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Super Brigadeiro FAIL

As a teacher of foreign students, I often have the chance to talk about – and often to try- foods from around the world. (Awesome job perk!) Recently, we have had a large number of students from Brazil at my school. As such, I’ve heard a lot about rice and beans, barbecue, feijoada and, of course, Brigadeiros – Brazil’s national delight. Brigadeiros are basically chocolate bonbons often coated in nuts, sprinkles or coconuts flakes. Continue reading “Super Brigadeiro FAIL”

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♥ Little Brown One, How Do I Love Thee?

If I had known sooner how easily misconstrued this little term of endearment could be, I may not have chosen it for my dog but I used it once and it just stuck. Kahlúa’s little compared to my human girl, Zoë, who is 5’7″ and growing fast at 12 years of age. She’s certainly darker, too. Zoë is roughly the same colour as a wet napkin. Paler, actually.

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My girls

Naturally, one might infer that I call Zoë “The Big White One.” They’d be right – but in a multicultural city such as my native Vancouver, these are really not the safest of monikers. “The Little Brown One” is certainly not something I should utter in mixed company. So, for now, we reserve it for around the house, and not without hilarious results. One has to be more than just a little thick-skinned and P.C-resistant to live in my house. Irreverance is pretty much standard procedure around here.

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Teacher, what is Canadian food?

I love my job. I teach English to foreigners who have come to Canada to learn about our culture as well as the language. My students are very inquisitive, and there are a number of questions that I have been asked on a regular basis for about 12 years.

Canada-question-e1362976276597I am comfortable fielding just about any questions my students ask me about Canada or Canadians, for example:

Is Canada just another USA?

Do you love Americans?

Is marijuana legal here?

Why does it rain so much in Vancouver?

Why does everyone in Canada have a dog?

Why are there so many homeless people here if your country is rich?

Who taught the homeless to read?

Do you love the queen?

Is it true that you have a gay street in Vancouver?

Where are all the “real” (white) Canadians?

What is Canadian food?

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A Little Puppy Love for Valentine’s Day – An Infographic

Recently Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen and Canine Carry-Outs conducted a survey of 3000 pet parents to find out which state loves dogs the most. The winner? California – followed closely by New York and Washington (my neighbour!) I don’t know about you, but my pooch has certainly added a lot of love into our lives. If you love your pups like I do, maybe this Valentine’s Day you can send a little love back their way 🙂 Continue reading “A Little Puppy Love for Valentine’s Day – An Infographic”

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Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

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with our little chocolate lab ❤

You never know what you’re gonna get…

I’ve always been a dog lover. Sometime around the middle of August, 2013, I suddenly found myself obsessively thinking about adopting my first dog. I started combing the ads on the BC SPCA’s website and even went down a bunch of times after work to see who was waiting with big eyes inside the cages. I found that every time I called or went in, they only had dogs that were abused so they were not recommended for families with children. After several visits, a staff member took pity on me.

She said, “Listen, I happen to know that there is a litter of lab-mix puppies that are going to be going up for adoption soon. They are still too young to be adopted, but if you like, I can let you know when they are ready so you can come down and meet them. They are really cute, all different colours and sizes, a real odd mix of breeds.” I agreed to call her in a week’s time to learn more about the litter, but I forgot.

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Dog Left Chained Behind Walmart Chews Off Her Own Paw

And here’s another horrible story of animal maltreatment.

courtneywalmartdogWal-Mart surveillance footage shows two unidentified men chaining up 2-year-old pit-bull mix behind a Wal-Mart and then fleeing in the freezing temperatures of the Michigan winter. By the time an employee discovered the dog, the poor girl had chewed off her own paw. Continue reading “Dog Left Chained Behind Walmart Chews Off Her Own Paw”