"The happiness flows as we exchange our travel stories, share the judges table, sit with each other in our classes, and help with fundraisers. But what happens when we come home from our social and political activities, close our front doors and rely on our virtual and local surroundings? The number of suicides has our community both surprised and alarmed. What can we do to strengthen the connections with each other? What can we do to be there for each other during times of duress and sadness? The mental health of our community has become a hot topic and now, there are two positive causes that are developing in our community when it comes to addressing mental health and suicides in our community: We Are Here Suicide Hotline and 'Project Touch Base'."
Keynote at Leather Reign, Seattle, WA
October 18, 2014
By Hardy Haberman
I want to tell you a story.
Anyone who knows me knows how I believe in the power of stories, they can be evocative, funny, tragic or melancholy, but they always have a message. So listen and open your minds and try to imagine the […]
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Traditional Marriage
The first time I got mass-married was at the March on Washington in 1987. It was one of the scheduled activities.
We assembled in front of the IRS. Apparently some committee decided to frame marriage as a pocketbook issue, a special discount we weren’t getting. Myself, I […]
PDX-PAH was founded on December 6 2012, by Daddy Dan White and Christian "Pup Alex" Hagner. The club is memory of Steven "Slave Eris" Johnson who dreamed of the pack we now have, but who never saw it come of age. March 14 1990 to December 06 2012 (our birthday). With his last breath he gave us life. Arrrooooooo!
"Hello there. I am Pup Mischief. I am one of the puppies of SEA-PAH up here in Seattle Washington. Around this time two years ago I was living in Pennsylvania with my brother and some friends and I was down at my best friend Michelle's house. Her son was watching shows on demand provided through their cable company. He started watching National Geographic's Taboo and I was intrigued by all of the different things that were on the show. "
"Christopher Roth or Tyger or Papa Wolf or Papa Woof as he is known by those close to him, has been active in the community since the early 80’s and finding the Puppy Community in 1986 though his Mentor, Master Michael. Growing up in Dayton OH, then moving to Houston TX and finally landing in Saint Louis in 1999 where he took his activity in the community to all new levels. Active in and worked with such groups as the Texas Gay Rodeo Association as an officer at both the local and state level."
It seemed like the usual interrogation. The subject was reticent to reveal the desired information, and I was growing impatient. He knew he could bring it all to an end just by saying the words I wanted to hear, a little snippet of information could stop everything. He had endured being bound, […]
"Above all I consider myself a Leatherman. I love the look, smell, feel of leather. Which has brought me into various kinks, such as boot-blacking and flogging. Even animal play, specifically pup play. The latter is something that I would have never thought that I'd have gotten into."
"In my mind, I’m the type of pup who wags their tail at everyone, eager for belly rubs and romping. But when I’m honest with myself, I realize I’m really like the dog hiding behind their owner’s legs, tail tucked, ears back, maybe even peeing a bit (and not in the fun way…)."
"Hails from Vancouver BC in the Northwest Region. Pup Figaro currently holds the title of International Puppy 2015, is Alpha Pup in the Wruff Pack and has been owned by his Daddy since 2008. Figaro is a Border Collie and as such can be found herding the local pups and Handlers to events. After moving from San Francisco, he found that he very much missed the close-knit SF pup community."
"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."