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.01/19/2019 – New Year New Resolve LI-DOG Jan. 2019 Meeting

 

New Year, New Resolve:
Make LI More Dog-Friendly!
LI-DOG Jan. 2019 Meeting
Thurs., Jan. 24th, 7-9PM
Plainview Library, Plainview

Join us for our January meeting as we map out our agenda for the New Year in our continued quest to make Long Island more dog-friendly. Tops on our 2019 list: More access to Nassau County parks and increased access to Suffolk County beaches! Also on the agenda: LI-DOG’s many  upcoming events. For more information check out New Year New Resolve: LI-DOG Jan. 2019 Meeting!

 

 


01/19/2019 – New Year New Resolve LI-DOG Jan. 2019 Meeting   Recently updated !

 

Photo Credit: Haley Deecken

NEW YEAR, NEW RESOLVE:
Make Long Island More Dog-Friendly!

LI-DOG January 2019 Meeting
Thurs., Jan. 24th, 7-9PM

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, NY

(Google Map)

Join us for our January meeting as we map out our agenda for the New Year in our continued quest to make Long Island more dog-friendly. As we endure the “bone” chilling temps outside, it’s actually time for us to get our plans in gear so that we and our dogs can enjoy the outdoors in Spring and beyond. It’s “snow” fun when our pooches are not welcome to join us at so many of Long Island’s parks and beaches. We’ve made tremendous progress in recent years, but there’s more to do!

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.

Tops on our 2019 list:

  •  More on-leash access to Nassau County parks and Town of Oyster Bay and Hempstead parks
  •  New dog parks in the Towns of Oyster Bay and Hempstead
  • Access to a beach in the Town of Hempstead
  • Increased access to Suffolk County beaches and continued open access to Mud Creek Beach

We’ll also discuss our upcoming events that we need volunteers for including:

  • Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens
  • LI-DOG’s Pints N Paws Luau
  • A Beach Meetup, and
  • LI-DOG’s Pack Walks

We’re always looking for volunteers to help make our initiatives happen. We need YOU, the dog loving (and VOTING public), to lend your voice and time.

Find out more and get details on how to join us at the LI-DOG Jan. 2019 Meeting!

(Please be aware that the library only allows service dogs.)

RSVP
LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email lidog_news@yahoo.com

Let us know if you can come!


.11/17/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Nissequogue River Trail   Recently updated !

 

CJ on Kings Park Bluff

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Nissequogue River Trail!
Sat., Nov. 17th, 11AM
Nissequogue River State Park, Kings Park

Please join LI-DOG for our final Pack Walk™ of the 2018 season as we walk the Nissequogue River Trail and a section of the dog-friendly trail at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. We’re planning a great 1.5-mile walk that offers a variety of scenery changes and the opportunity for a more challenging walk for those who want it. For all the details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ on the Nissequogue River Trail!


11/17/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Nissequogue River Trail   Recently updated !

 

CJ on Kings Park Bluff

CJ on the Kings Park Bluffs. Photo Credit: Heath Meschkow

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Nissequogue River Trail!

Sat., Nov. 17th, 11AM

Nissequogue River State Park, Kings Park

(Google Maps)

Please join LI-DOG for our final Pack Walk™ of the 2018 season as we walk the Nissequogue River Trail and a section of the dog-friendly trail at Kings Park Bluffs. Our Pack Walks will resume in the spring.

We’re planning a great 1.5-mile walk that offers a variety of scenery changes for our November LI-DOG Pack Walk™ on the Nissequogue River Trail. We’ll start on a road that leads to a flat, wide gravel trail along the inlet for the Nissequogue River and then climb up some wooden stairs to a trail above the shoreline that has nice views over the water. We’ll then cut over to the Kings Park Bluffs portion of our walk. In order to get to the bluffs, we’ll climb another short flight of wooden stairs that will take us onto a wooded trail along the top of the bluffs.. These bluffs have great views over the Long Island Sound. After another third of a mile or so, many of us will turn around and walk back to our starting point. The walk will take 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how long we stop to take in the views.

Those dog owners and their pups who don’t mind dealing with more steepness and hills, however, will have the opportunity to continue the walk along the bluffs. This part of the Bluff Trail is more challenging, but the views are incredible–some of the best on Long Island!

Please join us for what should be a GREAT final LI-DOG Pack Walk of 2018, whether you’re looking for nice walk in the woods or something a little more challenging!

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs 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 cleanup is a must.

How to Find Us: The entrance to Nissequogue River State Park is off St. Johnland Rd. Turn into the park onto Kings Park Blvd. and go past the gate house. Follow Kings Park Blvd. north a short distance to a small circle in front of the old Veterans Health Center. Go three-quarters of the way around the circle and follow the small road to the big parking lot on the left. We’ll meet in that parking lot.

Weather-related Changes: Please check our website, Meetup or Facebook on the morning of the walk around 9:00 a.m. for any weather-related changes. If there are no announcements, the Pack Walk is on!

To RSVP:

LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

PLEASE NOTE: This is a change from the trail listed on our original Pack Walk schedule and the magnet with the schedule.

Our Pack Walks are a great way for both you and your dog to socialize, while enjoying some of Long Island’s most beautiful parks. We hope you and your pup will join us for our Nissequogue River Trail Pack Walk! 


.11/05/2018 – Oyster Bay Vows No Plans to Close Massapequa Dog Park

 

Two Dogs with Frisbee

Oyster Bay Vows Won’t Close Massapequa Dog Park

Announces Plans for New Dog Park in Bayville

The Town of Oyster Bay will not move the dog park located on Clocks Blvd. in Massapequa, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. While the Town considered moving the dog park to a strip located on the eastern edge of the site, given the controversy that arose over the Town’s plans, moving the dog park is now “off the table,” according to the Supervisor. For details on the Massapequa Dog Park situation and plans for a new dog park in Bayville, go to Oyster Bay Vows Won’t Close Massapequa Dog Park.


11/05/2018 – Oyster Bay Vows Won’t Close Massapequa Dog Park

 

Two Dogs with Frisbee

Photo Credit: Jana Jancke-Damiani

Oyster Bay Supervisor Vows No Plans to Close Massapequa Dog Park

Town is Committed to Expanding Opportunities for Pets and Pet Lovers, He Adds

The Town of Oyster Bay will not move the dog park located on Clocks Blvd. in Massapequa, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. While the Town had considered moving the dog park to a strip of land located on the eastern edge of the property or maybe to a site on the western edge of the Field of Dreams park, given the controversy that arose over the Town’s plans and the opposition of dog owners, moving the dog park is now “off the table,” according to the Supervisor.

The Town “NEVER had intentions to deprive dog park facilities in Massapequa from our residents,” the Supervisor wrote in a statement to LI-DOG. Rather, the Town was looking at the parcel of land on which the current dog park sits as part of a townwide appraisal of properties done to take advantage of a $2.8 billion New York State land preservation program. “The selling of property to NYS guarantees its preservation, while assisting to further reduce the debt of the town,” stated the Supervisor. “Statements…that the Town of Oyster Bay planned to close the dog park in Massapequa..are untrue,” he said.

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Dog Park at Massapequa opened in June 2012 and is located on an approximately five-acre site bounded by Clocks Blvd. on the west, E. Pine St. to the south, County Line Rd. on the east and Louden St. to the north. (For details on the dog park, go to Nassau County Dog Parks.)

News of the Town’s plans to sell the dog park first appeared in a Sept. 20th article in Newsday. “The Town of Oyster Bay will be constructing a new state-of-the art dog park on the eastern end of the property,” Town Spokesperson Brian Nevin told the newspaper. “The remaining property will be returned to the (tax) rolls to help reduce the current tax burden on homeowners.”

The reaction to the news from dog owners was swift and unfavorable. “My neighborhood was completely unaware of this until two women approached me yesterday with flyers,” said one post on the Massapequa Dog Park Facebook Group. “Myself and my neighbors are very upset, this is one of the best dog parks around.” Dog owners immediately started a campaign to call and email the Supervisor’s office and on Sept. 23rd a rally in support of the dog park was held at the park, which was covered by FIOS1. The son of a former dog park regular who passed away and to whom a memorial tree has been planted asked that the plaque by the tree be returned to him should the dog park be closed.

Since then, Supervisor Saladino, Parks Commissioner Joseph Pinto and other Town officials have worked to assure dog owners that they do not intend to close the Massapequa Dog Park and at this point do not intend to move it. In fact, the town will now look to make enhancements,” said Saladino, pointing to plans to build a dog washing station at the park.

Plans to Build New Bayville Dog Park

Moreover, Saladino added, plans are now underway to build a new dog park on the Town’s north shore.

On Oct. 29th, the Town announced that it would receive a $100,000 grant for construction of a new dog park in Bayville as a result of the efforts of New York State Senator Carl Marcellino. According to the Town, it met with north shore residents earlier this year to discuss the construction of a new dog park at Charles E. Ransom Beach in Bayville. In announcing the new dog park, the Town noted that locating the dog park at Charles Ransom Beach will not only benefit dog owners who live in the northern part of town, but will also benefit the Bayville business district by bringing in additional visitors and their pets year-round.

“Please know that we love our pets and this administration is committed to expanding opportunities for pets and pet lovers alike in a safe and meaningful way,” the Supervisor’s statement concludes. As a result, LI-DOG has received a commitment from the Supervisor to meet in the coming weeks to discuss ways to increase access to the town’s parks and beaches for Oyster Bay families and their dogs.

Thanks to all the dog owners who emailed, called and came together in support of the Massapequa Dog Park!


.10/28/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens

 

OWG Pack Walk Group Shot Nov. 2017

LI DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens
Sun., Oct. 28th, Noon

OWG Fall Dog Festival and Costume Parade
Sun., Oct. 28th, 11 AM – 4 PM
Old Westbury Gardens, NY

Pumpkin spice season kicks off for Fido with an LI-DOG Pack Walk™ and the Fall Dog Festival at Old Westbury Gardens. Join us at Noon on Sun., Oct. 28th as we lead a group on-leash walk around the beautiful grounds of this estate, then check out doggie vendors, rescue groups, a big costume parade and contest for your dog and you and other fun activities during the Fall Dog Festival. For all the details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens.


10/28/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens

 

OWG Pack Walk Group Shot Nov. 2017

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens
(you and your dog can explore the grounds of OWG with a trusted guide)
Sunday, October 28 @ Noon

OWG Fall Dog Festival
(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds, a Halloween costume parade, and shopping)

Sunday, October 28 from 11 to 4

OWG Dog Days at the Park
(you and your leashed dog can enjoy the beautiful grounds at OWG)

Saturday, October 27 from 10 to 5
Sunday, October 28 from 10 to 5

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
(Google Map)

Crisp fall air, pumpkin spice, apple cider, Halloween costumes—celebrate all the fun of autumn with Fido during Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens. Enjoy the park with your fur baby all weekend from 10 to 5! Then, on Sunday, join LI-DOG for the Old Westbury Gardens Fall Dog Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be doggie vendors, rescue groups, animal advocacy organizations, and fun activities including a big costume contest and parade starting at 3:00 pm (register by 2:00 pm).

At Noon on Sunday, October 28, we will lead an LI-DOG Pack Walk™—a group on-leash dog walk–through the grounds of the estate. Please be at our table or by the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ banner by 11:45 a.m. to sign in. The Walk will take 45-60 minutes and is almost all on flat ground. There are opportunities to shorten the walk as well. Make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must!–and bring your camera as there are many beautiful photo opportunities on the grounds.

Registrants for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens will have the opportunity to donate $5 to LI-DOG for a chance to win a raffle basket full of doggie toys and treats. If you double your donation, you more than double your chances to win, as a $10 donation gets you four tickets! Proceeds from the raffle support LI-DOG’s work to open local parks and beaches to our four-legged family members.

Please note: Dogs must be on-leash at all times when visiting the gardens and are not allowed in any buildings on the grounds.

OWG admission fees are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors (over 62) or students with valid ID and $7 for children ages 7-17. OWG members, children 6 and under, and four-legged visitors are free! OWG accepts AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover at the admissions booth, gift shop, and café.

RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk:
LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email lidog_news@yahoo.com

Bonus Dog-Friendly Weekend Added Sat. and Sun., Oct. 20th and 21st! This year, Old Westbury Gardens has added another weekend when everyone is invited to bring their dogs on-leash to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the estate. Check it out!

More Info: Email info@oldwestburygardens.org (vendors and rescue groups encouraged to sign-up) or visit Old Westbury Gardens on the web and click on “our Daily Calendar” for event details and a wonderful overview of their other fall events and programs.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at Old Westbury Gardens on Sun., Oct. 28th!


.10/14/2018 – Rescues Rock the Runway IX

Rescues Rock the Runway
Sun., Oct. 14th, Noon – 5PM
Hotel Indigo, Riverhead

Please join Yorkie911 Rescue for their Ninth Annual Rescues Rock the Runway pet fashion show and  luncheon to be held at the beautiful Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. Furbabies are welcome! For ticket information and details, go to Rescues Rock the Runway IX.


10/14/2018 – Rescues Rock the Runway IX

Logo for Rescues Rock the Runway 2018Rescues Rock The Runway!
Sun., Oct. 14th, 12PM – 5PM
Hotel Indigo Long Island – East End
1830 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901 (Google Map)

Please join Yorkie911 Rescue for their 9th Annual Pet Fashion Show and Fundraiser–Rescues Rock the Runway!

There will be a delicious buffet, raffles beyond belief, contests, vendors and much more! Celebrity guests Kyle Dean Massey & Taylor Frey return for their second year with a special treat for everyone!

This year’s designer is Julie Lancaster of Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets. Julie has been a supporter of Yorkie911 Rescue for several years and we are honored to be showcasing her designs!

This year’s honoree, Andrea Herrick, is a true animal advocate who founded PRoud Rescuers of PR and works with several rescue groups here on Long Island.

Furbabies welcome!!!

Tickets are now $85; $100 at the door.

For tickets and more information, go to Yorkie911 on EventBrite.

It should be a great day of fun, fashion, friends and fundraising!!