Dream in real life

When I was in junior high school my teachers and counselors didn't like me to be a Dog very much, so when I drew Dog pictures, so I would write the captions on them in secret code.

One thing I'd write in my notebooks and other places was "Dogs 14 everything," which meant Dogs were number one for everything. Parents or school seeing that would think it was just a car license or a radio station I'd made up.

Another one was "One Way Dog."

To me, One Way Dog meant there was only one way to go, and that was to Canine, like a 'power phrase' to affirm what I was.

A friend and me were going to a record store, Attic Records in Millvale, a town along the river here in Pittsburgh, when I saw a billboard with a Dog on it and snapped a picture. Looking at the gallery of pictures at home I found it was a real life version of the One Way Dog concept -- just by chance!

I guess dreams do come true..

PS: It looks like the mutt is a German Shepherd, and I like how the advertising message is cleverly covered up by the other signs.


Posted on 20 Dec 2017, 5:02 - Category: Here's Boomer
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Happy Star Wars Day

May 4th has been designated Star Wars Day, based on the comical line, 'May the 4th (Force) be with you.

I found a great culture mashup project done by Palette Swap Ninja that takes The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and imagines it as the story of the original Star Wars (Episode IV). It took years to make, but it's a quality effort released in time for Star Wars Day and the 40th anniversary of the movie's original release, May 25.

I remember when Star Wars came out and the fever surrounding it, with the TV specials on how the effects were done, and how fans were going to the theater again and again to see it. Kids were talking about it at school a lot, and Dynamite magazine had features on it, including a Chewbacca cover later on.

I saw it once, with my aunt at the Bank Cinemas in downtown Pittsburgh. Of course, Chewbacca became a favorite character of mine for his fuzzy-face appearance and black button nose. For a while I wished that Chewie was my dad.

Chewbacca waves hi

I'd count the image of Chewbacca, furry, Doglike, on two legs, as an early anthro animal connection with me.


Posted on 4 May 2017, 18:44 - Category: Here's Boomer
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Muffin's cold

We finally got a good snow here in Pittsburgh once this year, as you saw with the snow Dog from last week. I took some outdoor pictures of the snow at night, and my friend JaSonic complimented the quality of the pictures.

I saw a drawing of a Dog named Muffin that I did, with paws crossed so it looks like he's cold, and thought to add it to one of the snow photos and kind of blend it in for a nice effect.

Muffin was done in 1988 with regular pencil on a 8.5 x 17 inch page. I plan to post more of my drawings to the site soon!


Posted on 17 Feb 2017, 20:22 - Category: Here's Boomer
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Not a truck driver, a Woofdriver! 'Woofdriving' is Dog sledding on dry land, with wheels on the sled instead of skis. With a small Husky team and pedals on the sled, it's a cool and unique sport.

He makes music videos too, this is one I like, a Motown revue style track with the Woofdivas.


Classy backdrops, and you can see the Huskies there and some Woofdriving too.

I'm impressed with a guy whose life is all about Dogs, and with the huge number of websites dedicated to getting the word out.

More about Woofdriver:



Posted on 15 Feb 2017, 14:26 - Category: Here's Boomer
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Snow Dogs

When you hear the phrase Snow Dog, you could think of a Husky, a sled-pulling Dog, but for me, a snow Dog is built from snow, and I try to build one every year.

There's been several inches of snow outside since the middle of the week storm we had. Over night, the temperature started to go up fast, and I got outside a few hours before dawn to start on this year's Dog.

He's a big fella, you could call him a giant breed, and you wouldn't be wrong, as he stands 6 feet tall to the top of the head, probably the biggest snow Dog I've made, or at least the tallest!

I started to build when the temperature was 34 F, now in the day, it's sunny and almost 50, so like Frosty, he's going to be sweating and will melt away, and that's the way it is, like a sand castle, some art is temporary, but lots of fun!

Here are more pictures on my new Snow Dogs page!



Posted on 17 Feb 2017, 20:24 - Category: Here's Boomer
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