Boomer The Dog Lives In Pittsburgh

  • By MyAlterEgo on

    August 11, 2010

  • The lengths some people are willing to go through, out of dedication and love toward something. Fanboys dressing up as their favorite characters....outside of Halloween; fans dedicating an entire day to a movie franchise, or television series; or even naming their child after their favorite character.

    Now, stop me if you have heard this one before. A man (Gary Guy Matthews) has decided to legally change his name to "Boomer the Dog." Never heard something of this nature? Neither have I. It just goes to show, that you have not heard it all before, and you can learn something new every day.

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
    When he was a teen, the now 44-year-old Green Tree man became obsessed with a short-lived NBC show called "Here's Boomer," about a stray mutt that saved people in trouble. In high school other kids began to call him Boomer and he broadcast a radio show about the dog from his basement. By adulthood he was dressing as the shaggy-haired dog at conventions and parties, for the last few years in a full-sized Boomer suit made of shredded paper.

    Gary Guy Boomer the Dog began the legal process back in June, and does not plan on going (at least not on record) to a psychiatrist any time soon. I guess the loony bin is a little full right now, so there is no real hurry here.

    The Gazette went on to say:

    Judge Folino questioned Mr. Mathews on if he might just change his first name to Boomer and if he has been paid to perform as the dog. (The unemployed computer technician said he had not been paid, "but it would be nice if I would be.")

    The judge said he would issue a ruling in a couple days, saying he might rule against the name if it "causes confusion in the community" or raises the "likelihood of unintended consequences," such as being "seen as bizarre."
    How is Gary Guy Boomer the Dog still single? You would think he would be able to fetch (ziinnnggg!!) a girl in no time at all; or at least someone to pat him on the head, or scratch behind his ear.


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