If you've been following my blog or have read either Beyond the Edge or The Cross and The Trinity, you will know that I'm quite a fan of puppy role play, especially in the gay male community.
I first encountered this phenomena when I attended the Capital Pride Parade here in Ottawa in 2011. I've described this experience in detail on my blog in this early post:
A few days after I wrote the above post, my husband called me from work and told me he had discovered the identity of the Pride Pup - his co-worker Karl (Pup Rolph)! Of all the crazy coincidences, this was the best!
My husband got Karl's email for me and I messaged him to ask if I could interview him for the blog. He was very accommodating and I posted the following interview in 2011:
This gave me alot of insight into the practice. I met some other pups through Karl, and I asked them about the lifestyle as well, which led me to discover that the activity can vary between individuals. It seems that for some it is a relatively non-sexual activity, more focused on submission to a loving caretaker, whereas for others (as I've conveyed in my novels) it can be incorporated into sexual activity or even a sexual identity.
I began to attend some pup events in town, and watched as Scout Zeb won the first ever Ottawa Pup contest. I later interviewed him here:
Earlier this year, I decided to post about my obsession with an activity that seems to be gaining popularity among kinky young gay men. The following explains my interest in the practice and why I enjoy befriending these amazing men:
In short, from my first encounter with Pup Rolph at Capital Pride in 2011 to my present day involvement with pups on Facebook and in the Ottawa Leather/Rubber Kink Community, I have been utterly fascinated and charmed by this form of self/sexual expression. My BDSM series of novels, The James Lucas Trilogy (Beyond the Edge, The Cross and the Trinity, Varieties of Religious Experience), involve a character who feels drawn to the human pup play lifestyle and enjoys both its sexual and non-sexual aspects.
Jyan Craig, who runs a website out of Australia called Sirius Pup, is a respected voice in the pup play global community. His comprehensive website contains an extensive collection of informational videos and essays pertaining to this topic. He was kind enough to put a link to my books and blog in the affiliate links section of his site. On it, you will find the following quote, which sums up my opinion on the subject:
Leather pup play seems to me an expression of the authentic self and a way to integrate the curiosity and innocence of childhood with the sexual maturity of adulthood. The leather pups I have met are kind, loving and intelligent young men who find in this manner a way to fulfil a deep longing for self-identity and connection.
~ Liz Lister, 2013