Kaz James from Manchester opened up about his life of being a human pup. He has customised dog suits, and even eats out of a bowl and likes dog biscuits.
We all have spirit animals but how often do we come across someone who truly embraces theirs? This 37-year-old store manager from Salford, Greater Manchester, is one of those very few people who will go all the way to feel like his spirit animal. Kaz James claims that he has never felt like a human before and has opted to embrace his true self. He now lives as a human pup and even eats all his meals from a dog bowl. As reported by the Daily Mail, James admitted that he felt 'weird' and could not ever relate to any other human. This is when he decided to let his inner self take over. It was during his late teens that James really let his pup persona shine through. He barks at his friends, carries things with his teeth, and even snacks on Bonio dog biscuits! During work hours, he is a store manager. But outside of work, he unleashes the pup. He wears customized rubber outfits, masks, dog leads, harnesses, and even a bespoke £2,000 fur suit.
James has also written a book that's aptly titled, How to train a Human Pup. He moved to Greater Manchester from Norfolk in 2005 and embraces his mantra "be dog" in all aspects of life. He said, "My whole lifestyle is about being a pup. I go about and live my day-to-day life relatively normally. That includes things like putting collars on and at barking at people I know in the street. If I see pups out in the village, I will bark at them. I get funny reactions from passers-by all the time."
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What's more, is that he gets great and positive reactions from people when he is out in his pup gear. He, however, maintains that he does so to express his inner animal, rather than an act to impress people with his outfit. "It's very much a form of self-expression, what I choose to wear depends on what I'm doing," he said. "If I'm going to work, I'm picking things that are fairly mild like a t-shirt that says "pup" on the front. It's an extension of myself and dressing how I feel."
Behind the mask of the 'human pup' who eats from a dog bowl and greets pals by barkinghttps://t.co/QhuxbszbJa— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) April 4, 2019
He further added, "It makes me feel really great when people say I look really good, and it's great that people get a kick out of it, but it's not specifically done for other people." After a long day at work or a walk in the park, James loves to come back home to relax. When it comes to his meals, this pup enthusiast uses a dog bowl instead of a plate. "I feel a sense of peace being a human pup. Little things make me happy like eating my dinner out of a bowl using a knife and fork," he said.
"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," he continued. "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. I get ones that are a cereal and sugar glucose mix, a really basic dog biscuit, which taste like a vanilla-flavored digestive biscuit."
James has two £400 rubber suits and dog leads alongside which lay a £2,000 custom-made fur suit shipped over from Canada. "It does get hot in there, it's like walking around wearing a carpet. It's great for winter, if you're going to wear it in summer - invest in air conditioning. Those who make the custom rubber suits and fur suits are artists - you're paying for a piece of custom artwork. Having an entire fur or rubber suit of your character is a really great experience. It gives me the chance to be the best version of myself when I go out." But it was only when he met people in the online pup play community, he felt that he could truly be himself.
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He stated, "I was known by my friends for 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. The first time I heard the term of being a pup was through a pup I met online. I then met other pups and learned a whole new language of this other world. It was a liberating moment knowing there were other people like me, having felt properly weird for the longest time."
'Human pup' eats his meals from a bowl and even barks at friends https://t.co/2vdMTG5X35— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 3, 2019