Hey Puppies, handlers and others, I recently had a visit to Melbourne and for the first time, I stayed at the Laird. This is a great place not only to go out to, but to also stay at. The accommodation was comfortable, and was full of leather culture history with many artifacts on display. Management warmly welcomed us and it felt like home away from home. The faculties were great, even with a pod style coffee machine, complete with kitchen facilities and a relaxing shared lounge space.

13 and I ventured down to the spit and polish, to meet some of the other bootblacks. At first I was not allowed in, as I did not meet the strict leather dress code. After a quick wardrobe change we were expiring our first night out in the Laird… However, what I found whlist speaking with the boot blacks was pups and handlers of all identities, which even challenged some typical beliefs that seam to be held in the community. In some instances have even challenged and certainly changed my viewpoints on pup identity.

I had the privilege to meet some awesome guys who Boot Black for the Laird whom also identify within the pup community. Whist I was deep in conversation it was apparent that the pup community is flourishing in Victoria and especially around Melbourne.

The purpose of this short article is to remind us that we need to be open minded about our fellow brothers as many in our communities may identify in various of scenes, and also partake in a wide range of activities, whether in be a life decision or a play decision, whilst we are consenting adults, we should not yuk someone’s else’s yum.

I am not saying that you need to understand why anther dude is into there thing, or you have to do is respect it, providing it is safe and consensual and not breaking a law. I believe in two principal RACK and PRICK that underpin many of the activities that we choose to partake.

Have fun in what you decide to explore and be open to others as they navigate their own journeys.

Explanation of Acronyms:
PRICK: Personal Rick Informed Consensual Kink
RACK: Risk Aware Consensual Kink