If you guessed dog, give yourself a treat
This is what happens when society not only tolerates mental illness, but applauds it, celebrates it, condones it, encourages it
Playing fetch on all fours might seem like an unusual activity for an adult, but one man who identifies as a dog says it has brought him closer to his husband.
Tony McGinn, known as ‘Tony Bark’ to his friends, says he has been into animal role-play his entire life, and refers to himself as a ‘human pup’.
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. (snip)
‘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 couple have known each other since 2009 and have three dogs of their own, which they refer to as ‘bio dogs’.
But that doesn’t mean Tony doesn’t think of himself as a ‘real dog’. He states confidently that he ‘identifies as a dog’ and says pet play is about getting into the head-space of the animal.
Well, then, what could I possibly add to this