Puppy play is big in England. According to an article posted on the UK Daily Mail Online site, approximately 10,000 people take part in the pet play ‘craze’ in the United Kingdom. A documentary on Britain’s TV Channel 4 explores this ‘phenomenon.’ The documentary, titled “Secret Life of the Human Pups,” focuses on men like ‘Kye,’ a 28-year-old Oxford graduate who intensely enjoys dressing up as a dog. Kye says that some women enjoy dressing up like pets as well, but that “females who are into pet play are usually into kitten play as they identify more with kittens than pups.” (Please insert your own joke here). Kye also avers that “puppy play is definitely not about sex, it is a form of escapism.”
The documentary also features the ‘sad’ story of a 32-year-old theater technician named ‘Tom,’ who “split up with his fiancé Rachel because of his yearning to dress up as a Dalmatian.” Tom explains: “You disappear and start chasing puppy toys. You go so deep into the head space, you crave it and want it. It’s just magic.” Rachel countered by stating, “I didn't understand it. I didn't want to understand it.” She and Tom are still ‘friends.’
Tom has spent in excess of 4,000 British Pounds ($5,883 American) over the past 10 years on his canine ‘habit,’ and happily shows off his rubber costume, complete with a breathing tube, but admits that “it is quite awkward to put on, you need a lot of talc.”
Tom’s craving has become so intense that he has begun sleeping in a dog training crate, lined with puppy training pads in case he has to answer nature’s call. Tom- or ‘Spot,’ as he prefers to be called- was crowned Mr. Puppy UK last November, and will be traveling to the Mr. Puppy Europe finals in Antwerp, Belgium come February. Apparently, Tom is one ‘sick’ puppy.
If you Google “Mr. Puppy Europe 2016” you will likely be brought to the website for “Leather Pride Belgium,” pretty much refuting Kye’s claim that this fetish has nothing to do with sex. The site touts “The Celebration of Fetish Life,” and lists the time and place for Mr. Puppy Europe 2016: 15-20 February, 2017, Darklands Hangar 29, Antwerp, Belgium. It also ‘cheekily’ asks the following questions: “Are you most sexy on your knees? Is your bark worse than your bite? You don’t feel complete without a wagging tail and thumbs are for the weak? Why save the world if you could chew your bone instead?”
We have- quite literally- gone to the dogs.