From the Publisher July 2017

Max & Joanne Friedland

One of the most common requests we receive at DAVID is to do an issue on pets, the loudest voice coming from within my own family. I fear that I may have permanently damaged the psyche of my offspring by denying their pleas for a pooch or a kittie. In all fairness, there are compelling explanations for our parental recalcitrance. I am horribly allergic to cat dander, and my wife had a traumatic episode with a canine.

Don’t get me wrong I love pets. As a kid, I’d secretly buy kittens and hide them under my bed. Luckily for the poor mites, their nightmare in a shoebox was short lived as hives, and my juvenile asthma very quickly gave the game away. As for dogs, my sister had a toy poodle called Cha-cha that was the neighborhood slut. She loved big males and produced generations of cute mixes in a leather travel bag in the kitchen.

As for the spouse’s trauma, let’s say I treasure my marriage more than the desire for a hound. Thankfully my kids always seemed to pick friends who owned lovable muts and visited them often to get their fix. So.... in the spirit of making things right and also putting a smile on their faces, DAVID officially becomes a pet-friendly zone.

A cat or a dog may not be everyone’s thing, for Maria Gara and Steven Lee August it is all about exotic creatures. In Jaq Greenspon’s piece In a World of Exotic Creatures, pages 28-31 these two entertainers and educators share their love of all things creepy and crawly (On a personal note, I have an uncomfortable history with snakes.)

Aleza Freeman’s focus this month is on service and therapy dogs. Her piece Creature Comforts, pages 42-45 shines a light on some of the many institutions in Southern Nevada that train and employ these amazing animals. Our cover features executive director for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Emily Smith, and her service dog, Buddy.

Kimberly Gora is our interviewee this month, in our Grill section. She is a Wolfgang Puck Catering executive who later in life developed a passion horses and now as an owner has become a champion barrel racer.

July also features two stories that are unique to the silver state. In Honor and Heritage, pages 46-51 Rob Kachelriess covers the involvement that Barrick Gold has with the Western Shoshone tribes, specifically their support of the Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) at Great Basin College in Elco. SCLI is a program designed to preserve the language and tribal customs and traditions, especially amongst young Shoshones.

Last month Lynn Wexler attended Living in the City, a Downtown Las Vegas residential fair and reports on the efforts developers are making to encourage Las Vegans to relocate the urban core. In her piece Living in the City (stolen from the fair with apologies), pages 52-56 she introduces us to some of the local developers involved. DAVID applauds their efforts; Las Vegas needs a vital inner core even for those of us that still live in the burbs.

Keep cool, drink a LOT of water and as always, see you in the racks.

Max D. Friedland

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