Barking in Berkeley

25 May 2011
Our Favorite Places posted by Nan Tofanelli

There’s nothing better than getting out of town for a weekend. Sometimes two days is all you really need to catch up on your sleep, gain new perspectives and see some not too ordinary sights. We recently spent a weekend with Robin in Berkeley.

Our first major decision of the trip was where we would eat on Friday night. We all decided that we wanted something light and fast like pizza. Now in Berkeley, finding a suitable pizza restaurant for take out is not all that easy. There are too many choices! Once we narrowed down the choices we wandered over to the Cheese Board where on any given night there is a line that sometimes wraps around the building to pick up pizzas.

One choice every day, that makes it easy, today’s choice was Margherita with fresh herbs. 

We noticed an abundance of dogs on the sidewalk and at the outdoor tables with their owners. Yes, Berkeley is a very dog friendly city. 

The next morning we walked Robin to the BART station so she could catch her ride to work and proceeded to the dog park with our new puppy HUGO and Robin and Mike’s dog BAILEY.

Now in case you’ve never been to a dog park, let me tell you that they are not just for dogs. They are also for their owners. This particular park had chairs and picnic tables and places where owners could mingle and talk. We spent a nice hour and a half learning about BLUE and how she was adopted and also about little old LADY, who was adopted at the ripe age of 14 after her elderly owner died. We met full breeds and half breeds and multi breeds with names like DAISY, HUNTINGTON and JAKE. Our BAILEY was an old hand at dog parks but this was HUGO’S first time and it took some getting used to for him. He finally caught on to the whole “run with the pack” thing and had had a great time running unhindered by leashes and orders.


On to our next stop...4th St Berkeley. One of my most favorite shopping areas in the Bay Area, small stores, two lane street, lots of interesting architecture, ditto people (street performers)



and yes, dogs. Saturday afternoon, local Humane Society sets up their most appealing animals to tug at your heart strings!


Luckily with one new dog in our household, I wasn’t tempted to add another.

After wandering for at least an hour in one of our fav stores (The Gardener) we made our purchases, had gifts wrapped and set off for the big city........ be continued







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Sounds like fun!  Oh wait,I just did some of the same things the past few days.  I enjoyed my time with Robin,Bailey and my dear friend Maureen.  Wouldn’t want to live there but oh so refreshing once in awhile!  Kathy

Jutta-Ingrid Beymer


I liked the outing. It felt like a friend relating to a friend what a good time they had.
And I love your store. I wish we had you here in boring Angels Camp…..

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