Editor's Note: I've compiled a list of website pages of which if, regardless whether or not one is new or seasoned to the pup culture; you can start socializing online with the various pup clubs, contests, and communities. Then once you connect with them online, pup out, mosh out, hang out with your fellow pup and handlers friends offline! Don't see your event, contest or club listed?? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added!
"Saint Louis Puppy Patrol is a safe, fun and social group for those into puppy and pet play in the Saint Louis Regional Area. The group's home bar is The Bad Dog Bar in Saint Louis and has a variety of events through the year where those interested can "pup out"! Since there is no "boy" group active in Saint Louis we are also welcoming all boys as well (after all every boy needs a pup!) The Saint Louis Puppy Patrol is also the founding group for the Midwest Puppy Contest also held in Saint Louis."
"The Midwest Puppy Contest is one of the first larger regional Leather & Rubber Puppy contests covering 13 states including - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota & Ohio. Midwest Puppy is a feeder contest for the International Puppy Contest."
"Houston Pups & Handlers was established early in 2014 to provide a social club for all pups, handlers and anyone else interested in this fetish. This is intended to be a non-profit organization which holds events, moshes, and other activities to promote pup play and interaction for the purposes of learning, teaching, and growing in this part of life. "
"Club Description: The Mid-Atlantic Kennel Korps is a social club for pups, handlers, and members of the wider community interested in pup play. Although centered in Washington DC, MAKK is a regional organization that includes northern Virginia and the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Within this area, the other emerging focal points are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Together, the members within this region promote and increase awareness of pup play and related topics within their areas while coming together as a community whole to support one another."
I have a confession to make.
I never expected to speak in Houston for the GLUE weekend. I never expected to travel to cities across our country and in a few weeks, around the globe speaking. I never expected anyone would give a damn about anything I said, and quite frankly it still baffles me.
For this year’s Toronto Leather Pride weekend, it marked two anniversaries – the twentieth anniversary of the Leather Ball (the dance that typically followed the night of the competitions), and the 25th competition for the title of Mr. Leatherman Toronto.
The weekend started with the roasting of the outgoing title holder team – Mr. Leatherman […]
"The SF K9 Unit was founded in November of 2004 by Spunky. After coming onto the puppy scene, he yearned to find other people with whom he could share his newly found human canine spirit. But it seemed that the only place he could find them was on a very few social websites. As much fun as those sites were, Spunky wanted to create something more intimate—a pack bonded by brotherhood."
"I was asked to write about my how I became a pup and how the movement of the pup community has evolved, so here it goes… from my perspective. I found the Leather community on a warm and humid summer evening in Houston, Texas in 1992. Okay, this isn’t a novel, so I’ll cut the crap! I strongly identified as a boy. It wasn’t until about 1999 that a friend of mine, patrick chees, saw my inner pup. He made it his task to bring it out of me. He enlisted my help (and many others) to assist in preparing for the first pup event, the International Puppy Contest (IPC) during the year 2k. (IPC taking place in 2001) This helped ease my way into the pup scene, as well as the two of us having long talks that frequently revolved around our childhood history with bio canines."
"This is going to talk about a different approach to being a Handler/Trainer than the style I’ve traditionally employed. It is one that I would like to start implementing, however, and that’s a higher protocol “working dog” training. I’ve spoken about my own identification as a working dog in previous posts, and this is something of an extension of that theme, wherein a strong Alpha dog heads a well-trained and coordinated pack."
"I was browsing Fetlife this morning and read a couple of well-written articles by a Master James from Australia. One is on How to Be a Dom and another is on The Perils and Evils of Being a New Dom. Both articles are written from an unashamedly and self-proclaimed heteronormative point of view, but there’s good advice in there for anyone in the community and I highly recommend them. Still, there’s room to add on to some of his thoughts from the gay and pup play perspective, so that’s what I’m going to do. Nomenclature – I generally use top/bottom to denote sexual position and dom/sub to denote power exchange roles, and am primarily addressing dom/sub in this post. Substitute whatever words fit in your personal universe."
This post was spawned from a question by stormy-aka-hohk on FetLife: “I’m curious if you the handler, trainer, owner, etc gets the same carefree sensation during pup play as most pups get. Does all your worries of daily life disappear as well?” I gave a somewhat flippant answer that supervising a mosh tends to bring about a new set of stresses, but it seems like a topic worth exploring.