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May 1, 2017

Many Point Isabel (PI) regulars know Jerry Yukic by sight. A tall, determined-looking woman in her 90s, she can be seen many mornings – accompanied by her Brittany Spaniel, Dusty – enjoying a coffee at the Sit and Stay Café. But few know Jerry’s fascinating backstory:  Olympics hopeful, tireless advocate for girls’ sports, author of several thrillers available on Amazon, and longtime dog-walking activist who has helped keep PI off-leash for the past 30 years.

She was born Eleanor Clarke – her family nicknamed her “Jerry” – in Anaheim, California, when the future home of Disneyland had just 5,000 residents.  She went to high school in Santa Monica, reveling in beach volleyball and ocean swimming after classes. She was a star swimmer at UCLA, although her hopes of competing at breaststroke in the Olympic Games were dashed by World War II. Her future husband was a prisoner of war in Germany for some time; he and Jerry met when they were both earning master’s degrees in education at UC Berk...

May 1, 2017

On February 28, 2015, our little puppy, Sunny, found us at a huge adoption event in Dublin, California. His name was Daytona and he was trucked in from the Central Valley with 100 other dogs that morning. We had lost our beloved Aussie/Bernese Mountain dog mix, Blue, about five months before this and were almost ready for a new pup. We think Sunny was a puppy mill dog. We were looking for another Aussie and never dreamed we would even adopt that day or that we would get a Poodle/terrier mix, but he adopted us. He was the friendliest little pup in the pen and we knew he was finding us!

I had just done 3 months of rehab for bilateral knee replacements, and I kept asking my therapist, “Can we adopt our new dog now?” I was driving her crazy; I wanted to get walking out there with the new boy.

The first thing we did was change his name from Daytona to Sunny. His brother Diesel and sister Dino were also adopted that day. I got the phone number for Diesel’s family and I keep up with them; the t...

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