An article from The Stranger back in June offers a close look at puppy play and why so many people find it so much fun:

If you’re having trouble understanding the appeal of puppy play, just imagine how amazing it would be if there were a form of group relaxation where you could empty your mind of all your cares, forget all of your responsibilities, lower all of your defenses, and bypass small talk forever. Now imagine that vigorous cuddling and praise are key components of this relaxation technique. And did I mention snacks? You get snacks. Awesome. Why aren’t we pupping right now?

The Stranger article presents puppy play as predominantly a gay thing:

Surely you’ve heard of puppy play: It’s surging in popularity among the gays, and, if history is any guide, will be surging among the straights in five years when we’ve moved on to something else.

However, I’m seeing lots of evidence (mostly on Tumblr, honestly) that puppy play is already “surging among the straights” and has been for years. Indeed, I’ve been posting “porn of it” here on ErosBlog since 2003. So I think the gay male focus of the article is mostly just because that’s the author’s area of familiarity.

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