“and they called it puppy love”

Wow we have written over 10 posts and we have yet to blog about our pride and joy, our puppy!

When we both decided to pursue graduate school, move in together, move out of Loretta’s apartment and into a new house, we also thought hey we also need a dog! Why not?

Loretta has always wanted a great dane – Jackson didn’t think that this was such a good idea as he thought a 150lb dog sounds like a little more than we can handle. So we went back and forth on what breed of dog we wanted and decided upon the most beautiful breed out there, the Weimaraner. Yes that gorgeous silver dog that no one can pronounce its name. We often get “oh is that a ‘wimuraner?” or ‘weimerhiemer’ or even Loretta’s mom calling the breed a ‘rhymewhiler’.

We picked out our puppy from a litter of 11, born January 31, 2011. How do you pick just one puppy out of that many cute little fuzzy babies, you ask? Well, we decided on a big boy who seemed very calm and relaxed. HAHAHA anyone who knows our pup knows we did not choose the relaxed puppy.

Wernicke just a couple of days old!

And what did we name this boy? Wernicke. Now, most of you will fit into 3 groups:

  1.        You don’t know the term and think it’s a weird name, or
  2.        You know it and you think we are clever nerds, or
  3.        You know it and you think we are lame nerds.

As a future neuroscientist and a speech-language pathologist, we wanted a name that reflected both of us so we decided on Wernicke, after Wernicke’s area – the area of the brain that is responsible for language comprehension (see we are nerds – but take solace in the fact that it is not our 1st born’s name). However, this name is fitting – as we believe he may have Wernicke’s aphasia meaning he has severely impaired language comprehension, especially if he is in the backyard or the dog park (although the word ‘treat’ still gets through!).

 

How Wernicke got his name

Wern is now 14 months old, 85lbs and a bundle of love and energy. He can go on a 10km walk and prance back in the house asking ‘ok so what next’. He loves giving kisses or will nibble your fleas for you as a sign of affection. He loves morning snuggles in bed and can clear the room pretty fast with his ‘stink bombs’.

Here are a couple of cute moments:

Oh Boy digging is fun! Why do you look mad?

Maybe he's a little too big to sit on our laps

Wernicke and Jackson hanging out together

Wernicke's 1st Christmas

Commandeering the bed ALWAYS!

What Wern was doing while we were trying to write this blog!

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