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Mar 15 2011

Author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson Signs Off-leash Petition

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Photo by Robert McNicholas

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving, Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep signs the petition to save off-leash access to Albany Beach and Bulb on March 12 at the Berkeley Art Center.

The Petition reads:

We, the undersigned, support multi-use public parks in the East Bay and call on the East Bay Regional Park District, the California State Parks and Recreation Department, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the City of Albany to:


  1. Actively support off-leash dog-walking in inclusive, multi-use parks that are accessible to the mobility-challenged, convenient to dense urban populations, and more proportional to the many households with dogs.
  2. Continue the almost 30-year tradition of the Albany Bulb, Neck, Plateau and Beach as unstructured, multi-use open space for off-leash dog-walking, hiking, nature-watching, socializing, creativity, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding and fishing. Include all stakeholders, and especially current park users, in any planning for this area. Value it as a unique, urban-edge park; preserve it as an evolving laboratory for the way Nature reclaims the land; and largely limit development to disability access, sanitation, and stabilization of the landfill. Let Nature be in charge!


Help Us Gather Signatures!  Download a copy of the Albany (Bulb) Waterfront Petition (PDF)


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Feb 18 2011

Albany Workshop with EBRPD

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Mary Barnsdale from the Facebook Group, Dogs of the Albany Bulb writes about Thursday Feb. 17  meeting with about the Albany Beach with EBRPD

Good dog-community representation last night at the EBRPD community workshop regarding “improvements” to the Albany Beach. (I’m guessing a dozen of us?) This was supposed to be the second of a series of workshops — but it sounded like there actually won’t be more, so it was great to get the “dogs on the beach” message into the official record.
EBRPD now has to consider the feedback and work with their consultants on a recommendation that they’ll take to their board. Some of the many options include doing nothing, installing real toilets and running water, improving the dunes, making the beach accessible by people with mobility challenges, dumping sand offshore to “nourish the beach,” building a boardwalk on the beach, etc. There is no planning for dogs in any of the three scenarios. We’ll see what they come back with — but mostly likely the “final” plan won’t officially include dogs either. Money will likely come from the COSCO Busan settlement funds (and a small amount from the last EBRPD special assessment tax).

The EBRPD board meeting at which they’ll decide on a recommendation will be public, btw. We’ll let you know when it is after we find out.

We may need you to send letters and emails to the EBRPD board. More on that later.


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Mar 19 2010

Developing Racetrack and Albany Waterfront

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An Interesting read….
The City of Albany spent more than $600,000 on a citizens’ plan for developing the racetrack and the waterfront, but it may go nowhere.

A Bad Bet on Golden Gate Fields – East Bay Express

What do you think?


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May 09 2009

Dog Washing Machine

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I just have to share….

The Dog O’ Matic. An automated dog-washing machine.

Dog o Matic


Oh yeah , My dogs would love this! (of course, that is sarcasm).

Invented by a young French entrepreneur Romain Jerry the Dog O’ Matic wash takes a total of about 30 minutes, 5 minutes for the actual washing with jets of water and an additional 25 for drying and bruching with warm air.

Romain Jerry says that it is very rare that a dog is agitated or panicky during the wash – really? for 30 minutes? My dog is agitated after just 5 minutes in the tub.


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Feb 19 2009

Rainy Days at The Bulb


I love the rain.  It allows me the excuse to relax and do nothing (if I can).

The only thing I don’t like is the mess that comes with the rain – 3 dogs, 12 paws can track in a lot of mud!



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