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Japanese man spends more than $14,000 to fulfill his dream to be a dog

A Japanese man, who spent roughly $14,000 on his custom-made canine costume, had his first walk as a dog and shared this milestone by posting a video on social media two weeks ago.

Toco, the man behind the coolie costume, has shared video clips on his YouTube channel under the name, ‘I want to be an animal,’ with 49,300 subscribers to date.

The viral video, which was titled, “Dogs and people’s reactions to seeing a realistic dog costume!,” gained more than seven million views and received various reactions from viewers.


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The video was taken from an interview made with RTL, a German TV station, in which Toco revealed his dream of becoming a four-legged animal.

“Thankfully, I received permission to use the videos, so I am releasing them to the public! On the day of the interview, they were very kind to me,” Toco wrote in the description,” he said.

“I became a collie, fulfilling a dream I had since I was a little child to be an animal!”, he added.

Toco had shared his dream with his closest friends before uploading videos on the internet. He also mentioned in the video that he was reluctant to go out in public as a human dog due to judgments from others:

“In the first place, I only told people who are really close to me. For example, if I told people I work with that I wanted to be an animal and I became a collie, they would look at me funny, wouldn’t they? I felt a bit of an inferiority complex about it, so I rarely talk about it with others. If anyone notices who I am, please don’t tell anyone around me!”

In 2022, the dog lover hired the Japanese company Zeppet to create his not-so-typical garment. The company specializes in creating figurines and 3D costumes for movies and TV commercials.

“At the request of a customer, we made a model of a dog suit. Modeled after a collie, it reproduces the realistic appearance of a real, quadrupedal dog,” the company’s statement reads.

Zeppet rendered 40 days of multiple revisions to finish the hyper-realistic suit.


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