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.08/18/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Massapequa Preserve   Recently updated !

 

Group Shot from Pack Walk Aug. 2017LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve!
Sat., Aug. 18th, 10 AM – Noon
Massapequa Park, NY

How does a nice, easy walk along a shaded path in the woods with your dog on a summer morning sound? Want to meet other dog owners and their pups? If all that sounds good, join us for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve on Sat., Aug. 18th! For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve.


08/18/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Massapequa Preserve   Recently updated !

 

Group Shot from Pack Walk Aug. 2017

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Massapequa Preserve Aug. 2017

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve!

Sat., August 18th, 10 AM – Noon

Fire Road Trail, Massapequa Preserve

1 Walker Street, Massapequa Park, NY

(Google Map)

THE PACK WALK IS ON TODAY!!!

How does a nice, easy walk along a shaded path in the woods with your dog on a summer morning sound? Want to meet other dog owners and their dogs, too? If either of these sound good, then please join us for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve on Sat., Aug. 18th at 10 o’clock in the morning!

On our Aug. 18th 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. The trail is about a mile and a half long and ends at a clearing with a creek and shallow pond where we’ll stop for water and photos. Some dog owners bring their dogs to swim in the pond. Once we’ve rested, we’ll head back up the trail to where we started.

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 dogs can get tangled,

The Fire Road Trail within Massapequa Preserve opened to on-leash dogs in early 2015 in response to LI-DOG’s campaign to get more access to Nassau County parks. Please help us protect access to the preserve by keeping dogs on-leash and off the bike path. Meet us on the dirt path near 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!

RSVP

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

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs on Sat., Aug. 18th for LI-DOG’s Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve!

P.S. Don’t forget to check Meetup, Facebook or our website around 9 a.m. Sat. morning for any weather-related announcements. If there are no announcements, the Pack Walk is on!


.08/24/2018 – Bark at the Park at Citi Field   Recently updated !

 

Two Dogs at Citifield

Bark at the Park
Fri., Aug. 24th, 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field, Queens

What could be better than enjoying America’s favorite pasttime with your furry best friend while helping homeless animals? If your pup is ready to woof, woof, woof for the Mets as they battle the Washington Nationals, then please come out to support the Mets and the North Shore Animal League on Fri. Aug. 24th! For more information, go to Bark at the Park at Citi Field.


08/24/2018 – Bark at the Park at Citi Field   Recently updated !

 

Two Dogs at Citifield

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Bark at the Park
Fri., Aug. 24th, 7:10PM
Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368

(Google Maps)

What could be better than enjoying America’s favorite pastime with you best friend while helping homeless animals?

Is your pup ready to woof, woof, woof for the Mets as they battle the Washington Nationals? Then please bring your pup to support the NY Mets and the North Shore Animal League America, a no-kill animal shelter and adoption center, for Bark at the Park at Citi Field on Friday, Aug. 24th!

You and your pup will sit with fellow dog lovers and their pups in designated Coca-Cola Corner seats. Tickets for this game are $51 for humans; $41 for dogs. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit North Shore Animal League America. There will be potty stations and water available for the dogs throughout the area.

All dogs are required to enter Citi Field via the Bullpen Gate, which will open two hours before game-time. Arrive early and you and your pup will be able to participate in the Dog Parade* – a walk around the warning track of the field! Dogs are not permitted on the grass on the field. Approximately one half hour prior to the game, dogs will be directed to the Right Field gate for direct access to the Coca-Cola Corner.

For more information, please visit Bark at the Park at Citi Field.

 


.09/10/2018 – Splish Splash Doggy Day 2018

 

Lab in Pool

Splish Splash Doggy Day
Mon., Sept. 10th, 10AM – Noon
2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton

Spend a morning with your pup in the wave pool at Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton on Mon., Sept. 10th. All dogs must be well-socialized and there is a one dog per person limit. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the park. For more information, go to Splish Splash Doggy Day 2018.

 


09/10/2018 – Splish Splash Doggy Day 2018   Recently updated !

 

Lab in Pool

Splish Splash Water Park

Splish Splash Doggy Day 2018
Mon., Sept. 10th, 10AM – 12PM
Splish Splash Water Park
2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton, NY 11933

(Google Map)

Spend a morning with Fido for some end of the summer fun at Splish Splash Water Park as they open their doors to the dogs!

On Monday, September 10th from 10AM – 12PM, Splish Splash will be hosting a Doggy Day. Come and enjoy a morning with your pup at the wave pool. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance AT THE PARK. They are on sale now, Monday through Friday 10AM – 6PM and Saturday and Sunday 10AM – 7PM. The tickets cost $15 per dog, $10 per human with all the proceeds going to a local animal shelter. Parking is free the day of the event.

Limit one dog per handler. All dogs must be wearing a collar, and a leash must be on hand by owner. NO AGGRESSIVE DOGS allowed (any dog displaying aggressive behavior will be requested to leave with NO refund.)

Every owner will be required to sign a waiver on the day of the event upon entering the park and shall take full responsibility for their dog at all times. Upon request, the owner must provide proof of vaccination and license within 24 hours.

Hurry and get your tickets now as only a limited number of dogs will be allowed to participate! Please bring poop bags and water for your dogs, and please be respectful and clean up after them.

For more information about the event, or for any updates about the event, please go to Doggy Day 2018 on Facebook.

 


.07/24/2018 – Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek Unworkable

 

Line of Fencing at Mud CreekDog Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach! 

LI-DOG Calls for Restoration of Off-Leash Beach, Saying Zone is Unsafe, Unworkable and Unfair

On May 1, 2018, a long line of fencing was installed at Mud Creek Park to create a dog exclusion zone on Suffolk County’s ONLY official off-leash beach. The fencing cost $13,000 and cuts off half the shorefront to dog owners and their dogs. LI-DOG has called on the Suffolk County Legislator responsible for creating the dog exclusion zone to restore the off-leash beach. The zone is unsafe, unworkable and unfair, LI-DOG argues. To get details on the situation and what you can do to help restore the beach, go to Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek. 


07/20/2018 – Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek Unworkable   Recently updated !

 

Line of Fencing at Mud Creek

Fencing at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

Dog Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek–Suffolk’s ONLY Off-Leash Beach!

LI-DOG Asks Suffolk Legislator to Restore the Beach: Dog Exclusion Zone is Unsafe, Unworkable and Unfair

On May 1, 2018, 530 feet of fencing was installed to create a dog exclusion zone at Mud Creek County Park in E. Patchogue—the ONLY official off-leash beach on Long Island! The fencing, which cost $13,000 and cuts the beachfront in half, is the work of Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue). Leg. Calarco represents the 7th District, which covers Patchogue, Medford and Middle Island among other communities.

In an email to constituents, Leg. Calarco wrote the fencing was installed “to meet the needs of community members who are not dog people…and no longer felt comfortable using this area.”  While Leg. Calarco said he understands “this compromise may not be perfect,” he added, “it’s the best solution for all interested parties.”

LI-DOG argues the dog exclusion zone is not a “compromise” as LI-DOG and other dog owners were never notified or asked to provide any input on the project. “To take away so much of this singular resource without consulting dog owners is undemocratic and unfair,” said LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn.” It would be like creating a playground for kids then suddenly taking away half of it to make a basketball court for adults. Dog owners are upset.”

Three Dogs in Water at Mud Creek Beacvh

Dogs Playing at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

On June 6th, LI-DOG was invited to sit down with Leg. Calarco to discuss the situation and potential solutions. At that meeting, LI-DOG urged the Legislator to do away with the dog exclusion zone and restore the beach to its original purpose. The off-leash beach at Mud Creek was designated a natural borders dog park in August 2009 as a result of the Five New Dog Parks bill passed unanimously by the Suffolk County Legislature in May 2007.

In addition to dividing the beachfront in half, the dog exclusion zone creates a new entry point for dog owners that is further north on Roe Avenue. The new entrance requires dog owners and their dogs to traverse all 530 feet of fence line and sand before being able to access the waterfront. The Mud Creek site formerly was used by the Town of Brookhaven to dump recycled glass and other debris. Broken glass has often been found in this large stretch of sand.

Satellite View of Mud Creek with Dog Exclusion Zone

Suffolk Parks Commissioner Phil Berdolt added that the County intends to install snow fencing between the chain link fence and the water. Right now, because of legal restrictions, the chain link fence stops short of the water thereby leaving an open beach front with no natural barriers to running and swimming dogs. (Please note: On Aug. 4th, LI-DOG and local dog owners were told the Parks Dept. has decided NOT to install snow fencing in response to LI-DOG’s requests.)

In asking for the restoration of the beach to its original purpose, LI-DOG argued the current situation is unsafe, unworkable and unfair.

– It is unsafe to make people walk across 530 feet of glass-strewn sand in sandals.

– It is unsafe to make pets walk across the sand as glass can cut their paws and the sands gets very hot and will burn their paws.

– Installing snow fencing between the chain link fence and the water will create a dangerous situation as dogs will still be able to swim around the fence or dig under the fence into the soft sand thereby separating dogs from their owners with no quick way for owners to help their pets.

– The situation is unworkable. Neither the dog exclusion zone nor the off-leash area can be secured without creating a dangerous situation. Yet, on one side you have people who are “uncomfortable around dogs” and on the other side you have off-leash dogs who can’t distinguish the off-leash beach from the exclusion zone.

– The situation is unfair to Suffolk County residents. It takes a beach accessible to all Suffolk County residents and closes half of it for use by people who live nearby, thereby creating a “private” beach for a few local residents. Mud Creek belongs to all County residents, not just those who can afford to live a short walk away!

– The situation is unfair as it exposes dog owners to steep fines as high as $200 if people complain about dog owners letting their dogs do what the beach was designed for—swim and run off-leash—and Park Rangers are sent to enforce the dog-exclusion zone.

– The dog exclusion zone was created in an unfair and undemocratic fashion with no public notice, no public hearings and no input from the people who use the park on this major change in its use.

– The dog exclusion zone is a waste of taxpayer money. The county spent $13,000 installing 530 feet of fencing that fails to serve its purpose–allow local residents to walk the beach without coming into contact with off-leash dogs. The zone is too small for walking, it is covered by poison ivy and water at high tide, and it cannot be secured without creating a dangerous situation, noted Janie Dill, a local dog owner who frequents the beach and has written a letter about this issue to Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay III. Leg. Lindsay represents the 8th District in Islip and serves as Vice Chair of the Legislature’s Parks Committee.

The depth of feeling among dog owners about how unworkable and unfair this is is evident in the more than 340 signatures—the biggest component comes from Leg. Calarco’s 7th District—that LI-DOG has gathered on its petition asking for the restoration of the beach. Get the petition to Preserve Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach now!

It’s important people understand before the creation of the dog exclusion zone everyone, including nearby residents, had access to the beach, noted Bill Gillis who wrote LI-DOG’s follow up letter to Leg. Calarco after the meeting. Indeed,” we have seen local residents who come to fish, walk and enjoy the beach, most of whom enjoy seeing the dogs playing,” he noted. Creating the dog exclusion zone has now actually taken away access for a large number of Suffolk County residents who treasure Mud Creek as their only off-leash dog beach.

In response to LI-DOG’s arguments, Leg. Calarco asked that we give the dog exclusion zone “a season…to see if it can work.” If there are complaints, he said, he will “rethink it.” When LI-DOG raised concerns that the longer the dog exclusion zone stays in effect, the more likely conflicts will arise between people in the zone and everyone else, Leg. Calarco vowed he would not seek to eliminate the off-leash beach.

In the meantime, LI-DOG has made two recommendations:

– That the snow fencing NOT be installed in order to avoid creating a dangerous situation in which people are separated from their pets. (Thanks to Leg. Calarco and Suffolk Parks for responding to our serious concerns about the snow fencing. )

– That people be allowed to walk their dogs on-leash through the dog exclusion zone to access the water, thereby avoiding the glass-strewn sand.

What You Can Do:

It’s very important that dog owners let Leg. Calarco know the current situation is unworkable and unfair. Let the Legislator know the benefit of listening to the concerns of hundreds of Suffolk County residents who own dogs and want the beach restored to its original purpose. Let Leg. Calarco know this is a critical issue for dog owners and that support for dog-friendly policies is a key consideration in your support for elected officials.

Please urge Leg. Calarco to work with LI-DOG and local dog owners to come to a solution that:

– Preserves the County’s intent to dedicate an off-leash beach for dog owners and their pups at Mud Creek as a result of legislation passed in 2007.

– That meets the needs of dog owners for a safe place to let their dogs run and swim off-leash without fear of conflicts with other park users and summonses and fines.

Contact Leg. Calarco:

By phone at 631-854-1400 (Calls are the easiest, but most powerful way to send a message). Please be polite.

By Email at Robert.Calarco@suffolkcountyny.gov. Don’t forget to forward a copy of your email to LI-DOG at news@lidog.org so we can see how we’re doing with our campaign.

By Letter at Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco, 90 W. Main St., Suite 2N, Patchogue, NY 11772

If you’re a resident of Leg. Calarco’s District 7 make sure Leg. Calarco knows that! If you’re a Suffolk County resident, remind Leg. Calarco Mud Creek is for ALL County residents.

Want to increase your impact?

Download the petition and help LI-DOG get signatures to Protect Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach  Mail back petitions with signatures to:

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

Then, help spread the word by getting the Flyer Dog Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek.

The more support we can show for restoring the off-leash beach, the more likely we’ll get a solution that meets the needs of dog owners!

Thank you for your support!


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

 

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

 

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 

(Google Map)

 

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!