Sherman is a girl with a guy’s name because I really wanted to name my dog after a writer and Sherman, for Sherman Alexie, seemed like the right fit. I blame any gender confusion on a friend of mine who let her son name their dog and, being a major Ninja Turtles fan, he named the dog Leo despite the fact that Leo is a girl. So, you see, there was a precedent at the time.
I found Sherman at the animal shelter and originally I preferred a different dog entirely. However, I learned she wasn’t available for adoption at that time (pregnant), so I went with my runner-up dog and, six years later, I couldn’t be happier about it. Before you ask, I haven’t a clue what breed she is. Mutt, for sure, and it seems likely that she’s part boxer, perhaps part pit bull, and the rest is anybody’s guess. Whatever she is, though, it’s proven a good combo.
Since I got married, she’s been training my husband. So far, she has trained him to take her hiking on the weekend and for walks during the week. She has trained him to stuff her toys with treats, to brush her, and to always keep an eye out at the pet store for cool new toys. However, she has not been successful in training him to let her out to pee/investigate the yard in the middle of the night. No, for that, she trained me. I’ve shown great aptitude for that trick, much to her delight.