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July 25, 2017

A local dog advocacy group sponsored by Point Isabel Dog Owners (PIDO) was recently awarded a grant to help remove toxic microplastics on Albany Beach, a mile south of Point Isabel.

PIDO has a history of more than 30 years of parks stewardship and off-leash activism. In 2014, it became the fiscal sponsor for Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group (ALDOG), which has a similar mission.

ALDOG advocates for responsible off-leash recreation on Albany Beach and plays an important role in keeping the beach clean. As a California Coastal Commission adopter of Albany Beach, it coordinates three cleanups every year, in collaboration with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) and others. Over the past four years, cleanup volunteers have removed more than 4,500 pounds of trash.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program (ACCWP), ALDOG plans to deep-clean the beach by sifting tiny microplastics out of the sand.

Plastics are well known to trap and poison birds and sea creatures....

July 25, 2017

Molly is a beautiful German Shepherd with the classic appearance of that large and athletic working dog:  a glossy black saddle, tan and cream markings, and a shorthair coat. Irina and I adopted Molly three years ago when she was about two. She had been abandoned.  She had had a litter, and was probably someone's idea for a backyard German-Shepherd puppy mill. For whatever reason, she was left on the street somewhere in the Central Valley. She was picked up and then sent to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek. By then she was underweight and being treated for kennel cough. But her gentle dignity and warm spirit were apparent. As soon as we saw her, we knew we wanted her to join our family. She knew it, too. 

Molly evidently had had no obedience training, but she is very intelligent and eager to follow directions. She did well in obedience classes and enjoys her active social life.  She comes with us to restaurants with dog-friendly...

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