Since childhood, an English man claims to feel like a dog.
Store manager Kaz James, 37 years old, says he always felt weird, different and unable to relate to others. It wasn’t until his late teens when he was able to use the internet and discover ‘human pups’ to realize that he is not alone, there are others like him. The man starts to attend meetings with pup community.
Once started to meet ‘human pups’, and with the help of an online ‘pup play community’, Kaz begins to allow his pup character to shine and regularly unleashes his dog persona by carrying things in his mouth, snacking on dog biscuits, eats out of a puppy bowl, and welcomes his companions by barking at them.
He thanks those people for helping him and says that without them, he would have always felt like a stranger:
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 [saying] hello to them by grabbing hold of the collar of their shirt in my teeth and biting or licking them, very canine-type behaviors. It was always how I was.
From the age of 6, Kaz says he realized that he was ‘dog-like’ in childhood, but this was never mentioned by his friends or family:
I realised that my behaviours were quite dog-like in childhood, probably from the age of six. No-one ever talked about it, it was never mentioned.
My parents took early retirement and we moved to a farm in Norfolk. It wasn’t until the internet arrived in our house that I started chatting to people online – mostly through groups and message boards.
I was incredibly nervous when I first started talking to people online. I was living with my parents and I would sneak downstairs at three in the morning to get on the internet to look for this stuff.
I would hold a pillow over the 56k modem so you couldn’t hear the modem noise. I was worried that If I ever spoke to anyone about it, they would be like ‘you’re a nut job’.
This man is the co-founder of Kennel Klub. He only wears ‘mild’ clothes to work. Once work finished, Kaz can be found in masks, dog leads, harnesses and even in customized rubber outfits.
I feel a sense of peace being a human pup. Little things make me feel 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.
Kaz says it is ‘all-encompassing’ and can focus on romance and reconnecting with childhood fun to answer people who say that this pup community movement is purely a fetish.
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) 25 mai 2016