This is a great time to be a canine.


Man and dog have been hanging together for thousands of years but in the past few decades the dog has been elevated to a God-like status.


I was reminded of this the other day when my pregnant daughter phoned from the west. She said she had spent the day picking up the winter production of their two retarded (my words) dogs from the backyard.

So, two dumb dogs have trained an Ivy League grad to pick up after them.


You can see similar behaviour any day of the week by simply looking out the window. You’ll see people walking their dogs, baggies in hand, picking up after their pets. I was even in on the act on the weekend, as we “dog sat” Josh’s dog.


Who are smarter, the dogs or their owners?


Dogs are worshipped today. I saw an ad in the Toronto Star recently, advertising “Woofstock” at Woodbine Beach. The event, held Saturday, featured the latest in canine fashions, products and food. There were also doggie contests and a doggie fashion show.


Kincardine is not to be outdone. DogLoversDay will be held at Connaught Park on June 21. There will be canine entertainment from across Canada, contests for local dog owners, etc.


Where will this infatuation of the dog end?


Dogs have already replaced children in the homes of many couples.


We have dog perfumes, couture, furniture, housing, groomers, vets, therapists and trainers. And then there are dog cafes, schools, spas and, unfortunately, cemeteries.


What will come next? Will we build statues in our parks? Will there be altars in public places at which sacrifices can be made to the “greatest” dogs of our time?


Who knows?


People should remember, though, that dogs won’t reciprocate when their owners get old and sick. It might pay off in the long run to have a child or two in the family as well as the odd dog.




There is no shortage of criticism when it comes to the federal government’s foreign worker program.

I’m surprised that business is walking away unscathed.


I’m sure that business played a big part in seeing the program expanded, yet most of the problems associated with the program have been caused by unscrupulous businesses that have underpaid foreign workers, housed them at exorbitant rates and laid off Canadians in favour of foreign workers. They have been treating workers, foreign and Canadian, as chattels.


The feds should throw the book at crooked business people. They hurt Canada’s reputation at home and abroad and they give a bad name to legitimate businesses.