A disclaimer to this entire post: remember that my husband and myself and semi “outsiders” to the kink community, meaning that we are not actively engaged in it beyond online scanning. We have never gone to a real meet, such as IML, MAL, CLAW, etc, nor do we frequent leather bars or anything of the like. We pretty much keep to ourselves, and explore kink sites online. I suppose between the two of us, I’m the more active one, and have gone as far as to have occasional one on one meets and cyber slaving.
That said, he brought up pups. He’s been seeing them a lot online, and was wondering about them. I’ve personally noted it is a substantial trend, but that I myself have no serious experience in it. But based on my own observations, I’ve noticed that pups are generally (and emphasis on the word generally–I realize there are exceptions):
- Young, typically twinks
- Inexperienced, but very eager to learn
- Interested in exploring various kinks, but seek guidance
I’m curious to know if others feel my observations are on par, and if I’ve missed any. I’ll also note that as the scene grew, pups often grew attached to each other (which makes perfect sense… they are all in the same tribe, so to speak), forming what are now known as packs. Which has developed into their own dynamic, which seems pretty unique to each pack.
We both had a couple of questions. 1) Where do they get the money to pay for the pup hood, tail, harness, etc.?, and 2) What will happen to these pups as they grow older?
I’ll confess I honestly don’t quite know the answer to #1. When I was younger, I remember scrimping and saving just to get my first set of restraints from a local adult store. Yet many pups (at least online) seem to be fairly fully stocked with gear. I suspect they’re being gifted or on loan from their handler/Master/Dom.
I think question #2 is a more interesting one. Pups eventually grow up, and the scene is so new and young, we haven’t seen that happen yet. What will this evolve to?
I have my own opinions. One, I feel that eventually pups would evolve into being handlers. They entered the scene to explore what they did and did not like in terms of kink, and after a period of time, they’ll have developed their own interests and perhaps grow away from their pup identity. But they may feel obligated to “pass the leash” so to speak and educate the next generation of pups.
I also feel a good number will eventually “outgrow” the pup identity, and by then move on to their more specific interests: bondage, feet, piss, slave, etc. And I’m sure a good number will continue to identify as “pup” even as they age. Not sure how that will go.
What do you think the future of pups will be?