May 2020 Creature Feature - Titus Hound!
Updated: Aug 2, 2021
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 thrilled to finally introduce a shining star in our community - the current SoCal Creatures Spokespup, a dynamic and loyal leather stud hound who makes an impact wherever his fiery paws lead...
Please introduce yourself and how you identify in pet play.
Hi! I'm Titus, your local Los Angeles fiendish Hell Hound. Although I may look sharp and fiery, I'm really a gentle sweet boy who loves to serve his pet play and leather community. My pronouns are He/Him and I identify as a transmasculine individual.
How did you first get into pet play and realize that you're a hellhound?
Back as a young teen, I use to actively delve deep into the cesspool of the internet. My masochistic side loved to shock and disturb myself; I couldn't help my curiosity. Unfortunately (definitely fortunate), I was exposed to a very graphic video of Folsom on YouTube (back when it wasn't so regulated) of male puppies romping in a mosh. I was so fascinated and enamored that I knew pup play was exactly what I wanted to do one day. I always felt very primal and wolf-like at my core, and being able to express that in an adult setting felt very right to me. However, due to the video lacking diversity and mainly consisting of cis men, I felt like it was a community I'd never be accepted into. Years later- I turn 18 and I decide to join the furry fandom. I assumed they were like the pups back in the Folsom video (I was very wrong). Needless to say, one thing led to another and furries connected me to Threshold Society, and I managed to find my first pet event in 2017. Immediately I immersed myself. I didn't hesitate - the moment I saw the mosh, I entered and simply became a dog. I did not feel human, I did not want to be human; I felt like the primal beast I truly was inside. As far as being a Hell Hound, spiritually I've always felt like in a past life I was indeed a canine of sorts. I've had numerous lucid dreams of being a canine throughout my life, mostly connections to wolves. I like to imagine that my canine self originated in a place of darkness, and now my soul keeps a fiery flame lit to guide me through the brutality of life.
What are your favorite activities as a pup? Honestly- breeding. Being a stud is a big part of my pup identity; I love to dominate all the bitches in heat for my Master! Aside from being a stud, I enjoy wearing my gear, watching Disney movies, eating from bowls, and play times with Master. Something I am really excited to do is give more attention to my guard dog instincts and build on them.
How has pet play interacted, if at all, with your understanding of your gender and sexuality?
Pet play has made me understand that gender is incredibly fluid, and that as a pet you can identify as anything you'd like. Being able to be seen as a male dog to others while I am in headspace is so healing for me. A simple "good boy" really makes me feel accepted as the masculine soul I feel I am inside. While I'm still figuring out how to manage being transmasculine outside the pet play community, knowing I have a space where I'm respected, accepted, and loved for who I am is all I could ever ask for.
Sexuality is also fluid I've learned. Originally, I entered the pet play scene with the intention to chase my desire of being a sex pet with cis men only. Little did I know back then I would evolve into embracing all genders. It was interesting to begin play in the submissive role as a dog, and then eventually evolve into an alpha stud. It really doesn't matter to me based on genitals, as a dog I just want to breed and sometimes be bred. That's the greatest thing about pet play - you can really be whatever you'd like. There's no judgement within our community.
What advice do you have for non-cisgendered pet players navigating their communities?
My advice to non-cisgendered pet players is to simply be you. Period. Don't care what others say, if you are denied spit in their face with your identity! (Not literally). It can be hurtful to be denied, I've experienced it numerous times. At the end of the day, all that matters is how you feel, so always be true to yourself. Definitely do not try to be someone or something to "fit in". Pet play is all about individual expression, and if there's an animal you haven't seen done before, or perhaps a unique look that hasn't been seen yet, embrace it. Make it yours. Be a trend setter.
What do you love most about pet play?
The bond between Handler and pup. For me, nothing is more beautiful and special than knowing I can always be my truest self with another human. It's a deep connection that really allows me to show full trust and vulnerability to another. No matter what, I always desire and strive to serve my Handler as best as I can, even through the toughest times. From the intense acts of BDSM scenes, to simple play with squeaky toys, knowing there is someone there to keep me safe makes me feel so loved and special. I wouldn't trade it for the entire world. When it comes down to basic pet play needs, this connection is necessary for me.
To keep up with this stud hound's fiendish journey, follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @titushound.