Everyone has their “dog days.” And by that we mean those periods of time in which we are so sad or depressed that we turn to our dogs for comfort.
However, this 37-year old store manager from Greater Manchester made “dog days” into something weird – by “turning” himself into a “dog!”
Meet Kaz James, a proud “human pup”
Kaz James claims that he “never felt human” and decided to embrace his true self by living as a “human pup.”
This means wearing customized dog suits, eating from a bowl, and barking at his friends.
James admitted that he was unable to relate to others and felt “weird” around people. It was during his late teens that he allowed his “dog persona” to shine.
“My whole lifestyle is about being a pup,” James said.
“I go about and live my day-to-day life relatively normally. That includes things like putting collars on and at barking at people I know in the street.”
“If I see pups out in the village, I will bark at them. I get funny reactions from passers-by all the time.”
Aside from rubber dog suits, he also wears masks and a bespoke fur suit that costs £2,000, which was shipped from Canada.
“It’s very much a form of self expression, what I choose to wear depends on what I’m doing,” he shared.
“If I’m going to work, I’m picking things that are fairly mild like a t-shirt that says “pup” on the front. It’s an extension of myself and dressing how I feel.”
“It makes me feel really great when people say I look really good, and it’s great that people get a kick out of it, but it’s not specifically done for other people.”
James loves nothing more than chilling at home and eating meals out of a dog bowl after a long day at work or out mingling with people.
“I feel a sense of peace being a human pup. Little things make me happy like eating my dinner out of a bowl using a knife and fork.”
“I don’t eat at people’s tables when I go to friends’ houses. I can be a normal person in a restaurant. I’m trained and can deal with humans, but I don’t like it, it makes me feel uncomfortable.”
“I don’t eat dog food, I eat regular food like a normal person. But I do eat Bonios, they’re quite nice. There are loads of dog treats you can get that are human friendly, which are actually quite good for you. I get ones that are a cereal and sugar glucose mix, a really basic dog biscuit, which taste like a vanilla-flavoured digestive biscuit.”
If you think that James is the only one with this “fetish,” you would be shocked. He is actually part of an online pup play community where he found people just like him.
“I didn’t ever feel like a human, I always felt like a dog that was really out of place. I never really had a name for it, being a pup wasn’t a thing I knew about. When I met other people like me I felt I could be myself.”
“I was known by my friends for hello to them by grabbing hold of the collar of their shirt in my teeth and biting or licking them, very canine-type behaviours. It was always how I was.”
“The first time I heard the term of being a pup was through a pup I met online. I then met other pups and learned a whole new language of this other world. It was a liberating moment knowing there were other people like me, having felt properly weird for the longest time.”
James said that “although people from outside the community can mistake human pup as a fetish, the movement focuses largely on reconnecting with childhood fun and even romance.”
Aside from actually having a day job, James also wrote a book called “How to Train a Human Pup” and became a founder of Kennel Club.
He gave this advice for those who want to try being a human pup.
“The best advice I could give to anyone interested in becoming a human pup just give it a try.”
“Hanging out online is fine but the best and most fun way you can do that is meet other people who are into it and chat to them about their experiences at Kennel Klub.”
“We do get people who just show up because they’re interested in it, have a few drinks with everyone and chat about stuff.”
“By the end of the night they’ll be on the floor with tennis balls in their mouths.”
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