Trans-Species? Men Who Live Like Dogs Featured in Documentary on ‘Human Pups’

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By Heather Clark |

Pups-compressed-701x402MANCHESTER, U.K. — In the midst of national discussion on transgender issues, the trend of men dressing up and behaving like dogs, known as “pup play,” was recently discussed in a new documentary on “The Secret Life of Human Pups.”

The documentary, produced by Britain’s Channel 4, features a variety of English men who live like dogs in their private lives—a movement that often involves living with a handler, dressing in a rubber canine suit, barking to communicate, fetching balls, having your belly rubbed and other dog-like behavior.

 “In the U.K., there are estimated to be 10,000 human pups: men who dress in elaborate dog suits and behave like dogs. This remarkable documentary explores their hidden world,” a description of the production outlines.
Director Guy Simmonds says that he wasn’t aware that the concept was so prevalent in the country until researching the matter in greater depth. He decided to film a documentary on the subject after running across online photos of men engaging in pup play.

“On the surface you’d think it was a few people dressing up as dogs behind closed doors. But the more we researched it, the more surprised I was to learn how large the community was in the U.K.,” he told Newsweek. “They’ve got their own social networking sites, events and competitions.”

Among those included in the documentary is a 32-year-old man named Tom, also known as Spot, who enrolls in the Mr. Puppy Europe competition in Antwerp. Tom states that men such as himself like to dress as a dog as a means of escapism from the pressures of adulthood.

“You’re not worrying about money, or food, or work,” he explains. “It’s just the chance to enjoy each other’s company on a very simple level.” (Click here to read more)


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