NEXT CLEANUP: Sun, Oct 16, 10am - 12pm

NEXT WEED PULL: Sat, Oct 8, 10am - 12pm

NEXT BOD MEETING: Mon, Oct 17, 4pm - 5pm


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Canine Good Citizen Test Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 to Noon: Can your dog heel nicely? Can he greet another dog politely? If so, he just might qualify as a Canine Good Citizen!

Come find out as PIDO sponsors the AKC's CGC test, which is actually a series of 10 tests conducted by a professional dog trainer. It's a fun activity for you and your four-legged friend, and a CGC certificate can show potential landlords and others that you have a well-behaved dog (for example, the CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups).

Meet at the picnic tables behind Mudpuppy's. The fee is $10 per dog; cash or check only. Come check it out!

Coastal Cleanup Day 2016: Ten PIDO members (one quarter of the participants) helped clean up the shoreline north of Point Isabel on Sept. 17!

Save the Date: Barktoberfest Is Coming! Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 to 2:30 in the field north of Mudpuppy's. Cost: FREE. Our parade and doggy costume contest is always a blast! Start thinking about those costumes now.

Important Note: PIDO is currently having a technical issue connecting with PayPal. If you'd like to make a donation, please send a check (payable to PIDO) rather than clicking the PayPal button. Our address is P.O. Box 8282, Berkeley, CA 94707. Thank you!

Mighty Mutt March on April 23: Dog groups from all around the Bay Area came together, for the first time ever, to rally at Crissy Field against National Park Service restrictions on recreational dog walking. It was fantastic! So many marchers, including current and former PIDO board members. Watch this TV news report.

PIDO in the News: The East Bay Times recently ran a great story about PIDO in light of the GGNRA fight. Check out "Keeping dogs off leash: East Bay owners join fight" by Tammerlin Drummond.

Easter Egg Hunt 2016: PIDO's second annual Easter event was a success. About 30 children excitedly ran around the field behind Mudpuppy's to find plastic eggs, take them to the PIDO table, and exchange them for treats.

Many thanks to Lynn Duncan for donating the eggs, and to PIDO board members Jon Gross and Cathryn Hicks for organizing the event. Board members Fran Block, Jerry Yukic, Mary Ann Campbell, Priscilla Hoffnagle, Dianne Sequoia, and Marla Miyashiro also helped out.

Barktoberfest 2015: We had a great turnout for PIDO's combined annual Halloween event and 30th anniversary party, with the most costumed canines ever! Seventy-five dogs were on parade and competed for great prizes.

Thanks to those on the PIDO board who helped run the event; judges Mary Barnsdale, Sharon Harris, and Tina Harrison; and longtime PIDO supporters Alpha Pet Supply, Bark magazine, Andronico's, and Catahoula Coffee.

And check out great photos from Barktoberfest on Facebook!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dog park cleanup on Sept. 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 took in $97 in donations, sold $75 in merchandise, and gained three 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. 10. We pulled a lot of weeds from 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. And a page about physical therapy for pets that we just heard about; it has lots of good links.

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, it's illegal, and cigarette butts are toxic and can harm dogs and wildlife ... 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 ... PayPal contributors, please note that we can't see your identifying information. If you need a receipt, are donating for a person or dog, or are joining PIDO, please e-mail info@pido.org. Thank you.

Please visit our News and Events pages for current info!


NEXT CLEANUP EVENT AT PT. ISABEL: Sun, Oct 16, 10am - 12pm
Please join us in maintaining Point 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 apparel 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 8, 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 (no weed whackers or other power tools). 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! Volunteers get a free PIDO water bottle. Weed pulls are generally held on the second Saturday of the month. Rain cancels.


NEXT PIDO BOARD MEETING: Mon, Oct 17, 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.


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.