Boomer The Dog
Thanks for the number, I'm more for being a walk-in, actually meeting people and doing business, rather than by phone, if I can, I find people more responsive that way.
People have related being a Dog to trans issues before, and when I read transgender type stories, some of the feelings do match up. Trans stories often seem to be more melancholy than mine though, and I like the concept of the anthro mixing, not just willing to switch sides and disappear as a pooch.
The court could do the name change, but Pennsylvania has a long-standing history of not letting unusual names go through, at least in the last 75 years or so back, as we saw in the court report books.
I don't think that the court here wants to be the first to let one through and set a precedent, so I'm trying to get it for a special reason, something that would apply to my case that wouldn't to an average person or Furry.
That might be for a performance reason, business name or something like that. In fact, a different court in PA asked an appellant if she was a performer or known in the public eye by her desired name. She wasn't, lost her case, but it does point to the court being willing to look at a case if it's more than just 'I want the name'.
I might like to go in and fight for something like species dysphoria, or 'Furry Rights' as part of a group identity to help others, and that's where the ACLU might be helpful, because I don't think that the court is just going to accept my crazy reasons if they only apply to myself.
I'd like to kick up more solid reasons, meaningful to me and to the court, though I mostly go it alone with my stuff. Not all Furries even support the idea of changing to your animal name legally.
I'm not frustrated with the coverage, kind of hoping that the stories themselves will be the advocacy, just by being out there. I've gotten some touching letters and replies from people who could see through the fluff in these articles and understand what the story means, even some who have sent their Dog's picture, and their Dog is also named Boomer, as well wishes.
I don't know if the coverage was any better, but it's changed to be more personal now. When the original story broke in 2010 it was about name change, Dog suit, Furries and Anthrocon, because this is the city the convention is held in.
Since the story was on Taboo, and with the blogs and other postings with more details, the media has been digging deeper, and I see a more sympathetic touch in the ABC article compared to some before.
I think some of the parts about me being alone come from the current situation itself. When the media talks to me, they always ask if there's a relative or friend that they can interview or have on camera, to get their opinion on being a Dog, how they deal with it and how it affects our relationship.
It's more perspective on the story, but most of the people they want don't want to be involved. Even though I have friends and support, it seems like it's more of a singular pursuit that I have when it comes down to it.
It would have been good if Julia the Neuropsychologist had called or written, I would have barked to her for the article. She might have gotten an outline of the story, I think that's what they do most times when they consult with their doctors.
I think it's just where the story is at in the media, and it has to develop with them, if it will.