THIS is strange, but apparently true.
Gary Matthews, 47, from Pittsburgh, has believed he is a dog since childhood. Now he lives like one.
He sleeps in a doghouse, eats dog food from a bowl on the floor and barks at passersby and other dogs
Whenever he gets the chance the chance — usually when he’s home with family and friends — he puts on a shaggy dog costume and becomes his alter ego – Boomer.
In 2010, he attracted international attention when he attempted to change his name to “Boomer The Dog,” only to have the judge reject the request.
National Geographic, which did a story on Matthews, explains there are other people like Boomer living as furries, a subculture that was first recognized in the United States in the 1980s.
Furries celebrate anthropomorphic animals with human characteristics including high intelligence, the ability to speak and walk on two legs, among others.