Event Archive

04/18/2019 – LI-DOG April Meeting!   Recently updated !


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   Recently updated !

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.)

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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!


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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! 

10/18/2018 – Let’s Get Ready for 2019 LI-DOG Events Meeting


Group Shot April 2018 OWG Pack Walk

LI-DOG Pack Walk April 2018 Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Let’s Get Ready for 2019!”
LI-DOG Events Meeting

Thursday, October 18th, 7pm – 9pm
Plainview-Old Bethpage Library
999 Old Country Rd., Plainview
(Google Map)

LI-DOG keeps the dog-friendly fun continuing year-round but it all wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of our dedicated volunteers. Have an idea for an event or thoughts on how to make an event extra special? Let us know and help to plan our next year of dog-friendly fun for people and pups!

Join us on Thursday, October 18th at 7pm at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library for the LI-DOG “Let’s Get Ready for 2019!” Events Meeting where we will brainstorm, snack on light refreshments, and get our dog-friendly events rolling!

Coming up for 2019, we are planning:

– “Project P.U.P™” Dog Park Clean Ups
– “Barkentine’s Day™” Valentine’s Party
– Our big FUNdraiser – LI-DOG’s “Pints ‘N Paws™” Luau
– LI-Dog Pack Walks™ in parks around Long Island
– “Dog  Day at the Beach™” Summer Beach Party
– And Much More!

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 Thursday, October 18th.

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 events@lidog.org

We hope to see you on the 18th!

Marie Amsterdam
LI-DOG Events Chair

10/28/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens


OWG Pack Walk Group Shot Nov. 2017

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens
(you and your dog can explore the grounds of OWG with a trusted guide)
Sunday, October 28 @ Noon

OWG Fall Dog Festival
(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds, a Halloween costume parade, and shopping)

Sunday, October 28 from 11 to 4

OWG Dog Days at the Park
(you and your leashed dog can enjoy the beautiful grounds at OWG)

Saturday, October 27 from 10 to 5
Sunday, October 28 from 10 to 5

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
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Crisp fall air, pumpkin spice, apple cider, Halloween costumes—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 Old Westbury Gardens 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, October 28, we will lead an LI-DOG Pack Walk™—a 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.

Please note: 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) or students with valid ID and $7 for children ages 7-17. OWG members, children 6 and under, and four-legged visitors are free! OWG accepts AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover at the admissions booth, gift shop, and café.

RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk:
LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email lidog_news@yahoo.com

Bonus Dog-Friendly Weekend Added Sat. and Sun., Oct. 20th and 21st! This year, Old Westbury Gardens has added another weekend when everyone is invited to bring their dogs on-leash to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the estate. Check it out!

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

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at Old Westbury Gardens on Sun., Oct. 28th!

10/20/2018 – PuppyUp Long Island Walk


PuppyUp Long Island Walk
Saturday, October 20th,   11AM – 2PM
Blydenburgh Park
Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown
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Join the walk against canine cancer with PuppyUp and help fundraise for canine  cancer research. Registration begins at 11:00 followed by Opening Ceremonies and a 2 mile walk through beautiful Blydenburgh Park at 12:30. There will be food, music, vendors, and fun for the whole family!

PuppyUpwalk.org calls the event “a day to honor and recognize those who have survived or are battling cancer, and memorialize those whose lives have been lost to this disease”.

For additional information visit the  The PuppyUp Website

10/14/2018 – Rescues Rock the Runway IX

Logo for Rescues Rock the Runway 2018Rescues Rock The Runway!
Sun., Oct. 14th, 12PM – 5PM
Hotel Indigo Long Island – East End
1830 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901 (Google Map)

Please join Yorkie911 Rescue for their 9th Annual Pet Fashion Show and Fundraiser–Rescues Rock the Runway!

There will be a delicious buffet, raffles beyond belief, contests, vendors and much more! Celebrity guests Kyle Dean Massey & Taylor Frey return for their second year with a special treat for everyone!

This year’s designer is Julie Lancaster of Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets. Julie has been a supporter of Yorkie911 Rescue for several years and we are honored to be showcasing her designs!

This year’s honoree, Andrea Herrick, is a true animal advocate who founded PRoud Rescuers of PR and works with several rescue groups here on Long Island.

Furbabies welcome!!!

Tickets are now $85; $100 at the door.

For tickets and more information, go to Yorkie911 on EventBrite.

It should be a great day of fun, fashion, friends and fundraising!!


10/28/2018 – Howl O Ween Barkin Brunch


Flyer for The Refuge Barkin Bronch HalloweenHowl ‘O’ Ween Barkin’ Brunch
Sun., Oct. 28th, 11AM – 3PM
The Refuge
515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville
(Google Map)

Join LI-DOG and other animal advocacy non profits on Sunday October 28th at The Refuge for their 4th Annual Howl ‘O’ Ween Barkin’ Brunch! At this special event, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will honor LI-DOG and other non-profit animal advocates hosted during the 2018 Barkin’ Brunch season. Check presentations will take place at 11:30AM followed by a STRUT YOUR PUP fashion show at 12:30PM.

Enter your fur baby in the Halloween contest by uploading a picture of your pet pals in their Howl’ O’ Ween costumes with a brief description and tagging @the_refuge_110 on Instagram or @TheRefuge515 on Facebook.
-Like The Refuge Facebook or Instagram
-Upload a picture of your puptestant and introduce them.
-Tag three of your friends to tell them about the contest to cheer your pup on!

Three winners will be chosen after the catwalk is complete!

Reservations are suggested for anyone who wants to make sure to get a table on the patio. Call 631-577-4444.

For more info: Check out The Refuge Events.

LI-DOG would like to thank The Refuge and Tito’s Vodka for hosting dog owners and their pups for brunch throughout the summer on their beautiful outdoor patio and for their generous financial support! 

10/07/2018 – LI-DOG Barkin’ Brunch



LI-Dog Barkin’ Brunch
Sunday October 7th, 11AM-3PM
The Refuge
515 Broadhollow Rd, Melville, NY

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Get ready for a Sunday brunch you and your pup can enjoy together at our LI-DOG Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge! Relax on the beautiful outdoor patio at The Refuge while dining on delicious food, drinks, and dog treats. There will be drink specials, the chance to win some beautiful raffle baskets, and you can learn more about LI-DOG and our mission to gain access to Long Island beaches and parkland for Long Island dog owners and their dogs!

Seating for brunch outdoors on the patio is  limited so reservations are recommended, but not required, and can be made by calling The Refuge at 631-577-4444. For those just wanting to have a drink and mingle, the patio area has open seating with comfortable couches and a bar area.

Thank you to JoAnn Winkhart, The Refuge,  and Tito’s Vodka for their support and hospitality!

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 all well-socialized and fully vaccinated dogs are allowed on the grounds of our venue, they are NOT permitted to enter the bar/restaurant area.


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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 Sunday October 7th!