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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).
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.

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

We’re all very excited about our next fun event: Santa Paws. It’s our fourth annual, and it’s always a great time. It’s being held at local Oakland institution, Sarber’s Cameras in the Montclair District. Bring your pups, and bring your kids to sit on Santa’s lap and get a photo! We’ll have some additional surprises, too.

Sarber’s is family-owned and has been serving the community for over 50 years! Come down and support ODOG and this wonderful community-minded shop.


DATE: Sunday, December 11

TIME: 11 am – 3 pm

LOCATION: Sarber’s Cameras, 1958 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. MAP IT

PRICE: $30 for one 5″x7″ print. Additional prints extra.

Some Spooky Fun (and prizes!)

Pre-Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser

TO ENTER: post a picture on the facebook wall of Lakeview Dog Play Area of your dog in costume

PRIZES: $10 gift certificate to PAWS AND CLAWS pet store (sponsor of our fundraiser on 10/28); and your pic gets to be on Lakeview Dog’s marquee (under the logo).

EXTRA POINTS: caption your pic with your dog’s name. You can also mention why this off-leash area would be important to you.

DEADLINE: Wed., Oct 19th at midnight pacific.

JUDGES: Michelle Dong, Terry Boom, and Paul Vidican.



Were you aware that if one of your dog’s paws touches grass in most of Oakland’s parks, you could get a ticket?

For more than ten years, a committed group of canine loving volunteers has been going through Oakland’s byzantine system to build an off-leash area for neighbors near Lake Merritt, in a largely UNUSED spot by I-580. It’s been approved several times by Oakland city departments, and was included in the Adams Point Urban Design Plan and the Lake Merritt Master Plan. It would be used daily by nearby residents, many of whom are elderly and without access to any place to socialize with their companion animals and other like-minded people. The plan would also add year-round flowers and several trees to what is now a patchy yellowish lawn.

Recently, a small but very vocal group has stepped up to oppose this much-needed amenity. They are claiming it will be an eyesore, an unattractive place, unsafe for children  … they are using every scare tactic to whip up fear and make this fall through, We need your help to make this park a reality!

Join the Facebook page for this project. There’s strength in numbers, and more supporters sends a message to City Hall.

Visit the website for this project, get informed, and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.