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January 31, 2006

Year of the Dog

Filed under: on the road,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 1:41 pm

We spent the Chinese New Year in Gran Canaria, within walking distance of numerous Chinese eateries (there was even a chain…Slow Boat I, Slow Boat II, and Slow Boat III), and we only heard a grand total of one firecracker heralding the Year of the Dog. The first night most restaurants were closed by the time we checked in, so we were obliged to cruise the boardwalk, only slightly less tacky than that in Atlantic City, and eat at Ristorante Roma. And there, at 11 PM, we were treated to an Elvis impersonator singing You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog (along with another hour’s worth of renditions), which I took as a welcome to Year 4703. Now I have seen, though not voluntarily, an Elvis act–I don’t ever have to do it again.

Another first while on Gran Canaria…we drove through one of the island’s beautiful ravines, and stopped at a scenic overlook to gawk at a gorge with a bunch of Spanish tourists. One had a little dog that was whining and she actually shushed it, since she was chatting with her friends. I have never before witnessed a pet owner here give any indication that his/her dog is making excessive noise. In fact, the barking in our neighborhood has gotten so out of hand that one item on Bill’s Christmas list was “shoot the dog.”

Pozuelo dogs may be noisy, but, thanks to an automatic pet-washing contraption at a nearby gas station, they are clean. Every day we drive by this machine, about the size and shape of a top-opening chest freezer, into which one sticks a dirty cat or dog as if it were a vehicle going into a car wash. A classmate of Phoebe’s told me they subjected their dog to this treatment once and now he whines and trembles every time they drive near it. Now if only someone would invent a machine to reduce (painlessly, of course) the volume on the canine voicebox–then I could really celebrate this year’s Chinese zodiac mascot.

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2 Comments »

  1. bark collar?

    Offer bark collars to your neighbors with dogs. The dog only gets a slight shock and therefore does not bark at all! Mean, I know, but it works!

    Comment by Anonymous — February 1, 2006 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  2. bark collar?

    Offer bark collars to your neighbors with dogs. The dog only gets a slight shock and therefore does not bark at all! Mean, I know, but it works!
    Julie

    Comment by Anonymous — February 1, 2006 @ 2:24 pm | Reply


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