A Japanese man raised concerns about what his friends might think of him months after spending $15,791 on a customized dog costume to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a canine.
Toco, who documents his four-legged life on YouTube, commissioned model and sculpture company Zeppet earlier this year to create a realistic rough collie costume for him. After multiple rounds of revisions, the product, which cost 2 million yen (approximately $15K at the time), took around 40 days to complete.
He uploads videos to YouTube of himself in the costume rolling over, playing frisbee, relaxing in a hammock, eating fake dog food, and even wagging his tail. He’s also learned to eat fake dog food.
Toco, on the other hand, has never revealed his true identity. He admitted to being concerned about the opinions of others, particularly loved ones, in a new interview with the Mirror.
I rarely tell my friends because I am afraid they will think I am weird. My friends and family seemed very surprised to learn I became an animal.
Toco, on the other hand, stated that becoming an animal was a childhood fantasy of his. He enjoys “doing things that only dogs do” because it simulates the experience of having a pet.
He stated to the Mirror:
Since childhood, I have had this unspecific fantasy of becoming an animal. I wonder whether it was a desire for transformation.
Toco told Japanese news outlet Mynavi that he chose a collie because it is his “favorite” breed of dog.