Big FIDO thank you to M.W. Steele Group for maps

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FIDO recently provided lunch for the staff of the M.W. Steele group.  Mark, Diego and his staff of architects and planners have been providing pro bone services to FIDO for almost 10 years. They have been instrumental in preparing the maps that FIDO has been presenting for consideration to city staff.  Recently, they did the final version of our Smart Growth Alternative map that will be going through the planning process side by side with the city’s version.  We could not have done it without their help!

 

THANKS for voting Fiesta Island “Best Dog Park” in the U.S.!

best-dog-park-logoWe won! Last month we asked you if you love Fiesta Island as much as we do. Now the answer is in: you do!

Despite some tough competition (check out the “top 10” list – there are some other beautiful dog parks out there), FIDO supporters came through, and Fiesta Island has officially won USA Today’s “10 Best Dog Parks in the Country” contest.

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-dog-park/

If you participated in the contest, thanks!  We’re proud of our amazing dog park and are fighting to save it. Join us by signing our membership list or making a donation today.

 

FIDO fundraiser at Tiger! Tiger! in North Park on Oct. 16

tiger-tiger-logo-croppedCome out for a great afternoon with fellow FIDO supporters on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2 – 6 p.m.

Tiger! Tiger! offers a wide selection of craft brews and locally sourced food. Just show up to eat and drink between those hours and 15 percent of sales will go to FIDO.

 Tiger! Tiger! is at 3025 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 (just east of 30th St.)

 Tigertigertavern.blogspot.com

 

Fiesta Island Cleanup on Sat. Oct. 1

Come meet some of your fellow FIDO supporters and share the love! Join us at Fiesta Island on Saturday, Oct. 1 between 9:30 and 11 a.m. for one of our periodic cleanups. Keeping Fiesta clean is important to show the city that FIDO is a good steward of our island. It also helps keep the water clean, and keeps our dog-and-people walk area the lovely place it is. And clean is contagious – it helps remind everyone to ALWAYS pick up after their dogs.

Bring your own scooper, or we provide rubber gloves and single-use bags. Your dogs are welcome too. Invite others! Bring friends who also use and love Fiesta Island.

Don’t want to scoop poop? We also need table volunteers to greet people, explain FIDO’s mission, and sign up new members. If you want to work at the tables, please email info@fidosd.org to let us know. Table volunteers should show up at 9 a.m. to help set up.

See you there!

Vote for Fiesta Island as “Best Dog Park” in the U.S.!

Do you love Fiesta Island as much as we do? Here’s your chance to show it. USA Today is running a “10 Best Dog Parks in the Country” poll, and Fiesta Island is currently No. 1.

We want to keep it that way, so click here to vote. It takes less than a minute. You can vote once a day from each device — phone, laptop, etc. —  so vote often. The contest will run until Oct. 9.

Please share this with friends.  Let’s keep Fiesta Island at the top of the list!

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-dog-park/

New FIDO map shows smart growth / low cost alternative to city plan

FIDO recently worked with the M. W. Steele Group, Inc. on a detailed concept map of our proposed Smart Growth / Low Cost alternative to the currently proposed plan from the city that FIDO opposes, which includes a road and fence through the current off-leash area.

Instead, our NEW map below clearly shows the Smart Growth, Low Cost version that FIDO supports instead. It preserves the off-leash area intact without roads and fences.

FIDO-proposed plan for Fiesta Island leash-free area (click on the link for a larger version):

FIDO map Mark Steele Aug 2016 FINAL.new version2

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Fiesta Island Cleanup on Sat. Oct. 1

Come meet some of your fellow FIDO supporters and share the love! Join us at Fiesta Island on Saturday, Oct. 1 between 9:30 and 11 a.m. for one of our periodic cleanups. Keeping Fiesta clean is important to show the city that FIDO is a good steward of our island. It also helps keep the water clean, and keeps our dog-and-people walk area the lovely place it is. And clean is contagious – it helps remind everyone to ALWAYS pick up after their dogs.

Bring your own scooper, or we provide rubber gloves and single-use bags. Your dogs are welcome too. Invite others! Bring friends who also use and love Fiesta Island.

Don’t want to scoop poop? We also need table volunteers to greet people, explain FIDO’s mission, and sign up new members. If you want to work at the tables, please email info@fidosd.org to let us know. Table volunteers should show up at 9 a.m. to help set up.

See you there!

Fiesta Island Cleanup and RAFFLE on Sunday, June 26

Join your fellow FIDO supporters at Fiesta Island on Sunday, June 26 between 9:30 and 11 a.m. for one of our periodic cleanups. Keeping Fiesta clean is important to show the city that FIDO is a good steward of our island! It also helps keep poop and trash out of the ocean, and keeps our dog-and-people walk area the lovely place it is.

Bring your own scooper, or we provide rubber gloves and single-use bags. Your dogs are welcome too. Invite others! Bring friends who also use and love Fiesta Island.

If poop pickup isn’t your thing, you can also help get other volunteers to sign in when they arrive, or pitch in on other jobs. We can use your help any time between 9:30 a.m. when we set up, till 11 a.m. when we take our tables down. If you need more info, email info@fidosd.org.

We’ll also have an update on what’s happening with the city now that the planning process for the island has restarted (see maps at right). AND we’ll conduct a “thank you” drawing around 10:45 with cool doggie prizes.

See you there!

Watch out for foxtails!

foxtailsThis is the time of year when nasty little grasses called foxtails are rampant on Fiesta Island. The sharp, barbed seed coverings are very dangerous for dogs – they can get into your dog’s ears, between their toes (where they burrow into the skin), and even a lung if they are inhaled through the nose. Removal can require sedation or even anesthesia by your veterinarian. At this time of year, try to avoid the most heavily infested areas on Fiesta Island, and ALWAYS check around your dog’s ears and between their toes when you leave the island.

Here are couple of links for further reading:

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/foxtail-grass-and-your-dog

www.seattledogspot.com/dog-health…/foxtail-grass-can-kill-your-dog/

UPDATE: 2016 planned closure dates for Fiesta Island through November 2016

The city of San Diego maintains a list, updated quarterly, of dates when Fiesta Island will be closed on Saturday or Sunday morning for various reasons. Even when the island is closed, note that you can still walk onto it; you just cannot drive there until it opens. The city also lists closures at https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/fiestaislandclosures.pdf

The following closures are in effect on the date shown from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

10/08                        Breakfree Run

10/16                         Esprit de She

10/29                        Tri Club Triathlon

10/30                        Chardonnay Run

11/05                         Tri  Club Triathlon

11/06                         Fiesta Time Trials

11/20                         Skateboard Marathon — NOTE that this closure is 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.