Monthly Archives: December 2013

Santa Paws is Coming to Town Again!

Santa Paws!This year, ODOG is partnering with local pet store Canine Comforts and Brotzeit Lokal to present out Sixth Annual Santa Paws benefit! Bring your kids, and bring your pups, and get your picture taken with Santa.
Then, stay for brunch, lunch, or a beer on Brotzeit’s dog-friendly patio. Brotzeit is a new, waterfront restaurant and biergarten, and the specialize in hard-to-find beers.
We’ve got a great, professional photographer lined up. We’re suggesting a $30 donation. You’ll get to sit with Santa and your dogs and/or kids. We’ll post the photos the next day online and email everyone the link.
DATE: Saturday, Dec. 21
TIME: 11 am – 3 pm
LOCATION: Brotzeit Lokal, 1000 Embarcadero
(behind the Homewood Suites, in the old Oyster Reef location).
SPONSORS:
Brotzeit Lokal: A great waterfront biergarten that serves German food, and hard-to-find beers on tap. And, they have a dog-friendly patio!
Canine Comforts: a pet boutique at Jack London Square, with great gifts!
Chickpea Photography Studio: A well-regarded photographer, who recently did work for Oakland Animal Services
Home Away From Home small dog boarding: A great, Oakland-based dog sitting service, specializing in smaller dogs, and seniors.
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Lake Merritt Dog Park Update

By Paul Vidican, ODOG Vice President

Last week, I angrily and publicly chastised Oakland Mayor Jean Quan for a lack of leadership on the Lake Merritt dog park issue. I was justifiably angry because after 13 years, thousands of hours of volunteer hours, and fundraising to create an area for dog owners who live in the densest part of Oakland—the Lake Merritt area—not one but two virtually-assured areas were abruptly made unavailable by the City. On Monday Mayor Quan,  after reading my attack on her,  graciously called me to personally discuss the issues and background information on what’s happening with finding space for people with dogs in Oakland, and what happened with the loss of Lakeview and Snow Park locations. From our conversation and her assurances, I have respect for her leadership on this issue of significant importance to such a large, diverse group of Oaklanders, and look forward to working with her. I now wish that I had spoken with her first before I wrote the letter. For that I want to apologize.

 

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