Event Archive

05/16/2019 – LI-DOG May Meeting: Surf’s Up Pawty Planning!


Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG May Meeting: Surf’s Up Pawty Planning!
Thurs., May 16th, 7 -9 PM
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Rd., Plainview
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Spring is officially here and LI-DOG’s popular dog-friendly events are off to a great start! Next up: our big Surf’s Up Summer Pawty on Sun., June 2nd at Off-Key Tikki! Plus, we’re getting ready for our first Pack Walk at Avalon Park and Preserve THIS Sat. to be followed by great walks in other beautiful LI parks and preserves this summer.

We’re also working on new dog park projects in Belmont Lake State Park, Gardiner Park and Oyster Bay.

Want to be part of our upcoming campaigns and events? Join us for our May 2019 meeting at the Plainview Library to get the details!

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


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


Avalon Trail with Person and Dog

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve Group 1
Sat., May 18th, 9AM START

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve Group 2
Sat. May 18th, 9:30AM START

Avalon Park & Preserve
Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
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Please join LI-DOG for our first-ever Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve in Stony Brook, NY!

This park and preserve consists of 140 acres, part of which were once a residential area probably abandoned in the early 1900s. The 8 acres which make up Avalon Park were purchased in 1997 by the Paul Simons Foundation, which transformed the area into a series of woodland gardens and paths that celebrate the natural flora of Long Island. The Preserve includes 76 acres of fields and forests and a network of trails that provide access to all parts of the preserve. There are some inclines and a few steps, but for the most part the trails are flat. During the walk we will also cross a small, narrow street.

Due to park restrictions (max 15 people per group), we are going to split up this Pack Walk into two groups. Group 1 will start at 9AM. Group 2 will start at 9:30AM. When you RSVP, please make sure you RSVP for the group which has the starting time that you want to walk.

LI-DOG Avalon Pack Walk Group 1 on Meetup
LI-DOG Avalon Pack Walk Group 2 on Meetup

Please note all RSVP’s MUST be done on the LI-DOG Meetup site as we must abide by the Park’s rules on the size of our group. Given these size limits, we ask everyone to PLEASE keep your RSVP up-to-date. If you RSVP “yes” and find you can’t come to the Pack Walk, change your RSVP to “No” right away, so other people and pups can join us. Thank you for your cooperation!

We’ll meet up by the big wisteria tree near the pond on the corner of Main St. and Harbor Rd. 

While there are a few parking spots on Harbor Rd., more parking is available along Main Street and in the Village Shopping Center about one-eighth of a mile north of the park.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES. This park has a strict on-leash policy that is enforced by Park Rangers. Also, 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.

**In the event of inclement weather, please check Meetup or our Facebook group. We will post any weather-related changes by 8 AM Saturday morning.**

We hope you and your pup can join us for our Pack Walk at Avalon Park & Preserve on the 18th!

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!


04/27/2019 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ OWG April 2019

Pack Walk with Heath and Alan

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens!
(you and your dog can explore the gardens with LI-DOG guides)
Saturday, April 27th, Noon

Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival
(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds, canine shopping, and presentations from local veterinary and rescue groups)
Saturday, April 27th from 11AM to 4PM

Spring Dog-Friendly Weekend at Old Westbury Gardens
(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds at OWG)
Saturday, April 27th from 10 to 5
Sunday, April 28th from 10 to 5

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
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LI-DOG cordially invites our canine families to LI-DOG’s Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens during the Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival!

On Saturday, April 27th at Noon (FREE registration starting at 11 a.m.), please join us for an LI-DOG Pack Walk™ as we spend a delightful hour on a guided tour of the beautiful, English-themed splendor of Old Westbury Gardens. There’ll be plenty of spring’s budding horticultural treasures for our eyes and our fur babies’ noses to enjoy!

The Pack Walk™ is almost all on flat ground and there are opportunities to shorten the walk for those who wish to do so. 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. Please no retractable leashes on the Pack Walk as dogs and people can become entangled.

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 of goodies for you and your dog.  If you double your donation, you (more than) double your chances to win as a $10 donation gets four tickets! Proceeds support LI-DOG’s work to gain more access to public parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs.

Make sure to stick around after the Pack Walk and enjoy the Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival with booths and exhibits from rescues, animal advocacy organizations including LI-DOG, and vendors of doggie goodies and gear. OWG’s Spring Dog Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. only.

On both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., enjoy Old Westbury Gardens’ Spring Dog-Friendly Weekend when on-leash dogs and their people are invited to enjoy the grounds of the estate. 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 (62 and over) and college students with ID; and $7 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 (vendors and rescue groups encouraged to sign-up) or visit oldwestburygardens.org and click on “Spring Calendar” for a wonderful overview of their other spring events and programs.

To RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ on Sat., April 27th, go to:

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

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at Old Westbury Gardens on Sat., April 27th!

05/05/2019 – Walk 4 Paws


Flyer for Walk 4 Paws


Bobbi & The Strays “Walk 4 Paws”
Saturday, May 11th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marjorie Post Park
451 Unqua Road, Massapequa, NY 11756

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Come join Bobbi & The Strays for their 11th annual Walk 4 Paws event! Not only can you, your family and your dog enjoy a beautiful nature walk in the park, but you’ll also be able to spend the afternoon shopping and visiting vendors,  while participating in games, contests, raffles and a Blessing of the Animals. There are also opportunities to “Ask the Vet”, “Ask the Trainer” and low-cost microchipping for your pet. Best of all, you can meet Bobbi & The Strays’ adoptable dogs and maybe find your new best friend!

You can be a participant and have your friends and family sponsor you by registering, which is free, on the website and raise much needed funds to keep this rescue going!

For more information and to register, visit the Walk 4 Paws website. If you do not pre-register for the walk, you can register the day of the event, starting at 10 a.m.; the walk will begin at 11 a.m.

Rain Date is Saturday, May 11th. THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED TO SAT., MAY 11TH! 

This will be a fun-filled day and you will be helping the shelter animals at Bobbi & The Strays. Hope to see you there!

05/17/2019 – Dog Festival Planting Fields Arboretum


Flyer for Planting Fields Dog Festival Dog Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum
Fri. – Sun., May 17th – 19th (Rain or Shine)

Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771

(Google Map)

The 2019 Dog Festival and Show at the Planting Fields Arboretum is an opportunity to enjoy a 3-day weekend of family friendly activities in a beautiful setting. In addition to watching hundreds of dogs compete in a variety of dog sports, visitors and their dogs can get in on the action at AKC’s My Dog Can Do That, where participants can try out agility and obstacle courses or test their water skills at Dock Diving in a 25,000-gallon tank!

You can also do some shopping for the perfect present for your dog or a dog lover in your life, peruse a flea market, and join a “Nautical Long Island” themed dog costume contest on Sunday. With raffles and food for sale, face painting for the kids, and canine activities, this event is great for the whole family! Bring a lawn chair and your dog and be ready to have some fun!

The Arboretum itself is lovely in the spring and well worth the visit! Check out the Planting Fields website for more information about this Long Island treasure! The $20.00 admission fee per car includes the $8.00 admission to the Arboretum.

To see the specific schedule of events and contests and get more information about the Dog Show, agility, obstacle and rally courses, and dock diving, log onto: Long Island Dog Shows or call 347-450-5452 516-378-9081 or 631-928-4312.

04/18/2019 – LI-DOG April Meeting!


Tom Brandewiede Leading the Pack Walk

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG April Meeting
Thurs., April 18th, 7 – 9PM
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
Plainview, NY (Google Map)


Spring is officially here and LI-DOG’s popular dog-friendly events are just getting going. We have our big LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens coming up soon plus we’re starting to plan our popular Surf’s Up Summer Pawty at Off-Key Tikki!

We’re also working on our goal of getting more access to Long Island’s beautiful parks and beaches for LI dog owners and their pups. We have news on FOUR dog park projects in parks around Long Island plus we’re planning a major new campaign to get more access to beaches.

Want to be a part of our successful campaigns and fun events? Join us for our April 2019 Meeting THIS Thurs. at the Plainview Library!


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

We hope to see you Thurs. evening!

04/14/2019 – Paws for a Cause

Paws For A Cause!
Sunday, April 14, 2019 1PM – 4PM
Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, Bay Shore, NY

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Up to 65% of domestic violence victims delay or cannot escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave. TD Bank’s Paws for a Cause will raise awareness and funds to support L.I. Against Domestic Violence’s life-saving services. They are working to reduce this statistic by partnering with local animal organizations to ensure that pets have a safe place to go when a victim of domestic violence enters their shelter or goes to stay with a family member or friend where a pet cannot be accommodated.

Join them for a fun and fur-filled afternoon with performers, vendors and decked out pups as they strut their stuff on the runway! Register your pup and he/she can participate in the fashion show as well! There will also be an adoption meet & greet hosted by the Islip Animal Shelter.  Only non-aggressive pets that are registered in the fashion show will be permitted to attend this event.

Ticket prices
$30 Dog Fashion Show Registration & One Owner
$15 General Event Admission Per Person
$10 Children under 10 Years Old

Visit Long Island Against Domestic Violence Paws for a Cause  for more details and to purchase tickets for this event.

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


Photo Credit: Haley Deecken

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

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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.)

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


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

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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!


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!