In part one of this blog series I focused mostly on the grief side, with the loss of our first dog, Happy Gilmore. While we are still sad and miss him dearly, we've also been able to experience new joys with the new dog we adopted a couple of weeks ago. Meet Copernicus -- or, Copper, for short. We adopted Copernicus from the Humane Society shortly after a visit there to get registered as volunteers. We will soon be helping with special adoption events around town. And, I'll be able to do so all the more enthusiastically now that we have our own new rescue dog!
|The night we brought him home|
|Look at that sweet pup!|
|Look at that tongue!|
|See the resemblance?|
|Copper's first walk to the lake!|
So, you might be wondering about the name. Well, it took us a bit to decide, and his name is multi-faceted. Firstly, we are keenly aware that dogs have a propensity to live up to their names -- so, name them wisely. Our family dog growing up was named Barker. And he was a barker. Happy Gilmore was a very happy dog, but also had a bit of the stubborn streak seen in Adam Sandler's character in the movie. We knew we wanted a smart dog. Most dogs are probably smarter than we give them credit for, but some learn better than others. Tom threw out the name "Einstein" -- which not only was a man of great intelligence, but was also the name of Doc Brown's dog in the Back to the Future movies. However, I'd recently heard of another dog with that name, so wanted something a little more unique. It wasn't a far leap from Einstein to Copernicus. Not only is Copernicus another extremely intelligent scientist, but he's also the name of Doc Brown's other dog in the Back to the Future movies -- the dog Doc had in the 1950s. While he made an appearance in the first film, he had a larger role and was actually named in the third Back to the Future movie.
Although I liked the name, I think it's good to have a shorter name for a dog so it's easier to call him and give commands -- no more than two syllables. Enter his nickname: Copper. It's an intuitive shortening of Copernicus (who sometimes spelled his name Coppernicus -- among many other spellings), and it also matches the beautiful brown color in his brindle coat. "Brindle" was a term that was relatively new to us -- but it's the term for the striped markings on Copper's coat. It gives him a very unique look, and he's already gotten a lot of compliments!
|Meeting him at the shelter|
|He's a lap dog!|
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!