Event Archive

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.


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!

06/03/2018 – LI-DOG 3rd Annual Pints-N-Paws™ Luau

LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau
Sun., June 3rd, Noon – 4 p.m.
Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill
31 Baker Place, Patchogue, NY 11772 (Google Map)

Summer and Tucker Chillin’ by the Waterfall; Photo Credit Joann Garguola

Kick Off the Dog Days of Summer Early with LI-DOG’s Pints-n-Paws™ Luau!

You and your dog are invited to join us at LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau, Sunday, June 3rd, from Noon until 4 p.m. for a day filled with music, prizes, food and drinks, and the Luau spirit at tropically-themed Off-Key Tikki Bar & Grill on the marina in Patchogue. There will be lots of summer fun including hamburgers and hot dogs, tropical drinks, contests like our Margaritaville costume contest for you and your pup, plus a Luau Photo Booth for great photos of you and your pooch. Throughout the event there will be chances to win prizes at our prize wheel plus lots of raffle baskets generously donated by our gracious sponsors who believe in our cause—more access to Long Island beaches, parks, and other places for us and our dogs!

***Please note: We will post any weather-related announcements here by 9 a.m. on Sunday. The event will be rescheduled for later this summer or the fall if we have to cancel. 


$15 discounted advance tickets are available (see below).  Please note: Advance ticket sales end Sat., June 2nd at 6 p.m.

$20 admission at the door on the day of the event.

Click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase your Luau ticket. If you want more than one ticket, you can adjust the amount on the PayPal order site.  

***Admission fee is per human (fur babies are free) and includes complimentary BBQ, 1 free raffle ticket, 1 free spin of the prize wheel, participation in contests, and unlimited drinks for Fido (only water since he’ll be DDD–designated dog driver!).

All proceeds benefit LI-DOG’s work to get more access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs.


Margaritaville ‘Doggy-and-Me’ Costume Contest
You and Fido need to channel Jimmy Buffet—Hawaiian shirts, leis, coconut bras, grass skirts—the surfboard is the limit for this contest where the winner is the best-dressed, luau-themed pet parent AND fur baby. Yes, you and your dog must BOTH be dressed in Jimmy Buffet attire to enter this contest.

Biggest Lap Dog
Do you have a big guy who thinks all 120 pounds of him is still comfy on your lap? Then this is the contest for you! Disclaimer: we will be taking lots of photos for the hilarity of a St. Bernard on someone’s lap.

Surf’s Up Photo Contest
Let your pup strike a pose with our surfboard for a chance to be our cover photo for next year’s event! All winners will be featured on our social media pages and our 1st Prize Pup will be prominently featured as the cover photo next year.

Admission fee includes participation in contests, but you’ll need to sign up to play once you’re there. Contests will take place on Off-Key Tikki’s stage and on the large patio by the water. Even if your fur baby isn’t competing, come watch and cheer on a friend!

Raffle tickets for our sponsors’ baskets can be purchased during the event:

1 ticket for $2
3 tickets for $5
7 tickets for $10
Arms-length of tickets for $20




   Off-Key Tikki
   Earth Rated Dog Waste Bags
   Jones Natural Chews
   Beer Paws
   A la Carte Cooking School
   Personalize Your Pet
   Laura Pea Photography



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.

We can’t wait to see you and your pooches at LI-DOG’s Pints-n-Paws™ Luau on Sunday, June 3rd!

06/02/2018 – 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival 2018


Photo for 2nd Annual Dock Diving Festival2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival

June 2nd & 3rd, 9 AM – 3 PM

Greenport Brewing Company, 42155 Main Rd., Peconic, NY 11944  (Google Map)

Dock Dogs™ is one of the premier presenters of performance sports events for canines. In conjunction with Harbor Pets and the Greenport Brewing Company, Hudson Valley Dock Dogs present the 2nd Annual Dock Dogs Diving Competition! This family-friendly and dog-friendly event at the brewery will feature a series of exciting canine aquatic events. With the help of sponsor Blue Buffalo, funds will be raised to benefit the Guide Dog Foundation.

If your dog loves to swim and has a high toy drive, you might want to give it a try! Even if your dog is not trying dock diving, well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. You must register for the competition via the event Facebook page.

Please be aware that while all are welcome, parking at the brewery is very limited on a first-come/first-serve basis and $10 per space. There is ample off-site parking with free shuttle buses available.

For more information, to register for the competition, and for details on parking, please visit: 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Pet Festival on Facebook.

Visit Dock Dogs on the web to learn more about Dock Dogs and their aquatic canine competitions.

Come cheer on the competitors even if you and your pooch aren’t up for the diving! 

05/19/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Southards Pond Park


Southards Pond Park Trail

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park

Sat., May 19th, Sun., May 20th 9:30 – 11 AM

Southards Pond Park, 106 Park Ave., Babylon

(Google Map)

 The Pack Walk is ON today Sun., May 20th at 9:30 a.m.! 

Please join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park in Babylon. The park covers multiple acres of forested beauty, its full of friendly people and their four legged companions, and the trails are flat and easy.

Our May 2018 LI-DOG Pack Walk™ —a guided group on-leash dog walk–will start out at the south end of the Southards Pond Park Loop trail, head north and then cut west across the southern end of Southards Pond, then head north again along the western edge of the park. At a lovely bridge about 2 miles into the walk, we’ll cross a small stream and continue north until we reach another nice pond that we like to call Oakley’s Pond. You’ll see why on our Pack Walk™! Then, we’ll turn around and head back to the beginning of the trail, which is across another small bridge.

This Pack Walk™ will take one to 1-1/2 hours, but since it’s an out-and-back trail, anyone who wishes to cut the walk short can simply turn around and go back the way we came.

Feel free to linger after the Pack Walk™ as there are plenty of nice places in the park to hang out with your dog and other people from the walk.

The park is nestled between two neighborhoods so be considerate of the residents by minimizing the noise level and keeping the area clean. There are no trash receptacles along the walk, but there are one or two on the bridge by the pond.

Dogs must be kept on-leash while in the park. Also, please no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking in a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please RSVP only on the LI-DOG Meetup Group or by email at lidog_news@yahoo.com as there is a limit on the number of people and dogs we can accommodate on this trail.

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

Park at the tennis courts on the north side of Park Ave., which is where the trail starts. If this lot is full, park at the Babylon Grade School which is a little further west.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at LI-DOG’s first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park!

05/06/18 – Bobbi & The Strays – Walk 4 Paws


Bobbi & The Strays “Walk 4 Paws”
Sunday, May 6th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marjorie Post Park
Massapequa, NY
(Google Map)

Leash up your pup and walk to help shelter animals at the 10th annual Bobbi & The Strays Walk 4 Paws! After the beautiful nature walk enjoy an afternoon shopping and visiting the many vendors, games, contests, raffles, and a Blessing of the Animals.  There will be opportunities to “Ask the Trainer” and low-cost microchipping for your pets. Meet Bobbi & The Strays’ adoptable dogs and maybe find your new best friend. Registration starts at 10 a.m., the Walk starts at 11 a.m.

Go to Walk4Paws2018 to register to help with the fundraiser as an individual or team!

For more information, call 516/526-5707, email walk4paws@bobbicares.org or visit Bobbi & The Strays on the web.

This is a wonderful way to enjoy a fun day with your pup and help the shelter animals at Bobbi and The Strays!


05/20/2018 – Long Island Dog Festival Planting Fields


Flyer LI Dog Show at Planting FieldsLong Island Dog Festival 
Sunday, May 20th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay

(Google Map)

It’s a real “dog day afternoon” as the Long Island Kennel Club welcomes families and their fur children to the Long Island Dog Festival on Sunday, May 20th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.

The Long Island Dog Festival is part of the annual Long Island spring dog shows on Friday and Saturday (held by the Ladies Kennel Association) and Sunday’s Long Island Kennel Club show. Sunday’s Long Island Dog Festival celebrates all things canine from impeccable show dogs and agility training to doggie dock diving and talent shows.

The day’s activities culminate with the Conformation Show on Sunday when hundreds of superbly presented dogs – coiffed collies, pedicured poodles, dandified Dandie Dinmonts and other breeds–vie for bragging rights as Best in Show. All are invited to this parade of pups and cheer on the winner of the coveted ribbon.

Sunday is also Costume Day. This year’s theme is Long Island Nautical. Prizes will be awarded for the best adult costumes (male and female), children’s costumes (boy and girl), and pet costume.

Other Long Island Dog Festival highlights include:

– AKC’s My Dog Can Do That! A professional instructor will help your dog navigate tunnels and jumps, just like those high-powered agility dogs on television.

– Dog Trick Competition. Can your hound give a high five? Can your terrier tap dance? Four-legged friends are invited to strut their stuff in the “My Dog Can Do That” competition.

– Dock Diving. It’s the latest water sport for dogs! A professional will be on hand to teach your pooch how to make a splash.

– Ask a Breeder. This is your chance to meet local purebred breeders and ask them anything you’ve always wanted to know about your specific breed.

– Canine Crafts. A special coloring area lets even the youngest dog lovers be part of the action and a professional face painter will transform little ones into playful pups.

• Chow. An array of food and drinks will be available for purchase – including hot dogs, of course!

Vendors. Take some pooch-centric goodies back to your dog house.

Admission is $20 per car and includes all-day access to Planting Fields Arboretum, located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY, a beautifully-preserved Gold Coast mansion and gardens that hearken back Long Island’s gilded age glmour.

For more information, contact 516-378-9081 or 631-928-4312, or visit Long Island Dog Shows on the web.

04/21/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Old Westbury Gardens April 2018


OWG Spring Pack Walk Group Shot

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 21st, 11:45 AM


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 21st from 11AM to 4PM


 Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens

(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds at OWG)
Saturday, April 21st from 10 to 5
Sunday, April 22nd from 10 to 5


All-Breed Conformation Match Presented by United Kennel Club at OWG

Sunday, April 22nd from 11 to 3


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


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 21st at 11:45 a.m. (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 full of doggie toys and treats. 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 Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens when the Gardens invites on-leash dogs and their people 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.

On Sunday, Old Westbury Gardens also hosts the United Kennel Club’s All-Breed Conformation Match from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The match is sponsored by the Dog Fanciers of Long Island with on-site sign up and pre-match conformation handling class starting at 10 am.

OWG admission fees are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors (62 and over) and $7 children ages 7-17. OWG members, children under 6, and four-legged visitors are free!

The weekend’s events are supported in part by Village Vets of Long Island.

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 “Upcoming Events” and then “Calendar” for event details and a wonderful overview of their other spring events and programs.

To RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk on Sat., April 21st, 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 21st!

Please note when using your GPS, enter the full address 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568.

04/28/2018 – LI-DOG’s Project PUP (Pick Up the Poop) Spring Clean Up Event!

Project PUP Spring Clean Up Event Logo

LI-DOG’s Project P.U.P. Spring Clean Up Event!

Sat. April 28th, from 8 a.m. until Noon

In Dog Parks and On Dog-Friendly Trails Around LI

Grab some friends, grab some bags and join LI-DOG’s Project P.U.P. (Pick Up the Poop) Spring Clean Up Event—on Saturday morning, April 28th (***See Below for Specific Times at Specific Dog Parks***)

Help provide our wonderful dog parks and dog-friendly trails with some T.L.C and let everyone know how much we value our great dog-friendly  areas.

How can cleaning up be fun? It’s easy. All you have to do is:

  • Tell your dog-loving friends about Project P.U.P.  (Check out the Project PUP flyer!)
  • Meet at your favorite dog-friendly park on April 28th
  • If you see an orphan poop or any other trash, pick it up
  • Ask others to help – teamwork!

In no time at all, the park will be clean, ready for Spring and everyone, including the dogs, will thank you!

Before you let your dogs play and enjoy the results of your efforts, don’t forget to take a group shot of everyone who participated and post it on LI-DOG’s Facebook Group, Instagram with #ProjectPUP, or email it to lidog_news@yahoo.com.

***Clean Up Times for Specific Dog Parks***

Cherry Ave. Dog Park, W. Sayville – 1 p.m.
Eisenhower Dog Park, E. Meadow – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Selden Dog Park, Selden – 9 – 11 a.m.
W. Hills Large Dog Park, Huntington – 10 a.m.

Ready to help with Project PUP?  RSVP to:  

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


Remember: Clean dog parks and dog-friendly trails are key to getting more access to Long Island parks and beaches for dog owners and their pups! 



03/24/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Alley Pond Park March 2018


Alley Pond Pack Walk Leader and Crew

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Alley Pond Park!


Sat., March 24th, 10:30AM
Alley Pond Park
Oakland Gardens, Queens (Google Map)

Meet us at the Aarya Park parking lot on 76th Ave. near the corner of Springfield Blvd to start the walk!

Please join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ of the 2018 season at big, beautiful Alley Pond Park, just over the Nassau border in Queens. Our first-ever LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Alley Pond Park last November was so successful, we’re going back for our March 2018 Pack Walk! The park covers 655 acres and features miles of well-marked trails, fresh water ponds, meadows and woodlands.

Our March 2018 LI-DOG Pack Walk™ —a guided group on-leash dog walk–will follow the White Trail. This 2.2-mile trail offers a varied walking experience with different types of terrain and gentle slopes. The trail goes around the periphery of Upper Alley Pond and passes Little Alley Pond and the Pine Forest. Part of the trail is asphalt with the rest mostly wide dirt.

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

Also, feel free to linger after the Pack Walk as there are plenty of nice places in the park to hang out with your dog and other people from the walk.

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

Weather-Related Changes: Please check our Meetup or Facebook Group or our website on Sat. morning before 9:30 a.m. for any weather-related notices. If there is no notice, the Pack Walk is on!

Directions from Grand Central Parkway Westbound: Exit 23 (Cross Island Pkwy) to Union Tpke., right on Springfield Blvd., 3 blocks after trestle right onto 76th Ave. Parking lot is on the left.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at LI-DOG’s first Pack Walk™ of 2018 at Alley Pond Park!