Boomer The Dog
Hi Homer, I was shopping and didn't get back to your comment right away. I also know that you guys like simple answers, but I tend to be a blogger when it comes to the subject of anything Canine.
I don't really know what happened to him, it seemed like they just faded him out as a character from what I remember, but there was a few years where he was on it a whole lot in their bits.
Once I found him I was watching to see his stuff, and I especially loved the closing credits, the whole couple of minutes with Bark with the kids in the park playing tag, and later I'd tune in the endings just to see that. I'd watch in later times and I just stopped seeing him, so I just didn't watch the show much after that.
Barkley was still in the movies, like Follow That Bird, making me hit the torrents at different times on a grabbing spree to see if he or Rowlf is in some video.
I both wanted to meet Barkley's puppeteer and didn't want to meet them at the time. It might break the illusion, and I was trying to be a Dog more openly at the time and here's someone doing it on TV and having fun, and for some reason I was intimidated by that a bit.
I thought Bark's Dog acting was so close to a real Dog, and I know that Dog behaviors are kind of universal and stereotypical, but most people don't pay much attention, even when they costume Dogs, so that was really good.
I know it was the intention with Bark, he was supposed to be a totally natural Dog, so he had to go into Canine mode really good, something I hadn't seen in a character before that.
I did read an article about the puppeteer about ten years ago, and he was talking about it, but most of the interview was about other stuff he did. It might just be that he outgrew the character, and I could see normal people wanting to be known for something other than being a Dog.
I'm going to have to follow up on Barkley for articles I'm writing on all of my favorite Dogs.
Thanks for asking and setting me off into a shower of yaps, Homer.. Are you into Barkley or other characters too, and do you have a site about all of your stuff?
Off of my boomerthedog.net site I have a Favorite Dogs page, very simplified for Boomer The Dog site visitors. Currently I'm working on a photomorphs page of half Dog half Human CGI morph mixes I make.. Writing this now I just got a great idea for a banner or background on the site!