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Goin' to the Dog Park

Whether you have a dog or not, a visit to Pt. Isabel can make your day.

Since I have never owned a dog in my entire life, it might seem strange that one of my favorite places in the world is the dog park at Point Isabel, but there you are.

It makes me smile every time.

I love to go there with my friends who have dogs. You can’t beat the place for beauty, with the expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. Even on a breezy and overcast day, the place warms my heart because of the dogs. Young or old, whatever the breed, they all seem to experience the joy of being off-leash with every fiber of their furry beings.

I’ve rarely witnessed a scuffle among the animals, and the humans are remarkably friendly too. There is just something magical in the air that brings out the best in everyone. Having a bad day? Spend twenty minutes at Point Isabel. You’ll leave happy, guaranteed.

The genius of the place continues at the Sit and Stay Cafe. I mean, seriously, could there be a better name? And right next store is Mudpuppy's, where the dogs who couldn’t resist the lagoon at low tide can freshen up before they jump in the car for the ride home. A little spa treatment is always a good idea.

If you have a dog, maybe I’ll see you out there. And if you don’t, don’t let that keep you away.

Sit and stay. Or run and chase.

It’s all good.

Teresa Suchowaski-Gonzales October 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I've been experiencing the magic at dog park for a couple of decades. Love it and so have my dogs. But I'm going to give credit to the city of Richmond.....as Pt. Isabel is located in my fine city by the bay !
Corey October 16, 2012 at 05:27 PM
My dog and I also love Pt. Isabel but the real credit goes to East Bay Regional Parks and the Point Isabel Dog Owners and Friends group. EBRP constantly patrols the parks, empties and lines those garbage cans and keeps an eye out for all of us. PIDO champions the off-leash nature of our park, regularly pulls weeds and even organizes extra poop pick up days. Make a donation to PIDO or buy logo merchandise or better yet--volunteer for a clean-up or week-pull day. http://pido.org/
Robin Fraatz October 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM
'Way back when my sister was four and I was six (1950's,) Point Isabel was the site of the San Pablo Avenue Sportsman's Club. It was for the local fishermen and hunters, and it had a hill loaded with buckeye trees, a bay with docks for the fishermen, a sandy beach for us kids to play on, and a sportsman's clubhouse to have events -- like Bingo! My father was the fisherman/hunter. Back in those days, our parents never had to buy meat-- my father kept the freezer filled with fish, wild duck, venison and pheasant! Point Isabel was a magic place even then!
Jean Womack October 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM
See those rocks? They are loaded with foxtails. If the park district really cared about dogs they would pull up those foxtails. They give the nonsense excuse that they are native plants. Thats nonsense because everything in that park was landscaped and planned and planted by human beings. Its evidence of ongoing cruelty to animals in my opinion. You think about who doesn't like dogs and you will have the answer to who put those fixtails there.

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