Now, we're all aware that humans are weird, but this fact rings especially true when it comes to their kinks and fetishes. While I'm sure we've all heard a fair amount about some of the more bizarre human proclivities, for me, there's one that really sticks out, and it is, of course, "human puppies".
Yes, we're living in a day and age where certain men enjoy dressing up and being treated like a puppy. For the majority of us, this makes little sense - why don a neoprene mask and a leash, when you could just own a dog? But it appears that the men who choose to adopt a canine alter-ego, do so for a rather good reason.
Let's meet Tom Peters, a "human puppy" who appeared on This Morning to discuss his unusual pastime.
Tom's fetish for dressing up in latex puppy suits perplexed This Morning's hosts, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, as well as viewers of the British daytime television show.
Describing how he morphs into his canine "alter-ego", dubbed "Spot", Tom explained that he walks on all fours, eats dog food out of a bowl and sleeps in a cage. But if you're wondering how "Spot" uses the toilet, it's not as graphic as you may think, Tom asserted that he "drop[s] back into the human mindset for going to the loo"... thankfully.
Tom was passionate about the fact that what he does should not be viewed as wrong, stating "People think of it as seedy and that no one should see it. But we’re not there to cause mischief, we’re there to have fun and literally be treated like a puppy"
Elaborating on how "Spot" was born, Tom said "It became an alter ego. You pretend and dress up as a child – why can’t you do it as an adult?"
Tom's ex fiancée, who accompanied Tom on This Morning, admitted that his alter-ego caused significant strain to their relationship. She asserted, "I wish he had other hobbies, possibly something a bit more down to earth. But he is how he is. When he’s Spot he becomes confident, but when he’s Tom he won’t go to a bar and ask for a drink." However, she added that they've ultimately ended up becoming closer than ever, "I’m proud of him for being true to himself. I miss him but we’re a lot closer and better."
Naturally, Twitter had quite the reaction to Tom's chosen lifestyle. Some users were taken aback by the whole concept of "human puppies". One commentator wrote "I really just don't get why anyone would wanna do this it seems really strange to me," while another corroborated "Very bizarre and strange, why not get a real dog?"
Others, however, were more understanding. One viewer asserted "People consensually roleplaying as lovable pets is apparently so abhorrent it's got everyone chatting. Worse things happening!" And another agreed, saying "I'm astounded at people's ignorance. Different doesn't mean bad. People are afraid of what they don't understand."
Irrespective of how you feel about "human puppies", if it helps people like Tom feel more confident in their everyday life, it can't be too terrible of a hobby.