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Surely you've heard of puppy play: It's surging in popularity among the gays, and, if history is any guide, will be surging among the straights in five years when we've moved on to something else. Puppy play means role-playing as a dog, down on all fours and barking, and yes, it's weird. But I know you're not the sort of person who uses "weird" as a pejorative term, because you're reading . If you're having trouble understanding the appeal of puppy play, just imagine how amazing it would be if there were a form of group relaxation where you could empty your mind of all your cares, forget all of your responsibilities, lower all of your defenses, and bypass small talk forever. "I'd never seen that relationship outside of a bar," he said. But puppies are out there, they're always themselves, their personalities and their emotions are on their sleeves." Pups can't maintain much guile, and that honesty is a big draw for pups like Fosse and Chance, two friends I met at the mosh.
This was the scene at the monthly mosh held by Seattle Pups and Handlers (SEA-PAH), our local puppy-play group. When he's in pup mode, he said, he has "no real inner monologue. Affectionate and loving and sharing myself." One of Amp's first encounters with pups was on a camping trip with some friends, two of whom were a puppy and his daddy. A lot of people, when they go into a relationship, they tend to hide off parts of themselves that they're embarrassed about.Why not just listen to Enya and squeeze a stress ball?That's harder to answer, but I suspect that some pups just need a more forceful way to relax, or maybe the structure of puppy play, loose though it may be, provides permission to unwind.Making friends, calming nerves, overcoming fears, understanding yourself—puppy play seems to serve a psychological function that other kinks don't always reach.(You'll note that we haven't even talked about sex.) But why pretend to be a dog?Whatever the case, puppy play has exploded in popularity over the last few years."We tend to have waves," said Daddy Jeff, owner of Doghouse Leathers on Pike Street.(Prior to this, he studied to become a pastor.) Chance's sir brought him to his first puppy mosh last Valentine's Day. "What if the other pups don't want to play with me because I'm trans? But he was welcomed into the group, and now he sets aside every Tuesday for hormone shots followed by pupping and cuddling and watching ."I was looking for something that would be fun and playful and a release," pup Tugger said."They take an hour when they get through the door, and they progress down into puppy mode.A lot of these people work in jobs where they run things," he added.