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LI-DOG Feb. 2016 Meeting: Fighting To Walk Our Dogs in Parks Instead of Along Dangerous Streets
Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7-9 p.m.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, NY 11803 (Google map)
Are you tired of dodging cars and sidewalk snowdrifts when walking your dog instead of enjoying the beauty and safety of public parks? The fact is most Town parks in Suffolk and Nassau counties and almost all Nassau County parks currently ban dog owners and their leashed dogs. This is dangerous for both dog owners and their dogs, especially during the winter when snowdrifts block the sidewalks and we are relegated to walking our dogs along dirty and dangerous streets. If you’re tired of dodging cars with your dog, come to LI-DOG’s Feb. 18th meeting to hear how you can help change that!
At LI-DOG, our mission is to expand dog owner access to public parkland. In addition to helping create dog parks, LI-DOG also works for more ON-LEASH access to public parks as well as off-leash access to Long Island's many miles of public beaches.
Learn about our latest efforts to get more on-leash walking trails in Nassau County parks, help the Town of North Hempstead make permanent a program to let people walk dogs in their parks, plus get the latest on a dog park in the Town of Hempstead. In addition, we’ll have information about upcoming dog-related events. Anyone that’s interested in helping with these campaigns and/or events should come to the meeting.
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, don't settle for your dog catching snowballs in the yard this winter. Join us for our next meeting on Feb. 18th as we plot our next moves to make Long Island more dog-friendly!
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: http://www.akc.org/mixedbreeds/index.cfm
LI-DOG Meeting Schedule
LI-DOG meetings are held monthly. Next Meeting is Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7-9 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library (Google Map).
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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.
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