Barring implementation of the Mayan Doomsday prophesy, December 21st will be Gracie’s sixth birthday. Just in case, I am hosting an “End of the World” party tonight for some friends from the dog park at a local Italian eatery. There should be plenty of leftovers which is good because Gracie and I both like pasta.
I chose the venue for a specific reason. I am trying to broaden Gracie’s horizons and cultural experience by feeding her more foreign foods these days. If Mom was right and, “You are what you eat,” it seems reasonable to me to believe that if you eat foreign it is only a short while until you can “speak” foreign. And that’s a good thing if you happen to go to Montreal, Canada.
Life for our neighbors to the north must indeed be halcyon these days. Hockey is in season (when isn’t it?) and their budget is probably more balanced than ours. No waves of unanticipated immigration seem to be invading their country and people there still work for a living. And if they have a serious illness, for the time being they just come to the U. S. for treatment.
So what else is there for legislators in Canada to do? Well, in that beautiful walled city of Montreal, the City Council has unearthed a serious issue which they have addressed. It is the subject of non-bilingual dogs who, with their companion people, frequent that city’s dog parks.
The sages on the Montreal City Council have passed an ordinance which requires that dogs understand commands in both French and English if they are to continue to use dog park facilities. No doubt this will create a new business opportunity for those who write the series of books which will now include a new title, “Bi-Lingual Dog Commands For Dummies.” I am going to see if I can pre-order a copy of this just in case Gracie and I decide to take a drive to Montreal this spring.
Now that the members of the Montreal City Council have cleared their plates of their pressing business, perhaps they can lend us a hand here in the U. S. A. If they would oblige, perhaps they would take the short trip to Washington and assist the parties involved in their negotiations over our “fiscal cliff” divide.
It seems that those involved are speaking two different languages.
Happy Birthday, Gracie!