The Alverno Inferno

On Saturday morning I finished packing my overnight back, and hopped on a plane to head down to New Mexico to see Dory’s litter of puppies. Dory is my very first champion, and this is her very first litter. How cool is that!? Dory is special. She’s unique, she’s biddable, and she loves my kids. She is fantastic.

I’m about to get all hippy dippy, but as with people, I believe we have connections to animals in unique ways as well. Working with dogs, like Dory for example, it is a smooth and flowing process. She is constantly looking for my ques, and Ula is like that as well (after a bit of convincing her of my awesomeness). Eden is still a baby so she is in the “teenage phase.” 🙂

After the evaluations, it was a tough decision between Cameron and Intrigue. They are both lovely, and  in different ways. I have had an affinity towards Cameron for awhile now, but I assumed it was just because she looks like Dory. As it turns out, she picked me I suppose. In the puppy box, I reached down and there she came, right up to me. After cuddling her for a few minutes, I put her back. The other puppies looked at me and went on their little ways, but Cameron’s eye followed me until the left the puppy room. Through the day I couldn’t help but be further charmed by her spark, her sweetness and her clear energy and intelligence. She wanted to run and play, but when I picked her up and held her on her back she stopped and just took a moment to look through my eyes into my soul. Squee! I couldn’t leave without her. She was meant to be here.

Even from day one I know she will be a phenomenal therapy dog, show dog, obedience dog, agility dog and who knows what else! She follows me, and I feel as though I can trust her already. She comes a running when I call her, and I swear I think she knows her name already, which by the way is now “Kenna”, meaning “Born of fire”. It’s also the feminine version of Kenneth. In some references it is of English/British decent, and others say it is of Scottish decent. Either way, her registered name will likely be Elyan Bella’s Alverno Inferno.

Alverno College is located in Milwaukee, and it is one of the nation’s largest Catholic, women’s colleges. It represents strong women, and a unique education. Their mascot is Blaze, the Alverno Inferno. Perfect for little Kenna!


Kenna – 8 weeks, wanting to reach and then pull back a little bit too much. Daily table training/fun here we come!


Kenna – 8 weeks – sorry about the hand!


Cameron Front6 weeks – I’ll get an updated front pic soon.


Kenna passed the Oliver test -she’s in!


Can you even think about saying no to that?

IMG_3164Kenna is making excellent use of her newly inherited dog toy connection – Eden has moved on from toys to cow hooves mostly. 🙂

About Nurse for Wear

I am a Pediatric Nurse, and Clinical Assistant Professor in Chicago. My areas of interest in research are ADHD in pediatric patients and postpartum depression. I am a mother of 3, and by nature, I am an advocate. My hobbies include reading, copious amounts of laundry and successfully doing things people told me I would be able to accomplish.
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1 Response to The Alverno Inferno

  1. Jill says:

    Kenna is the best combination of nature and nurture! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!

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