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! Did you know that human pups and drag queens are the perfect match?! Well, we met a werewolf mutt who's here to tell us all about what makes him a fabulously freaky performer puppy. Introducing...
Please introduce yourself, your pronouns, and how you identify in pet play.
Arf! Hello, I’m Scritch and my pronouns are he/him. I am a bastard mutt werewolf pup! I, like many werewolves, was created by witches and I love scritches!
How did you discover your pet identity, and what does it mean to you?
Pet play, specifically pup play, was introduced to my by my favorite witch Vander Von Odd and a European pup I had met named Buumi. Both of them expressed that my personality is quite like a puppy, and urged me to explore the community. After attending my first pup event, I too realized I was a pupper and may have always been. Pup play allows me to express my childish and animalistic self in an even more profound and visible way! Eventually, I merged my pup persona with my involvement in the drag community, and have become a performer puppy or what some would call a "drag pup."
What are your favorite activities as a pet?
Scritches! I have always loved getting and giving scritches, so much so that my I made it my name! I also love performing! It brings me so much joy to come up with creative looks, partake in fantasies, and create performances that make people and pets laugh! I also love treats and food a lot, but like most dogs I tend to splurge, so feed me accordingly.
How did you get into performing as a pup alongside drag queens and artists?
My pup creator, my partner, and many of my friends are drag queens which is why I view my pup persona as a creative and performative outlet, as many queens do their drag persona. I started performing with Vander and Indica because it sounded like fun! From that exposure, other queens asked me to perform and gogo at various shows and events! It has snowballed from there! Keep your ears up for bigger things coming soon ;)
What do you love most about performing as a pup?
I love being able to use my dumb and creative puppy brain to bring joy, smiles, laughter, and awe to people and pets! I also love to play, and when I am performing that is what it feels like - playing!
How, if at all, do your intersections of identity influence your pet play?
I identify as a queer cis white man who is usually perceived as conventionally attractive; I use my pup persona to escape this. I am typically perceived as being “normal” and “palatable”, but in reality I am a weird, over-affectionate freak that loves horror, sexual freedom, and pushing boundaries. Scritch embodies that and allows me to express it.
What advice do you have for new pets looking to get into the community?
Find your tribe! The pet play community is surprisingly vast. Discover which parts of pet play are most meaningful to you, whether it be social, sexual, healing, etc. From there find which events, groups, or online communities are geared most towards what you’re looking for and introduce yourself! If they are a good pet player they will welcome you with open arms or at least give you some good direction!
What do you love most about pet play?
I love the affection, the freedom, and the playfulness!! I am able to embody all of these things whether I am at a mosh, exploring my sexual side, or performing on stage! Aroooo!!
Keep up with this drag pup on Instagram! @pupscritch