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”
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.
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.
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.
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?
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”
And here’s another horrible story of animal maltreatment.
Wal-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”