In between the wonderful drives with Gianni, we relaxed at their house in Ranco.
Donatella is a big animal-lover. Besides Nerone, their friendly Great Dane, they have a pet dormouse (ghiro in Italian). With the typical Italian sense of humor and love of word play, they named their ghiro Richard Gere.
A similar play on words is reflected in Nerone’s name. Nero means black. The suffix one indicates largeness. For example, your nose is a naso, but your big nose is a nasone. Our favorite Great Dane is black and very large: Nerone.
Despite the mammoth difference in their sizes, Nerone and Richard Gere are great friends. It’s hard to comprehend it unless you see it for yourself.
Mom, Dad, and I all have tiny dogs at home. But at Gianni and Donatella’s house, the antics of Nerone never cease to make us howl.
Because you might get licked to death!