NEXT CLEANUP: Sun, Feb 21, 10am - 12pm

NEXT WEED PULL: Sat, Feb 13, 10am - 12pm

NEXT BOD MEETING: Mon, Jan 25, 4pm - 5pm

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Barktoberfest 2015: Amazing!

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.

Congratulations to the winners! (Please email with any spelling corrections.)

1. Most Creative: Sara Moore's Mazzy Mae (boxer)

2. Most Creative runner-up: Katie Howard's Santiago (skunk)

3. Most Creative runner-up: Maria Silva's Canelita (Snow White)

4. Best Under 30 Pounds: Amanda Kahn's Fred (Ewok)

5. Best Over 30 Pounds: Diana Duhnko's Mobby (She Devil)

6. Best Pack: Jan and Jim Franz and Minnie and Louie (mermaids) and Koufax (Casper the Friendly Ghost)

7. Best Pack runner-up: Christine Macasieb and Dougie and Milo (Batman and Robin)

8. Best Owner-Dog Combo: Janette Rael and Tahoe and Brooky (Star Wars Jedi and Ewok)

9. Best Owner-Dog Combo runner-up: Beth Bittle and Loki (Dino Dog)

10. Judges' Choice: Kathy Hasten's Gaby (Dog at Work)

11. Grand Prize: Charlie Carasis-Estrada and family and Bagel (mythical creatures)

And check out great photos from Barktoberfest on Facebook!

The Easter egg hunt was a hit! We hosted our first Easter egg hunt ever on March 28, in the field behind Mudpuppy's. It was a lot of fun! Between 20 and 30 little ones, a few dressed up in their Easter best, got to search for eggs and turn them in for treats. Some chose healthy snacks, while others chose--what else?--candy and chocolate!

Many thanks to Lynn Duncan for donating the eggs, to Josh at the Sit & Stay Cafe for donating sweets, and to PIDO board members Jon Gross and Cathryn Hicks for organizing the event. Board members Dianne Sequoia, Fran Block, Mary Ann Campbell, Chris Matthews, Priscilla Hoffnagle, Mary Barnsdale, and Marla Miyashiro also helped out.

Barktoberfest 2014 was great! PIDO's annual Halloween parade and costume contest took place on Oct. 25 in the field north of Mudpuppy's. Despite a soggy morning, dozens of costumed dogs and their people came out. We are always amazed at how creative these costumes can get!

Thanks to Alpha Pet Suppy, Andronico's, Bark magazine, Catahoula Coffee, and Half Price Books for generously donating prizes and goody bags. You can see pics on PIDO's Facebook page (search: "Point Isabel Fans and PIDO").

Barktoberfest 2013: Dozens of dogs in creative and cute costumes paraded along the bay and then vied for some great prizes.

PIDO would like to thank Alpha Pet Supply, Andronico's, The Bark, Catahoula Coffee, and the Albany Safeway for contributing goody bags, gift cards, and other prizes to our costume contest winners.

Thanks also to photographers Andrea Roth and Keith Gordon for donating their services.

Barktoberfest 2012: PIDO's popular Halloween event was a big hit! Scores of costumed dogs and their people came out to enjoy a beautiful day at the park. Thanks to Alpha Pet Supply, Andronico's, The Bark, Pegasus Books, Catahoula Coffee, and Metro Dog for donating prizes and goody bags.

Thanks also to professional photographer Andrea Roth for sharing her pictures, and to pet photographer Daniel McPartlan for taking these fun photos. You can also see pics from Barktoberfest 2011 and 2010 on our events page.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dog park cleanup on Jan. 24. 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 $91 in donations, sold $30 worth of apparel, and gained nine 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. 21! We pulled weeds around the barbecue area in the field north of the Sit & Stay.

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. Also, 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.

Please visit our News and Events pages for current info!

NEXT CLEANUP EVENT AT PT. ISABEL: Sun, Feb 21, 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 sweatshirts, hoodies, T-shirts, and hats 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, Feb 13, 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. 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 at the Rydin Road parking lot, 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, Jan 25, 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.