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 all fours bound by a collar.
One of these daring and brazen canine impersonators is 32-year-old 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.
It’s a far cry from his life outside of the dog costume as he works as a lighting and theater technician.
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.”