Dogs and their humans unite for Obama in Richmond

Metro Dog co-owner Diane Livoti with Bark for Barack poster (Photo by Kristopher Skinner/Contra Costa Times)

Metro Dog co-owner Diane Livoti with "Bark for Barack" poster (Photo by Kristopher Skinner/Contra Costa Times)

Your pooch cannot vote for president. Not legally, anyway.

But the humans at Metro Dog, a Richmond doggie daycare and boarding center also known as “Disneyland for Dogs,” found a way to get out the bark for Barack Obama.

Get it? “Get out the bark!” instead of “Get out the vote!”

Okay, it’s a stinky joke.

But this is a really cool poster.

Emily Jan of Timbuktu Designs styled the vivid artwork titled “Bark for Barack” after an early 1900s Alexander Rodchenko Russian literacy poster.

The poster features a regal greyhound, which probably wasn’t Metro Dog regular and Burmese Mountain Dog Tomas’ first choice. (His human, after all, coined the phrase “Bark for Barack” for the poster.)

Pet lovers are displaying it all over the East Bay, including the Oakland Zoo.

Bark for Barack poster

"Bark for Barack" poster

Hundreds of copies of the image have been downloaded from all over the nation at their web site, www.ObamaDogsUnite.com.

Metro Dog co-owners Diane Livoti and Alison Smith have raised more than $2,000 for Obama’s campaign through sales of the poster although they long ago exhausted their one and only order of 500 prints.

The only place to obtain it now is a download from their web site, where they ask for a $5 campaign donation in return for use of the image.

In the interest of fairness, I asked Livoti to arrange a paw-wow with the Republican pups in her fine establishment.

Surely, there must be some toothy growling over this flagrant bias against their candidate John McCain?


There are no Republican dogs here.


Clinton set to speak in SF; Obama headed to Bay Area

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will speak Thursday morning in person while presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama will speak live via satellite to nearly 6,000 delegates and activists expected to attend the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) convention at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Expect considerable press coverage, including that of my Oakland Tribune colleague Josh Richman. He’ll be there in person; no satellite feed for Josh!

While Obama won’t show up in person on Thursday, he’s scheduled to arrive in San Francisco for a fund-raiser on Aug. 17.

Obama will attend a cocktail reception and a dinner at either the Masonic Hall or the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Per the invitation, the event will set you back $2,300 per person for the cocktail party and $14,250 per person for the dinner.

If you’re feeling flush and want to go, send an email to the event co-chair Jeremiah Hallisey (he’s an Alamo guy) at jfhallisey@halliseyandjohnsonlaw.com.

Addition at 2:28 p.m.: A reader asked about the origins of the numbers, $2,300 and $14,250. The invite says: “For those who have not exceeded the allowable contribution to the Obama campaign, you can contribute up to $2,300 for the primary, $2,300 for the general election and $28,500 to the Obama Victory Fund.”

The $14,250 figure is exactly half that of the maximum contribution allowed to the Obama Victory Fund but you’ll note that it is well in excess of the individual limits. It’s permissible because the Obama Victory Fund is a joint fund formed with other entities and they are allowed to combine the limits. McCain has a similar fund with a contribution cap of $70,000. Politico.com has a good story on the subject here.


Abram gets talk at Halfwaytoconcord

There’s an entertaining discussion on www.halfwaytoconcord.com about a Thursday night fund-raiser in for the Assembly campaign of San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson.

Tickets for a regular attendees are $250 a person or $1,000-$3,000 for hosts.

Hosts listed on the event flyer include Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor, San Ramon Valley Unified School Board Trustee Bill Clarkson, Danville Councilman Michael Shimansky, Homebuilders Association of Northern California chief Joe Perkins and political consultant Tom Koch, also the chief spokesman for the Tassajara Valley development proposal called “New Farm.”

Wilson has lagged behind his three competitors in this race when it comes to campaign cash. The other Republicans are Judy Biviano Lloyd, Robert Rao and Scott Kamena.

Want to attend Abram’s event? Call 916-203-3488