Kaz James, 37, has embraced his 'true self. Store manager barks at people in street and wears customized rubber dog suits. He even eats his dinner out of a bowl!
A man who asserts he's felt like a puppy since adolescence normally wears a dog mask, eats his dinners out of a canine bowl, and welcomes his companions by barking at them! Kaz James, 37, says he generally felt 'weird' and unfit to identify with others until he caught wind of 'human pups' on the web and met other individuals like him.
It wasn't until his late adolescence, when he was actually able to access the internet for the first time, that Kaz acknowledged there were other individuals like him and he wasn't the only one. The 37-year-old, from Salford, Greater Manchester, gradually accepted his puppy persona to radiate through with the assistance of an online 'puppy play community' and liberal companions.
Without their help, Kaz says he would have always felt like an outsider, "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," he added. Presently a store supervisor, Kaz portrays himself as a 'full-time orange, dark colored and camo K9' and routinely releases his canine identity by yelping at companions, bearing things in his mouth, and nibbling on puppy rolls.
From as youthful as six, Kaz says he understood his practices were 'dog-like' yet this was never referenced by his companions or family. The store manager explained, "I realized that my behaviors 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," he added.
"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’," he concluded.
When he had the capacity to utilize the web to find out about others like him, he gradually built up the confidence to discover the world of human pups and come into his own. The 37-year-old store administrator, who is likewise the prime supporter of Kennel Klub, just wears 'mild' garments to work – for instance, a shirt with the word 'pup' on the front.