Say Woof to Pa. Man Who Thinks He's a Dog

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Boomer the dog has a bone to pick with the world. He wants to be accepted for his doggie lifestyle.

Born Gary Matthews, the retired technology worker and a self-confessed “nerd” he is a dog. The 48-year-old wears a dog collar, eats dog food from a bowl — his favorite is Pedigree – and loves milk bones and dog cookies.

“I don’t eat dog food every day,” Matthews told “It’s a special thing for me to do once in awhile to get closer to feeling like a canine. I eat the canned kind. It’s not bad — it tastes OK. I eat regular human food, too, like pizza.”

PHOTO: Gary Matthews loved dogs as a child.

Courtesy of Gary Matthews

Gary Matthews loved dogs as a child.

But he has the most fun wearing his dog suit, code-named “Papey,” because he made it from shredded paper. He wanders around the streets of his hometown Pittsburgh, barking at cars and digging holes in the backyard.

“When I go out, I get the feeling and I wave to people as a dog,” he said. “I go to local festivals because kids like the costume. That’s my way of reaching out to people and spreading the word that I can be myself in life. They see that

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    • Barnan Vant
    • November 9, 2013

    oh god dont start me 🙁

    • Souvik Sinha
    • November 9, 2013

    I bet their owners are happy too after killing a few hundred dog like
    citizens of the third world.

    • themasqueradingcow91
    • November 9, 2013

    Why dogs are better than cats!

    • AllenTax
    • November 9, 2013

    2:50 The 2 dogs got some big fluffy tails.:-)

    • JustaronGC
    • November 9, 2013

    so much doge so wow such happyness

    • sarzn won
    • November 9, 2013

    what the heaven some ppl press dislike?

    • MREWIL95
    • November 9, 2013

    Damn those onions chopping ninjas

    • November 9, 2013

    Dogs are awesome!!

    • Daniel Szyam
    • November 9, 2013

    true love

    • Valentina Valentine
    • November 9, 2013


    • Claudia Salas
    • November 9, 2013

    This is so cute and sad in the same time 🙂 .

    • Yoshihiro Tomatsu Konagaya
    • November 8, 2013


    • Kristen Clayton
    • November 8, 2013

    How can you not smile at this<3

    • Crystal Rodriguez
    • November 8, 2013

    YouTube Videos of Dogs welcoming Military Soldiers Home
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    dog blog
    Hit +1 if this video just melt your heart! Or +1 if you just felt like you
    were slicing some onions?

    • Midori Tachikawa
    • November 8, 2013

    I Love you. The Dog

    • Bobby Smith
    • November 8, 2013

    Dogs welcoming soldiers home. This is just awesome!

    • Kelline Pickett
    • November 8, 2013

    How is it that China can eat dogs for dinner? How can you see something as
    food that has the capacity to love you this much? (That’s rhetorical, I
    understand the culture differences).

    These are good clips, I didn’t cry, it was just cool and rather funny that
    every man approaches his dog first, wife gets her hug after the dog(s),

    • Evan Horne
    • November 8, 2013

    My dogs do this if I leave for a minute…

    • 1winterrosepetals
    • November 8, 2013

    This makes me want to cry :,)

    • raran44
    • November 8, 2013

    No pet will ever match the loyalty of a dog.

    • John Anderson
    • November 8, 2013

    Man’s best friend….They got that one right

    • theflyingdutchman167
    • November 8, 2013

    A cat would be like:i see you have returned. Now feed mee, pitty human

    • An Nguyen
    • November 8, 2013

    Haters are the dogs still wait their owner

    • Fer Card
    • November 8, 2013

    For people, dogs might just be part of their life. For them, you’re their

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