May 2023 Creature Feature - Calla Moore!
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, we're highlighting a special wolf...
Please introduce yourself, your pronouns, and how you identify in pet play.
My name Is Calla Moore! I am a 24yr old submissive pup with masochistic tendencies. I am genderqueer and go by She/He/They. I float through multiple pet-personas but I am mainly a wolf! I love to protect my friends and my partner and enjoy engaging in primal play. Sometimes I am a bear, but only when I’m in little space!
How did you first get into pet play and discover your headspace/role?
As a child, I loved dogs and found myself sneaking away to read werewolf books. I loved the idea of being able to engage in primal activities while still being myself! I loved to growl and would ruin jeans by running around on all fours! When I was adult, I started engaging in kink and was lucky to visit the Folsom Street Fair in 2018. I always assumed pups were only cis/gay/male, so I didn’t have interest in pet play until the street fair, when I actually engaged with pups for the first time and reacted the same way as if they were bio-dogs (OMG DADDY LEMME PET THEM!!!!!) From there I started to develop my pup-sona.
Again though, I didn’t feel “true” to myself. I didn’t want to be silly and playful. I wanted to be intimidating and primal. After attending DomconLA in 2018 and meeting a dragon, I realized I was able to be whoever I wanted to be. From there I was able to learn more about my wolf self, my true self.
What helps you get into your pet play headspace?
I am lucky enough to feel that my pup-self is right under the surface of my day-to-day life. It is easy for me to slide into my pup space, I love being praised and as soon as I hear “good girl/boy”, woof woof woof. Bow wow. Grrrr…ruff ruff!
I have a beautiful hood purchased from Tavaron Leather that also helps me to feel more pup! I think it's because people stop engaging with me as if I'm human and start treating me like a pet. It helps me too when I see images of myself with my hood because my hood makes me feel more…me! I am more me with my hood on then without.
What is it like being a wolf around so many pups in the scene?
I don't mind being a wolf in pup spaces because those I interact with understand my limits. Some individuals feel I am shy or that I feel left out because I tend to be off to the side, but I am watching my peers play and I love making sure everyone is safe and kind. Especially to my beta and my partner! Grrr…back off! He's mine! I don’t mind when people interact with me at moshes and events, but I prefer to have my voice turned off and I prefer to be a watchful eye. I promise I don't hate you! I'm just busy guarding my pack!
How, if at all, do your intersections of identity influence your pet play?
I feel as though my identities really don’t exist when I'm engaging in pet play. I am dog. Dog only cares about partner and beta and snacks. Just dog, no human.
How is your art influenced by your and others' play and kinks? What does it mean to you?
I am currently in school to become a LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist). I have a dual emphasis, LGBTQIA+ and trauma. My goal is to work with members of the BDSM community. I owe my life to the BDSM community and I am forever grateful to those who have allowed me to be my most authentic self. I want to be a guiding light for individuals and allow them to be their authentic self. I am hoping that with finding my authenticity in pet play, I can provide a safe space for individuals to be authentic and to let their freak flag fly! I wouldn’t call myself an artist, but pet play was the first space I ever felt like I could be ‘weird’ and not be called ‘weird’. I want to encourage others to find their comfort in being themselves. It's okay to be weird.
What do you love most about pet play?
I love being myself. I love that I can release all human responsibilities for a minute and engage in simple play. Something that may have been not allowed when I was a child. I have never found another space that felt as open and inclusive as the BDSM community and specifically, SoCal Creatures. I am allowed to be any and every aspect of myself. I can be silly, scary, cute, wild, and no matter what, people will respect my choices and will happily play along with me!
Keep up with this wild wolf's journey by following them on Instagram @calla_moore