Sleeping in a cage reportedly like a dog makes Toco feel free. As the lights are turned off, he slowly settles into a cage for the night as a dog would.
For many pet owners, home is where the dog is. Sometimes, we even envy our dogs—who live rent-free in our hearts and home—so much so that we want to be them. A man from Japan who spent about $15000 on a hyperrealistic collie costume to live life as a dog named Toco, according to a New York Post report, perhaps took this mission a little too far.
He has now built a dog cage for him to sleep in. Caging himself reportedly makes him feel free enough to truly achieve his dreams of living the canine lifestyle. He shares an insight into his dog life on his YouTube channel which has now gained around 21 thousand subscribers.
The video which explains how he sleeps in a cage has gained 58 thousand views in just two weeks of being uploaded. The wannabe collie's lifestyle has amused many netizens. He is shown slowly settling into a cage as a dog would for the night as the lights are turned off. The man wearing the fur suit and walking on four legs is then seen pawing at the bars and begging to be let out. He's clipped to a leash and gets ready for a walk and he even demonstrates what a good dog he is by handing over a toy in exchange for some scratches on the head.
"I made it a collie because it looks real when I put it on," canine cosplayer Toko-San said of the furry outfit to news outlet Mynavi. He got the costume made by Zeppet, a company that creates costumes for TV commercials and films. Describing his inspiration to become his favorite breed of dog, Toko-San said, "I chose Collie because of my personal taste and because it would look real in a costume. Among animals, I like animals that walk on all fours, and I especially like cute animals. Among them, I thought it would be nice to have a large animal that is close to me when I thought it would be a realistic model, so I thought about making it a dog."
Toko-San said he decided on a collie costume because its long hair can "deceive a human figure." Zeppet has also fulfilled similar dreams of other people previously. Toru Ueda, a Tokyo-based engineer who wanted to be a wolf, also approached the company to make a life-like wolf costume for nearly $23,000, per My Modern Met.
His lifestyle as a dog seems to be growing popular among viewers by the day. "Love this so much. I find myself thinking he looks uncomfortable in that position. Does he enjoy being a pup so much that it overrides the discomfort? I hope the people he loves respect his need to do this," commented Barbara Knuth.
"I got sad when you were put in the crate, but then I saw you got tummy rubs and a walk so everything is okay!! Love you Toco! Keep living your dreams!" wrote 林瑞恩. "Toco is such a good dog," praised LG itsx. "Aw, toco. Your costume is adorable! Very cute," added tweek tweak. It's nice to see supporters being non-judgemental about his passion because it's pretty unique and not up everyone's alley.