--I know his ears are wonky- totally my fault but I couldn't be bothered to fix it at the time he was mounted.
--This was a fox bred to be a pet. Every year so many of his breeder's stock are humanely euthanized for selling the fur to whose who wish to put the pelts to use/preserve them, or have died/were euthanized because of illnesses, accidents or aggression issues preventing them from being adopted out or even bred to others. (Foxes are not tame like dogs so aggression in foxes cannot be remedied as far as I've been told and it is not wise to breed an aggressive fox because the aggressiveness can be passed onto the offspring). Unfortunately I don't have any elaborate/touching story for this particular fox before his death; prior info is based on the information the breeder provides on his website and has told me himself.
This pretty boy is a Calico (Whitemark Cross Fox) and one of my Portfolio mounts, mounted back in mid-April. I know he isn't perfect, but I had to first build up his head more than I usually build up the head of anything. The fox head I had was large but not large enough or the right shape of his face, so I had to shave and cut down the headform to the right shape (his face held its shape when he came back from the tannery so I did my best to match it and yes, his "brows" did look like that when he was a pelt), then build up with a LOT of clay. As for the ears, yes, they were carded but I really have no idea why his left ear (right ear in photos) came out that way-- they matched perfectly before being carded. Feeling the ear, I think just the fur (not the skin) had shifted at some point while drying but I haven't been bothered to fix it. I know how to, but just haven't had the time.
Gallifrey is a partially Floppy Soft-Mount; His limbs are limp and jointed up to the hips and shoulders, but his head and spine are poseable so he can hold his head up without support. His tail is freely jointed as well, so it has weight and fills out the fur more (so no need to blow out the tail fur) and also still "flows" when "wagged".
And before anyone jumps down my throat over me calling him a Calico, I know that technically
the name doesn't exist in "Beautiful Fur Animals and their Colour Genetics", making it an "official" color name; I've read the book. But I like using that name specifically for Whitemark Cross Foxes (I feel that a "Whitemark" is classified as a bred fox with white markings on the feet, muzzle and face, but does not have a full-ringed collar-- a full-ringed collar in my opinion makes it a Platinum-type fox. If anyone doesn't like it then oh well.) That being said, Gallifrey does not have a full ringed collar even though it looks like it. The neck markings stop at the sides of his neck. (Will show a photo of that later)
All that being said, Gallifrey is a personal best in my foxes-- he was a lot of work in doing final prepping for mounting, shaping, shaving and building up his headform, making his armature piece by piece, carefully stuffing and weighing him, securely sewing him up and mounting his head using only his photo from before he was skinned and his own pelt as reference. I'm very proud of how he turned out and I am happy knowing that I brought him back to life in a way that even I didn't expect
--Name: Gallifrey-- Named after the Time Lords' homeworld in the television series Doctor Who, following this description: "...with fields of deep red grass, capped with snow...the rocks weren't grey at all - but they were red, brown and purple and gold. And those pathetic little patches of sludgy snow were shining white. Shining white in the sunlight... the second sun would rise in the south and the mountains would shine, with the silver-leafed trees looking like a forest on fire...
--Type of work: Partial Floppy Armatured Soft-Mount.
--Mount Features: Jointed in wrists, elbows, shoulders, hocks, knees, hips. Poseability in head and spine. Fully jointed tail. Weighted with secured weight sack attached to spine.
--Mount Abilities: Realistically jointed in proper areas, can hold head up with no support. Not made to bear weight in limbs.
--Eyes: High-quality Red Fox glass eyes.
--Mount Weight: Approx. 7lbs (combination of heavy wire, clay, stuffing and weight sack)
--Type of fox: Male Whitemark Cross "Calico" Fox
--Bred From: Breeder Dave Long (NID-20/TinyTracksExotics), Indiana.
--Taken: Humanely taken in late Oct. 2011, paid off and sent to WLG for tanning in late Jan. 2012, arrived home early Mar. Actual details of death unknown.
--Not available for sale.