Boomer has taken this one step further. His human name is Gary Matthews, but according to ABC news, he prefers his dog name. He has made a dog suit from shredded paper, and allegedly wanders around Pittsburgh streets barking at cars and digging holes in the back yard. He also enjoys going to local festivals, because kids like the costume.
Some days he stays in a dog house, wears a dog collar, eats canned dog food from a bowl, and munches on milk bones and dog cookies. Just like most dogs, he also likes pizza.
Wanting to be a dog isn't new to Boomer; when he was a kid he'd bark or get into a big box and peek out with his paws over the side, like a dog would.
When I started to read the articles about Boomer I had a mindset of, "That's nuts." I read more, and suddenly it didn't seem all that crazy. I mean, I bark with my dog friends on Twitter. I impersonate my dogs on their Facebook accounts. I hold conversations with them all the time, imagining that they answer back not just in body language, but with words.
What do you think? Would it be fun to try to be a dog?
If you want to read more about Boomer, check out these articles at national geographic and ABC news.
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