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.08/15/2020 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Massapequa Preserve   Recently updated !

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve

Sat., Aug. 15th, 10 AM – Noon

Massapequa Preserve, Massapequa

How does a nice walk along a flat, mostly shaded path in the woods with friendly dogs and people on a Saturday morning sound? If it sounds good, join us for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™  at Massapequa Preserve on Sat., Aug. 15th! Please note: because of COVID-19 restrictions, Masks are Required and we are asking everyone to sign a COVID-19 Agreement. For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve. 


08/15/2020 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Massapequa Preserve   Recently updated !

 

Photo Credit: Heath Meschkow

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve

Sat., Aug. 15th, 10 a.m. to Noon

Fire Rd. Trail, Massapequa Preserve

1 Walker St., Massapequa Park, NY

(Google Map)

Please Note: Due to concerns about COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we are limiting this Meetup to 30 people. MASKS ARE REQUIRED in accordance with NYS guidelines. Attendees also will be required to sign an agreement confirming neither they nor anyone in their family has been diagnosed with COVID-19 nor experienced symptoms in the past 30 days. The COVID-19 Agreement and LI-DOG’s General Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver can be downloaded and filled out in advance. Just bring it with you to the Meetup! Thank you for your understanding!

Get the LI-DOG COVID-19 Agreement NOW

Get the General Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver Now

How does a nice walk along a mostly shaded path in the woods with friendly dogs and people on a Saturday morning sound? If it sounds good, please join us for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve on Sat., Aug. 15th at 10 o’clock in the morning!

On our Aug. 15th Pack Walk™ — a guided, group on-leash dog walk –we’ll be walking the Fire Road Trail, a flat, wide dirt trail within Massapequa Preserve. We’ll walk about a mile down the trail, then turn onto a smaller trail that ends at a clearing with a creek and shallow pond. We’ll stop there for water and let the dogs swim and wade in the shallow pond.  Once we’ve rested, we’ll head back down the trail to where we started. The entire walk will be about 2 miles and take about 2 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: While there may be off-leash dogs on the trail, dogs must be kept on leash on the LI-DOG Pack Walk™. Please don’t forget to bring poop bags as pick up is a must, and while the trail is shaded by trees, don’t forget to bring water for you and your pup.

Please NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES as we are walking in a group and the dogs and their humans can get tangled.

HOW TO FIND US: Meet us near the paved bridge at the north end of the Mansfield Park parking lot at the Walker St. Entrance. Watch out for bikes as you cross the asphalt bike path to the dirt path!

COVID-19 Precautions:  Please download the LI-DOG COVID-19 Agreement and our General Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver  BEFORE the Pack Walk™, sign both documents, and bring them with you to the Pack Walk. The fewer people we have standing around signing documents, the better!

RSVP (All RSVPs must be done on the LI-DOG Meetup Group)

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P.S. **In the event of inclement or exceedingly hot weather, please check Meetup or our Facebook group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 AM Saturday morning.**

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs on Sat., Aug. 15th for LI-DOG’s Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve!


.07/30/2020 – Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Extended Thru 2020   Recently updated !

 

Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Extended Thru 2020!

In a decision that allows people to walk their dogs on-leash in Heckscher Park through the end of the year, the Huntington Town Board voted unanimously on July 21st to extend the Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program through Dec. 2020. Thank you to everyone who sent emails and called the Town Board in support of the program! To get the details, go to Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Extended Thru 2020! 

 


07/30/2020 – Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Extended Thru 2020   Recently updated !

 

Allison Tuch Palmer and Her Pups Photo Credit: Sue Toomey Johnson

Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Extended Through Year End 2020!

Thanks to everyone who emailed and called in support of leashed dogs in Heckscher Park!

 

In a decision that allows people to walk their dogs on-leash in Heckscher Park through the end of the year, the Huntington Town Board voted unanimously July 21st to extend the Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program through Dec. 2020. The decision came on a resolution introduced by Councilwoman Joan Cergol who has championed the pilot program and was co-sponsored by Councilman Eugene Cook. Thank you, Councilwoman Cergol and all your colleagues on the Huntington Town Board, for supporting the pilot program! (If you’d like to thank the Town Board, see contact information below.)

Thank you, also, to our colleague Karen Thomas who started the petition that made the pilot program possible and now leads the volunteer Park Ambassadors who spread the word about the plot program in the park and the rules designed to make sure the program continues to be successful. Thank you Park Ambassadors: Michelle Troiano Dodd, Wendy Tullo (who also spoke at the Town Board meeting by Zoom), Sharyn Julino, Laurence Foray, Erich Preis, Elizabeth Madden, Loary Milanese Gunn and Michelle Factor Noonan!

In addition, thank you to all our fellow dog owners and Huntington residents who emailed and called the Town Board in support of leashed dogs in Heckscher Park. We were told the Town Board received “numerous emails” in support of the pilot program. Thank you, all!!

Councilwoman Cergol’s resolution was accompanied by a Report from the Park Ambassadors, which made the following key points:

  • Dog owners are following the rules by picking up after their dogs and keeping them on-leash.
  • The daily dog population is low—typically under 10 dogs throughout the park at any time—and is expected to remain low during the hot summer months and while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place and large scale events are not permitted.
  • The paths are cleaner as goose droppings have been reduced due to the presence of dogs.
  • Most non-dog owners seem happy with dogs in the park and any earlier trepidation has evolved into acceptance of the program.
    •  Key to that development has been the responsiveness of an Oversight Committee convened by Councilwoman Cergol and her staff which includes representatives from LI-DOG, volunteer Park Ambassadors, the Town’s Public Safety and Animal Control division, and representatives from the Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities. The members of the Oversight Committee have been responsive to any and all issues raised by the community and will continue to closely monitor the pilot program, the resolution noted. “Councilwoman Cergol has done a terrific job responding to any issues that might interfere with the success of the pilot program,” LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn noted.

The report also includes half a dozen testimonials from park goers in support of allowing leashed dogs in Heckscher Park. To read these great comments, go to Testimonials from Parkgoers.

Finally, the Park Ambassadors Report includes the recommendation that the one-way signs around the pond, which were put in place to facilitate social distancing, be reversed so that they reflect the direction people typically walk—counterclockwise starting at Madison Street. The one-ways signs and continuing efforts by Park Ambassadors to encourage people not to congregate on the paths should result in better compliance with social distancing guidelines, noted LI-DOG in an Email to the Town Board Support Resolution thru Year End.

LI-DOG is asking all dog owners to please remember to yield to other park goers on the paths, as specified in the  Rules for Heckscher Dog Pilot Program, and to avoid congregating on the path so that others may pass safely. Thank you for your help!

If you haven’t already thanked the members of the Huntington Town Board for their support for the leashed dog pilot program, email or call them today!

Huntington Town Board Member Contacts:

Hon. Chad A. Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3030 clupinacci@huntingtonny.gov

Hon. Joan Cergol, Councilwoman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3173 JCergol@huntingtonny.gov (Thank Councilwoman Cergol for all her work on behalf of dog owners!)

Hon. Eugene Cook, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3174 ECook@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3172 MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Edmund J.M. Smyth, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3175 ESmyth@HuntingtonNY.gov

 

Thank you for your support!


.07/18/2020 – LI-DOG Barkin Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup   Recently updated !

 

 

 

LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup & Doggie Meetup

Sat., July 18th, 10 AM to 12 PM

Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach, E. Patchogue

Does your dog like to swim? Does your dog like to socialize? If so then please join us for our LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach in E. Patchogue on Sat., July 18th! The beach, which is located on the gentle waters of the Great South Bay, has no amenities–no poop bag stations, no water, no bathrooms–so make sure to bring water for your dog and yourself. Moreover, because of COVID-19 restrictions, Masks are Required and we are asking everyone to sign a COVID-19 Agreement. For details, go to LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup!


07/18/2020 – LI-DOG Barkin Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup   Recently updated !

Alfie and CJ at Mud Creek Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup!

Saturday, July 18th, 10 AM to 12 PM 

Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

450 Roe Ave. E. Patchogue, NY

(Google Map)

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we must strictly limit this Meetup to 25 people. All RSVPs must be done on the LI-DOG Meetup site (link below). Moreover, since we know social distancing will be difficult at this event,  Masks Are Required in accordance with New York State protocol.  Finally, all attendees are required to sign a COVID-19 Agreement confirming you and no one in your family have been diagnosed with COVID or experienced symptoms in the last 30 days.  Thank you for understanding!

Get the LI-DOG COVID-19 Agreement and Sign It NOW.

Get the LI-DOG General Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver and Sign In NOW.

Does your dog like to swim? Does your dog like to socialize? Would you like to spend a morning with your pup, other dog owners and the great folks of LI-DOG for some OFF-LEASH summer fun?

Then please join us at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach in East Patchogue on Saturday, July 18th for a couple of hours, letting our furry friends frolic in the sand and surf of the Great South Bay! There’ll be plenty of exercise to be had running along the coastline and in the water as Mud Creek is an off-leash dog beach.

A clean-up of the Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach will start at 8:30 a.m., so if you and your fur baby would like a little extra time in the sun, please join us in getting the area ready for our meetup!

PLEASE NOTE: Mud Creek has no amenities and is considered “carry-in, carry-out” (i.e. no trash receptacles, no poop bag stations, no bathrooms and no water fountains). LI-DOG will have hand sanitizer and poop bags on hand, but please help us make the event a success by remembering to bring these items. Please also remember to bring water for you and your pup and your own towel and beach chairs!

Mud Creek is a natural borders dog park, which means it is not fenced on most sides. For everyone’s safety, please only bring dogs that are well-socialized—used to playing with other dogs off-leash—and that will reliably come when called. Please: NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES.

To access the dog beach, please use the double-gate entry, walk along the fence, then turn right onto the beach as soon as the fence ends. Please keep off-leash dogs out of the area in front of the fence.

Parking is on the street. Please keep dogs on-leash until you get into the off-leash area.

COVID-19 Precautions: We are taking several steps to make sure our guests and volunteers are safe at this event.  Please download the COVID-19 Agreement and our General Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver NOW, sign both documents, and bring them with you to the beach.  Also, please don’t forget that masks are required in accordance with NYS guidelines. Thank you for helping keep everyone safe!

ALL RSVPs

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We hope to see you and your dogs on Saturday, July 18th at the beach!

In the event of inclement weather, exceedingly hot conditions, or any COVID-related changes, check our Meetup or Facebook group as we will post any changes by 9 AM that morning.


.07/08/2020 – Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Vote!   Recently updated !

Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Extension Up for Vote July 21st!

After more than six months of successful operation, the pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park is up for renewal at the Tues., July 21st virtual Huntington Town Board meeting. This time, the Town Board will vote on extending the pilot program another five months through the end of the year! Please support on-leash dog walking in Heckscher Park by emailing or calling the members of the Huntington Town Board today. For contact information and details, go to Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for a Vote! 

 


07/08/2020 – Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Vote!   Recently updated !

 

Allison Tuch Palmer with Andi and AJay Photo Credit: Sue Toomey Johnson

Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Extension Up for Vote July 21st!

 

Please Support the Resolution to Renew the Pilot Program Thru Year End 2020

After more than six months of successful operation, the pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Huntington’ s Heckscher Park is up for renewal at the Tues., July 21st Huntington Town Board Meeting. At the meeting, which will be held virtually at 7 p.m. and allow public comments, the Town Board will vote on extending the pilot program for five more months through the end of 2020. Until now, the renewals have run for three months or less.

The resolution to extend the pilot program is being introduced by Councilwoman Joan Cergol who has led the effort to allow leashed dogs in Heckscher Park on the Town Board. The resolution notes that the pilot program has already been renewed by the Town Board three times and that an oversight committee consisting of Town representatives, LI-DOG, volunteer Park Ambassadors, and other organizations has been responsive to any and all issues raised by the community. The members of the oversight committee support extending the pilot program through the end of the year, notes an accompanying report. (Read LI-DOG’s Email to Town Board Support Resolution thru YearEnd.)

Dog owners are happy and grateful to be able to enjoy Heckscher Park with their four-legged companions, added LI-DOG and colleague Karen Thomas, leader of the Park Ambassadors who hand out flyers and spread the word about the pilot program to other dog owners. Among their key points:

  • The pilot program has been running smoothly over each of its renewal periods.
  • Dog owners are following the rules including picking up after their dogs and keeping them on-leash. (Get the Card Flyer with Rules.)
  • The paths are cleaner as goose droppings have been reduced due to the presence of dogs.
  •  The daily dog population is low—typically under 10 dogs throughout the park at any time—and is expected to remain low during the hot summer months and while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place and large scale events are not permitted.
  • Any concerns raised by town residents will continue to be addressed by the oversight committee.

The report also includes half a dozen testimonials from parkgoers expressing their support for the pilot program. To see photos and read their terrific comments, go to Parkgoer Testimonials.

Want to add your voice to those who support leashed dogs in Heckscher Park? Email or call Huntington Town Board members today and let them know how YOU feel about being able to walk your dog on-leash in Huntington’s beautiful Heckscher Park! (See contact information below.)

The report also recommends that the one-way signs around the pond, which were put in place to facilitate social distancing, be reversed so that they reflect the direction people typically walk—counterclockwise starting at Madison Street.

As always, please remember to yield to other park goers on the path, as specified in the Rules for the Pilot Program, and avoid congregating on the path so others may pass safely.

What You Can Do: The pilot program is working well, but it’s very important Town Board members hear from those who support its extension. Let the Huntington Town Board know what it means to YOU to be able to enjoy Heckscher Park with your dog! Email or call the Huntington Town Board TODAY and urge them to support the extension of the Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program!

Huntington Town Board Member Contacts:

Hon. Chad A. Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3030 clupinacci@huntingtonny.gov

Hon. Joan Cergol, Councilwoman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3173 JCergol@huntingtonny.gov (Remember to thank Councilwoman Cergol for all her work on behalf of dog owners!)

Hon. Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3172 MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Edmund J.M. Smyth, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3175 ESmyth@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Eugene Cook, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3174 ECook@HuntingtonNY.gov

Thank you for your support!


.09/12/2020 – Canine Companions Virtual DogFest LI 2020

 

Canine Companions DogFest LI 2020

Sat., Sept. 12th, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Virtual Event 

Help celebrate the human-canine bond and Canine Companions’ mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by joining CCI’s DogFest Long Island 2020. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the group’s big, annual fundraising event will be held virtually on the DogFest Long Island Facebook page. There’ll be activities, contests and more! Get the details at Canine Companions DogFest LI 2020! 


09/12/2020 – Canine Companions Virtual DogFest LI 2020

 

Canine Companions® DogFest Long Island 2020

Saturday, Sept. 12th, 10:30 AM – 3 PM

Virtual Event

Hosted by Long Island Volunteer Chapter – Canine Companions for Independence

Do you love dogs? Does your idea of a perfect day start with a long walk with your furry friend and end with cuddling with them in front of the TV? Then join Canine Companions for Independence at their virtual DogFest Long Island 2020 on September 12th! Register (for free) at DogFest Long Island and get a FREE DogFest bandana shipped to your furry friend!

This year, for precautionary reasons related to COVID-19, participants gather virtually to celebrate the human-canine bond and to support Canine Companions’ mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. You can participate in several ways:

– Register and fundraise

– Enjoy activities, contests and polls.

– Make a donation.

The virtual event will be held Sat., Sept. 12th from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the DogFest Long Island Facebook Event page. It will be a day of fun activities, inspiring speakers, dog demonstration and more!

Registration is free! Fundraising is encouraged.

To learn more about this virtual event, please visit DogFest Long Island.

There are many exciting interactive activities planned – you don’t want to miss out! Join the fun and give a dog a job!