Mail January 23-29 

In the Doghouse

I was appalled reading D. Darr's article (BW, News, "Dog Eat Dog," Jan. 16, 2008).

I've been going to The Dog House with my dog, Mason, since it opened in the end of 2004. Richard and Linda Yanez are truly "dog people," and what Mr. Lima states happened in the class, although I was not there, is not believable.

Mason and I have been in many of the programs Richard and Linda run at The Dog House. I've never seen, nor experienced any of the behavior cited by Lima. During training, Richard does use, when necessary, a loud stern voice, but it is to get the dog's attention and have them focus on you, the parent. Stern voice and corrections are given but never as Mr. Lima reports. Picking the dog off the floor by the chain? No way. Pulling the choke chain "as hard as humanly possible?" Absolutely not.

Richard and Linda Yanez run an excellent and wonderful business for our community. They have been involved in many programs in Boise and surrounding areas since their inception, and only to help better serve and help with the care of our beloved dogs. They started the fundraising and collection jars initially at the Dog House, and then branched out to other businesses to buy a set of Oxygen Air Masks for all the fire trucks in the Treasure Valley.

The Dog House is clean, well-organized and full of love for the dogs they care for—our dogs. Just the mere mention of "Richard," "Linda" or "Carley" has my Mason doing his tap dance of excitement, and his tail wagging 90 miles an hour.

I don't know what Mr. Lima's agenda is, but I wish Ms. Darr would have not been in such a hurry to write an article full of one-sided information.

In closing, I believe the article is full of unsound accusations, and I and my dog, Mason, stand behind The Dog House with Richard and Linda 110 percent. (Woof-Woof)

—Lisa Bergeron, Boise

Slave Labor?

I write in reference to the article written by Teresa Shipley, quoting Robert Kaylor and his jewelry store "R. Grey" in BoDo (BW, Arts, "Turquoise Blue and Grey," Jan. 2, 2008).

I write on behalf of so many people in other countries who would have no sustenance if not for international commerce and trade. The reference was made in the article that all jewelry from the Third World must be "slave labor made" and so, in some sense, assumed to be less caliber and "below any American standard."

Many families that we purchase from and thus support are, in part, the reason and the joy that we are in the "import" business. There is a place in our economy for fine and beautiful "American-made" products, with a price tag that often reflects our higher cost of living. There are also artistic and beautiful products made in "Third World" cultures that are unique, indigenous and of desirable quality. These artists can then support their families in their villages. Many Americans do feel like purchasing imported jewelry is the "right thing to do" in sharing the wealth with those less-privileged. How about the jewelry designers in Bali and Nepal who support an orphanage or a school with their profits? I feel its important to keep our hearts open to the value and intention of supporting other less fortunate cultures near and far. We are all in this together.

—Mishel VandenBusch, Eyes Of the World Imports, Boise

That's Gourmet?

I just read the two reviews on the Piazza di Vino (BW, Food, "Piazza di Vino," Dec. 26, 2007). My immediate reaction was, "Jeez, this looks like a good cop/bad cop routine gone horribly awry." Ryan Peck's excellent job as Detective Goren hits all the right notes of observation and logical conclusions. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Jennifer Hernandez's piece. She was unable to play Detective Eames to Ryan's Goren. It came off more like some snark-filled diatribe of twittish pretentiousness.

What does she offer as evidence that the place is "jazzy?" None, the reader is asked to get into the "let's be honest" mode and overlook that the incoherent paragraph is suggesting, in a clumsily disingenuous manner, that it is deserted because no one goes there. I couldn't make that leap.

The rest of the review became laughable as she concludes that "it quickly became evident that the primary focus at Piazza di Vino is wine." Apparently the name of the place, the many bottles of wine displayed along an entire wall, all those wine glasses, and the wine list were just clues that were hidden in plain sight.

Unfortunately, the snarkiness hadn't run its course. She informs us that she is a "scratch cook," that although the food is better than a dive or sports bar, it is not quite "like the gourmet goodies at another wine bar nearby." Gee, when I use words like "gourmet goodies," I am referring to dining at Andrae's. Perhaps BW will spring for a meal at Andrae's so Jennifer can tell the difference between gourmet and not gourmet.

And might I also suggest an art-appreciation class? "Nude art" isn't meant to leave a "seedy impression."

—Israel Espinoza, Meridian

Correction

We wish we had spelled Richard and Linda Yanez's name(BW, News, Jan. 16, 2008) correctly.

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