The pet play lifestyle is full of so many voices that make it unique and vibrant. To showcase this, every month we will be shining the spotlight on a particular human animal or Handler in our community. Let's hear what makes every pet player special!
This month, it is our immeasurable joy to feature a little pig who lights up every room they enter. Their adorable sweetness and bright, friendly personality simply makes our hearts want to burst! We cannot wait to share their words with you...
Please introduce yourself and how you identify in pet play!
Hi! I'm Lyric and I identify as a pig. I joined my first pet play mosh on May 5th, 2019, and that’s where I met my current owner. I am very social and love saying hi to everybody as much as I can and try to make sure everyone is having fun. I also love to wrestle.
What are your favorite activities as a pig?
As a pet, my favorite activities to do are training, catch, and receiving pets. I love earning treats and I also love playing with my jingly ball. I am hoping to be trained to be an emotional support animal.
What triggers or deepens your headspace?
I love the noise my jingly ball makes, and it always gets me excited to play - as well as when people throw a ball for me to catch. I will spend lots of time playing with balls. Another thing that deepens my pet headspace is being praised for being a good piglet, as well as getting pets, especially on my head and belly.
How, if at all, does your pet play interact with your identity as a little?
My little and my pet are pretty intertwined. When I get excited in pet space, [my speech] comes out as little speak. [This means that] I use 2-3 word sentences in a high-pitched voice that give you an idea of what I am thinking about as a pet - which is usually "look at all the pretty people" as I try to get pets from as many people as possible.
I also sometimes forget I am a pet, and I love to go see all the other pets and pet them and tell them how amazing they are. It's hard for me to choose just one [headspace] to express at a time.
Do you have any advice for pet players who might feel marginalized in the broader pet play community?
For marginalized pet players in the pet play community, I would advise them to get to know who they are. Get to know their own boundaries and the things that they are willing to do. They need to be able to communicate their wants and needs as well as listen to others' wants and needs. Once you know your boundaries and throw yourself into meeting different people, [you can make sure] that these people respect your boundaries and make sure to respect their boundaries, too.
What do you love most about pet play?
What I love most about pet play is the freedom it gives me to be myself. I love the openness I have found in the community, as well as the acceptable of who I am no matter what space I'm in.
Follow this wonderful little piglet's journey at @lil_pigs_petplay_academy on Instagram, or @pepper_mint on FetLife!