When I gave birth to our Firstborn 16 years ago, my husband got a Labrador. We named our pet Bernie. We loved watching Bernie and Ernie of Sesame Street before and so we merged their names, giving us Bernie.
Bernie lived for about eight years. He died of heat stroke one summer day and that devastated husband. He loved Bernie so much he and our Firstborn would walk around the neighborhood with our dog. Funny, too, that after our son’s vaccine, we would then bring our dog to a local veterinary and animal clinic for his regular checkup.