Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Post image for Beth Martin both fosters and adopts dogs through Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Over a year’s time, Menlo Park resident Beth Martin lost four dogs. Twelve or so months later, she started thinking she was ready for a new dog in her life but had a firm opinion about puppies: “They’re a joke. They pee everywhere and eat everything.”

Through a friend who had worked on the fundraiser, Haute Dog, she was introduced to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. “I liked the idea that they were focusing on animals that needed help most,” she recalled. “The main reason these dogs aren’t being adopted is because of age.”

Two and a half years ago, she called the folks at Muttville and told them she’d like to get involved, which has led to her fostering dogs and adopting what she calls “two failed fosters,” Flora (shown below modeling at the Haute Dog fashion show) and Stevie Wonder, “failed” in the sense that instead of fostering she adopted them. They’ve joined a non-Muttville dog and a cat to make up Beth’s home menagerie.

Beth explained that Muttville needs foster homes because of limited space at their San Francisco facility. “They usually have about 70 dogs up for adoption at a time,” she said. “Fostering a dog involves bringing them home, feeding and loving them.”

Flora on the runway at Haute Dog

Over the course of her involvement, she’s fostered 14 dogs. “To be honest, a few of them I was glad to see go,” she said. “More so because I knew they’d found their perfect home, even if it wasn’t my home.”

Beth emphasized that Muttville provides medical care for the dogs and the food and accessories that would allow most anyone to foster a dog. “A potential foster goes through an interview process where they ask you about your schedule and home environment and tell you everything you need to know about fostering a dog,” she said.

“The key to fostering is having the time, patience and compassion for dogs who aren’t as spry as they once were. But they were once someone’s good pets, and they can be good pets again in the right home.”

On August 29, Muttville will be hosting its 7th annual Moolah for Mutts with the theme “Muttville’s Senior Prom” at the San Francisco Design Center. You can purchase tickets online.

Photo of Beth and her Muttville dogs by Irene Searles

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Catching up with Menlo Charity Horse Show founding committee member Nancy Robinson

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Nancy Robinson smiles when people ask her how long she thinks she’ll be involved with horses. “Guess they don’t understand that once you’re hooked it’s a lifetime thing!” she says. Nancy’s “hook” was visiting an uncle’s farm each summer in Missouri. She rode there and later began a show career that lasted until 2007. But […]

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4th grade girls basketball team from Menlo Park shines on national stage

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Last Sunday (July 26) the CA CRUSH TNT, a 4th grade girls basketball team from Menlo Park, was crowned National Runner-up Champions (second in the nation) at the AAU 4th Grade Girls National Championships held in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. The team is comprised of girls who go to Oak Knoll, Encinal, La Entrada and Phillips […]

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Spotted: New ducklings at Sharon Park lake

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There’s a new crop of ducklings plying the water at Sharon Park. We counted 5 fuzzy heads earlier this week and Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg caught them in action.

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Deadline to enter Menlo Film Contest is July 31

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The Menlo Film Contest encourages community members to voice their passion for parks by answering, “How do parks make life better in Menlo Park?” in a short one to three minute video. The deadline is by July 31. Prizes include gift certificates to LB Steak ($300), Bradley’s Fine Diner ($200) and Refuge ($100). Top videos will be […]

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Man of many talents Gary Riekes helps others reach their potential

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We’re guessing we aren’t the only one who associate the The Reikes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park with fitness. But on a recent visit there, we discovered that the Center’s fitness programs represent just 25% of the revenue. Also offered are art, music, nature and community service programs. Center founder Gary Riekes journeyed west from […]

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Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher continues his project focused on LPCH construction

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We received an update from Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher about his project photographing the construction of the new children’s hospital at Stanford: “During the past 15 months, I’ve continued to follow the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. I visit the site at least once each week and have found that […]

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Menlo Park native KK Clark scores gold as member of USA Women’s Senior National Water Polo team

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KK Clark is now traveling around the world as a member of USA Women’s Senior National Water Polo team. But she got her start swimming in Menlo Park, where she grew up. And her Menlo Park aunt and uncle, Marybeth and Chris Dorst, have some impressive swimming resumes themselves: Marybeth was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic […]

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation is staging Lyme Prevention Race on August 2

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Emails Linda Giampa, Executive Director of the Portola Valley-based Bay Area Lyme Foundation: “On Sunday, August 2, we are sponsoring a 5k/10k/Half and a special family-friendly 1k at Huddart Park in Woodside. Enjoy trails, nature and exercise. Many fun activities for all: treasure hunt, music, massage, micro-beers and yummy snacks. And we will have a booth to spread […]

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Connoisseurs’ Marketplace is taking place this weekend in downtown Menlo Park

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We headed downtown this morning to check out the 29th Connoisseurs’ Marketplace which spreads from Johnson St. to El Camino Real today and tomorrow. Hours both days are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Along the way we caught up with two Menlo Park-based artists, photographer Fred Mertz (booth 919) and jewelry maker Soni Bergman (pictured […]

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Jennifer Bryson leads new non-profit, The Zephyr Institute

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We first met Menlo Park newcomer Jennifer Bryson when she was organizing no-host parties to watch the victorious U.S. women’s soccer team. Along the way, we stumbled on the reason the Bay Area native had returned after many years on the East Coast. She’s the Executive Director of a new non-profit, The Zephyr Institute. “Our […]

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