• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Montreal Bylaw Requires Dogs to Understand Commands in French and English  RSS feed

 
steward
Posts: 3474
Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
236
chicken dog food preservation forest garden fungi tiny house toxin-ectomy trees woodworking
  • X Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This is not an actual bylaw, but was featured on CBC radio in the parody radio show "This is That". The false news was that the city now requires dogs to understand commands in both official languages.

The funny part is that a lot of people thought it was real!

Here is the article.

I thought this was even funnier because our dog actually does understand commands in both languages.
 
steward
Posts: 4437
Location: Missoula, MT
479
books food preservation forest garden hugelkultur toxin-ectomy
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Funny! They have everything on youtube - even bilingual dogs.

English first:




And I have no idea what language this is:



This one seems primarily voice, though of course the hand signals or body language help.
 
Adrien Lapointe
steward
Posts: 3474
Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
236
chicken dog food preservation forest garden fungi tiny house toxin-ectomy trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I guess technically our dog is trilingual: he understands hand gestures as well.

The second video is not French!
 
steward
Posts: 8019
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
292
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Around here, I see a lot of stores/restaurants with trilingual mop buckets ("Danger - Wet Floor")
But, they're in English/Spanish/German.
I guess they aren't shooting for the Quebec market, but why German?
 
Adrien Lapointe
steward
Posts: 3474
Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
236
chicken dog food preservation forest garden fungi tiny house toxin-ectomy trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I heard, but haven't ever verified that when the US declared independence, there was a debate on which language to choose as the official language of the republic. French, English and German were on the table. Maybe that's why German is on these buckets but that still does not explain why there is no French...
 
gardener
Posts: 7139
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
318
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Adrien Lapointe wrote:I heard, but haven't ever verified that when the US declared independence, there was a debate on which language to choose as the official language of the republic. French, English and German were on the table. Maybe that's why German is on these buckets but that still does not explain why there is no French...



That was an issue for early Canada but in the original 13 U.S colonies, English was always dominant amonst European languages. German is the native language of the Amish.
 
John Polk
steward
Posts: 8019
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
292
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
(I suspect the owner of the company is German.)

Here in Washington, voter ballots are in 2 languages: English and Chinese. Spanish will be there soon.

 
Adrien Lapointe
steward
Posts: 3474
Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
236
chicken dog food preservation forest garden fungi tiny house toxin-ectomy trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Dale, I think you are right, I just did a bit of research (here about German) and it does not seem like there was a vote to decide on an official language in 1776.
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!