A Canadian radio show called "This is That" (sort of a Daily Show-type fake news program for radio) aired a bit that was supposed to be an interview with a faux Montreal City Councilor, Benoit LaDouce, who said the "smoked meat city" needs a law requiring dogs using public parks to understand commands in both French and English. (The hubs has long contended that all dogs speak French, so this shouldn't be a problem.)
|"Oh yeah... and I even know some sign language! Mon dieu."|
New York magazine picked the story up as true, although a reader quickly pointed out the error of their ways and it was corrected.
The bit is pretty funny (you can listen to the whole thing here if you like - more of a Mirth Listen then Mirth Watch post today...), with "LaDouce" saying - with his thick French accent - that the "current situation in Montreal dog parks is untenable chaos."
He tells of being in the park with his own dog, when a "large Anglo dog, he leaped up onto my shoulder, and begin to lick and kiss. So I look him in the eye, and I said, ‘Va-t’en, bon homme*! Allez!’ Which means, roughly translated, ‘Hey, you know, go out of this place, uh, fun guy. Go!’ And the dog looked back at me — total incomprehension — I mean, our alienation from each other was absolute."
He goes on to say that the city isn't insisting dogs become fully bilingual; it's just the "bazic stuff: 80 to 90 commands that they would speak in both French and in English. ‘Lay down,’ ‘Roll over,’ ‘Do you want to go for a walk.'" He suggests that rather than a challenge, owners should see it as an "opportunity" to learn something themselves: "Hey, I didn't know that was how you say walkies in French."
He ends by saying he hopes to have this wrapped up by "tennis ball season in the summer."
* This "bon homme" part cracks me up cuz the hubs calls Rita's Greenies treats "bon homme verts", or basically "good green guys."
How about you? Does your dog know commands in any other languages?