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Man wants to be called 'Boomer'

Published 11/08/2010 | 16:34

A man in Pittsburgh wants to legally change his name to Boomer the Dog
A man in Pittsburgh wants to legally change his name to Boomer the Dog

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

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The man who went to court on Tuesday is 44-year-old Gary Guy Matthews, 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 - an annual convention of people dedicated to anthropomorphism, the practice of attributing human characteristics to animals.

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

Allegheny County Judge Robert Folino says he will 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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