By Jill Weitzen MacDonald
Del Mar residents Sharon and Richard Bockoff have two beautiful dogs named Walter and Sophie. They have been active in local animal rescue organizations in San Diego County and adopted Sophie from the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network. They made Del Mar their permanent home in 2003 after years of commuting back and forth from Michigan.
The story of their love of animals and their love of the community of Del Mar came together this year when they approached the Del Mar Foundation about donating funds to provide a dog drinking fountain near dog beach in Del Mar. They would provide the funding if the Del Mar Foundation would work with the City of Del Mar to install the fountain.
City of Del Mar staff Eric Minicilli, David Scherer and Pat Vergne worked with Del Mar Foundation volunteers Carolyn Kling and Cory Grant and Executive Director Maile D’Arcy to make this fountain, near the north entrance to dog beach, a reality. Potable water is now available for both dogs and their human friends. The fountain has been incorporated into the new walkway and landscape project along Camino Del Mar, just south of Via de la Valle, that is the terminus of the Coast to Crest Trail.
This is just one example of how the Del Mar Foundation can help you leave a lasting legacy. For more information on making a charitable gift to the Del Mar Foundation go online to
or phone 858-635-1363.