Matthews' affinity for canines began when he was a child. He nicknamed himself "Pongo," after the dog in "101 Dalmatians," but at the age of 12 he became a fan of the NBC series "Here's Boomer" and changed his nickname to "Boomer."
However, it was the Disney comedy "The Shaggy D.A." that gave him the idea of actually living as a dog.
Today, whenever he gets the chance, Matthews dons his shaggy dog costume he constructed from paper and becomes his alter ego, Boomer.
Matthews strolls the streets as Boomer, he eats out of a food bowl and sleeps in a 6-foot doghouse inside his home. He's even perfected his Boomer bark.
"I looked up to 'Here's Boomer' and picked up some of his personality and behaviors," Matthews wrote on his website. "When I bark, what you hear is the result of listening to my TV tapes and learning Boomer's voice from theRead More »from Meet the Man Who Wants to Live Life as a Dog (Seriously)