Man Who Spent ‘$16,000 To Become A Dog’ Says He’s ‘Fulfilling His Dream’ As He’s Taken For Walk

A man who spent $16,000 to 'become a dog' has been taken for a walk, and says he's finally 'fulfilling his dream.'
Credit: @I_want_to_be_an_animal via YouTube

A man who spent $16,000 to ‘become a dog’ has been taken for a walk, and says he’s finally ‘fulfilling his dream’.

We’ve all looked at a pet dog and thought about what a nice life they get to lead.

Walks, food, and naps, without ever having to work – where do we sign up?

But one man took this thought a step further, and dedicated his life to pursuing his true passion – to become a dog.

And now, he’s fulfilled his ultimate dream – being taken for a walk.

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A Japanese man, known as Toco when living his dog life, has gained an extensive fanbase thanks to his canine escapades.

He claims becoming a dog has been his dream since childhood, and now he’s all grown up, he finally has the funds to make this dream a reality.

He’s created an intricate $16,000 costume, but his dedication doesn’t stop there.

Toco also sleeps in a crate.

But his latest doggie adventure has been his most fulfilling yet.


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Toco shared his latest update in a heartwarming YouTube video.

He told his fans: “I became a collie, fulfilling a dream I had since I was a little child to be an animal.”

“Today I am going to go outside and take a walk,” he continued. “I’m thrilled.”

He is then seen walking around his house with his food and water bowls, before unclipping his leash from the wall.

Toco’s walking style is a little more stilted than a real-life collie, but he still enjoys his gentle stroll around the neighbourhood.

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Toco has previously spoken to the Mirror, explaining that he keeps his hobby hidden from friends and family.

“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,” he says.

He goes on: “Since childhood, I have had this unspecific fantasy of becoming an animal. I wonder whether it was a desire for transformation.”

People have loved seeing Toco take his first-ever walk, with one commenting: “I’m so happy for you! It’s nice to see you fulfilling your dreams.”

“Your walk has gotten really better and you’re so cute, doggo!” another agreed.

“Keep making videos, I wish I could do this, arf arf!” said a third.

While another impressed viewer wrote: “I just keep thinking about how it must be quite a process keeping this quadsuit clean! It looks amazing, what wonderful craftsmanship, I’m sure it was well worth the money!”

Watch Toco’s first-ever walk as a dog below …

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.