We all have hobbies and while some may be more unusual than others, many would argue that they’re still valid. But what if your hobby revolved around dressing up as man’s best friend in the form of a spotty Dalmatian?
Well as it turns out, there is a whole community of people who enjoy assuming a canine persona. Wearing custom-made costumes, they live life on four legs bound by a collar.
One of these daring and brazen canine impersonators is Tom Peters, who made an appearance on the British daytime TV show, This Morning. While on the show, Peters who goes by the name of ‘Spot’, talked about his peculiar penchant for dressing like a puppy and also acting the part.
He claims that his dog costume helps him to assume the persona of a pup, something he is totally committed to.
As Spot he tries to, as authentically as possible, live his life as a cute, not-so-little pup. He does this by sleeping in a cage, walking on fours, and eating dog treats from a bowl.
He appeared on the show so that he could spread awareness for his rather unique lifestyle and so that he could address some of the misconceptions that people may have about those who assume alternative identities.
“People think of it as seedy and that no one should see it,” Tom said. “But we’re not there to cause mischief, we’re there to have fun and literally be treated like a puppy.”
And guess what – like any other domesticated dog, he has a human companion in the form of his ex-fiance Rachel Watson.
While Rachel confessed that the couple called off the engagement back in 2008 because of Tom’s bizarre lifestyle, she insisted that they are “best friends”. She then went on to say that they are closer now than they were when they were in a relationship.
She also admitted that the documentary, The Secret Life of the Human Pups, in which Tom featured helped her to understand a lot more about Tom and why he and others like him do what they do.
If you would like to learn more about this unusual lifestyle from the man himself, watch his appearance on ITV’s This Morning: