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A ‘human pup’ Kaz James, 37, from Salford, Greater Manchester, who says he has never felt like a man eats his meals out of a dog bowl, wears a dog mask and often barks at, licks and bites friends.

Kaz James, 37, claims he’s felt like a dog since childhood and says he always felt ‘weird’ and unable to relate to others before finally allowing his pup persona to shine through in his late teens.

The store manager, from Salford, Greater Manchetster, has had help from an online ‘pup play’ community and open-minded friends to transition from part-time pooch to confident canine.

The self-professed ‘full-time orange, brown and camo K9’ unleashes his doggy personality by barking at friends, carrying items with his teeth and snacking on Bonios.

He regularly greets pals by barking, licking or biting them. Outside of work he can be found in customised rubber outfits, masks, dog leads, harnesses and even a bespoke £2,000 fur suit.

“I didn’t ever feel like a human, I always felt like a dog that was really out of place,” he said. I never really had a name for it, being a pup wasn’t a thing I knew about. When I met other people like me I felt I could be myself. I was known by my friends for saying hello to them by grabbing hold of the collar of their shirt in my teeth and biting or licking them, very canine-type behaviours. It was always how I was.

“The first time I heard the term of being a pup was through a pup I met online, he was the first person I met who was like me. Through him, I knew other pups and learned a whole new language of this other world that I didn’t know about with a whole bunch of other people who were like me. It was a liberating moment knowing there were other people like me, having felt properly weird for the longest time.”

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