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Not Every Dog Has Its Day

Gary Guy Mathews, 44, is a “furry” — the Green Tree, Penn., man likes dressing up in a dog costume. Mathews says his special affinity for the 1980 TV show Here’s Boomer, about a heroic stray, is behind the petition he filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to change his name to “Boomer the Dog”. Among the exhibits in support of his petition was a letter from a friend who goes by the name Hobnose Bordercollie. But Judge Ronald W. Folino denied Mathews’ name change, ruling it could “cause confusion in the community” and has the “likelihood of unintended consequences,” such as being “seen as bizarre.” Plus, the judge added, Mathews simply “is not a dog.” (RC/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) ...Mathews is lucky the judge didn’t declare him “barking mad.”
Original Publication Date: 12 September 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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