Walks With Yalu


    It’s interesting taking a dog with cynophobia for a walk. What is cynophobia? Why it’s a fear of dogs. I’ve always found it ironic that a dog would be afraid of other dogs, but Yalu was always timid around any breed of dog big or small. If there was another dog around, she was in no mood to say hello. It was time to leave and leave now. Now if these were barking and snarling dogs off their leashes and charging, I could see her point, but most dogs we encountered were the friendly type who only wanted to stop, have a sniff, and say hello. Yalu wanted no part of that. No dog was going to sniff her. She was the one who did the sniffing.

People we encountered without dogs were another story. No dog around meant a big happy smile from her and a need to say hello in the hopes of getting some much needed petties.

“Oh what a cute dog,” people would say.

Yalu would wage her tail and pour on the puppy charm—the petties soon followed. Her behavior did make me wonder what her life was like at her kennel. I’ve always assumed she was the runt of the litter and her siblings vied too much for her mother’s attention making her a shy puppy.

Our walk would continue and on our journey there would be two houses where the dogs of each were inside, but saw us coming. They’d howl and bark and Yalu, who would get to the limit of her extendable leash and be in a rush to move on. We would hurry up our pace until the sounds of the barking dogs faded.

A big mistake would be taking her to a dog gym.




Las Vegas’s First Friday

I attended a First Friday event in the Las Vegas Arts District. Friday March 1st was the first day of year where it was warm enough to attend such an event. Plenty of people attended this night’s First Friday and more will most likely attend as the weather improves. I plan on having a booth at the next event in April. Booths are $75 and venders have to provide their own lighting—illumination can be easily arranged with a visit to Home Depot or Wal-Mart. In a city that centers its existence on the gambling industry, which I am a part of, it’s refreshing to see something that doesn’t involve a slot machine or a gaming table because when you take away gambling, there’s really not a whole lot to do in Las Vegas.

My marketing guy, Ross Yamashita, went to the event with me. Besides looking around, a secondary goal was to find interested venders who would want to have carnival nights at the schools. Ross and I collected business cards of people who might be interested as we went from tent to tent pitching our pitch. Now all we have to do is come up with a reasonable idea what would be acceptable fundraising events with the schools.