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



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  • August 12, 2010 12:42 amPosted 3 years ago
    Khyra

    Mom and I always say those Western Pawsylvanians are difFURent!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  • August 12, 2010 1:13 amPosted 3 years ago
    Cinnamon

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

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  • August 12, 2010 4:33 amPosted 3 years ago
    carolina

    Speechless. LOL about Cinnamon’s comment.

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    August 12, 2010 5:18 amPosted 3 years ago
    Dip Bridge and Elliot

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

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  • August 12, 2010 6:05 amPosted 3 years ago
    Roo

    Say WHAAAAAT?!

    Shakin my head,
    Roo

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  • August 12, 2010 6:09 amPosted 3 years ago
    pibble

    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. :)

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      August 12, 2010 3:56 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Marjorie

      LOL!

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  • August 12, 2010 7:37 amPosted 3 years ago
    Lola

    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

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  • August 12, 2010 8:02 amPosted 3 years ago
    Madi and Mom

    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

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  • August 12, 2010 8:20 amPosted 3 years ago
    Houndstooth

    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.

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  • August 12, 2010 8:59 amPosted 3 years ago
    Maggie Mae

    I kinda agree with Pibble… : )

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  • August 12, 2010 10:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    the booker man

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

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    August 12, 2010 11:24 amPosted 3 years ago
    bla bla

    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?

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    August 12, 2010 11:38 amPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    My neighbor’s son is named Annakin

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    August 12, 2010 12:07 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Budrow Wilson

    Too bad the judge denied him.

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  • August 12, 2010 12:31 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Shauna (Fido & Wino | R.O.A.R. Squad)

    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.

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  • August 12, 2010 1:49 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Brian

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

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    August 12, 2010 2:54 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

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

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  • August 12, 2010 3:12 pmPosted 3 years ago
    The Luke

    “16. The Brian” stole my funder!

    wif love from the Luke

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  • August 12, 2010 4:02 pmPosted 3 years ago
    sprinkles

    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?

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  • August 13, 2010 3:47 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Carol Bryant

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

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