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Mark your calendars--the Canine Good Citizen test and Barktoberfest 2014 are coming! The CGC will be held behind Mudpuppy's on Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 to noon. Have a professional dog trainer assess your dog's skills in 10 areas. Fee: $10 (cash or check only). And, PIDO's annual Halloween parade and costume contest will be back Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 2:30, in the field north of Mudpuppy's. Check back for more details.
Barktoberfest 2013 was a blast! Dozens of dogs in creative and cute costumes paraded along the bay and then vied for some great prizes.
PIDO would like to thank Alpha Pet Supply, Andronico's, The Bark, Catahoula Coffee, and the Albany Safeway for contributing goody bags, gift cards, and other prizes to our costume contest winners.
Thanks also to photographers Andrea Roth and Keith Gordon for donating their services. You can see Andrea's pix here. Prints, mugs, and other items are available for purchase at that site.
Barktoberfest 2012: PIDO's popular Halloween event was a big hit! Scores of costumed dogs and their people came out to enjoy a beautiful day at the park. Thanks to Alpha Pet Supply, Andronico's, The Bark, Pegasus Books, Catahoula Coffee, and Metro Dog for donating prizes and goody bags.
Thanks also to professional photographer Andrea Roth for sharing her pictures, and to pet photographer Daniel McPartlan for taking these fun photos. You can also see pics from Barktoberfest 2011 and 2010 on our events page.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the dog park cleanup on Aug. 17. PIDO board members manned a table to tell people what the group does and why it's important for all users to band together, through PIDO, to protect the park. We received $178 in donations, sold $125 worth of merchandise, and gained seven new members. With your help, the park is a nicer place to visit! ... Thanks also to those who participated in the weed pull on Sept. 13 on the west side of the park! We cleared all the weeds along the border of the barbecue area in the field north of Mudpuppy's.
Some other Web sites you might find useful: ALDOG, or Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group; PIDO's Facebook page; Lamorinda Dogs.
A few reminders: Please be sure to clean up after your dog ... If you bring extra plastic bags for the tubular containers, make sure they're secure and won't fly away ... Prevent your dog from digging (and if you can't, at least fill in the holes) ... Don't let your dog chase birds ... Don't smoke at Point Isabel; the fire danger is high. Also, cigarette butts are toxic and can harm dogs and wildlife ... And keep an eye on your children if you bring them to the park. Not all kids--and dogs--know how to play well with each other. Thank you.
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NEXT CLEANUP EVENT AT PT. ISABEL: Sun, Sep 21, 10am - 12pm
Please join us in maintaining Pt. Isabel as a beautiful park by picking up some extra poop. Meet by the bridge at the east end of the park. We'll also have PIDO T-shirts with a cool retro design for sale at our information table. Cleanups are generally held on the third Sunday of the month. Rain cancels.
NEXT WEED PULL AT PT. ISABEL: Sat, Oct 11, 10am - 12pm
Has your dog ever gotten a foxtail in his paw, nose, or ear? Please help us pull foxtails and other weeds so the park district won't use toxic herbicides where our dogs play. No experience necessary; we'll show you which are the "bad" plants. Bring gloves and a weeding tool if you have one. Rangers will also have some tools and gloves you can borrow. If your dog is cool with just hanging out, bring him or her, too! Meet in front of Mudpuppy's, or join in for a few minutes if you come across our work party. Every bit helps! Weed pulls are generally held on the second Saturday of the month. Rain cancels. No weed pull in August.
NEXT PIDO BOARD MEETING: Mon, Oct 20, 4pm - 5pm
Members are welcome to come and relate any concerns. Meet at the North Branch of the Berkeley Library, 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins. The meeting room is downstairs (you have to enter the library and then go down).
PIDO has been working to keep Point Isabel clean and off leash since 1985. It is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, and your support is appreciated.
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