This past weekend was the Best in Show sponsored by the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas. Saturday was the Best in Show Campus Adoption Day and Vendor Fair at the shelter located on 655 N. Mojave Road in Las Vegas. The event went from 11 am to 4 pm.
Saturday’s event was outside and did I bring a tent? No. Did I bring a cap? No. Was it hot? Yep. What I did bring was plenty of ice water in a large jug that promptly melted (the ice, not the jug) during the course of the day—I did find more water. I also brought sun block and applied it four times to my exposed skin. My sister Lori would be so proud because I didn’t turn into a lobster. On Saturday, I met some venders, traded ideas, and sold three books. I also meet a few of the four legged stars of the show such as Lux, a very friendly one year old male Labrador Retriever.
Sunday was Best in Show at the Orleans Arena. It was inside and the air conditioning at the Orleans worked. I met more venders, got more ideas, and sold seven books for a total of ten over the weekend.
I smile because ten books were better than no books and I will withhold comment on what I paid for the booth because after all, it was for a good cause. What I wanted to do was read before the crowd and have the pictures of my book show up on the large widescreen television sets. That didn’t turn out to be possible.
Thirty-one abandoned dogs, including Lux, did found a home by the time the show ended. More than enough people bid for a pet or an item and for the first time in a long time, all the dogs present were the center of attention, and most now have new lives with families eager to pour out their love.
Earlier this week, I was in a waiting room where I had the pleasure of meeting Destiny. She was about seven or eight and quite bored in having to wait for her dad. She explored the reception area and happened to end up next to me. I stopped reading the book I had brought with me and I fluttered my fingers at her. That sparked a big old smile from my visitor.
Right off the bat, I realized old Destiny needed not only a gift, but a surprise so I gave her my Yalu bookmark. Like all kids, she loved the three strings I had looped through a hole at the top of the bookmark and asked about the doggie in the picture.
“Why that’s Yalu.”
“Yellow,” was her response.
“No, Yalu, it’s a name you can howl. Try it.”
She did and a few people nearby looked our way.
I told her Yalu was the main character in a book I had written.
Shame on me for not having a book handy, but I did have internet reception so I showed Destiny my webpage, www.yaluthepuppydog.com (hey, gotta plug the webpage and book whenever possible) and brought up the audio version of me reading Yalu and the Puppy Room.
For eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds, I entertained a bored little girl with a story. Made me wonder if that’s how Hans Christian Anderson spent his days in Denmark. Well, that’s how Danny Kaye seemed to have portrayed the storyteller in the 1952 movie and like the great story teller, I too entertained someone with a tale near and dear to me.
Happy birthday Yalu.
Thank you for bringing so much joy into not only my life, but the lives of those around you. One look, one smile, one wag of the tail ignites a spark that brings so much happiness to my heart. You have always been the brightest part of everyday.
For those lucky enough to have a Golden Retriever, you are truly blessed. Golden Retrievers are convinced they are the center of your universe and if you ever come home mad, then you must be mad at them. Their response is to run up to you, find out what’s wrong, and cuddle until all is well in your world.
And now, for a Honey-Honey story about Yalu. Honey-Honey, AKA Lori, had many good times with Yalu. One of her favorite games with Princess Puppy was called Peek-A-Woo. It’s a very simple and fulfilling game involving a puppy, a people person(s), and a blanket.
How does one play Peek-A-Woo? Get one puppy, a cute brown golden retriever is preferred, but most puppies will play along, a people (more than one people can play Peek-A-Woo), and a blanket of which you only need one. Cover the blanket over the puppy for a few seconds, pull it back, and say, “Peek-A” and Yalu would always respond “Woo-woo-woo.” Repeat the blanket covering the dog again and again until the puppy’s tail stops waging, which could take a very long time.
How did Lori know that Yalu was having a good time and not just putting up with silly people tricks when playing Peek-A-Woo? There was always a happy face when the blanket came off Yalu’s head and huge puppy smile which are the best kinds of smiles.