so wikipedia has interesting things to say about raccoon dogs and the japanese translation of the same, tanuki: it's a species of dog, with vulpine mannerisms, and a round clumsy raccoon body. an omnivore, a scavenger, a gulper of berries and damaged crabs. also prominent in japanese folklore, with giant testicles intact. and apparently very popular in the production of fashionable "faux fur" = do you know if it's really faux?
way too interesting! check out these links:
Wikipedia: Raccoon Dog
postscript = did anyone see the raccoon dog featured as the gift egg on Facebook's Hatching Egg application? i gave it to my friend vroom. yeah, i did.