National craze: Men dressed as dogs
It’s not sitting well with the women in their lives.
Puppy play is definitely not about sex, it is a form of escapism,’ says Kye, a 28-year-old Oxford graduate who enjoys dressing up as a dog.
Around 10,000 people follow the pet play craze in the UK, according to a TV documentary which explores the phenomenon.
Channel 4’s Secret Life of the Human Pups focuses mainly on men like Kye but he says: ‘Females who are into pet play are usually into kitten play as they identify more with kittens than pups.’
The programme also features the sad story of Tom, 32, a theatre technician from Tring, Hertforshire, who split up with his fiancee Rachel because of his yearning to dress up as a Dalmatian.
He says: ‘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.’
‘I didn’t understand it. I didn’t want to understand it,’ says Rachel, who remains friends with Tom.