NEXT CLEANUP: Sun, Jul 24, 10am - 12pm

NEXT WEED PULL: Sat, Jul 9, 10am - 12pm

NEXT BOD MEETING: Mon, Jul 18, 4pm - 5pm


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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.

Congratulations to the winners! (Please email pido.editor@gmail.com 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!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dog park cleanup on June 19. 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 $139 in donations, sold $10 in merchandise, and gained five new members. With your help, the park is a nicer place to visit. ... Thanks also to those who participated in the weed pull on June 18. We tidied up the curb in front of Mudpuppy's and pulled up foxtails near the barbecue area.

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 info@pido.org. Thank you.

Please visit our News and Events pages for current info!


NEXT CLEANUP EVENT AT PT. ISABEL: Sun, Jul 24, 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, Jul 9, 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 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, Jul 18, 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.