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.12/22/2022 – LI-DOG 2022 Holiday Video

 

Happy Holidays from LI-DOG to you and your pups!

Please enjoy LI-DOG’s 2022 Holiday Video of  dozens of LI dogs in the holiday spirit! Thanks to our talented colleague Joann Garguola for creating this wonderful video. And, thanks to all of you for joining us for our dog-friendly events this year and your support for our NYS beach access campaign! We’ll see you and your pups in 2023!

 


12/1/2022 – Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest

 

Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest!

Please share photos of your beautiful dogs in their Holiday finest so we can make a video for everyone to enjoy!
Just go to the LI-DOG Facebook Group and add your photo as a comment to our post: Show Us Your Pups! If you can, please include your pet’s name. That’s adorable Harry from last year’s photo submissions. Last year’s video was extremely popular. You don’t want to miss out! Besides, we can never have too many pictures of all our LI-DOG dogs! P.S. If you don’t have access to FB, send your photo to events@lidog.org.

 


.11/30/2022 – LI-DOG Article in AKC Family Dog Magazine

Who Let The Dogs In Story in AKC Family DogLI-DOG’s “Outstanding Accomplishments” Highlighted in AKC Family Dog!

A recent issue of AKC Family Dog magazine features an article on LI-DOG and the groundbreaking work it has done to lift anti-dog laws and open public parks on Long Island to dog owners and their dogs. Titled “Who Let the Dogs In?” the article notes when LI-DOG started in 2004, there were only a few small dog parks and very little on-leash access to public parks on LI. Today, dog owners have more than three dozen dog parks for off-leash play and thousands of acres of parkland where they can walk their dogs on-leash–“thanks to the efforts of a dedicated nonprofit called LI-DOG,” according to the magazine. The American Kennel Club’s Vice President for Government Relations says in the article, “LI-DOG’s outstanding accomplishments are a testament to what local dog owners can achieve when they work together.” For a link to the article and more information, go to LI-DOG Article in AKC Family Dog


11/30/2022 – LI-DOG Article in AKC Family Dog Magazine

 

 

LI-DOG’s “Outstanding Accomplishments” Highlighted in AKC Family Dog  

 

Magazine Charts LI-DOG’s Work to Lift Anti-Dog Laws in Long Island Parks

Who Let The Dogs In Story in AKC Family Dog

 

LI-DOG is excited to announce that the November/December 2022 issue of AKC Family Dog magazine features an article on LI-DOG and the groundbreaking work it has done to lift anti-dog laws and open public parks on Long Island to dog owners and their dogs!

The article notes that when LI-DOG was founded as a nonprofit in 2004, there was only one small dog run on Suffolk County’s 40,000 acres of public parkland and almost all 5,000 acres of Nassau County parks were off limits to dogs, even on-leash. Today, Long Island dog owners have more than three dozen dog parks for off-leash play and thousands of acres of parkland where they can walk their leashed dogs—”thanks to the efforts of a dedicated nonprofit called LI-DOG,” according to the magazine.

Titled “Who Let the Dogs In?”, the article is a case study in how to change public policy through grass roots organizing, partnerships with elected officials, diligent research, and an unwavering determination to lift restrictions on dogs in public parks. The article highlights the important role public education efforts played in the group’s successful outcomes and how LI-DOG Pack Walks™, its popular group on-leash walks, promote responsible dog ownership and build good will for dog owners.

In the article, Sheila Goffe, the American Kennel Club’s Vice President for Government Relations, sums up LI-DOG’s work this way:

“LI-DOG’s outstanding accomplishments are a testament to what local dog owners can achieve when they work together. An important part of [LI-DOG’s] success was their ability to combat negative stereotypes and show that responsible dog owners are an important constituency. Also, their tenacity really paid off. Changing laws can take years and a lot of commitment, but LI-DOG showed it’s worth it.”

To read the full article, go to AKC Family Dog, “Who Let the Dogs In?”

We want to thank AKC Family Dog for the opportunity to tell our story and for their extraordinary endorsement of our work!

 

 

 

 


.11/06/2022 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty 2022Final

Frankie the Pilot and his Pilot and Flight Attendant Parents

Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo Winners

LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty a Barking Success!

Good boys and girls performed Tricks for Treats and competed in close match-ups for best costume at LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty at Off-Key Tikki in Patchogue in early November! Nearly 100 people and almost as many four-legged party goers celebrated all things wonderful about the holiday and canine companionship at Off-Key Tikki’s fun, tropically-themed waterfront venue. Besides the three contests in which more than 9 winners were awarded prizes, there was music, free food provided by Off-Key Tikki, drink specials, a Paw Print printing booth, a Photo booth, and numerous raffles for people to bid on and win including, for the first time, a Grand Prize three-night getaway to Myrtle Beach! The event was LI-DOG’s most important fundraiser of the year. To see photos, lists of winners, and links to all the businesses and individuals who generously donated to the event, go to LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty 2022!


11/6/2022 – LI-DOG HowloWeen Pawty Sponsors Thank You

 

 

 

Thanks SO MUCH to all the businesses and individuals who donated to LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty raffles–BarkBox, Brutus Bone BrothCapo RistoranteChipotleCraft Kitchen & Tap House, Earth BathEarth Rated1/2 Off Cards of WantaghIHOP/OceansideJones Natural Chews, Kwong Ming of WantaghLido Kosher DeliLong Island Bagel CaféMatty’s Toy Stop, PalominosPindar Vineyards, PizzaiolaSangria 71, and Total Wine & More. Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for a beautiful handknit sweater for your pup with a matching hat for you, and Bailey Applebee Dog for donations of kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and your dog!

An especially big thank you to Off Key Tikki Waterside Bar and Grill for donating their big, fun, tropically-themed waterfront patio and “beach” for our fundraising pawty, plus gift certificates for our top three contest winners and free food for all our guests!

 


.11/19/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Fire Island National Seashore 2022

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore!

Sat., Nov. 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Fire Island Lighthouse Beach, Bay Shore
Join LI-DOG for  our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season at the beautiful Fire Island National Seashore. Meet us at the far eastern end of Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park and then walk with us over to the Lighthouse and Fire Island from there. Choose either a 1.5-mile walk that will take about 45 minutes or a little longer 2.5-mile walk. Either way, you’ll be walking with your dog along the shore with wide open views of sea, sand and sky! For details and links to RSVP, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore!

 


11/19/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Fire Island National Seashore 2022

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk Nov. 2021

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore!

 

Sat., November 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Fire Island Lighthouse Beach

(Google Maps) 

How to find us: Meet us at the far eastern end of Parking Field 5 at Robt. Moses State Park. We’ll walk over to Fire Island National Seashore from there.

On Saturday, Nov 19th, please join LI-DOG for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ along beautiful Fire Island National Seashore! Our Pack Walks–group on-leash walks–are a great way for you and your dog to socialize with other pet parents and their pups while enjoying some of Long Island’s beautiful parks and beaches.

For this, our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season, we’ll meet at the far eastern end of Parking Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach at Robert Moses. To get to Fire Island National Seashore, we’ll walk north and east along the broad grassy shoulder of Robert Moses Parkway and then onto the dirt road that runs south of the lighthouse. There are great views of the lighthouse from the dirt road and the main path to the lighthouse.

Opposite the sign for the Fire Island Lighthouse, we’ll cross over the dunes on a pre-made path to the ocean beach. At that point, you’ll be able either to turn right and head back along the ocean to Robert Moses or if you want to do a bit longer walk, you’ll be able to turn left and walk further East towards Kismet, before doubling back towards Robert Moses. The shorter walk will cover about 1.5 miles and take about 45 minutes, the longer walk will be closer to 2.5 miles. In either case, you will be walking along the shore with your dog enjoying wide open views of sea, sand and sky!

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on the Pack Walk. Please also make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must! Also, no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

To RSVP, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

This should be a great final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season! We hope you can join us at Fire Island National Seashore on Sat., the 19th!

***In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 am Saturday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! ***


.11/6/2022 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty!

LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty!

Sun., Nov. 6th, Noon – 4 PM
Off Key Tikki Waterside Grill, Patchogue

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Howl-o-Ween Pawty with your dogs! It was a lot of fun. We’ll post an article with photos, winners of our contests, and more soon! You and your dog are invited to join us for a howling good time at LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty on Sunday, Nov. 6th. Dress up your dog, or better yet, both of you, in your Halloween finest. Enjoy the beautiful views, delicious food, special drinks, costume contests and lots of great raffles generously donated by our sponsors. Just added: A three-day weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach, S.C. raffle prize! This is an important fundraising event for LI-DOG so please join us on the terrace and “beach” at Off Key Tikki for a great time!  Discounted advance tickets are on sale NOW! Advance ticket sales END Saturday evening at 6 p.m sharp! For more information, go to LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty! 


11/6/2022 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty!

 

LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty

Sun., Nov. 6th, Noon – 4 PM

Costume Contest and Parade Starts 1:30 PM

 

Rocco and his lovely bride Miss Lily Pad Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill

31 Baker Place, Patchogue

(Google Map)

Just Added: Myrtle Beach Weekend Getaway Raffle Prize!

 

Join us for a HOWLING GOOD time at the LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty on the waterfront and “beach” at Off Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 6th!

Enjoy the views, delicious food, tropical drinks, contests, music, raffles, and lots of fun for the pups!

Dress up your pup, or better yet both your pup and yourself in your Halloween finest. Then, take part in our Halloween costume contest and parade. You can compete in one of two categories– Best Standalone Pet or Best Pet/Parent duo. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Costume contest and parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

Let your dog show their stuff in our “Tricks for Treats” contest, then let your pup demonstrate his or her inner “Pup-Casso” at our Paw Print printing booth. There’ll also be a scary, but not too scary, photo booth so you can take a memorable shot of your dog at the event.

You can order from Off Key Tikki’s new menu at its South Beach Bistro  or just nosh on hot dogs, generously provided by Off Key Tikki. Off-Key Tikki is also concocting Halloween-themed drink specials to mark the occasion!

To add to the fun, rescue organization Yorkie911 will be on hand with their adorable, adoptable pups. Who knows your dog may find their new best dog-friend at the pawty!

We’ve also invited special guests. Bond Vet will be available to talk about their animal hospital and veterinary services with giveaways and goodies for your pup. Plus, Carol Breuning will be on hand to do tarot card and psychic readings. 

We’ll also have LOTS of raffle baskets for you to bid on.  JUST ADDED: A three-night getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC, generously donated by an anonymous sponsor!  This is LI-DOG’s most important fundraiser of the year, so please do take a chance on winning one of the GREAT raffle baskets donated by our sponsorsBarkBox, Brutus Bone Broth, Capo Ristorante, Chipotle, Craft Kitchen & Tap House, Earth Bath, Earth Rated, 1/2 Off Cards of Wantagh, IHOP/Oceanside, Jones Natural Chews, Kwong Ming of Wantagh, Lido Kosher Deli, Long Island Bagel Café, Matty’s Toy Stop, Palominos, Pindar Vineyards, Pizzaiola, Sangria 71, and Total Wine & More. Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for a beautiful handknit sweater for your pup, and Bailey Applebee Dog for donations of kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and your pup!

An especially big THANK YOU to Off-Key Tikki for donating their fun, tropically-themed, harborside outdoor patio and “beach” for our dog pawty as well as food for our guests! It’s a great venue and we urge everyone to check them out throughout the year.
 

 

Tickets for the Howl-o-Ween Pawty will be available at the door!

 

Be part of the fun and volunteer to help LI-DOG!

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Meet-and-greet pet parents and their pups and collect entrance fee for anyone who did not prepay
  • Sell raffle tickets
  • Give out raffle baskets to our winners
  • Help with the games and the costume parade by being a judge
  • Help set up and/or take down

***Email us at events@lidog.org with Howl-o-Ween Volunteer in the subject line. It’s easy and fun!***

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed on non-retractable leads at all times, and as always, please walk you dog before entering the venue. Dogs are not permitted inside the restaurant.

To RSVP for our Howl-o-Ween Pawty, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing you and your pups at our HOWL-O-WEEN Pawty! Happy Howling!

P.S. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sat. night/early Sun. morning as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning!