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LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park!

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park!


Rescheduled to Sunday, March 24th, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM


2500 William Floyd Pkwy., Ridge, NY

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The Pack Walk IS ON! Wear sturdy shoes or boots as the trail will likely be muddy in spots and dress warmly. It’s chilly out there today!

How to find us: We will meet in the unpaved parking lot inside the park. The entrance to the park is on the right, just past the lights for Whiskey Road on the northbound side of William Floyd Parkway. Follow the unpaved road to the parking area.

Because of the forecast for rain on Saturday, we have rescheduled our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park to Sunday, March 24th. Please make sure to check our website, Facebook or Meetup around 9  a.m. Sunday morning to make sure the Pack Walk is still on. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! 

To start off our 2024 season, please join us on Sunday, March 24th, for our first-ever LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park! LI-DOG Pack Walks™–group on-leash walks–are a great way to enjoy Long Island’s beautiful parks with your dog, while meeting new friends and their pups. Located in Ridge, Suffolk County, Brookhaven State Park covers more than 1,638 acres. It includes a large amount of the Long Island Pine Barrens, but also contains scattered wetlands.

We will be walking on the Brookhaven Short Loop Trail which is a 1.8-mile loop trail. It is generally considered an easy route and usually takes an average of 34 min to complete, but as we are usually a larger group and have dogs with us it may take us a bit longer. It is fairly wide and flat, and we stop a few times along the trail for the slower people to catch up and for the dogs to take a water break.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on the Pack Walk™. Please also make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must! Also, no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

RSVP

This should be a great first LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2024 season! We hope you can join us at Brookhaven State Park on Sun., the 24th!

**In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 am Sunday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! **


Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest for our Video!

Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest for our Video!

 

Please share photos of your beautiful dogs in their Holiday finest so we can make a video for everyone to enjoy! Just go to the LI-DOG Facebook Group and add your photo as a comment to our post: Show Us Your Pups! Please include your pet’s name.

Want to see how great last year’s Holiday Video turned out? Check out LI-DOG’s 2022 Holiday Video!

This year’s video promises to be even better. You don’t want to miss out!

Please go to the LI-DOG Facebook Group, click on Show Us Your Pups, and post your adorable dog(s)!

P.S. If you don’t have access to FB, send your photo to events@lidog.org.


Dozens of People and Pups in Costume Join LI-DOG for Its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty!

Dozens of People and Pups in Costume Join LI-DOG for Its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser!

Musical Sit Contest Winners! — PHOTO CREDIT: JOANN GARGUOLA

The weather was great—cool and mostly sunny—as more than 80 people and their pups–many in costumes– descended on The Pine Grove Inn in E. Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 5th for LI-DOG’s Fourth Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser! The event is a key fundraiser for LI-DOG, which works to increase access to public parkland and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their pups.

The event featured games including two costume contests, raffles, music, prizes, and a photo booth—the Pine Grove Inn’s pretty gazebo decked out in pumpkins, tomb stones and other Halloween decorations. In addition, the event featured special guest Doggie U K9 Academy, Long Island’s largest indoor training facility, whose volunteers set up an agility course and helped guide pet parents and their pups over jumps, weaves, and tunnels. 

Pup With Paw Print Drawing

For souvenirs, guests could create prints of their pups’ paws on pre-decorated 8-1/2 x 11 card stock that featured jack-o-lanterns, spiders and other Halloween themes. All our “Pup-Casso’s” got treats for their efforts, of course!

Besides a full menu of delicious lunch specials, the Pine Grove Inn created a DogTail menu of hand-crafted drinks including Beagle Mary’s and a special Doggy Food menu for the pups.

Music was provided by DJ Mike Kaplow who created a wide-ranging playlist of music from the 50s, 60s, 70s including the Peanuts Halloween theme. Adding to the party spirit was MC and LI-DOG Board Member Peggy Heijmen who provided commentary and encouragement to game contestants and raffle basket winners alike.

Among the most popular activities were the contests including Musical Sit and two costume contests—one for Best Standalone Pet and another for Best Pet/Pet Parent duo. The contests were held in the middle of the big open lawn.

Competition was fierce for the Musical Sit game. Dozens of doggies and their pet parents competed in the contest in which the last contestant to sit was eliminated until there were just three dogs standing—er, sitting—Dulce, Rucker, and Logan! (That’s the Musical Sit winners pictured above.)

The costume contests were equally entertaining–and challenging for our three judges–as the dogs all looked adorable in their costumes. Judging was based on originality, creativity and showmanship. The winners for Best Standalone Pet were Harley as Grandma Harley (she actually pushed her own walker!), Mojo as a Panda Bear, and Lucky the Party Animal who had his own keg of beer in hand (or paw).

Winners of the Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo were Percy and his Mom Kayla as Woody and Jesse from Toy Story (1st Place), Rocko and Jay Winkler as Zero and Jack Skellington from Nightmare before Christmas (2nd Place), and Ebonie Lewis and her dog Hades as an Egyptian Pharoah and her pet crocodile (3rd place).

Best Pet/Parent Costume Contest Winners
Best Standalone Pet Winner
Best Pet/Parent Costume Contest Winners

PHOTO CREDIT: JOANN GARGUOLA


Prizes for the winners of the contests included $50 Chewy gift certificates (for the 1st Place costume contest winners) plus toys, treats and gold, silver and bronze medals. Congratulations to all our winners!

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY RANSOM

Many guests also won raffle baskets. Among the raffle baskets were gift certificates to numerous restaurants, wine bottles and hand-painted wine glasses, training sessions for your dog and dog care, specialty dog treats, artwork, toys, games, and a handknit sweater for your dog, among other fun stuff!

Thank you to ALL the businesses and individuals who made our raffle so successful! Babylon Cheese Cellar, Brutus Bone BrothCalda Pizzeria & RestaurantDel Fuego TexMexJackson’s Pawjama Pawty Dog Day CareJones Natural Chews, Keep Seeking Lure Coursing LLCKey West Islip Beach, KilwinsLia’s Pizzeria Cucina ItalianaMasa Asian CuisineMolto Vino Wine BarMulberry Street of Babylon VillageMy Canines Keeper TrainingMy Human “N” Me GiftsNative Ceuticals TincturesO.G. RamenPersonalize Your Pet Accessories, Rachel The Dog Trainer for YouTorta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie,  and Total Pet Care Pet Food and Supplies. 

Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for donating a beautiful handknit sweater for your dog and matching hat for YOU, and Bailey Appelbee Dog for donating kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and our pup! 

An especially big Thank You to the Pine Grove Inn for donating the use of their lovely outdoor patio and lawn for our fundraiser. It’s a great venue and the food is delicious. Check it out year-round!

We also want to thank the almost 20 volunteers who set up the venue, welcomed our guests, got the raffle baskets and sold raffle tickets, judged our contests, and staffed our booths. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to Alyssa, Annemarie, Jackie, Judy, Kelly K., Lauren, Lawrence, Lynn Kay, Melanie, Mike, Nira, Robin, Roseann, Sagar, Sharon, Simran, and Victoria. Also, a big thank you to our colleagues on the LI-DOG Board of Directors including our Events Chair Joann Garguola without whom our events would not be such fun and so successful!

“Thank you to everyone who came with their adorable dogs in costume” said Joann. “It was great seeing you all, and we hope that you enjoyed attending the event as much as we had fun putting it together!”

“This was an important fundraiser for LI-DOG,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, president of the organization. “We raise money to increase awareness of LI-DOG and our work to get more access to public parks and beaches on Long Island. There are still too many public parks, including many beaches, that are off-limits to dog owners. This is not right,” she said. “The financial support of dog owners is critical to our ability to organize the dog owner community so we can lift these unfair bans on our canine family members.”

Thanks again to everyone who came to our Pawty!

To see more photos from our Pawty, go to:


11/19/23 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Terrell River County Park!

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Terrell River County Park 



 

Sunday, Nov. 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM



43 Montauk Hwy, Center Moriches, NY



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How to find us: We will meet in the small parking lot near the trail head which only has space for about 15 cars, but the parking lot at Kahler’s Pond Town Park, which is just across the road, has ample space, so park in that lot and walk across the road to meet up with us.

On Sunday, Nov 19th, please join LI-DOG for our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2023 season, but our first-ever at Terrell River County Park in Center Moriches! Our Pack Walks–group on-leash walks–are a great way for you and your dog to socialize with other pet parents and their pups while enjoying some of Long Island’s beautiful parks and beaches.

Please note: This Pack Walk is on our schedule for Saturday, November 18th, but we’ve had to change the date to Sunday, Nov. 19th.

Terrell River County Park consists of 263 acres of passive parkland located on Montauk Highway, opposite Kahlers Pond Town Park in Center Moriches. The park is open for hiking, nature walks and birdwatching. It is also popular with local residents as the trails go north and south from Montauk Highway to Moriches Bay and on-leash dogs are allowed.

We will be walking on the main Terrell River Trail, a fairly wide loop-trail, which is 2.7 miles long. There is a turn-off that you can take to shorten the walk, but it is only about a half-mile in. You can also just turn around and return the way you came. The trail is easy to follow and well-marked.

Please Note: It has been reported this year that ticks have been a problem, so make sure that your dog is on a preventative, and we also advise that you and your pup to stay out of the tall grasses and stay on the main trail.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on our Pack Walk. Make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must–and water for you and your dog. Also, please no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

To RSVP, go to:

**In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on!**

We hope you can join us at Terrell River County Park on Sun., Nov. 19th!

 


11/05/2023 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty Nov. 2023

Tickets $20/person at the door

LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty & Fundraiser!

Best Standalone Pet Winners Harley and Cassie, Nov. 2022 Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Sunday, November 5th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Pine Grove Inn

1 1st Street, E. Patchogue, NY

(Google Map)

 

Join us for a HOWLING GOOD time on the banks of the Swan River at The Pine Grove Inn in East Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 5th for LI-DOG’s Howl-O-Ween Pawty & Fundraiser!

Dress up your pup and yourself in your Howl-o-ween finest and compete in our costume contest and parade plus enjoy music, games, raffles, prizes, delicious food, and lots of fun for the pups!

As a special treat, Doggie U K9 Academy will be on-hand to guide your dog through an agility course! ($5 per dog. Cash only.) Let your dog show off their athletic prowess!

You can’t have a Howl-o-Ween Pawty without a costume contest and parade. People and pups can compete in one of two categories – Best Standalone Pet or Best Pet/Parent duo. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category! Pictured above are Harley (the magician) and his “sister” Cassie (the rabbit)—last year’s winners of our Best Standalone Pet contest. Costume contest and parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

You can also sign up to play “Musical Sit” with your dog. Last person to get their dog to sit is eliminated until the fastest sitter—the winner–is left!

Maybe your pup is hiding their inner “Pup-Casso”? If so, let them have a go at the Paw Printing Booth where you can paint a picture together.

Is your pup brave? Then, stop off at the Spooky Photo Booth and capture them in their costume among our “goblins”!

Throughout the event, you’ll be able to order delicious food and Halloween-themed drinks for purchase from The Pine Grove Inn menu. There’s even a doggie menu from which your pup can choose a tasty meal!

 

This is a fundraising event to benefit LI-DOG, so please make sure to visit the raffle tables and take a chance on winning one of the GREAT raffle baskets generously donated by our sponsors–Babylon Cheese Cellar, Brutus Bone Broth, Calda Pizzeria & Restaurant, Del Fuego TexMex, Jackson’s Pawjama Pawty Dog Day Care, Jones Natural Chews, Keep Seeking Lure Coursing LLC, Key West Islip Beach, Kilwins, Lia’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, Masa Asian Cuisine, Molto Vino Wine Bar, Mulberry Street of Babylon Village, My Canines Keeper Training, My Human “N” Me Gifts, Native Ceuticals Tinctures, O.G. Ramen, Personalize Your Pet Accessories, Rachel The Dog Trainer for You, Torta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie,  and Total Pet Care Pet Food and Supplies.  Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for donating a beautiful handknit sweater for your dog and matching hat for YOU, and Bailey Appelbee Dog for donating kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and our pup!

A BIG PAWS UP TO Special Guest Doggie U K9 Academy, Long Island’s largest indoor training facility, for bringing an agility course so our canine guests can have fun doing jumps, weaves and tunnels throughout our event!

Plus, an especially big THANK YOU to The Pine Grove Inn for donating the use of their beautiful outdoor patio and lawn for our Howl-o-Ween Pawty! It’s a great venue and we urge everyone to check them out throughout the year.


Tickets are $20 per person on the day of the event. Dogs and children 12 and under are FREE.

Want to be part of the fun? Volunteer for our Pawty! Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Meet-and-greet pet parents and their pups
  • Help with the games and the costume parade by being a judge
  • Sell raffle tickets
  • Give out raffle baskets to our winners
  • Help decorate the venue for our Pawty or help us break down

***This is a fun, fast-moving event and we need volunteers! Email us at events@lidog.org with Howl-o-ween Pawty Volunteer in the subject line if you can help!

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed on non-retractable leads at all times, and as always, please walk your dog before entering the venue. Dogs are not permitted inside the restaurant.

We look forward to seeing you and your pups at our HOWL-O-WEEN Pawty & Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 5th!  Rain Date is Sunday, Nov. 12th. 

P.S. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sat. night/early Sun. morning as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Want to help spread the word among your friends and family? Get LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty flyer now!

 

 

 


11/18/23 – Doggie U Give Thanks Open House

Doggie U Give Thanks Open House





Saturday, Nov. 18th, 10 AM – 3 PM


1515 5th Industrial Court




Bay Shore, NY 11706



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Join Doggie U K9 Academy for a fun day with your dog!

Doggie U is the largest state-of-the-art dog training facility in the New York metropolitan area. Our “Give Thanks” Open House is an opportunity for you and your dog to try your hand—and paws—at some fun activities: Agility, Rally,  Obedience and more. Meet with our instructors for a Q & A and get some training tips. See some of our students demonstrates their skills, and so much more!

Free Admission.

Rain or Shine as the event is indoors.

For more information, go to Doggie U K9 Academy www.doggieuk9.org, email info@doggieuk9.org or call 631-968-7972.

Bring your friends, family, and your tail-wagging pooch for a day of fun activities!

 


11/5/2023 – Fall Dog Festival at Old Westbury Gardens

 

Dog-Friendly Weekend at Old Westbury Gardens

 

Sat. and Sun., Nov. 4th and 5th, 10 AM – 6 PM

Dog Festival and Costume Contest, Sun., Nov. 5th ONLY

71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, NY

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Bring your dog to Old Westbury Gardens the weekend of Nov. 4th and 5th for an invigorating walk on the grounds of this beautiful estate.

On Sunday, Nov. 5th Old Westbury Gardens is hosting a Fall Dog Festival with doggie vendors and animal advocacy organizations on site with booths.

Also, on Sunday, OWG is hosting a costume contest and parade, with prizes, starting at 3 p.m. You must register at the map stand by 2:30 pm to join the parade.

Please remember, while visiting the gardens, dogs must be on-leash at all times.

Tickets to gain admission to Old Westbury Gardens must be purchased IN ADVANCE from OWG’s website. No tickets will be sold at the admissions booth.

OWG Members do not need to buy advance tickets. They need to simply present their valid membership card to the admissions staff.

OWG admission fees are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors (62 and over) and students with valid ID, and $8 for children ages 7-17. OWG members, children 6 and under, and four-legged visitors are FREE.

For more info about Old Westbury Gardens: Email info@oldwestburygardens.org or visit the Old Westbury Gardens website and click on “our Daily Calendar” for event details and an overview of their other fall events and programs.

 

 


10/21/2023 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Hempstead Lake State Park

 

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Hempstead Lake State Park!

CANCELLED DUE TO RAINSaturday, October 21st, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Hempstead Lake State Park

Eagle Ave., West Hempstead, NY

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How to find us: 
Meet us at the north end of Parking Lot #1.

LI-DOG is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our next LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at beautiful Hempstead Lake State Park, a 737-acre state park located in West Hempstead; one of three state parks within the Town of Hempstead. The park contains the largest freshwater lake, Hempstead Lake, in Nassau County.

To get to the park, take Southern State Parkway, Exit 18S. Just follow the exit. Parking Lot #1, where we will meet, is the first parking lot on your right.

Please join us for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™, our first-ever at Hempstead Lake State Park on Sat., October 21st starting at 10:30 a.m. Cancelled Due to Rain. We will be walking on the northern part of the Loop Trail. Hopefully Mother Nature, who recently has not been kind to us, will be kind and some of the leaves will be displaying their beautiful fall colors, making our walk in the woods even more special.

We anticipate that the total Pack Walk™ will be about 2 miles and take about an hour, but there will be opportunities to make the walk shorter for those who wish to do so. Our Pack Leaders will be happy to point them out for anyone who asks.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on the Pack Walk™. Please also make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must! Also, no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

RSVP

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Faceook

Or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

We hope you can join us at Hempstead Lake State Park on Sat., the 21st!

*In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 a.m. Saturday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! *


10/08/2023 – Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge with LI-DOG 2023

 

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge With LI-DOG!

 

Sunday, October 8th, 11 AM to 3 PM

The Refuge

515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville

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How to find us: 
We’ll be out on the patio! Come thru the gate, to the right of the front entrance.

How does Sunday Brunch sound? Even better, how does Sunday Brunch with your pup sound? If it sounds great, then join us for Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge with LI-DOG on Sunday, Oct. 8th!

Besides great food, there’ll be drink specials, dog treats, raffles, and more! Don’t forget to ask for the special Doggie Menu! Visit The Refuge Menu to review their Brunch and Brunch Cocktail menus.

In order to be seated at a table, you must have a reservation. The Refuge strongly recommends making your reservation ahead of time by calling 631-577-4444, but you may still make one when you arrive on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Once you and your pup are out on the patio, please stop by the LI-DOG table to sign in and check out all the great raffle baskets we’ve put together!

This is an important fundraising event for LI-DOG. Please do take a chance on winning one of the GREAT raffle baskets generously donated by our sponsors— Bagel Boss, Brutus Bone Broth, My Human “N” Me, Palomino’s RestaurantPersonalize Your Pet, Stew Leonard’s East Meadow, AND Tito’s Vodka. Plus, thank you to Alan Meschkow, Gail Meschkow, Bailey Applebee Dog, and one Anonymous donor for their creative and much appreciated individual donations!

LI-DOG would like to extend special thanks to Tito’s Vodka and The Refuge. Not only is Tito’s donating one of their popular raffle baskets to the event, but we want to thank them and The Refuge for including LI-DOG in the Tito’s x Refuge donation program for Long Island nonprofits. We are so grateful for their generous support!

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, ONLY service dogs are permitted to enter the indoor bar/restaurant area.

To RSVP, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

In addition, make sure to Call the Refuge for Your Brunch Reservation at 631-577-4444.

We look forward to seeing you at Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge with LI-DOG on Sunday, October 8th!


10/29/2023 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens 2023

 

Cancelled Due to Rain

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens!

Sunday, October 29th, 11 AM – Noon

Cancelled Due to Rain and Scheduling Conflict

Dog-Friendly Weekend at Old Westbury Gardens

The Fall Dog Festival,costume contest and parade [BUT NOT THE PACKWALK] are Rescheduled to Sat. and Sun., Nov. 4th and 5th, 10 AM – 6 PM

71 Old Westbury Rd.

Old Westbury, NY

(Google Maps)

Because of the forecast for rain, Old Westbury Gardens has rescheduled their Fall Dog-Friendly Weekend to Sat. and Sunday, Nov. 4th and 5th. Because LI-DOG is hosting its own Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser at The Pine Grove Inn on Sunday, the 5th, we have to cancel our LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens.

OWG is still hosting a Fall Dog Festival and costume contest and parade on Sun., Nov. 5th, starting at 3 p.m. (You must register at the map stand by 2:30 pm to join the parade).

For admission prices and more information about OWG’s events, go to the Old Westbury Gardens website.