"Criteria for Headspace Turns out there are 7 criteria that we must meet to get into the headspace we need."
'I have been fascinated about headspace since I first started in puppy play a few years ago. To me this one subject is the most rewarding part of kink play; getting into a mental state where I am focused in the now. The headspace for puppy play has been restorative, empowering and fascinating the more I have learned to operate in that headspace, as well as guide others to the headspace."
One of the oldest streets in Amsterdam is the Warmoesstraat, familiar to many as the home of Amsterdam’s leather and fetish scene. There have unfortunately been several iconic bars and clubs that closed over the years and many thought that the city wouldn’t recover its kink crown. But new openings in recent years have helped […]
by Pup Tripp
Sometimes, and more often than I’d like, I still come across conversations – online and otherwise – about who is or isn’t a pup or about such conversations that left a pup hurt and disillusioned. Even worse is when these aren’t actually conversations but rather flat out –and almost always uninformed – statements […]
The 2013 International Puppy and Trainer contest hosted at Beyond Vanilla in Dallas, Texas has just been completed! After a fabulous two days of interviews, moshing, and show elements your 2013 International Puppy and Trainer are Pup Rylee and Trainer Daddy Rose! Congratulations to them both and to all the contestants. WOOF!!!
2013 Intl Puppy Rylee and […]
Dallas, TX – The Beyond Vanilla Committee recently announced the addition of two well known contests: International Puppy & Trainer Contest – IPTC, and Great Plains Olympus Leather – GPOL, to be held during Beyond Vanilla XXIII in Dallas, TX during September 27-29, 2013.
The International Puppy & Trainer Contest started from humble beginnings thirteen years […]
Aroooooooo to the DFW Pups and Woofs and Wegs!!!
by Tyesha Best, Leatherati Contributing Editor
Woof! The DFW Pups have recently formed in Dallas, Texas to the delight of many. They just had their first meeting this past January 26, 2013. It is a long time coming as there are many pups already living in the DFW […]
This past November 2012 has been a busy month for me. I covered three events in three different cities – first Mr. Leather Ottawa-XX in Ottawa, then Mr. Leather Cowboy in Detroit, and finally the second annual Toronto Bound Weekend in Toronto, which landed on the American Thanksgiving Weekend.
This particular Toronto Bound Weekend – a […]
by Sir Joseph
Thank you to everyone that came to our 1st Annual International Puppy Contest. What an amazing year this was for us! We had 5 contestants from around the United States this year, with Pup Gadget from Seattle, WA, slave pup Axel from Williamsburg, VA, Pup Lucky from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Pup Shy from Tampa, FL and Jaeger Pup from Dade City, FL. competing.
International Puppy would not have been what it was, without our wonderful judges. Our heartfelt thanks go out to: Mark Frazier, Al Santora, boy mark greene, boy rick, Sir Frank, Pup Tripp & Daddy Jim. Sir Bill Hoeppner our Contest MC, Pup Hercules our Den Puppy, Daddy Mitch our Time Keeper and Peter Hanson our Tally Master, without them we could not have done it.
We would also like to thank Tampa Bay Leather n Fetish Pride for allowing us to be a part of their weekend and Tampa Bay Leather Sir/boy for being a part of this great event. We feel that the community coming together like this not only adds more diversity and fun, but shows how the community can work together.
Most of all we would like to thank our Executive Producers Sir Joseph Mastrapasqua, Pup Flip Gray & Executive Associate Producer Christopher “Woof” Roth.
Twisted in Tulsa is back for another spectacular weekend educational event built on a philosophy of acceptance, diversity, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. The tribe gathers in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 14-16, 2012.Twisted in Tulsa welcomes world class presenters, teaching a wide variety of classes geared to those just learning as well […]
Woof Camp 2012, the annual pup party held at International Mr. Leather (IMRL) in Chicago, IL, will be on Saturday, May 26, 2012 with two sessions: Session A from 9pm-10pm (private and not advertised, for Pups & Handlers only) and Session B from 10pm-Midnight (with viewing areas open to the general public).
Both collared and stray […]
By Olivier Pratt
The Leather community isn’t exempt from the trials and tribulations that plague the “normal” vanilla world. In fact, I think that because of our zest, passion and rebellious nature, our squabbles are often worse, more divisive and passionate. Even our playful Pups aren’t immune.
A puppy brawl has ensued over the resurrection of the International Puppy name and contest. Two different organizations claim rights to the name and two different events are in the works under that contest banner. Legalities and strife aside, let’s take a look at what we have on the table. In the end it’s the community who’ll have to decide which event will survive, if any, or perhaps both?
Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Change is the one of the universal truths and just as Leather has been struggling with this, so are our sub communities.
Recently I interviewed Barry Fiddick aka pup Cosmo from of Dallas, Sir Joseph Mastrapasqua from Tampa Bay and Master Phil from North Carolina about their events of the same name. I made it clear that our position here at Leatherati was not to pick a side or an event, but to present the information to the community for them to discern what they thought was best for them.
It’s very easy to focus on what separates these men and their events, the disagreement of who has clear ownership of the name International Puppy. Staying clear of the quagmire of legalities, what’s more important is what these men have in common. Just about every goal and intent is identical, but perhaps these ideals are clouded through the perspectives of passion and anger.