Editor: The following was sent to us unsolicited by Larry Kosta about his friend and OB Rag blogger Dave Gilbert. We knew Dave walked dogs for part of his living – the other part is as a musician – but had no idea of the depth of his love for our four-legged canine friends.
by Larry Kosta, Jr.
When I got to know Dave Gilbert a little better, I asked him what he did. He told me he was a dog walker.
I thought to myself, is that really a job? This isn’t New York City. Do people in San Diego actually pay to have their dogs walked?
Dave continued to tune his guitar and plug in his little boxes that littered the band room floor. Still, thinking to myself, what kind of a job is that? Walking a dog? When I was a kid I used to pick up the neighbors yard for $2.00 a week but I never thought that I could get paid for walking them.
Besides that, he’s a guitar wizard so why would he want to walk dogs anyway?
Flipping the channels late one night, I discovered Cesar Millan. A man that created a reality TV show about dogs. I actually watched a few episodes and I was digging Cesar’s cool and calm approach to some pretty vicious and out of control dogs. I was really getting into Cesar’s show and how he dealt with the dog’s owners, which is apparently why their dogs are so messed up in the first place.
Like watching a NASCAR race and waiting for a crash, I kept waiting for Cesar to be ripped apart or at least get some kind of stitches, but no, it didn’t happen.
I asked Dave if he had ever seen this Cesar guy. After all, Dave said he walked dogs too. Hmm . . . Is Dave one of these guys thats not afraid of dogs? Like Cesar? A dog whisperer here, in OB?
Dave answered, yep, I’ve seen the show and I’ve met Cesar too. Wow! What a trip!
Dave is a dog whisperer! Does everybody in OB know this about Dave? Dave continued telling me that its not that easy, he doesn’t just walk these mean ass, bully dogs, he actually rehabilitates them. Dave called it behavioral reinforcement. He said that these walks are a way to achieve balance and at the same time teach these man eaters some social skills too.
Dave said the bigger, the meaner, the better!
I was totally stoked that Dave was not only a great musician but OB’s own, home grown Dog Whisperer. Dave’s calls his business OB Happy Dog Walking Service.
This wasn’t meant to be an ad or commercial for Dave, but seeing that he writes for the OB Rag, and he hasn’t mentioned his dog skills, I thought the OB Rag readers should know that Dave’s not only a cool guitar playin dude, he’s also OB’s own Dog Whisperer!