Apparently, expressions like “It’s a dog’s life” have it all backward. It’s not canines who suffer the daily grind but their human companions.
At least that’s the explanation advanced by Tom Peters (or “Spot,” as he prefers to be called), a 32-year-old lighting technician who spent $5,000 on a full-body latex costume so that he could live a dog’s life.
Peters — oops … Spot — is quoted by Yahoo News as explaining:
You can find such enjoyment in simple things — such as getting tennis balls thrown for you! And treats! My pup side doesn’t tend to get me in trouble, but sometimes when I’m in a pet store I can get odd looks from the staff when they see how excited I get over the chew toys.
Gee, hard to imagine why that would happen. Peters notes that “being a dog is a chance to relax, to unwind, and just be happy and playful — things most adults have very little time in the day to do.”
He may protest too much about the downsides of being human. He has already sought to capitalize on his dog fetish by creating a full-length feature titled “The Secret Life of the Human Pups,” which appeared this past Wednesday on British TV. A trailer for the film (below) has gone viral, receiving just shy of half a million views on YouTube.
In any case, he’s not alone in his desire to escape. In January, I posted a Quick Take on another “transspecies” case, this one focusing on a Norwegian woman who believes she is cat born into a human body.
Then there was the 2012 fetish, also in Britain, where full-grown adults dressed up (down?) in onesies and diapers and sat in oversize high chairs in the vain hope of recapturing their infancy.