Dog-Friendly Events


07/24/2019 – Gardiner Dog Park Opening   Recently updated !

Gardiner Dog Park Opening Set for Wed., July 24th!

Large New Dog Park Features Large Dog, Small Dog and Agility Training Areas

 

Photo Credit: Jeanine Chang

The Grand Opening of a large, new dog park in Suffolk County’s popular Gardiner Park, Bay Shore, is set for Wed., July 24th!

The time is still to be determined. The dog park is the result of the efforts of New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and NYS Senator Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood), both of whom will be in attendance along with Suffolk Parks Commissioner Phil Berdolt.

The dog park features three sections: an 80′ x 300′ small dog area; a 120′ x 300′ large dog area and a 40′ x 100′ agility training area. The provision of an agility training area is a first for a Suffolk County dog park, noted Parks Commissioner Berdolt. Each of the sections will be completely fenced by 4′ high black vinyl coated chain link fence. In addition, two watering locations have been installed.

The total dog recreation site will cover 64,000 square feet or about one and a half acres. In an effort to provide shade during the summer and a more natural setting, many of the existing trees have been left in place, the Parks Commissioner added.

The funds for the new dog park came from a $200,000 grant obtained by Sen. Boyle. “This is something I’ve thought about for a long time,” said the Senator whose family owns a toy Fox Terrier named Olivia. “It’s a beautiful park to begin with and I’ve gone to Gardiner often with my dog to walk her on-leash, but I always thought it would be a nice place for a dog run.” The west side of Islip has long needed an off-leash area, he added.

Senator Boyle worked with former Suffolk Legislator and now NYS Senator Monica Martinez on the project. Senator Martinez sponsored the resolution in the Suffolk County Legislature to accept the grant and authorize the dog park.

As is the case for all Suffolk County parks, on-leash dog walking will continue to be allowed throughout Gardiner Park. Some dog owners had been told that on-leash dog walking was at risk as a result of the new dog park. However, in a statement to LI-DOG, Commissioner Berdolt noted: “This is our most utilized park for patrons and their pets. We will continue to keep this park an on-leash friendly park.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the job Suffolk County has done building the dog park,” added Sen. Boyle. “This will be a very special place and I can’t tell you how happy I am it’s finally coming to fruition.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please let Sen. Boyle and Sen. Martinez know how much you appreciate their work to get a beautiful new dog park created in Gardiner Park. Email Sen. Boyle at: pboyle@nysenate.gov or call 631-665-2311; Email Sen. Martinez at Martinez@nysenate.gov or call 631-360-3356.

Please also let Suffolk Parks Commissioner Phil Berdolt know what a great job the Parks Dept. has done building yet another, big, beautiful dog park in Suffolk County! Email Commissioner Berdolt at scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov or call 631-854-4985.

Help make sure Gardiner Park works for all park patrons by keeping your dogs leashed unless you are in the dog park itself. Also, as always, please remember to clean up after your dog.

Thank you for your support!


.07/20/2019 – LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Meetup   Recently updated !

 

CJ with Frisbee at Mud Creek

LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Doggie Meetup!
Sun., Aug. 4th, 10 AM to 12 PM
Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach
E. Patchogue, NY

You and your dog are invited to join us for the LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup on Sun., Aug. 4th in E. Patchogue. If your dog likes to swim and socialize with other pups and you’d like to hang out with other dog owners, join us at the off-leash beach at Mud Creek County Park! Please note: This is a change of date due to predicted excessive heat on the original date July 20th. For details, go to LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Meetup.


07/20/2019 – LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Meetup   Recently updated !

 

CJ with Frisbee at Mud Creek

Photo Credit: Heath Meschkow

LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup!
Sunday, Aug. 4th, 10 AM to 12 PM
Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach
450 Roe Ave.,  E. Patchogue, NY

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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 for the LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup and Doggie Meetup at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach in East Patchogue on Sunday, Aug. 4th for a couple of hours of 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 or in the water as Mud Creek is an off-leash dog beach. (Please note this is a change of date due to predicted excessive heat on the original date of July 20th.) 

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 to help LI-DOG and get a little extra time in the sun, please join us in getting the area ready for our meetup!

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). BUT, thanks to Kim Varvaro of Husse Pet Food and James Hoke of PoopAway, we will have PLENTY of water on hand for both people and pets! Also, don’t forget to bring towels and a beach chair if you plan to stay awhile.

PLEASE BE AWARE:  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.

 

 

Parking is on the street and there is a narrow path to the water.

ALSO NOTE: A chain-link fence was installed last year to create a “dog-exclusion” area. To access the beach, please use the narrow path to the water by the sign for Mud Creek Park and walk dogs ON-LEASH through this area. Please be respectful and keep off-leash dogs out of this area. Avoid using the double-gated entrance. It leads to a large expanse of sand where broken glass has often been found.

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

In the event of inclement weather, please check Meetup or our Facebook group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 AM that morning. If there are no messages, the event is on!

We hope to see you and your dogs on Sunday, Aug. 4th at the beach!


.07/20/2019 – Islip Animal Shelter Dog Wash!   Recently updated !

 

Flyer for Islip Animal Shelter 2019 Dog WashIslip Animal Shelter 8th Annual Dog Wash
Sat., July 20th, 11AM – 3PM
210 S. Denver Ave, Bay Shore

Is your dog attending LI-DOG’s Meetup at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach? Is he or she bringing home more of the Great South Bay than you’d like? Then join the Islip Animal Shelter for their 8th Annual Dog Wash! There’ll be raffles, vendors, and bath supplies. For details, go to Islip Animal Shelter Dog Wash!


07/20/2019 – Islip Animal Shelter Dog Wash!

 

Flyer for Islip Animal Shelter 2019 Dog WashIslip Animal Shelter 8th Annual Dog Wash
Sat., July 20th, 11AM – 3PM
Islip Animal Shelter
210 South Denver Ave, Bay Shore, NY

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Are you spending time at the LI-DOG Mud Creek Beach Meetup? Is your dog looking a little “ruff” around the edges? Then join the Islip Animal Shelter for their 8th Annual Dog Wash! 

On Saturday July 20th from 11AM -3PM, the Town of Islip Animal Shelter located at 210 South Denver Ave, Bay Shore will be holding its Annual Dog Wash. Come down with your dog for a bath and nail trim, all for a small donation and a good cause! Microchips are also available.

There will be vendors, raffles and a bake sale. All proceeds go directly to the animals of the Town of Islip Animal Shelter.

Don’t have a dog? You can sponsor a bath for a shelter dog!

All dogs must be friendly and on a NON-RETRACTABLE leash.

Suggested Donations:

Bath $10.
Nail Trim $5
Microchips $20.

For more information, go to Islip Animal Shelter Dog Wash on Facebook, email Dgorle@islipny.gov or call 631-224-5660.

Tell them LI-DOG sent you!

 


.06/22/2019 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve!

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve!
Saturday, June 22nd, 11AM
127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 11050

Please join us for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve on Sat., June 22nd starting at 11 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! Once again this year we will be reserving some of the picnic tables, so bring your lunch. For details go to, LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve! 


06/22/2019 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve!

 

Overlook at Sands Point Preserve

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve!
Saturday, June 22nd, 11AM
127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 11050

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LI-DOG is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 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 22nd starting at 11 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 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 about an hour, but there will be opportunities to make the walk shorter for those who wish to.

Once again this year we will be reserving some picnic tables, so bring your lunch.  We’ve reserved three tables down by the pond. If you have a folding chair, perhaps you could bring that and you and your pooch can join us while we have lunch overlooking the peaceful pond.

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 not only can people and dogs get tangled, but there are snapping turtles in the pond, which you and your dog will want to avoid! Also, please bring water and poop bags – as clean up is a must.

Admission to Sand Point Preserve is $15 per car. Walk-ins are still $4.

Please arrive by 10:30 AM to sign in, so we can begin the walk promptly at 11 AM.

RSVP

LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or 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 June 22nd!


.05/18/2019 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve

 

Avalon Trail with Person and Dog

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park
Sat., May 18th, 9AM and 9:30AM
Avalon Park & Preserve, Stony Brook

Please join LI-DOG for our first ever Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve in Stony Brook! The park and preserve cover 140 acres of woodland gardens, paths, fields and forests traversed by a network of trails that provide access to all parts of the preserve. This Pack Walk has two staggered starting times. Get all the details at LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve!

 


06/02/2019 – LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty!

Our 2018 Photo Contest Winners Phoenix and Griffin! Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty!
Sunday, June 2nd, 12 pm – 4 pm
Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill
31 Baker Pl., Patchogue, NY 11772

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Leash up your pup and join us on the beautiful waterfront at Off Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue for the LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty! Enjoy beautiful views, a great BBQ, tropical drinks, live music, contests, raffles, and lots of fun for the pups!

There will be many fun games with chances to win exciting prizes for both people and pups.  Participate in the “Biggest Lap Dog” contest – always a fan favorite! Pups can also “Hang Ten” on surfboards for the “Surf’s Up” Photo Contest. Pups (and people): Be sure to come decked out in your favorite summer outfits and pose for memorable summer photos at the surf hut. Visit the raffle table to take a chance at winning one of the many great raffle baskets and prizes generously donated by our sponsors.

Sit and take in the views as you enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill–complements of Off-Key Tikkilisten to summer jams, and sip delicious tropical drinks. Truly a special day to spend with your dogs!

NOTE: Advanced ticket sales are closed. You may buy tickets at the door for $20 per person (dogs are free!).

This is a fundraising event to benefit LI-DOG – The Long Island Dog Owners Group. Donations support LI-DOG’s work to get more access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their pups. 

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at our Surf’s Up Summer Pawty on June 2nd!