Event Archive

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


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!


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!

02/17/2018 – LI-DOG’s Barkentine’s Day

LI-DOG’s Barkentine’s™ Day – Valentine’s Day Dog Party!
Sat., Feb. 17th, 12 pm – 2 pm
Willow Pet Hotel
1926 Deer Park Ave
Deer Park, NY 11729  (Google Map)


LI-DOG Celebrates Barkentine’s™ Day – a Valentine’s Day Dog Party! On Saturday February 17th, bring your dog to the Willow Pet Hotel in Deer Park for an afternoon of Valentine’s Day fun and games at LI-DOG’s Barkentine’s™ Day! Pups will enjoy organized games and activities in the beautiful play area of the Willow Pet Hotel. There will be a festive set up for photos of your adorable dog, exciting raffles, dog treats, and refreshments. Plus, spin the prize wheel for a chance to win great prizes!

This is an LI-DOG fundraising event., so we hope you can join us. Admission is $10 per dog. This exclusive event is limited to 40 dogs, so don’t miss out on the fun – purchase advance tickets now!

Please Note: The Barkentine Day Event is Sold Out!

Please be aware that no paper tickets will be issued. We will have a list of everyone who has purchased advanced tickets through PayPal at the check-in table. The ticket price on the day of the event will be $15 (if all advanced tickets have not been sold).  Please know that tickets are non-refundable.

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, dogs must be leashed at all times during the event. Retractable leashes will not be permitted as space is limited and dogs and people can get tangled.

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at LI-DOG’s Barkentine’s™ Day on Sat., Feb. 17th!


02/22/2018 – LI-DOG 2018 Events Meeting!


Our June 2017 Luau Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG 2018 Events Meeting!
Thursday, February 22nd, 7-9pm
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Rd.
Plainview, NY  (Google Map)

It may be cold outside, but at LI-DOG we are busy planning this year’s dog-friendly evens for you and your pups! Be a part of the planning and part of the fun.  Join us on Thurs., February 22nd at 7pm at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for our LI-DOG 2018 Events Meeting and find out how you can help get our dog-friendly  events rolling!

Coming up for 2018, we are planning:

– Our big FUNdraiser – LI-DOG’s “Pints ‘N Paws”™ Luau
– Our “Pups and Popsicles”™   Ice Cream Social
– LI-Dog Pack Walks™ in parks around Long Island
– A Dog Summer Beach Party
– And Much More!

These events can’t happen without the help and support of our volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include:

– Helping to plan and run our events
– Staffing LI-DOG’s table at big events like Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens
– Helping to collect raffle prizes and donations
– Leading Pack Walks
– And more!

Let us know how your skills and talents can help LI-DOG have the best dog-friendly events this year!  Join us on Thurs., February 22nd.

If you can’t attend the meeting and you’re not currently on our volunteer list, just send a message to events@lidog.org and let us know you would like to help. We’ll be excited to hear from you!

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

We hope to see you on the 22nd!

Marie Amsterdam
LI-DOG Events Chair



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

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!