Event Archive

12/19/2017 – Suffolk County Proclamation Honors LI-DOG President   Recently updated !

LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn with Her Two Dogs

Suffolk County Proclamation To Honor LI-DOG President!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 9:30 AM

Suffolk County Legislature

725 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown, NY (GOOGLE MAP)

Please join LI-DOG at the Suffolk Legislature on Tues., Dec.19th when Ginny Munger Kahn, president of The Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG), will be honored with a Proclamation from Suffolk County Legislator Steven Stern and his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature. The Proclamation thanks Ginny for her work helping to create dog parks and dog-friendly park policies in Suffolk County.

“By expanding access to and enjoyment of Suffolk County’s beautiful parks and open spaces, Ginny Munger Kahn has helped to materially improve the quality of life of thousands of current and future Suffolk County residents,” states the Proclamation. “In recognition of [that work], we, the members of the Suffolk County Legislature, do hereby honor Ginny Munger Kahn.”

Since 1998, LI-DOG has worked with elected officials and Parks officials to create 10 dog parks on Long Island (seven in Suffolk County including an off-leash beach) plus dozens of on-leash dog walking trails.

Among the Suffolk County Dog Parks LI-DOG has helped create are:
• Blydenburgh Dog Park in Smithtown
• Cherry Avenue Dog Park in W. Sayville
• Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach in E. Patchogue
• Robinson Duck Farm Dog Park in Brookhaven
• West Hills Large Dog Park in Huntington

These dog parks are the result of Ginny’s work with individual elected officials plus legislation passed in 2007, for which Leg. Steven Stern was the lead sponsor. LI-DOG worked closely with Leg. Stern on the legislation, while organizing support for the new policy among dog owners.

More recently, as LI-DOG’s representative on the Huntington Greenway Trails Citizens Advisory Committee, Ginny worked on the committee’s recommendation to adopt uniform park standards for leashed dogs in Huntington Town Parks. The recommendation was designed to align Town parks policy with Suffolk County, which allows leashed dogs throughout its 48,000-acre park system. On August 15th, the Huntington Town Board unanimously passed the resolution that opened virtually all Town parks to leashed dogs.

Ginny and LI-DOG continue to work with Suffolk legislators and the Suffolk Parks Dept. to make sure the County’s dog parks and the County’s dog-friendly park policies work well for park users.

“These wonderful amenities for dog owners–off-leash dog parks and on-leash access to virtually all Suffolk County parks–demonstrate how much communities can benefit from collaborative partnerships between engaged citizens and local government representatives,” said Ginny. “These policies are a great example of local democracy in action and we are very thankful to Leg. Steven Stern and his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature for making it happen!”

 We hope that you can join us to help Ginny celebrate this honor!

12/03/2017 – Kent Animal Shelter Pet Photos with Santa

Kent Animal Shelter Holiday Open House

& Pet Photos with Santa! 

Sun., Dec. 3rd,  12 – 3PM

Kent Animal Shelter, 2259 River Road, Calverton, NY, 11933

(Google Map)

Kent Animal Shelter invites all for some special holiday cheer at its annual holiday social for pets and their families–the Kent Animal Shelter Holiday Open House & Pet Photos with Santa! The shelter will be decorated in festive flair for the holiday season and professional photographer Kathleen O’Donnell will take photo portraits of you and your pets or just your pets! A $10 minimum donation per photo is requested. All photos will be delivered after the event via email. Dress up in your holiday garb and bring the family!

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and check out their great raffle prize baskets and unique pet boutique. To bring holiday cheer to homeless animals, donations of pet food, treats, toys and clean bedding will be gratefully accepted. Kent Animal Shelter is a 501C3 organization that provides a no-kill haven for homeless animals, adoption services, a spay/neuter clinic, and humane education.

For more Information: Contact Linda MacDonald, Kent Animal Shelter, email: linda@kentanimalshelter.com or call  631-727-5731 Ext #1 or visit www.KentAnimalShelter.com

We hope to see you and your dogs at this fun event for a great cause!

11/16/2017 – LI-DOG Nov. Meeting Deborah Hamilton Play Nicely Dog Park


Deborah Hamilton Play Nicely Dog Park Flyer


LI-DOG Nov. 2017 Meeting
“Play Nicely In The Dog Park”

Thurs., Nov. 16th,  7:00-9:00pm
Plainview-Old Bethpage Library
999 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY 11803  (Google Map)

Have you ever been involved in or witnessed a touchy situation at the dog park? An incident between dogs can often lead to disagreements between dog owners. Learn how to prevent and defuse touchy pet-related situations at the dog park when Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, a Pet Care Planning Advocate and Conflict Mediator, joins LI-DOG for our November 16th Meeting! Debra will share her knowledge and expertise in applying skills related to social boundaries, problem resolution and legal policies in situations ranging from the dog park, to your neighborhood and even within your family! This FREE LI-DOG event is for any dog owner that values positive social experiences not only  for their dogs, but for themselves!

Hamilton is also the author of Prepare for your Pet’s Care; The Road Map for Short and Long Term Care For the Animals You Love.  Join her and LI-DOG on Nov. 16th when she’ll share her knowledge of preventative measures and peaceful reconciliation when faced with conflicts over animals.

Please note: As space is limited at the library, all RSVP’s must be done on the LI-DOG Meetup group. Please remember to keep your RSVP up to date, so we can accommodate everyone who can make it to our meeting on Nov. 16th!


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

To learn more about Debra’s professional practice and her work, visit hamiltonlawandmediation.com or call (914) 273-1085. 

Please join us for our LI-DOG Nov. Meeting with Deborah Hamilton and her Play Nicely at the Dog Park  presentation!



11/18/2017 – Alley Pond Park LI-DOG Pack Walk


Photo Credit: John Pflug

LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Alley Pond Park

Sat., Nov. 18th, 10AM

Alley Pond Park

Union Tpke., Oakland Gardens, Queens 11364 

(Google Map)

Please join LI-DOG for our final Pack WalkTM of the 2017 season at beautiful Alley Pond Park, just over the Nassau border in Queens. This 655-acre park features miles of trails, ponds, meadows and woods. Our Alley Pond Park LI-DOG Pack WalkTM —a guided group on-leash dog walk–will start on the White Trail just east of the Parking Lot next to Baseball Field 12. We’ll then turn west onto the Orange Trail so we can walk our dogs by two pretty freshwater ponds and continue north, before heading back south again through the woods, so we make a big loop. (To see a map of the trails in Alley Pond Park, go to Alley Pond Park Trail Map.) The walk will take 45 minutes to an hour and other than one medium-sized hill is almost all on flat ground. The trail varies between asphalt and dirt.

If you’ve never been to Alley Pond Park, this is a great opportunity to get a good introduction to the park guided by an LI-DOG Pack Leader who knows the park well. If you already know Alley Pond Park, this is your chance to enjoy the park with your dog and other dog lovers and their pups!


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

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

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at our Alley Pond Park LI-DOG Pack WalkTM on Saturday!

11/12/2017 – Viewpoint Holiday Pooch Photo Shoot


Viewpoint Holiday Pooch Photo Shoot

Sunday, November 12, 2017,  10AM  – 5PM
Willow Pet Hotel
1926 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park, NY 11729

(Google Map)

The 2017 Viewpoint Photography Holiday Pooch Photo Shoot is ON!

Join LI-DOG for this special holiday photo session for dogs from noted photographer Pamela Setchell of Viewpoint Photography in Huntington. Get an unforgettable 5 X 7 finished portrait of your dog on a beautiful holiday-themed set – all for $40. Great NEW holiday cards and holiday card packages, extra prints, gift tags, ornaments and other items with your dog’s photo are also available for purchase.

This is a fundraising event for LI-DOG and is sponsored by Viewpoint Photography.

Since this is a special, discounted photo session, no appointment is necessary – it’s first-come, first-serve. However, in order to cut down on wait times, people with three or more dogs, special needs dogs, and those who want to get themselves or their family into the picture are asked to please call the studio at 631-421-1238 for an appointment. Additional photo sessions are available on Saturday. November 11th.


LI-Dog on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
Or email: lidog_news@yahoo.com

For more information: Call Viewpoint Photography at 631-421-1238

This is an important fundraiser for LI-DOG, so please join us for this very special event on Sun., Nov. 12th!





10/29/2017 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens Oct. 2017


Old Westbury Gardens Pack Walk Oct. 2016
Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Old Westbury Gardens
(you and your dog can explore the grounds of OWG on a guided group walk!)
Sunday, November 5 @ Noon

OWG Fall Dog Festival
(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds, a Halloween Costume Parade, and shopping!)
Sunday, November 5 from 11 to 4

OWG Dog Days at the Park
(you and your leashed dog can enjoy the beautiful grounds at OWG!)
Saturday, November 4 from 10 to 5
Sunday, November 5 from 10 to 5

Old Westbury Gardens

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


Pumpkin spice season kicks off f Oor Fido with an LI-DOG Pack Walk™ and the Fall Dog Festival at Old Westbury Gardens! Join us at Noon on Sun., Nov. 5th (please  note this is a new date) as we lead a group on-leash walk around the beautiful grounds of the estate, then check out doggie vendors, rescue groups, a big costume parade and contest, and more during the Fall Dog Festival!

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 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, we will lead an LI-DOG Pack WalkTM—a guided 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.

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) and students with valid ID; and $7 for children ages 7-17.  OWG members, children 6 and under, and four-legged visitors are free!

RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens:
LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email lidog_news@yahoo.com

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

We can’t wait to see you and your dogs for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ and the Fall Dog Festival at Old Westbury Gardens!

10/29/2017 – Suffolk Barkfest


2017-Suffolk BarkFest 

Suffolk Barkfest 2017

Sunday, October 29, 12 PM to 3 PM,
Holiday Inn Express, 3131 Nesconset Hwy, Centereach, NY 11720 Google Map



Think your dog is the cutest (or spookiest!) pup around during Halloween time? Does your fur baby rock a costume every October? Do you want bragging rights for Fido this fall? Then Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn invites you and your dog to come to Suffolk Barkfest 2017, Suffolk County’s largest pet costume contest and parade!

For this Halloween-spirited celebration, guests are to bring their dogs (or other pets) dressed in costumes for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Costume judging and awarding of prizes will begin at 2:00 pm.

Suffolk Barkfest 2017 has been graciously sponsored by Save-a-Pet and the Suffolk County SPCA.

No RSVP necessary and admission is FREE! For further information about Suffolk Barkfest 2017 contact Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook at (631) 471-8000.

10/28/2017 – Nassau Barkfest Oct. 2017


5th Annual Nassau Barkfest Pet Costume Contest & Parade

Saturday, October 28th, 1 pm to 4 pm (Rain or shine)

Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY (Parking at Fields 6 and 6A)

(Google Map)

Even our canine friends love a good Halloween party and Nassau Barkfest is guaranteed to be spook-tacular fun for both dogs and people! Dress up your furry friend in his or her Halloween finest — pretty, silly, scary or downright ghostly — and join the parade. Costume judging will begin at 2:30 pm and prizes will be awarded.  LI-DOG, rescue groups and other animal-friendly organizations will be there to help celebrate. All pets must be on a leash and, as always, picked up after.

Sponsored by the Nassau County SPCA and Long Island’s K98.3 radio station, admission is FREE, but all participants are asked to bring a donation of pet food for families who are facing difficult financial times and need help feeding their pets.

For more information about Nassau Barkfest, call 516-315-6686 or email KGrilliRobles@PDCN.org.

We hope to see you and your dogs–in costume!–at Nassau Barkfest on the 28th.

10/01/2017 – Wines and Canines Walk/Run   Recently updated !



Wines and Canines Walk/Run
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017,  11AM- 2PM
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
2114 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow (Google Map)

It’s peak harvest season on the North Fork and the perfect time to take a leisurely stroll or invigorating run with your pup at Kent Animal Shelter’s Wines and Canines Walk/Run! Join fellow pet families at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard for a day of fun while walking to support Kent Animal Shelter’s mission to help animals in crisis. Dress your pet for the costume contest or the people/pet look-a-like contest, take your chance on the 50/50 raffle, door prize, or special pop up prizes that will be along the route. After the walk enjoy live music, meet some adoptable pets, and shop for wine and food plus doggie items at Kent’s traveling pet boutique.

Kent Animal Shelter’s Wines and Canines Walk/Run is not a timed race and walkers/runners can begin the course anytime between 11AM and 1PM.
$30 minimum donation per person, children under 12 are free

For more information or to register for the event, visit https://www.kentanimalshelter.com or call (631) 727-5731.

Kent Animal Shelter is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization established in 1968 in Calveton, NY that provides a no-kill haven for homeless animals, adoption services, a spay/neuter clinic, and humane education.


10/01/2017 – LI-DOG’s Barkin’ Brunch


Bailey Surveys the Scene at our Oct. 2016 Barkin’ Brunch Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG’s Barkin’ Brunch

Sunday, October 1st, 11am – 3pm

The Refuge

515 Broadhollow Rd., Mellville, NY (Google Map)


Get ready for a Sunday brunch both you and your pup can enjoy–LI-DOG’s Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge on Sun., Oct. 1st! Relax on their beautiful outdoor patio while dining on delicious food,  drink specials, and dog treats. Take a chance on winning some beautiful raffle baskets and learn about LI-DOG and our mission to gain access to Long Island beaches and parkland for dog owners and their dogs. We will have a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to Austin Pets Alive!

Seating outside for brunch on the patio is limited, so it is suggested that if you want to make sure you get a table, call The Refuge at (631) 577-4444 to make a reservation. There is also an area on the patio for those just wanting to have a drink and mingle.

Thank you to JoAnn Winkhart and The Refuge for their support and hospitality, to Tito’s Vodka for donating a portion of the sales from the cocktails from this event, and to those who have donated items for our raffle baskets:

Tito’s Vodka
Atlantic Nursery
Mary’s Pizza and Pasta
Shampooch Pet Spa and Boutique
Incredible Feets
Panera Bread

Pet Parent Essentials for the brunch:
Make sure to walk your dog outside the venue before entering, bring poop bags, and watch your dog closely.
Please note that while well-socialized and fully vaccinated dogs are allowed on the grounds of our venue, they are NOT permitted to enter the indoor bar/restaurant area.

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

This is a fundraising event for LI-DOG, so please come out and join us for LI-DOG’s Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge on Sun., Oct. 1st!