As many owners of the Shiba Inu know, the breed is extremely animated which is part of its charm and appeal. They are very spirited as well as loyal and trainable, when a disciplined regimen is applied. And as dogs are known to do, a particular Shiba Inu was there in his owner's time of need and an interesting life was stumbled upon by her and him. Boomer the Acting Shiba Inu is a member of the breed who has catapulted his natural attributes into a successful and meaningful venture for both his owner and himself.
The way Boomer broke into the film and television industry was through a few tragic turn of events that ended well for both he and his owner. His owner had been feeling unwell for sometime before going to the hospital and being diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma. In layman's terms, a brain tumor was pressing on her cerebellum, endangering her life. She endured surgery and chemotherapy in an attempt to save her life. She had to relearn the simple things like walking and talking but she survived. And she appreciated and enjoyed the companionship of her Shiba Inu, Boomer, throughout the whole process.
Consequently, when the Make- a-Wish Foundation decided to grant Boomers owner a wish, she wanted to do something that he and she both could enjoy. So, she wished that he appear on film or television, and that is exactly what happened with him appearing in a Make- a-Wish Foundation ad. And then a star was born.
Subsequently, Boomer ended up in several TV series spots. He starred in one episode of Stargate SG-1, a scientific show about galaxy travel. He then continued his science fiction credentials with a role in X-Files, the science fiction/detective cult hit. And Boomer rounded his resume out with a role in Police Academy. Boomer has had quite and extensive career borne out of the love of his owner for him as well as the strength the gleaned from him during trying times.
Boomer proves that the Shiba Inu is a breed with an interesting present considering its past. It is one of the top primitive breeds in the world. This means that it is most like the feral ancient wolves of long ago form which dogs originated. To know that the wild has become so tamed so as to help a person along in her recovery from an illness, as well as appear on television projects is infinitely interesting.
The Shiba Inu named Boomer is not to be confused with the Boomer of "Here's Boomer". A trailblazer of sorts, the Boomer of "Here's Boomer", was a mixed breed dog. His show was on in the 1980s and was about a stray that helped those in trouble. In that way, the Boomer of that TV show was quite similar to the Boomer the Shiba Inu.