A rather charming fetish that we saw a lot of at Erotica 2013 was that of animal role play, or ‘petplay’ if you prefer.
Fairly self-explanatory, this fetish involves a dominant party being the ‘master’, or ‘handler’, of a submissive ‘pet’, or, ‘pets’. The relationship here is much like a traditional slaves and masters relationship, but rather than the sub being a ‘lowly human’, his/her status is reduced to that of an animal.
Much like in a slaves and master scenario, the relationship can be one of humiliation and punishment, or simply one of shared fantasy. At Erotica there was a curious little place called ‘Puppy Palace’ in which you could find rubber-clad slave dogs on the pillow-scattered floor. These ‘gimp dogs’ were there for you to feed, fuss and admire, as you browsed the shop which sold human-pet treats, collars, food bowls and accessories.
I spoke to a guy working in the shop and he explained a little how the fetish worked; “after a long day at the office what could be better than coming home, curling up in your owner’s lap and having them fuss you?”
Human pets aren’t always treated which such love and affection however, rather, these ‘worthless dogs’ or ‘dirty pigs’ can be punished and humiliated for being so pitiable and disgusting. Eating from a bowl on the floor, being made to lick a toilet seat or their mater’s shoes are all common requests of a ‘cruel’ handler.
As is the case with any role play of this sort though, the pet, or submissive partner, receives just as much enjoyment or pleasure out of the domination as the master does; if not more so! After all, role play is the best form of escapism, as well as being a fantastic way of exploring your sexual fantasies.
So what species of ‘pet’ can you be? Well there are no limitations. If you want to be a hedgehog, a velociraptor or a goldfish, you go for it! Common choices for petplay, however, include dogs, cats and ponies. When a pet is required to move around on all-fours, like a dog or cat, his or her calves may be bound to their hamstrings so they are forced to move around on their knees and hands.
‘Stray’ pups or kittens may be ‘collared’ by the master to claim ownership. Once wearing the collar, the pet will learn to do as instructed and may be lead around on a leash. The ‘collaring’ of a pet fulfils a fantasy for the submissive of being desired and owned, whilst giving the dominant a symbol of authority.
Ponyplay can be very grand and decorative fetish, with the costumes sometimes being worn in public, allowing the master to show off their magnificent beast. A ponygirl or ponyboy may have a ‘bit’ mouthpiece, blinkers, reins, a mane or headpiece, ‘hoof’ shoes and a horse tail, which is often attached to a butt plug and known as a ponytail butt plug.
The pony may then pull a carriage, in which the master sits, who may whip the pony to direct its behaviour. Carriages being pulled by ponyslaves are not an uncommon sight at BDSM events, and this interesting niches certainly wasn’t lacking at Erotica 2013.
If you’ve ever felt a desire to be owned and loved, or slapped and punished, then maybe you should try a little animal role play. As a beginner it isn’t hard to draw on a few cat whiskers or bark like a dog, just do what feels right and see if you and your partner are destined to become naughty petplay fetishists too!
Petplay products at Bondara:
Fetish Bondage Dog Mask Hood
Latex Piggy Mask
Ultimate Silicone Bit Gag
Luxury Spanking Crop
Leather Bondage Leash/ Lead