Coming to accept your inner puppy is a big step for people as they trek through their kink (and otherwise vanilla, or so-called “normal”) lives. Choosing to join a new subculture, learning, exploring and otherwise defining oneself further is often life-changing. While coming out of the closet in my late teens was a huge part of what defined me as a person, I believe coming out as a puppy has both clarified that definition and opened new worlds to me in ways I can’t begin to explain entirely. Coming out of the closet — or in this case, coming out of the doghouse as a puppy — gave shape to innumerable characteristics and personality traits I’ve struggled with for years.
So you’re a puppy huh?
So how did I come to the conclusion I was a puppy, and how did I know that sort of lifestyle was for me? And let me emphasize, I choose the term “lifestyle” because I define it and in turn the lifestyle defines me as a person and a puppy. This doesn’t mean that I go to work in a harness and tail, but rather to say that who I am as a person draws from and lends support to my pup personality as Amp. I always smile to myself when I see a puppy doing something only a puppy would do, or worrying about something that only a puppy would stress about. It’s in those moments you can actually step back and observe your own puppy traits, plain as the nose on your snout.
You know you’re a puppy when…
Have you ever been so angry at a co-worker that you’ve physically growled at them? How about finding your butt wagging back and forth when you get excited or happy? Ever jumped and excitedly turned and at the sound of a squeaking toy or someone yelling “SQUIRREL!”? Or maybe you just have an undying hatred for felines and of all catty people in general. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you just might be a puppy.
So for the sake of all potential and curious puppies out there, I ‘ve provided a few traits you may want to look out for if you’re wondering if you’re a puppy. You know you’re a puppy when:
- Licking something automatically makes it yours.
- The word “squirrel” immediately takes precedence of all your attention, No Matter What.
- You have completely forgotten what you’re doing, because of the forementioned word that shall not be mentioned again.
- Someone mentions they’ve got a treat for you, and you realize suddenly that you would do anything for it.
- Something/someone new must ALWAYS be sniffed before interaction.
- The word “bone” has many connotations. All of them good.
- You have to use the term “bio-dog” to differentiate in conversation.
- All conversations sooner or later land on the topics of dogs and/or dog behavior.
- Proving your dominance to your friends is of the upmost importance.
- Cuddling and closeness is the most important thing in any relationship.
- Dog puns are a part of everyday life.
- You could throw a ball back and forth all day.
- Pampering yourself involves a trip to the pet store.
- Speak doesn’t usually end with you making actual words.
- Falling asleep on the floor is normal.
Like any community, being a puppy comes with certain social expectations and personality trait associations. As any puppy can attest, we are some of the craziest kinksters out there, both social and awkward at the same time. We can be loving; but are always looking for more love.
Just for good measure…
And last but not least, here’s a perfect example of puppy — and cat — characteristics and traits as performed by some adorable boys!)