NEXT CLEANUP: Sun, Nov 13, 10am - 12pm

NEXT WEED PULL: Sat, Jan 14, 10am - 12pm

NEXT BOD MEETING: Mon, Nov 21, 4pm - 5pm

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The Weather Cleared for Barktoberfest! On Saturday, Oct. 29, we got enough of a break in the rains to hold our parade and doggy costume contest. Thirty-nine dogs participated--pretty good, considering!

Thanks to Alpha Pet Supply for generously donating gift certificates and goody bags; to Bark magazine for books, toys, and home goods; and to Andronico's and Safeway for gift certificates.

Thanks also to Nancy J. Rubin for her fabulous photos of the event! Facebook users can check them out on PIDO's Facebook page ("Point Isabel Fans and PIDO"). Others can view them on Flickr.

Last but not least, thanks to the PIDO board members who helped put on the event, and to judges Sharon Harris and Tina Harrison.

And now, the winners:

Small-dog category: Winner: Diva Sparkle, skeleton Twinkle, baby doll Prism, and alligator Charm (Susan Reynolds). Runner-up: Giraffe Sophie (Kim H.). Runner-up: Crazy circus dog Cracus (Lina Huang).

Medium-dog category: Winner: Lumberjacks Dougie and Milo (Herrick Macasieb). Runner-up: Bagel as Mary Poppins (Charlie Starr and Christina Marie). Runner-up: Clown Colby (Jayla Cato).

Large-dog category: Winner: Unicorn Henry (Mike and Rynie Quan). Runner-up: Macy as Petey from "The Little Rascals" (Mike Maxwell). Runner-up: Superdog Rusty (Josh Cohn).

Judges' Choice: Ninja Turtle Lobo (Melody Gil).

Canine Good Citizen Test on Sept. 24: Three dogs qualified as Canine Good Citizens. Congrats to Tosca (Linda Wilford and Randall Ham), Buddy (Peter Shaw), and Chula (Priscilla Hoffnagle)!

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.

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

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.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dog park cleanup on Nov. 13. 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 $104 in donations, sold $30 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 Nov. 12. 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 Thank you.

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NEXT CLEANUP EVENT AT PT. ISABEL: Sun, Nov 13, 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, Jan 14, 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!

Location to be determined; check back later. 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, Nov 21, 4pm - 5pm
Members are welcome to come and relate any concerns. The location is a private residence; please e-mail if you'd like to attend. Thank you.

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.