It may seem unusual for an adult human being to crawl around on the floor like an animal, but for the people who “identify as dogs,” one man says it brought him closer to his husband.
There’s a person making headlines named Tony McGinn, given the name “Tony Bark” to his friends, and he said to mainstream media lately that he has had an interest in “animal roleplay” for his entire life. According to the Daily Mail, “The 30-year-old, who was born female and is transgender, is supported by his husband and ‘handler’ Andrew who accompanies him to regular play dates with other role-players in their hometown of Los Angeles.”
‘To me a dog is everything pure in the world. Dogs experience the world through a lens of pure joy that I don’t think other animals have. A lot of little kids like to play like they’re a dog and most of them grow out of it. I just never grew out of that. And now in my adult life, in my relationships, it’s a way for me to feel vulnerable and exposed and close to my partner. It’s a very intimate thing. Imagine if the easiest way to delight your partner is you just throw a ball across the room. Relationships wouldn’t fail anymore if that’s all you had to do.”
His partner Andrew added: “I hang out and I provide him with lots of attention and tell him he is a good boy. That’s basically 90 percent of it. I think everyone should feel comfortable exploring the limits of their creativity and imagination and most of us have grown up in a culture that strongly discourages you from taking it too far. I appreciate that I am married to someone who encourages me to explore my imagination and my interests wherever they lead and I try to do the same.”
The gay couple claims that their three real dogs are “bio dogs,” which doesn’t mean they aren’t “real dogs.” He says he “identifies as a dog.”
“Pet play is anytime that a person takes on the role of an animal. They emulate that animal either through their behaviour or their actions. I do consider myself as a pup at all times every day, but I don’t engage in pet play every day. We engage in pet play actively a few times a month, and it’s often in a social setting such as a club or an event. Some people wear costumes, some people try to get into the head space of the animal and think as an animal would.”
The extensive Daily Mail article promoting the couple continued: “Tony does all of these, donning a home-made dog ‘hood’ for his pet play meetings, as well as a sex-toy harness which he reverses and uses to hold a rubber silicone tail.”
Tony said: “For me it’s not sexual but it’s still a form of intimacy because it is a vulnerable place. It’s a bit of a power dynamic that puts Andrew in charge and I enjoy that.”
Andrew added “We don’t make it sexual but I have nothing against those who do.”
Is it not weird to blur the lines between se*uality and dogs?