by Emmy Elfin
Chief canine correspondent
My readers know that I am a great booster for the neighborhood so when my family gave a reception for the Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance, I was excited to be part of it.
Initially when the guests arrived, I barked quite loudly as I usually do until I’ve sniffed and checked out the interlopers thoroughly. Once they pass that test, I’m happy to welcome them. I had been to the salon the day before so I looked my best and received several compliments.
Many of the guests told me that had seen me frequently although we were not acquainted. I never noticed them because I usually keep my nose to the ground when I’m out for a walk. (It’s part of my security MO).
The food did not interest me as I am not into brie and white wine so I settled in to watch and listen. There was quite a bit of talk going on that didn’t require barking; I took one of my many naps for most of the proceedings. Anyway, I was familiar with most of the subject matter which focused on neighborhood concerns and the need for money to keep the Alliance and the Forest Hills Connection going.
Denise Warner, who along with her husband Ken Terzian lives with Max and Mia, two lively pugs, is the president of the group and she talked about the history and mission of the organization. Nothing about dogs in her talk because Denise doesn’t let self-interest take over. Hers is an incorruptible administration and she brought along the business license from the District of Columbia to prove it.
Next on the agenda was Mary Beth Ray, our enthusiastic ANC commissioner. She explained her plan for planting daffodils along Connecticut Avenue. A great idea, but I’m not interested because I never walk on that noisy, traffic-loaded street. She is chair of our new Vision committee and is eager for everyone to share suggestions on making the neighborhood more beautiful and business friendly.
And finally there were Marlene Berlin and Tracy Johnke talking about the Forest Hills Connection for which I am an occasional columnist. They asked for more literary contributions and I know there were many people present whose dogs would have interesting stories to tell and opinions to offer so I hope they will be submitting articles to these two excellent editors. Another inducement – they would also get their photos published. (This is true! – Ed.)
I have a suggestion that would maintain the cleanliness of the neighborhood and help print journalism at the same time. If people who have dogs would subscribe to the daily newspapers (e.g. The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal) and use those plastic delivery bags for pick-up, they would be performing a civic duty and keeping up with news in-depth at the same time. Certainly a win-win situation.