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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • JOSHUA'S COLUMN — When dogs get overwhelmed

  • Last Thursday I let Raffi the Dog of Destiny out into the back yard; she skipped out (yes, she did actually skip) onto the melting snow in the yard — then ground to a halt when she realized what was around her....
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  • Last Thursday I let Raffi the Dog of Destiny out into the back yard. She skipped out (yes, she did actually skip) onto the melting snow in the yard — then ground to a halt when she realized what was around her. At least two dozen robins pecked at the soil and snow in all corners and sections of the yard. It’s been months since Raffi the Legendary Scarer Away of Birds has seen a robin. In dog-months that’s eons. Raffi just stood there on the old tree stump in the center of the back yard, astonished. Her mouth literally hung open as she swung her head around to examine the robins hopping about every corner of the yard. I waited, expecting her to snap to her senses and leap at the nearest robins, chasing the whole two dozen of them away in an indignant flurry of wings. Instead, Raffi finally just turned around and slunk back into the house. A couple robins by the back door hopped out of her way to let her by. It was a bit too much for her system all at once. I’m sure she’ll be back to terrorizing robins when she’s more used to them being here again — and there maybe aren’t so many of them. . . . . . I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict we’re going to have one last real good blizzar before the season is over. When the weather hits the 40s, all it takes is what would be a great thunderstorm in the 60s to instead become a snowstorm if the temperature reverts to the 30s instead. I predict it will come the week of March 24-30. Let’s see what happens. . . . . . In the February 24 Redwood Gazette I grumbled about how irritating the German and English languages are for native speakers of each one trying to learn the other. In response, Roger VanDam forwarded me the following: “The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. “As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English". “In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. “There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. “In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. “Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. “Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away. “By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". “During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. “Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru. “Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.”

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