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.06/16/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve   Recently updated !

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve!

Sat., June 16th, 10:30 AM

127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point

Please join us for an LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve, the 200-acre former estate of the Guggenheim family in Sands Point, NY. The estate features multiple dog-friendly hiking trails, beautiful lawns, a pond and great views of the Long Island Sound! For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve!


06/16/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve   Recently updated !

 

Castle Gould

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve

Sat., June 16th, 10:30AM

Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 

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LI-DOG is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its next LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at beautiful Sands Point Preserve, the 216-acre former estate of the Guggenheim family! Our Pack-Walks – guided group on-leash dog walks – are a great way for both you and your dog to socialize, while enjoying some of Long Island’s most beautiful parks!

Please join us for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve on Sat., June 16th starting at 10:30 AM. Sands Point Preserve features multiple hiking trails on 200 acres of woods, beautiful lawns, a pond, fields and great views of the Long Island Sound! Please be aware that some of the trails may be a bit steep at times and have roots and rocks.

We’ll meet by the boulders on the big lawn in front of Hempstead House, the former home of the Guggenheim family, where you’ll also get great views of massive Castle Gould, the carriage house and stables. We anticipate that the Pack Walk™ will take a little over an hour, but there will be opportunities to make the walk shorter for those who wish to. Also, this year we have reserved the picnic tables by the boulders on the great lawn – so bring a picnic lunch so you and your pooch can join us as we overlook the beautiful and peaceful Long Island Sound!

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are not allowed on the beach nor in the houses and must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES! Please do not bring Flexi Leads as we’ll be walking in groups and people and dogs can get tangled. Also, please bring water and poop bags – as clean up is a must.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Sands Point is hosting a “Free Family Fun Day” on Saturday from 1 PM until 5 PM. In order to avoid the crowd, we are starting our Pack Walk at 10:30 AM sharp. Please arrive by 10:15, so we can begin our walk promptly. Also, be aware that there will be live music by the Rose Garden starting at 1 PM.  Because of the event, Sands Point will not be charging admission on Saturday! 

For more info about Sands Point, go to Friends of Sands Point Preserve on the web.

To RSVP:

LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
Email lidog_news@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing you and your dog for LI-DOG’s Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve on Saturday!


.06/02/2018 – 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival   Recently updated !

Photo for 2nd Annual Dock Diving Festival2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival
June 2nd & 3rd. 9 AM – 3 PM
Greenport Brewing Company, Peconic

Come enjoy a unique canine aquatics performance competition and family fun festival on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island. Harbor Pet and the Greenport Brewing Company, along with Blue Buffalo, are sponsoring this event to benefit the Guide Dog Foundation. For details, please go to 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival.


06/02/2018 – 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival 2018   Recently updated !

 

Photo for 2nd Annual Dock Diving Festival2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival

June 2nd & 3rd, 9 AM – 3 PM

Greenport Brewing Company, 42155 Main Rd., Peconic, NY 11944  (Google Map)

Dock Dogs™ is one of the premier presenters of performance sports events for canines. In conjunction with Harbor Pets and the Greenport Brewing Company, Hudson Valley Dock Dogs present the 2nd Annual Dock Dogs Diving Competition! This family-friendly and dog-friendly event at the brewery will feature a series of exciting canine aquatic events. With the help of sponsor Blue Buffalo, funds will be raised to benefit the Guide Dog Foundation.

If your dog loves to swim and has a high toy drive, you might want to give it a try! Even if your dog is not trying dock diving, well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. You must register for the competition via the event Facebook page.

Please be aware that while all are welcome, parking at the brewery is very limited on a first-come/first-serve basis and $10 per space. There is ample off-site parking with free shuttle buses available.

For more information, to register for the competition, and for details on parking, please visit: 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Pet Festival on Facebook.

Visit Dock Dogs on the web to learn more about Dock Dogs and their aquatic canine competitions.

Come cheer on the competitors even if you and your pooch aren’t up for the diving! 


.05/19/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Southards Pond Park

 

Southards Pond Park Trail 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park
Sat., May 19th, 9:30 – 11 AM RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, MAY 20th
Southards Pond Park, Babylon

Please join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park in Babylon. The park is large, full of friendly people and dogs, and the trails are fairly flat and wide. For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park.


05/19/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Southards Pond Park

 

Southards Pond Park Trail

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park

Sat., May 19th, Sun., May 20th 9:30 – 11 AM

Southards Pond Park, 106 Park Ave., Babylon

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 The Pack Walk is ON today Sun., May 20th at 9:30 a.m.! 

Please join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park in Babylon. The park covers multiple acres of forested beauty, its full of friendly people and their four legged companions, and the trails are flat and easy.

Our May 2018 LI-DOG Pack Walk™ —a guided group on-leash dog walk–will start out at the south end of the Southards Pond Park Loop trail, head north and then cut west across the southern end of Southards Pond, then head north again along the western edge of the park. At a lovely bridge about 2 miles into the walk, we’ll cross a small stream and continue north until we reach another nice pond that we like to call Oakley’s Pond. You’ll see why on our Pack Walk™! Then, we’ll turn around and head back to the beginning of the trail, which is across another small bridge.

This Pack Walk™ will take one to 1-1/2 hours, but since it’s an out-and-back trail, anyone who wishes to cut the walk short can simply turn around and go back the way we came.

Feel free to linger after the Pack Walk™ as there are plenty of nice places in the park to hang out with your dog and other people from the walk.

The park is nestled between two neighborhoods so be considerate of the residents by minimizing the noise level and keeping the area clean. There are no trash receptacles along the walk, but there are one or two on the bridge by the pond.

Dogs must be kept on-leash while in the park. Also, please no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking in a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please RSVP only on the LI-DOG Meetup Group or by email at lidog_news@yahoo.com as there is a limit on the number of people and dogs we can accommodate on this trail.

Weather-Related Changes: Please check our Meetup or Facebook Group or our website on the day of the Pack Walk around 8:30 a.m. for any weather-related notices. If there is no notice, the Pack Walk™ is on!

Park at the tennis courts on the north side of Park Ave., which is where the trail starts. If this lot is full, park at the Babylon Grade School which is a little further west.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at LI-DOG’s first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park!


.05/07/2018 – Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

 

East West Fence Line

Dog-Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek County Park–Long Island ‘s ONLY Official Off-Leash Beach

A long line of fencing that creates a dog-exclusion zone has gone up at Mud Creek County Park–Long Island’s only official off-leash beach in E. Patchogue. The fencing, which appeared May 1st, cuts the beachfront available to dog owners in half. To get the petition and details on what dog owners are doing to save the off-leash beach, go to Dog Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek County Park.  


05/07/2018 – Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

 

East West Fence Line; Photo Credit Alphonse Guardino

Dog-Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek–Long Island’s ONLY Official Off-Leash Beach

A long line of fencing that creates a dog-exclusion zone has gone up at Mud Creek County Park–Long Island’s ONLY official off-leash beach–in E. Patchogue. The fencing, which appeared on May 1st and runs approximately 530 feet, cuts the beachfront available to dog owners and their pups in half.

Mud Creek’s off-leash beach was created for dog owners in August 2009 as a result of the Five New Dog Parks bill passed unanimously by the Suffolk County Legislature in May 2007 and in response to Suffolk residents’ requests for safe places to exercise and socialize their dogs. At this time, Mud Creek is the only official Suffolk County off-leash beach. “To take away so much of this singular resource for dog owners and their pups without even consulting us is not fair,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, president of LI-DOG. “It would be like creating a soccer field for kids and then suddenly taking half away for adult recreation. Dog owners are upset,” she noted.

Satellite View of Mud Creek with Dog-Exclusion Zone; Photo Credit Alphonse Guardino

What You Can Do: Let local elected officials and Parks Dept. officials know what you think about creating a dog-exclusion zone on the ONLY off-leash beach on Long Island. (See contact information below.) To spread the word and increase our impact: Download the Mud Creek Petition and Mud Creek Petition Signature Form, sign the form, and share it with your dog-loving family and friends.

The fencing is the work of the Suffolk County Parks Dept. and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue), who represents District 7, which covers Patchogue, Medford and Middle Island among other communities. In an email to a local dog owner who asked what was behind the new fencing, Leg. Calarco responded: “This was done as a way to meet the needs of some of the community members who are not dog people…and who no longer felt comfortable using this area. The fenced area is intended to give those local residents an area at the park they can utilize apart from the dog park.”

“Dog owners are willing to share park resources,” said LI-DOG’s President, “but this is the ONLY official off-leash beach in all of Suffolk County. By contrast, local residents who do not wish to come into contact with dogs have multiple, beautiful beaches available to them nearby and throughout Long Island,” she noted.

Leg. Calarco also discussed alleged complaints from neighbors about loose dogs leaving the park in an April 2016 Suffolk Legislature meeting. In a March 2016 Long Island Advance article, neighbors suggested a fence to close off the dog park from the road. However, the new fence does not prevent dogs from leaving the park, but instead cuts across the first half of the beach to create a dog-exclusion zone.

In addition to dividing the beachfront in half, the new dog-exclusion zone creates a new entry point for dog owners. The new gated entry is further north on Roe Ave and requires dog owners and their dogs to traverse all 530 feet of fence line and sand before being able to access the waterfront. Not only does the sand get quite hot during the summer, which is tough on animals’ paws, but broken glass has often been found in this large stretch of sand, thereby putting dog owners and their dogs at increased risk of injury.

The fencing poses additional risks and raises additional safety and enforcement issues. The fencing currently stops well short of the water, leaving an open beach with no obvious barrier to prevent dogs from entering the dog-exclusion zone. “How is my dog supposed to know where this invisible line in the sand is?” asked Bill Gillis, a local dog owner who frequents Mud Creek on a regular basis and wrote the Mud Creek petition. “Are we dog owners going to be ticketed and fined for letting our dogs do what this park was designed for—allowing our pups to run and swim off-leash?”

It would also be a bad idea to extend the fence line into the water. If a dog swam around or dug under the loose sand under the fence, dog owners would not be able to quickly rescue their pets raising the potential for serious harm to their dog.

Since 2009, local dog owners have worked voluntarily to clean up and maintain the beach at Mud Creek. The site formerly was used by the Town of Brookhaven to dump recycling and dredge waste. This waste material–glass and other trash–is regularly uncovered by wind and water action. Dog owners including LI-DOG have worked diligently over the years to organize clean ups and clean up the beach themselves. “Here we’ve done all these cleanups and now that the beach is nice, the results of our work have been taken away and turned over to those who were not involved in the beach’s transformation,” said Janie Dill, another dog owner who frequents Mud Creek. “We need a solution that takes into consideration dog owners’ care and concern for this park,” she said.

It’s time for dog owners to stand up and protect the off-leash beach at Mud Creek. Please call, email or write Leg. Calarco and let him know what you think about creating a dog-exclusion zone on the ONLY off-leash beach on Long Island. Ask Leg. Calarco to work with LI-DOG and local dog owners to come to solution that preserves the off-leash beach the County created at Mud Creek Park and that meets the needs of Suffolk dog owners for a safe, comfortable, and practical off-leash area.

Contact Information for Leg. Calarco:
Call: 631-854-1400
Email: Robert.Calarco@suffolkcountyny.gov
Write: Suffolk County Leg. Robert Calarco, 90 W. Main St., Suite 2N, Patchogue, NY 11772

Don’t forget to include your address, especially if you’re a resident of District 7, which includes Patchogue, Medford and Middle Island, or are a resident of Suffolk County. This is a beach for ALL Suffolk residents after all.

Remember: Calls are the easiest, but most powerful way to send a message! Please always be polite.

Contact Information for Suffolk Parks Dept:
Call: 631-854-4949
Email: scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov
Write: Suffolk Parks Dept., P.O. Box 144, W. Sayville, NY 11796

Want to Spread the Word and Boost Your Impact? Download the Mud Creek Petition and Mud Creek Petition Signature Form, sign the form and pass it around to your dog-loving friends and family. Once you’ve got a few pages of signatures, either meet us at a dog-friendly venue in Patchogue (we’ll set up times to gather petitions) or send the completed forms to:

LI-DOG
P.O. Box 1171
Huntington, NY 11743

Want to volunteer to help us gather signatures in District 7 specifically? Email us at news@lidog.org and we’ll put you in touch with our organization team!

To keep up-to-date on what’s happening at Mud Creek, check back here or the Mud Creek Dog Park Facebook Group.

Thank you for your help and support for the Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach!


.05/20/2018 – Long Island Dog Festival Planting Fields

 

 

Long Island Dog Festival
Sun., May 20th
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay

It’s a dog day afternoon as the Long Island Kennel Club welcomes you and your dog for the Long Island Dog Festival at beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. There’ll be agility try-outs, a dog trick competition, doggie dock diving, show dogs, food, vendors of doggie goodies and gear and more! For details, go to the Long Island Dog Festival.


05/20/2018 – Long Island Dog Festival Planting Fields

 

Flyer LI Dog Show at Planting FieldsLong Island Dog Festival 
Sunday, May 20th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay

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It’s a real “dog day afternoon” as the Long Island Kennel Club welcomes families and their fur children to the Long Island Dog Festival on Sunday, May 20th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.

The Long Island Dog Festival is part of the annual Long Island spring dog shows on Friday and Saturday (held by the Ladies Kennel Association) and Sunday’s Long Island Kennel Club show. Sunday’s Long Island Dog Festival celebrates all things canine from impeccable show dogs and agility training to doggie dock diving and talent shows.

The day’s activities culminate with the Conformation Show on Sunday when hundreds of superbly presented dogs – coiffed collies, pedicured poodles, dandified Dandie Dinmonts and other breeds–vie for bragging rights as Best in Show. All are invited to this parade of pups and cheer on the winner of the coveted ribbon.

Sunday is also Costume Day. This year’s theme is Long Island Nautical. Prizes will be awarded for the best adult costumes (male and female), children’s costumes (boy and girl), and pet costume.

Other Long Island Dog Festival highlights include:

– AKC’s My Dog Can Do That! A professional instructor will help your dog navigate tunnels and jumps, just like those high-powered agility dogs on television.

– Dog Trick Competition. Can your hound give a high five? Can your terrier tap dance? Four-legged friends are invited to strut their stuff in the “My Dog Can Do That” competition.

– Dock Diving. It’s the latest water sport for dogs! A professional will be on hand to teach your pooch how to make a splash.

– Ask a Breeder. This is your chance to meet local purebred breeders and ask them anything you’ve always wanted to know about your specific breed.

– Canine Crafts. A special coloring area lets even the youngest dog lovers be part of the action and a professional face painter will transform little ones into playful pups.

• Chow. An array of food and drinks will be available for purchase – including hot dogs, of course!

Vendors. Take some pooch-centric goodies back to your dog house.

Admission is $20 per car and includes all-day access to Planting Fields Arboretum, located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY, a beautifully-preserved Gold Coast mansion and gardens that hearken back Long Island’s gilded age glmour.

For more information, contact 516-378-9081 or 631-928-4312, or visit Long Island Dog Shows on the web.