Kriszly, are you currently owned or are you a free puppy?
WOOF! *Sits up proudly and wags his tail* Since April this year I’ve been collared and owned by the wonderful Sir Max Samauth, the current MIR. It was actually during BLF Easter that we really connected and both decided that we wanted to be together as handler and puppy! I can read his mind and he reads mine, which makes the bond between the two of us even stronger.
How did you get into puppy play and why is it so exciting for you?
I discovered pup play when my boyfriend at the time was giving a bondage workshop for some friends. Before his friends came, he told me that two of them were “Human Puppies”. I never heard of that before, but I was slightly interested. A moment later, the friends arrived at the house, and walked in. I saw that two of them were wearing collars. Not a leather BDSM collar, but a real dog collar. They sat down in the living room, and after I got them all something to drink, we started to chat. I soon figured out that as well as their names given at birth, they also had “puppy names”. One of the pups was named pup Rex, and the other pup sitting next to him was called pup Milo. Milo was showing Rex a leather hood he bought. It was a brown-black leather hood, in the shape of a dogs head. After talking about it, Milo put the hood on, and it was the most interesting and adorable thing I’ve ever seen!
After that meeting, everything went incredibly fast. I spend hours searching the internet about puppy play. Rex and Milo took me to a meeting for fetish lovers in Amersfoort called the Power Party where I first saw them play as puppies. I immediately fell in love with it. Before I even knew, I was crawling on all fours and tried out some awkward barks. I played with a squeaky toy and romped and cuddled with the other pups. Shortly after that, I bought my first piece of puppy gear, my precious black and red leather hood!
A really important part of puppy play for me is being able to let go off reality. To be carefree, if only for a moment. Especially when you have other pups or a handler to play with! Not like many other dom/sub games, pup play is really rewarding in a positive way. The attention, the cuddles, the loyalty that you have towards your handler and pack members. When I see my handler pulling out a toy, I get totally excited, and immediately want to play with him!
Have you ever had weird experiences during a session?
At the start of my kinky journey, I always thought that I was more of a submissive person. So when one of the pups I played with at the time asked if I wanted to take the role of the handler, I just wasn’t sure what to do. I knew what the role of a handler was and what the pup expected from me, I just never tried it myself before. But I decided to give it a try. Best decision ever!
If anyone asked me now, I would definitely identify as a switch, and I really enjoy it. Being a pup for a while made me realize what pups need from a handler. Of course, every pup has his own character and things they do and don’t (just as important!) like. So be sure to talk with each other before you start a play scene.
Do you feel the gay (fetish) scene is open about this fetish?
Yes and no. First of all, it depends where you are located and what kind of environment you are in. Some of the leather bars don’t appreciate it if a bunch of pups show up, bounce around, bark and play with our beloved squeeky toys. On the other hand pups – and pup gear – come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of them wear leather, some wear rubber. Others would rather be almost naked. And that is fine. All pups should be able to have their own fetishes, way of play and character. Some pups are really active, and like to run after balls thrown by their handler, play with a pull-rope and wrestle with other pups. Others like to just sit around their handler, cuddle with other pups and be carefree for a while. Pup play gave me a lot of self esteem, more then I’ve ever had. And I notice that this goes for other pups too. Because in pup play, it doesn’t matter if you’re skinny or chubby, it doesn’t matter how old you are, what the colour of your skin is, or what gender you are. Being able to play with each other, rolling on the floor together and share a squeeky toy is the best feeling in the world!
Tell a bit about the Mr. Puppy Europe contest, and what your duties are as Mr. Puppy Europe
Oh yes of course! There were many things to do for pups (and handlers) during the contest. One of them was a Puppy Obstacle Course. In which we had to slide between cones, jump through a hoop, make love to a fire hydrant and crawl through a small hole – on all fours of course! The Obstacle Course wasn’t about time, but about entertainment, grace and having lots of fun! Just thinking about it makes me wag my tail! A few other activities were getting groomed in the Poodle Salon, getting your fur trimmed, getting a medical exam by the puppy vet and play with other pups in the moshpit. Sunday afternoon, there was a puppy brunch as well. Where pups could get their bowl filled with porridge, made by the Camp K9 pups. It was delicious!
A few activities were for contestants only, and we got points for doing them. They included fetish twister – like normal twister but with lube poured all over us! Then an interview with the judges, where we had to tell them why we wanted to become Mister Puppy Europe and what we were planning to do for the community. Another activity we had to do was a freestyle act. In which you could do anything that shows your interest in puppy play, and what you enjoy when doing it. After that, we had a Howl Along. For this part of the competition you had to bring a karaoke version of a song you like. And howl along the lyrics as a puppy would. Arooooo! I chose the song “You’re my best friend” from the band Queen. Since a pup is man’s best friend! What I see as my duty as Mr. Puppy Europe is educating anyone who wants to know about puppy play, and helping those who are curious about it, but don’t know how to get started. I show up at (kinky) events, talk to pups, handlers and even non-kinky people about puppy play. I enjoy spreading the joy and playfulness, and seeing people smile when looking at pups playing! At this moment, I am organizing my very first puppy party in collaboration with BLF Berlin and In Dog we Trust. The party will take place during Folsom, Friday 11 September from 15 h until 19:30 in the Scheune Bar, Berlin. There will be lots of room to romp, play and relax with a nice cold drink. A photographer will be taking pictures and we will do a group photo with all the attending pups outside! Thanks to John O’Brien, Geared Ireland is sponsoring the party by donating foam rubber mats. So pups can play on a soft surface, without worrying about painful paws!
Have you got a rough number of how many puppys will be coming to Folsom Europe?
With the amazing annual Streetfair, the wagtasticly fun – and sleazy – parties, and the very first Puppies Launch Party coming up, I am expecting more pups than ever seen before! Since the puppy scene in Europe is growing so rapidly, I wont be surprised to see, meet and reunite with at LEAST 60 (new!) puppy friends! I am SO EXCITED for Folsom 2016! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! *chases his tail around the room*
Images by Bruce Hardin | Interview: Torsten Schwick
Original Article with German Translation at https://bonermagazine.com/for-the-love-of-fire-hydrants/