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August 21, 2014

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Joe Downtown: Every dog has its day — downtown, it’s Saturday

New Hydrant Club training academy opens this weekend

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Joe Schoenmann

A 14-foot yellow fire hydrant is the trademark of the Hydrant Club, billed as an “urban social club and training academy for dogs and their people,” downtown at the corner of 9th and Fremont streets.

In downtown Las Vegas, where dog ownership is perhaps second to laptop ownership, this weekend will become something of a milestone.

The Hydrant Club, described as an “urban social club and training academy for dogs and their people,” will hold an opening for charter members and invited guests Saturday.

It will be a big moment for the humans in the dog-human partnership, as many downtowners in the past few weeks have expressed relief that the dogs in their lives passed the evaluation process of Chief Huan Officer Cathy Brooks.

Brooks has done a “placement evaluation” to assess the dog’s social skills and behavior, as well as its owner’s handling skills. She has said most dogs that need help would require a relatively short training period of three hours before joining the club.

Brooks moved here from San Francisco to open the park, which is funded via the Downtown Project.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the park that can’t be missed — its trademark is an outsized, 14-foot-tall, bright yellow fire hydrant at the corner of 9th and Fremont streets.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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