I am pretty sure that you have heard of foreplay. I'm going to guess that you have also heard of cosplay, role play and food play. Well let me ask you this: Have you heard of Puppy Play? When I say Puppy Play, I'm not talking about a bunch of puppies playing in a yard. While that is a cute idea, Puppy Play is a totally different story.
Take a good look at this photo. On the left is Tom, or shall I say, Spot. Tom loves to dress up like a puppy. Puppy Play is a subculture of role play that was first developed as a sexual fetish. Over time it has morphed into more than just a form of BDSM. For a handful of men all around the world, it is now just a way of life.
“I first discovered Puppy Play when I was engaged to my first girlfriend, Rachel,” said Tom. “But eventually our relationship slipped apart. My current partner, however, understands puppy play and we’ve further developed the idea together."
You may be asking yourself, “How does one decide that they want to be a human puppy?” It's a legit question. I guess when you know you know!
“Over time, my lifestyle and persona have grown into the playful puppy you see now. We never had dogs when I was growing up," Tom continued. "However, I’ve always shared a good bond with animals – they’re always very calm around me.”
And Tom doesn’t take this whole Puppy Play thing lightly. He sometimes sleeps in a crate. He also admits to spending more than £4,000 on his obsession, and he has an unlimited supply of talcum powder to help him get in and out of his costume. Now, that is commitment.
But Tom isn’t about to push his lifestyle onto anyone who can’t handle it.
“I don't push it onto them if they don't want to know, as that is unfair to both them and me," he explained. "But most of my close friends also practice Puppy Play and so they will get me puppy related treats when I see them." Every dog loves a good treat.
And while he is always a Dalmatian when he transforms into a puppy, he has different outfits for different activities. Depending on where he is going or what he is doing, Tom, I mean Spot, will dress accordingly. For example, he has an inexpensive outfit for when he is running outdoors. You don't want to get your good Dalmatian outfit dirty!
Tom uses Spot as a way to enjoy the simpler things in life, “such as getting tennis balls thrown for you! And treats! My pup side doesn’t tend to get me in trouble, but sometimes when I’m in a pet store I can get odd looks from the staff when they see how excited I get over the chew toys.”
Tom also feels like his puppy life is becoming more and more accepted as time goes on.
“But while there are those who clearly don’t understand my motivation, I feel as if my pup life is always growing stronger," he continued. "And the nice thing is that many people, more than you may think looking at me now, are very accepting of it, which has helped my confidence to no end.”
Earlier in the year, Tom was crowned Mr. Puppy UK (which is a thing, I guess?) and he is one of the dog’s featured in the TV show The Secret Life of Human Pups. He hopes that the broadcast of the show will encourage more people to abandon their humanity and want to be more like a Spot and less like a Tom.