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Dog park to be ready in six weeks, City says

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Six weeks is the timetable for the opening of a long-sought after dog park in Martinez – albeit a temporary home – after the Martinez City Council’s recent unanimous approval to locate the facility near the John Muir Amphitheater. The temporary facility …

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Renowned international dog trainer & veterinary wife call Martinez home

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Famous in the world of dog care and training, John and Kate O’Connor are one of Martinez’ best-kept secrets. John revealed some of his insights on dog training, based on lifelong work with canines that began in Ireland. With John’s award-winning dog training work in the Irish …

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Martinez animal shelter receives 33 dogs Jan. 3

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Overcrowding at Contra Costa County Animal Services is always a problem, but the issue was made significantly worse Tuesday, Jan. 3, when 33 dogs came into the Martinez shelter. A post on Smart Paws Pet Resources’ Facebook page showed nine dogs crowded into one kennel at the …

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Dogs compete at Mutt Strut

MARTINEZ, Calif. – About 70 people and 40 dogs participated in the Mutt Strut last Thursday at the Martinez Amphitheater. The strut offered local dog owners a chance to show off their beloved pets, with prizes going to Best Name, Best Tail, Best Costume, Looks Most Like Owner and Best …

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‘Pets for Vets’ services now available at the VA

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Animals weren’t the only beneficiaries from a recent visit of the Animal Rescue Foundation’s (ARF) mobile clinic to the Martinez VA – their owners also received a lift of spirit. Among former service personnel who took advantage of ARF’s hospitality was Army …

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Shelter halts animal surrender services

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Contra Costa County Animals Services Department (CCASD) announced this week they will be temporarily ceasing the acceptance of owner-surrendered animals at their shelters in Martinez and Pinole due to the volume of animals at both facilities. Certain exceptions to this temporary freeze will be made for …

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Dog park workshop back on schedule

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A citizens-driven effort to open a dog park in Martinez is back on schedule after a second public workshop initially appeared to need rescheduling, both City Engineer Tim Tucker and one of the park advocates, Melissa Mohoi, said. A growing group …

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‘Outcast’ seeks pledges during drive

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune We meet a lot of people who care about and care for our community’s free-roaming cats. But this summer, a couple of caretakers really stood out from the crowd. Each of them have a decent sized group of cats that they care for …

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Outcast launches Caring campaign to save cats

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune How do you think your pet cat would react if they suddenly ended up in a noisy, cold, and scary animal shelter? For some pet cats, this experience is so foreign and frightening that they panic, act out and earn themselves a trip …

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