News and Events


Fall is Here & Our Work Continues at LI-DOG's October Meeting!

Thurs., Oct. 16th, 7 – 9 p.m.

East Meadow Public Library

1886 Front St, East Meadow, NY (Google map)

Ah, the cool crisp days of Fall are upon us and you're looking forward to those great walks through the park and seeing your pooch romp through the leaves but WAIT!! You're met with that dreaded sign..."NO DOGS ALLOWED"! While autumn is a terrific time of year to enjoy the great outdoors, Long Island dog owners know that their options are severely limited when it comes to doing so with their fur kids.

At LI-DOG, our mission is to continue to expand dog owner access to public parkland. In addition to helping to create dog parks, LI-DOG also strives for more ON-LEASH access to public trails and parks as well as off-leash access to Long Island's many miles of public beaches.

Learn about our latest efforts on those two fronts as well as our plans for "Dog Days" at Old Westbury Gardens coming up later this month. Anyone that is interested in helping with these campaigns and/or events should come to the meeting where you will also hear about our latest success stories and other upcoming dog-related events.

PLUS, we want to hear from you! Do you know of other parks or beaches that would be great for on-leash or off-leash exercise and play? As always,we need your input as well as volunteers to keep our initiatives moving.

So, please don't settle for your pup being confined to the backyard year round. Join us for our next meeting on October 16th as we continue to plot our next moves in our effort to make Long Island more dog-friendly!

RSVP: LI-DOG Meetup Group
Or email:


The 2nd Annual Nassau Barkfest, Long Island’s Largest Pet Costume Contest and Parade

Sunday, October 19th, 12:00PM – 3PM Rain or Shine

Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre

East Meadow, NY. Park at Field 6 & 6A (Google map)

Sponsored by the Nassau County SPCA and Long Island’s K98.3

Hey Pet Guardians: Mark your calendars for what is going to be a FUN FILLED family event in the Park (leashed dogs are welcome). Over 500 of the best dressed pets on the Planet will be strutting their stuff. The parade and costume judging begin at 1:00pm. Nassau SPCA asks participants to bring a pet food donation box to help families with pets who are facing difficult financial times. Rescue groups, LI-DOG and other animal friendly organizations will be on site to celebrate.

Admission: Free

More Info: 516-571-4225 or


Martial Arfs™ 2nd Annual Halloween Party

Sun., Oct. 19th from 2 to 5 p.m

The Martial ARFS™ Dog Training and Fitness Center

251 Voice Road, Carle Place, N.Y. 11514 (Google map)

Many of us love sharing activities with our canine friends. At the Martial Arfs™ Halloween party, enjoy costume contests (multiple categories) and games. Try “Bobbing for Biscuits” and “Undead Dog” and many more. Treats for humans and canines alike! This is a great opportunity for canine socialization. Many games are off-leash, so please bring only well adjusted, fully-vaccinated canines. This wonderful event is free and open to all, but advance registration is required and space is limited! Please bring a treat, either canine or human, to share.

More info and to register: Visit or call 516-280-8331.


Old Westbury Gardens Fall Dog Days

Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, N.Y., 11568 (Google map)

Meet fellow dog lovers as they enjoy the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Come enjoy this beautiful L.I. treasure! Gardens open to dog lovers and their dogs only twice a year! On Sunday, share the fun with L.I. DOG members (stop by our booth!), rescue and advocacy groups, fitness and agility, and lots of vendors! Exhibiters for the Fall Dog Festival will be on the grounds Sunday from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Come try a canine fitness course with the Martial Arfs™ dog training, fitness and agility crew! Dogs must be on-leash at all times when visiting the gardens, and are not allowed in any buildings on the grounds.

Admission fees are $8.00 for adults; $5.00 for seniors (62 and over) and $3.00 children ages 7-17. OWG members, children under 6 and four-legged visitors free!

More Information: Email

Or visit for more event details and a wonderful overview of their other fall events and programs. Good directions to the gardens also available.


LI DOG October Pack Walk

Sun., Oct. 26th from 11:00a.m. To 12:00p.m. (register at 10:30).

Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, N.Y., 11568 (Google map)

In conjunction with Fall Dog Days, LI DOG is sponsoring a Pack Walk on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Imagine an hour stroll in a great setting! The gardens only open twice a year to our dogs, so come join the walk, then enjoy the vendors and other activities at OWG during the Fall Dog Festival . Admission to OWG is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children. Small donation requested to LI DOG to help cover the costs of our Pack Walks. The walk is from about 11:00a.m. to 12p.m., but please arrive by 10:30 to sign in. Meet near the path from the main parking lot, look for our wagging tail group!

More Info and to RSVP:

Donations for the Pack Walk: (click on “donate”)


BarkFest 2014

Saturday October 25th from noon on!

Holiday Inn Express (Stony Brook)

3131 Nesconset Highway, Setauket, N.Y., 11720 (Google map)

The Town of Brookhaven, along with sponsors Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Save-A-Pet rescue, and Little Shelter invite you to a Halloween extravaganza featuring pet costume contests and a Halloween parade. L.I. Radio Party 105 will attend and provide the music to wag and woof as you march! This fun, family-friendly event is free, but do RSVP to give the organizers a head (and tail) count.

More info & to register: Email or call 516-312-6573.


Pet Palace of Moriches King & Queen of the Palace Adoption Event and Contest

Saturday October 25th, 11am to 4pm

Pet Palace of Moriches

500 Montauk Hwy., Moriches NY 11955 (Google map)

Who will be crowned the King or Queen of the Palace for 2015? A new, spacious Pet Palace in Moriches is celebrating its Grand Opening with the 1st Annual "King or Queen of the Palace" Adoption Event and Contest. Think you have the best looking, best dressed, and best mannered pet on Long Island? This is your chance to have them crowned "King or Queen of the Palace" by a panel of judges which include radio personalities, Suffolk County executives, and Pet Palace owner Kathy Pagartanis. Dogs, cats, ferrets, chinchillas etc. are welcome and all dogs win something just for entering. The top three pets will receive food or free grooming for the rest of 2014, gift certificates and other prizes. There will also be cat, dog, ferret and chinchilla rescue organizations on hand with adoptions available on site. The event is free.

Preregistration:, or in-person. You may also register on the day of the event.
More Info: Giuseppina Tumminello 516-314-3673 or


AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Partners Program

Mixed Breed Program to expand opportunities for all dogs to compete in AKC performance events – AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally

More info:

LI-DOG Meeting Schedule

LI-DOG meetings are held monthly. Next Meeting is Thurs., Oct. 16th, 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting will be held at the East Meadow Public Library (Google Map).

LI-DOG Archives

06/09/13 – Thanks to all the people, dogs and businesses who made our 1st Pints & Paws of the season at Katies of Smithtown such a rousing success!.

10/06/12 – Eisenhower Dog Park Grand Opening Set for Sat., Oct. 13th. A new dog park, which features small dog and large dog areas and covers about an acre, in Nassau County’s premier park is the result of a campaign begun by LI-DOG in 2008.

11/10/11 – The Stakes are in the Ground for the Eisenhower Dog Park! Read about when Parks Dept. officials hope to have the new dog park open and to see photos of the site.

11/07/11 – Candidate Statements from Huntington on Dog-Friendly Parks and Beaches Now Available! On Friday, Oct. 28th, LI-DOG sent emails to several candidates…

05/28/11 – Surprise Visit by Nassau Legislator Gonsalves at Annual Meeting Brings Eisenhower Dog Park News. New LI-DOG Board also elected.

06/05/10 – LI-DOG Makes Gains in 2009; Sets Goals for 2010. New dog parks, new Board members, and plans for upcoming events detailed in our article on LI-DOG’s Annual Meeting.

01/04/10 – Nassau Dog Owners Launch Push for Better Off-Leash Opportunities! First initiative targets large, grassy area at Hempstead Lake State Park where on-leash walking is allowed.

12/17/09 – New Suffolk Dog Park Opens at Robinson Duck Farm in Brookhaven! Large dog park on Montauk Highway now open to all Suffolk residents.

12/16/09 – Nassau County Opens 6th Dog Run at Old Bethpage Restoration. Parks Commissioner also announces County’s 7th dog run at Eisenhower Park slated to open in spring 2010.

12/03/09 – New Suffolk Dog Park to Open at former Robinson Duck Farm Soon! Large, natural borders dog park located in Yaphank will be open to all Suffolk residents.

11/20/09 – Thanks For Making LI-DOG’s 2009 Yappy Hours® at Mary Carroll’s A Big Success! Read about and see photos from this event.

11/17/09 – Dogs & People Brave Wind and Rain for First Dog Run Dog/LI-DOG Event See photos and find out who won the races and got awards for the dog walk.

10/09/09 – New Suffolk Dog Park Up for a Vote on Friday, Nov. 13th! Show elected officials you support new dog parks by coming to the Parks Committee Meeting in Hauppauge.

08/21/09 – New Off-Leash Beach Opens in East Patchogue on Great South Bay The Suffolk County Parks Dept. has opened its first off-leash beach--where dogs can run, swim and play off-leash--at the end of Roe Avenue in East Patchogue.

08/08/09 – LI-DOG’s Yappy Hour® at Mary Carroll’s A Big Success! Read more about what made LI-DOG’s August Yappy Hour so much fun.

02/04/09 – Parks Trustees Nix Off-Leash Program at Coindre Hall. Decision comes after big turnout in support of off-leash activities at November meeting.

12/03/08 – Peter Jurgs Remembered.   Dog lover and long time Coindre Hall regular Peter Jurgs is remembered in this tribute which features a wonderful photo of him and his dog Jenny.

11/11/08 – Parks Trustees to Consider LI-DOG Proposal for Coindre Hall.   Off-leash recreation will be the focus of Trustees hearing on Thurs., Nov. 20th at 10 a.m. at Coindre Hall.

07/08/08 – Small Dog Park Now Open In West Hills County Park! The park, designated for dogs 25 pounds or less, is located on High Hold Drive within the Park.

06/10/08 – LI-DOG Proposes Groundbreaking Off-Leash Solution At Coindre Hall Read about LI-DOG's plan to create an off-leash program that addresses dog owner and other park user's needs.

05/25/08 – Nassau County Plans new Eisenhower Park Dog Run in response to dog owners. Also, a raft of emails from dog owners has spurred the Town of Oyster Bay to explore creating a new dog park.

04/14/08 – Southaven County Dog Park Approved By Suffolk County Legislature.  Despite the vote there are still objections to it by the Suffolk County Parks Department. A table showing how your legislators voted and other issues regarding the dog park can be found in the story.

09/07/07 – Blydenburgh Dog Park Is Now Open!   Grand opening on Sept. 7 celebrates Long Island's newest dog park.

08/22/07 – Blydenburgh Dog Park Is Underway!   Construction has started and the new dog park should be open in early September.

08/21/07 – Natural Borders Dog Park Bill Is Now Law! Approval allows off-leash areas on beaches and at Coindre Hall.

06/01/07 – Five New Dog Parks Bill Becomes Law! On Tues., May 29, 2007, Steve Levy signed into law a bill that directs the Parks Commissioner to designate at least five new dog parks on Suffolk County parkland.

05/23/07 – West Hills Dog Park Opening A Big Success!   Close to 100 dog owners came to thank Leg. Lou D'Amaro for his work to create a bigger dog park in West Hills.

04/20/07 – Brookhaven Dog Owners Unite!   Brookhaven dog owners need support to create dog parks in Patchogue and South Haven County Park.

04/14/07 – Suffolk County To Create Five New Dog Parks! More than 30 dog owners and their dogs gathered at Blydenburgh County Park to hear Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and other legislators call on Suffolk Parks Commissioner Ron Foley to create FIVE new dog parks on Suffolk County parkland!

11/30/06 – New, Bigger West Hills Dog Run Opens   A new, almost two-acre dog park at West Hills County Park is open and available to dog owners!

11/04/06 – Work Starts On New West Hills Dog Run.   Construction has begun on a new, almost two-acre dog run at West Hills County Park.

11/03/06 – Parks Commissioner Plans Elimination Of Coindre Hall Off-Leash Community   In a shocking development, Suffolk Parks Commissioner Foley says the new dog park at West Hills will provide an "acceptable alternative" to Coindre Hall.

07/13/06 – LI-DOG Hosts Its First Yappy Hour®. LI-DOG and Lila's put on a very successful Yappy Hour at Lila's Santa Fe Kitchen in Huntington.

4/23/06 – LI-DOG LAUNCHES PETITION DRIVE '06 The Long Island Dog Owners Group has launched a major petition drive throughout Suffolk County to gather signatures from people who believe dog parks are essential to the health and well being of our dogs.

03/19/06 – LI-DOG launches Share The Park campaign at Coindre Hall.   LI-Dog has launched a "Share The Park" campaign to that dog owners know how to share the park, and that our activities don't have to interfere with their enjoyment of the park.

03/19/06 - Contract Talks On Fenced Run At Coindre Hall Suspended.   Leg. Jon Cooper confirms no further action on a fenced run at the foot of Coindre Hall will be taken until an alternate site is found.

03/02/06 - Contract for Fenced Run at Coindre Hall moves forward   LI-DOG is working to stop building of a fenced run at the foot of Coindre Hall by the Town of Huntington.

02/17/06 Dog Owners Ask Levy To Deal With Incident.   Dog owners have called for a response to park police incident at Coindre Hall.

02/05/06 Park Police Threaten Aggressive Crackdown at Coindre Hall.   A massive e-mail campaign is needed to keep our right to use Coindre Hall.

01/31/06 - LI-DOG Sets Key Goals For 2006.   The improved political environment for dog parks and our momentum make developing a plan of action key to our success.

10/31/05 Blydenburgh Dog Park Approved!   County Executive Steve Levy signed into law a bill to create a dog park in Blydenburgh County Park.

10/14/05 - D'Amaro Vows to Expand W. Hills Dog Run.   Suffolk candidate says he will move quickly. Foley is receptive.

10/07/05 - Candidates For Suffolk Legislature Respond to LI-Dog.   Politicians running for the Suffolk County Legislature have responded to a questionnaire LI-Dog sent them regarding their views on dog parks.

9/17/05 - Leg. Kennedy Formally Proposes Blydenburg Dog Park.   Smithtown Leg. John Kennedy has introduced a bill to create a dog park in Blydenburgh County Park.

7/07/05 - LI-DOG Reps Named For Coindre Hall Advisory Committee.   Also, Leg. Kennedy of Smithtown supports a dog park at Blydenburg Park.

6/04/05 - Suffolk Legislator Vows to Create More Dog Parks.   Legislator Jon Cooper said more dog parks are needed at the May 25th meeting.

6/04/05 - Foley Speaks to H-DOG on Crisis at Coindre Hall.   On May 5th Parks Commissioner Ron Foley met with about sixty members from H-Dog to discuss the situation there.

5/15/05 - Proposal for Improved Run Fails.  A proposal to move and expand the planned dog run at Coindre Hall has failed.

4/8/04 - H-Dog Has Its Attorney!  Local attorney, Avrum Rosen, a 20-year resident of Huntington, and with his pup Molly a recent convert to the Coindre Hall experience, has agreed to set up our charitable organization!

4/10/04 - H-Dog Moves To Set Up Charitable Organization  Friends of LI Dog Parks will raise money for amenities at Coindre Hall and other dog parks.

3/29/04 - Community Dog Run Opens at Huntington Animal Shelter.  After three years of hard work, the general population dog run is now open at the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter.

6/29/03 - Coindre Hall Dog Run Becomes Law!  Suffolk County Exec Robert Gaffney, flanked by members of H-DOG and Leg. Jon Cooper, signed the Coindre Hall dog park bill into law on June 27th.

6/22/03 - Bill Signing at Coindre Hall!  On June 27th, at a special ceremony, County Executive Robert Gaffney will sign the bill making Coindre Hall a legal park!

6/22/03 - Binder Bill Retracted for Now.  Suffolk County legislator Allan Binder (R-Dix Hills) has retracted his anti-dog owner bill that would gut a law allowing dog parks in Suffolk County.

5/16/03 - We Won!  By an amazing vote of 16 to 2, Jon Cooper's bill to create legal dog runs at Coindre Hall and West Hills Park passed the Legislature!

5/16/03 - Legislator Re-Introduces Anti-Dog Parks Bill! Suffolk County legislator Allan Binder (R-Huntington) re-introduced his anti-dog owner bill that would gut a law allowing dog parks in Suffolk County.

5/10/03 - We're Almost There!  Leg. Jon Cooper's bill to create the first two legal dog runs in Suffolk County is out of the Parks Committee and before the full County Legislature now! Click here to read about it. Downloads: Flyer

5/5/03 - The Fight for the Parks Committee Vote.  On May 8th, the Parks Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature will consider a bill establishing the county's first two legal dog runs at Coindre Hall and West Hills Park. Downloads: Flyer, Petition

4/9/2003 - Taking Our Fight To Leg. Fields' District!  Given Leg. Ginny Fields' latest move to sabotage a Coindre Hall dog run, attendees at H-DOG's April meeting decided it's time to take our fight for dog parks directly into Leg. Fields' district.

3/21/03 - CEQ Approves Coindre Hall Dog Run!  The Council on Environ-mental Quality has approved a dog park at Coindre Hall as proposed by Legislator Jon Cooper!

2/16/03 - Dog Runs Approved At Huntington Town Shelter.   Feb. 13th, LIPA officials met with Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and H-DOG representatives to finalize the establishment of Dog Runs at the Town Shelter, Deposit Rd., East Northport.

2/10/03 - Jon Cooper Speaks at February Meeting!  Suffolk County Leg. Jon Cooper reiterated his commitment to making Coindre Hall the "cream of the crop" of dog runs at a packed H-DOG meeting on Feb. 6th.

1/24/03 - Dog Parks do not Harm the Environment.  Martin Mador, president of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Assoc., wrote an open letter to the Suffolk County legislature this fall concluding dog parks actually provide an environmental benefit.

1/24/03 - Legislators Introduce Anti-Dog Parks Bill!  Suffolk County legislators Allan Binder (R-Huntington) and Ginny Fields (D-Oakdale) have introduced a bill that would make dog owners pay the county's insurance costs to create dog parks!

1/24/2003 - Legislator Jon Cooper To Attend Our February Meeting!  Come meet our biggest supporter in the Suffolk County Legislator and discuss with him his plans for a dog park at Coindre Hall and other Suffolk County parks.

1/24/2003 - Shelter Volunteer Saves LIPA Deal. The fearless efforts of Tom Stone, a member of the League for Animal Protection, has helped save a deal to create dog runs at the Huntington Animal Shelter.

12/17/2002 - Town of Huntington Supports Dog Parks.  Supervisor Frank Petrone reaches agreement with LIPA to establish dog runs.

10/3/2002 - Dog Owners Unite!  Our dogs are in danger of losing access to Coindre Hall, West Hills, and other Suffolk County parks.

10/1/2002 - Cablevision Editorial.  Read Cablevision's Peter Kohler's "Wrong Tree" editorial on the subject of dog parks and the H-DOG member responses.

10/1/2002 - Dog Parks do not Harm the Environment.  Read what Eric Leopold, PhD, biochemist in organic chemistry, said when he testified before California municipalities as an expert witness on the environment.

10/1/2002 - Hero Dog.  Riley, the H-Dog of the month for October, saved the life of a young girl and is truly a hero.

9/12/2002 - Dog Owners Unite! On H-Dog's efforts to generate support for Legislator Jon Cooper's important legislation regarding dogs and access to Suffolk County parks.

9/12/2002 - News 12 visits Coindre Hall.  See the complete video of News 12 Long Island reporter Cristina Tiberio's interviews with H-Dog members and Leg. Jon Cooper.

9/13/2002 - Dog owners deserve dog parks  H-Dog spokesperson Dan Gerrish explains why.