of Focus: Louis gets hit the hardest by this, as, unlike the other lovers that Husky's friends have, Louis is the group's friend, so it's bit peculiar why she, out of all of his friends he introduces, gets the least focus, having very few chapters dedicated to her, and only ever appearing with Rose. In the first half of the story, Chris was deliberately trying to do this, but this changed later on. For Tanya and Indigo, however, this is justified as Husky, Saetto and Rose don't meet them until the end.
- Parental Substitute: Micheal was this to Andy because his parents were too busy for him.
- Pride Parade: The chapter "Of Pride and Other Things" is the gang taking Saetto to a pride parade, whom has never been to one.
- Shipper on Deck: Almost all of Husky's friends were pushing him to get together with Saetto. It worked.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Husky, Andy and Ian.
- Theme Naming: Almost every chapter (apart from "Of Pride and Other Things" and "Fur-Piled", the latter of which has many song names in the background) is named after a song.
- Those Two Guys: Husky's best friends, Ian and Andy. Later subverted when, while dealing with his own relationship problems, Husky briefly loses contact with them, and the two aren't seen together, which prompts Rose, Husky and Saetto to worry.
- The Voice: Lila, Chris's homophobic, fundamentalist, Christian girlfriend, whom he communicates to via phone.
- Webcomic Time: The last four chapters all take place on the same day.
- Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: The Midnight Howl, and, to a lesser extent, the Denny's Rose works at.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Car Hayne, Husky's ex-boyfriend, who came to reclaim Husky's love despite him already stating he was with Saetto. This caused many, many problems.