PA man seeks legal name change to…Boomer The Dog

PITTSBURGH — A judge is considering whether a Pittsburgh-area man can legally change his name to Boomer the Dog after a short-lived television series.

The man who went to court Tuesday is 44-year-old Gary Guy Mathews, of Green Tree. He is a fan of the 1980s NBC series “Here’s Boomer,” which featured a dog who rescued people.

But he’s also an enthusiast of Anthrocon. That’s an annual convention of people dedicated to anthropomorphism, the practice of attributing human characteristics to animals.

Mathews says his friends already call him Boomer, as did his late parents, though that took some persuading.

Allegheny County Judge Robert Folino says he’ll take a couple of days to decide. He says he could nix the request if it results in “unintended consequences” like being “seen as bizarre.”

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Update: As much fun as it might have been to see this happen, a judge denied the request late last evening. Mathews is expected to appeal.

from The AP


  1. Mom and I always say those Western Pawsylvanians are difFURent!


  2. I wonder if he wants to change his breed to a dog as well.

  3. Speechless. LOL about Cinnamon’s comment.

  4. Dip Bridge and Elliot says on  08/12/2010 at 5:18 am

    Where do they GET these people from!
    Over here a woman was prevented from naming her daughter Laa Laa after the Tellytubbies.

  5. Say WHAAAAAT?!

    Shakin my head,

  6. I have an idea! Let’s let him change his name to Boomer the Dog, and then we should neuter him. We don’t need lots of these guys running around. :)

  7. Ummm…can’t the strange human just change his first name to Boomer, or just use it as a nickname the way he’s been doing? I don’t think he’s really dog material, either. I didn’t know about that pawticular convention, but shouldn’t be surprised. There’s one for everything. Ever since Blog Mom learned about Furries, she says nothing in the world is going to surprise her.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  8. Mom read that story….she just scratched her head and said whatever floats his boat..she hopes he finds a good furrever home!!!LOL
    Madi and Mom

  9. I saw this story on Dogster! I think he’s gone a bit too far, but we also have those guys who are tattooing themselves to become a lion and a lizard, so this guy isn’t the only one out there, I guess.

  10. I kinda agree with Pibble… : )

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  11. And I thought my neighbors were a little wack-a-doodle…

  12. bla bla says on  08/12/2010 at 11:24 am

    So, apparently you can name your child 2.0, but you can not name yourself Boomer? But i could name my son Luke Skywalker if i wanted to? If the guy wants to be named Boomer The Dog and he wants to pay the standard amount to process the paper work to make that happen then where is the problem?

  13. Anonymous says on  08/12/2010 at 11:38 am

    My neighbor’s son is named Annakin

  14. Budrow Wilson says on  08/12/2010 at 12:07 pm

    Too bad the judge denied him.

  15. Bizarre? Nah. Wack-job maybe…

    The thing that is really weird is the anthro bit- not only weird but a bit… I dunno… there could be something dodgy there.

  16. I think they need to make sure he is neutered first!

  17. Anonymous says on  08/12/2010 at 2:54 pm

    How could anyone take a guy seriously who is named Boomer the Dog? Glad the judge denied the name change.

  18. “16. The Brian” stole my funder!

    wif love from the Luke

  19. Judge Robert Folino says he could nix the request if it results in “unintended consequences” like being “seen as bizarre.”

    Umm, how else would someone name Boomer The Dog be seen if not as bizarre?

  20. Okay and what’s his dog’s name? Marcus Welby?


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