Furry Fever: Man Becomes The Dog He Never Had


Meet Gary Matthews — or, as he likes to be called, Boomer the Dog. Matthews, it seems, developed an affinity for a canine on the ’80s TV show “Boomer the Dog” when he was just a little kid, and has shaped his entire life around the fictional sheep dog. He dresses like a human sometimes, but prefers to go out on the town decked in his custom-made Boomer suit. Matthews loves his doggie persona so much that he’s actually petitioned the courts to legally change his name to Boomer. Not surprisingly, Gary/Boomer is unemployed. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: I Hate Foursquare

I remember the first time I saw a Foursquare update pop up on my Facebook homepage. “Dick* has just checked into the Seaside Inn.” My heart dropped into my stomach. I DID NOT want to know that my ex-boyfriend Dick had just checked into a hotel with his new girlfriend. Screw you, Dick, for being a dick. And screw you, Foursquare, for adding yet another layer of complication to my electronic life. Keep reading »

16 Undeniably Fugly Items You Can Buy — On Sale! — On ShopBop

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Last night, I decided to get a jump on fall window shopping by checking out some of the sales online in search of pieces that I could wear now but transition into cooler weather. ShopBop has always been one of my favorite sites to shop online because they have a big ol’ sale section that’s easy to navigate; a few of my favorite pieces were bought on ShopBop after one of their major markdowns. However, last night I was appalled by how much FUGS was overwhelming their sale section from a whole plethora of designers. Is ugly suddenly in? Keep clicking to see just a small fraction of the utter hideousness on sale right now. Full-price or totally free, these wares are an abomination.

The “Cathy” Comic Strip Was “Sex & The City,” “Bridget Jones,” And “30 Rock” Before Their Time

By now you’ve probably read a news article with the lede: “Ack! The ‘Cathy’ comic strip is ending!” Yes, it’s true. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, 60, announced yesterday that she will retire the 34-year-old comic strip in October for the usual reasons: to spend more time with her family and pursue other creative projects.

It’s as good a time as any to put the old girl down. After decades as a swinging desperate single gal, the Cathy character married her cartoon beau, Irving, in 2005. Cathy’s other trials and tribulations — fending off both unwanted pounds and unwanted mothering — are neuroses she’ll apparently never get over.

As stereotypical as the “Cathy” comic strip (which I’ll admit I haven’t read regularly since high school) was regarding single ladies, I’m not about to say “Good riddance!” Yes, she was obsessed with finding a husband. Yes, she was obsessed with her scale. I’ll just say it: she was annoying. But “Cathy” was also pretty groundbreaking. Keep reading »

Frisky Reader Revealed: There’s Only One Meredith806

Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments—heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind avatars. We decided to launch a weekly column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Meredith806, one of our most prolific commenters. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Maid Of Honor Is Blowing Off My Bachelorette Party”

I grew up and went to school on the east coast but now live in California. I recently got engaged and was thrilled to ask my best friend from college, who now lives in Maryland, to be my maid of honor. Because all my bridesmaids are scattered across the U.S. and the majority of my bridesmaids are on the east coast, I decided to have my bachelorette party in NYC (where one of my bridesmaids lives) over Labor Day weekend so that they wouldn’t be burdened to fly out to California. My sister from California and I booked our tickets back in June. Recently, my MOH emailed me to tell me that she doesn’t think she can make it because she’s breastfeeding her newborn and doesn’t think it would be a good idea to stay overnight in NYC. While I understand her situation, it really bothered me that she is just coming to me now. I don’t think that I could — nor do I want— to plan my own bachelorette party and I really don’t want to burden the other girls with that. Her backing out of the party = no party because no one else has planned anything. I tried to talk to her about how I was feeling and I got the impression that she thought this was beneath her because she was a “new mom” with “more important things” to worry about. I’m really saddened by the entire thing and wonder if I should still keep her as a maid of honor. What do you think? — Sad Bride

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