After all, he doesn’t care about the dog’s life.
The Japanese man, who went viral after posting a video of him wearing a hyper-realistic rough collie costume in public, howled that people and news outlets were “misinformed” about the idea of him living like a dog want.
“My desire to be an animal is like a desire to transform…a desire to be something I’m not,” Toco told The Post, adding that he wears the costume maybe once a week, mostly at home.
The wannabe lassie, who was catapulted to international stardom last month after posting a video of him waddling around Tokyo in a $14,000 suit – and interacting with strangers and real puppies – admitted he “didn’t like that had expected great response” to his ruff Life.
His family, on the other hand, didn’t put him in the kennel because of his unusual hobby.
“The family was surprised but took it kindly,” Toco said. “I am very pleased that they accepted it.”
In addition to the viral clip, he has garnered 19.5 million views on his YouTube channel so far.I want to be an animal“, where he recounts snippets of his dog days, including devouring fake dog treats, being cramped in a wire cage, and turning around.
Toco didn’t want to reveal how much money he’s made from his YouTube account, where his subscriber base has grown to 51,000 subscribers.
The lifelike costume cost a whopping 2 million yen (US$14,099) and was custom-made by Zeppet, a company that makes costumes for TV commercials and shows.
It took 40 days and several revisions to create the final suit, although American Kennel Club judges barked that the imitations could be improved a bit.
However, the part-time herding dog didn’t run away with his tail between his legs after trolls ravaged his canine cosplay as a bizarre fetish.
“I’m just sad that people can think that,” Toco said. “I love animals and enjoy playing the role of a collie.”
He added, “It’s my hobby, so I’m going to keep doing it. It makes me happy and so does other people.”