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September 2, 2019

Just when I needed her, Lily came into my life. I’d always had big dogs, but after my last venture with a very damaged rescue Aussie, I decided I needed to try a little dog.

      I’m prone to severe depression, but this little terrier mix is so happy, so ready to hike or play, so eager to greet the world, I can do naught but follow in her stead.

      Her coat is black and wiry with white markings. So wiry, in fact, that people have said she looks like a Brillo pad. Her full name is Lilypad. I often just call her Luvy.

      Her scruffy tail wags constantly, and I say, “Long may your tail wag, little Lily, the world needs more dogs like you.”

September 1, 2019

Point Isabel, the single busiest spot in the entire East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), is famously peaceable and self-policing. With nearly 1.5 million human visitors and probably that many dogs every year, though, incidents do happen. Here are tips on how to respond.

FIRST, don’t escalate. If a person is a jerk or a dog is a nuisance, walk away. If someone doesn’t clean up after a dog or lets it dig, feel free to remind them what the rules are and leave it at that.

SECOND, know how to get help or report problems. Carry these numbers:

911:  Medical or public safety emergency, park visitor acting belligerent or windsurfer in trouble

Contra Costa County (CoCoCo) Animal Services (925-608-8400):  Stray dog, person bitten by a dog, serious dog-on-dog injury. (In addition, report dog bites to EBRPD Dispatch.)

EBRPD Dispatch (510-881-1833):  Car break-in, person bitten by a dog, serious dog-on-dog injury, chronic bad behavior by park user or dog. (In addition, report dog bites to CoCoCo Anim...

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