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Important Meetings Coming up!

Email your support for Lakeview Dog ParkThere are two big meetings coming up that will decide on Oakland’s dog-friendliness. 

Wednesday, May 2, 6-10 pm

Lakeview Dog Play Area, near Lake Merritt will come before the Oakland Planning Commission. It’s vital that we have a strong presence at this meeting. Your presence will count even if you don’t want to speak. If you like, you can RSVP on their facebook page, or you can just show up! It’s also OK if you show up late.

Oakland City Hall [map it]
For directions, public transit, and parking options, click here.

In the meantime, please write to the Planning Commission and tell them you support this project! You can use the handy form we’ve set up. It takes less than 2 minutes, and you can use as-is, or customize with your own words.

Tuesday, April 17, 2 pm

Restrictions to off-leash access to the Dunn Trail in Redwood Regional Park are being discussed by the East Bay Regional Park District. Stop the ban of off-leash dogs! Attend their next meeting on April 17th, at 2950 Peralta Oaks Court in Oakland [map it]. In the meantime, you can send voice your opinion by emailing with a CC: to

Saturday, April 14 at 10-10:30

Happy Tails and Trails has agreed to do another dog and horse  training clinic, weather permitting.  Bring your LEASHED dog and dog treats to meet a horse and learn how they can get along with just a handful of behavior changes. You will learn how to  understand the behaviors of your dog, the horse and the rider, so that your dog is calmer around horses and everyone is safer on the trails. This is a big part of our chance to retain off-leash access so if you think your dog needs even a tiny bit of help, make time to attend.   Please bring some small treats and be sure your dog is securely leashed.  Meet at the trail entrance to Serpentine that abuts the Trudeau Center parking lot [map it].

If you are an equestrian who would like to participate, with or without a horse, please let us know if you would be available on this date or at future trainings.


Email the city your support for the Lakeview Dog Play Area!

Send an email to the city nowThe Lakeview Dog Play Area needs your support. Send an email in the next 24 hours to convince the city that dog owners deserve space in this neighborhood. We’ve made it extremely simple to send a note of support with our form letterYou can use it as-is, or use our talking point to write your own letter.

Talking Points:

  • Dog play area provides social space for people with dogs.
  • Dog play area approved in Lake Merritt Master Plan and by the Parks Commission (2006 and 2010).
  • Proposed plan gives us a legal space to go with our dogs.
  • This busy neighborhood needs this amenity so we don’t have to drive to Alameda and Berkeley every day.
  • The multi-use park has room for dogs, kids, soccer and more.

Map of the proposed dog play area. Click to enlarge

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.

Help Create Equitable Access for Dogs in Oakland Parks

“We’ve seen how these (dog) parks make a community great for people AND pets… It makes an area more attractive for visitors and new residents… The best moments of your life are measured in dog years.”

We missed the deadline for Bark for your Park this year (congratulations to Huntington, WV on winning this year!) But you can still help us in our mission to make space in our parks for our dogs. Currently, it’s illegal to bring a dog to any of the parkland near Lake Merritt (even on leash). We’ve been working for over ten years on the project at Lakeview Park. It would take up only one tenth of one percent of the parkland near the lake. It’s been approved by city agencies several times, and is included in the Lake Merritt Master Plan. But, we need your support.

Easy Ways You Can Help Get this Park Built

Deadline Tonight: Dog Costume Photo Contest!

Get those photos in by midnight for a chance to win a gift certificate to Paws & Claws!!

Pre-Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser DOG COSTUME PHOTO CONTEST!!

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: Tonight at midnight pacific.

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


Dog Park Days Were Great!

Our Pet Food Express fundraiser is now over. We had a blast! We met so many cool people, and sold a lot of cupcakes! Big big thanks go to:

  • Pet Food Express:  Their generosity is only matched by their amazing employees. Everywhere we were, the PFX employees were gracious, friendly, and very helpful. Please support this great, local company!
  • Dirty Dogs Hikes and Outings: They were there all weekend, washing dogs, selling cookies, and having an infectious spirit. Dogs love these folks! Your first hike with them is free, and they’ll even hook up a camera to your dog so you can go along virtually!
We’ve got more exciting events coming up, so stay tuned!