Event Archive

09/13/2021 – Splish Splash Doggie Dip 2021


Splish Splash Doggie Dip 2021!

Mon., Sept. 13th, 10AM – 12PM

Splish Splash Water Park,  Calverton, NY 

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Benefit for Kent Animal Shelter

Spend a morning with your dog at Splish Splash Water Park, while helping to raise money for shelter animals!

On Mon., Sept. 13th from 10AM – 12PM,  Splish Splash will be hosting their annual Doggie Dip. Come and enjoy a morning with your pup in the Kahuna Bay Wave Pool, meet other dogs and their pet parents, and maybe meet a new canine best friend for your pup!

Visitors are asked to make a  $15 CASH donation per person plus $10 per pooch. All proceeds go to Kent Animal Shelter to help provide food and shelter for current rescue animals.

“This event is a great way for Splish Splash to give back to our local community, offer our guests an additional day of fun in the sun, and of course meet some of Long Island’s cutest canines,” said Splish Splash’s General Manager. Guests will have a chance to meet dogs currently searching for their furever homes at Kent Animal Shelter.

Limit one dog per pet parent.  All dogs must have a current rabies tag, collar, leash and license. No aggressive dogs  allowed. Any dog displaying aggressive behavior will be requested to leave with NO refund.

Please bring poop bags and water for your dogs, and please be respectful and clean up after them.

For more information about the event  go to  Splish Splash Events or call 631-727-3600.

10/03/2021 – Barkin Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge 2021


Photo Credit: Feng Sherri Hsiu

Barkin’ Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge!

Sun., Oct. 3rd, 11 AM – 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.

Are you ready to “PAWTEE”? Does Sunday brunch outside with your pup on a big patio with tables and umbrellas (socially-distanced, of course), delicious omelettes, waffles, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s sound great? If so, then please join us for Barkin’ Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge, just off Route 110 in Melville.

Besides great food, there’ll be drink specials, dog treats, raffles, and more! Visit The Refuge website to review their menus (Brunch and Brunch Cocktails) and their COVID Safety Plan. That’s Coco@nybulldogsisters, captured by her Mom Feng Sherri Hsiu, reading the Pawtee Menu at one of our previous brunches!

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the outside bar is closed and the couches and chairs around it have been replaced with socially-distanced tables. In order to be seated at a table, you MUST have a reservation. The maximum reservation per table is limited to six guests if not family; ten guests if family. The Refuge strongly recommends making your reservation ahead of time by calling 631-577-4444, but you may still make a reservation when you arrive on a first come, first served basis. If you have a reservation, please let the hostess know that your party has arrived and then visit the LI-DOG table and check out our great raffle baskets!

This is a fund raising event to benefit LI-DOG – The Long Island Dog Owners Group. Please do take a chance at winning one of the GREAT raffle baskets generously donated by our sponsors–Earth Bath, Earth-Rated, Glo-mar, Lieb Cellars, and Otto’s Coffee Shop. Plus, thanks to Alan and Gail Meschkow, Bailey Applebee Dog, Gail Katz, and Sugarberry Bakery in Oceanside for their creative and much appreciated  individual donations!

LI-DOG would also like to extend a special thanks to The Refuge and Tito’s Vodka for not only donating one of their popular raffle baskets for the event but also 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 the venue, ONLY service dogs are permitted to enter the indoor bar/restaurant area.

Brunch Reservations: Call The Refuge at 631-577-4444.

We look forward to seeing you at Barkin’ Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge!

Thank you for your support!


09/19/2021 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Avalon Park 2021


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LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve

Sun., Sept. 19th, Group 1:  10 AM – Noon, Group 2: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Harbor Rd,  Stony Brook

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How to find us: Walk along the path at the foot of the pond until it broadens a bit and there is a large map of the park’s trail system on a stanchion. We’ll be gathering there. (Please note this is a change of location from our initial plan.)

Please join LI-DOG for our September Pack Walk™ at Avalon Park & Preserve in Stony Brook, NY! This park and preserve consists of 140 acres of woods and fields, trails and paths. 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 area includes 76 acres of fields and forests and a network of trails that provide access to all parts of the preserve.

This Pack Walk™ will cover 2.6 miles and take about an hour and a half. There are some steps, roots to step over, and inclines, but the walk should not be difficult for people and dogs used to hour-long walks in the woods.

Due to park restrictions, we are splitting up this Pack Walk into two groups, 15 participants each. Group 1 will start at 10AM, please arrive at 9:45AM. Group 2 will start at 10:30AM, please arrive at 10:15AM. When you RSVP, please make sure you RSVP for the group which has the starting time that you want to walk.

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

The park’s boardwalk entrance is on Harbor Road across the street from The Grist Mill. Parking is available along Main Street, on Harbor Road, and in the Village Shopping Center just north of the park on Main Street.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES! This park has a strict on-leash policy that is enforced by the park’s 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.

To save time before the Pack Walk, get the General Sign in Sheet and Liability Waiver NOW. Please sign it and bring it with you to the walk.


To RSVP, go to:

LI-DOG Meetup Avalon Park Group 1 (10AM)

LI-DOG Meetup Avalon Park Group 2 (10:30AM) 

**In the event of inclement weather, please check Meetup or our Facebook group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9AM Sunday morning.**

We hope you and your pup will join us on the 19th!

09/25/2021 – Canine Companions DogFest LI 2021


Canine Companions® DogFest Long Island 2021

Sat., Sept. 25th,  10:30 AM – 3 PM

Marjorie R. Post Park, Massapequa, NY

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Hosted by Long Island Volunteer Chapter – Canine Companions and 
Canine Companions for Independence

Gather your friends, family and dogs to join Canine Companions for Independence at Marjorie R. Post Park in Massapequa on September 25th to celebrate the joy dogs bring into our lives and how they enhance the lives of people living with disabilities. You can join the fun at DogFest Long Island-NYC at the park or participate virtually.

Registration is free, fundraising is encouraged. There are sponsorship, volunteer and vendor opportunities also.

It will be a day of fun activities, inspiring speakers, dog demonstrations and more!

Canine Companions for Independence, the largest provider of service dogs in the world, was founded in 1975. It is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge. They enhance independence for children, adults and veterans with disabilities through the use of expertly trained service dogs.

Register (for free) at DogFest Long Island-NYC. If you are bringing your dog, be sure to indicate it so you will receive a FREE DogFest bandana shipped to your furry friend.

The event will feature a walk, plenty of activities for dogs, contests, and much more! Join the fun and give a dog a job!

To learn more about this event, please visit DogFest Long Island-NYC.

08/21/2021 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Massapequa Preserve 2021


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LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve

Sat., Aug. 21st, 1
1 AM to 1 PM 

Fire Road Trail at Massapequa Preserve

1 Walker St.,  Massapequa Park, NY

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How to find us:  Meet us on the dirt path near the north end of the Mansfield Park parking lot at the 85 Walker St. Entrance!

Does your pup like to walk in a group with friends? Does you pup like to play in the water? If yes to either, please join us for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve on Sat., Aug. 21st at 11 o’clock in the morning!

On our Aug. 21st Pack Walk™ — a guided, group on-leash dog walk –we’ll be walking the Fire Road Trail, a flat, wide, mostly shaded, dirt trail within Massapequa Preserve. We’ll walk about a mile down the trail, then turn onto a smaller trail that ends at a clearing with a creek and shallow pond. We’ll stop there for water and let the dogs swim and wade in the creek. Once the dogs have played and cooled off, we’ll head back up the trail to where we started. The entire walk will cover about 2 miles and take about 2 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: While there may be off-leash dogs on the trail, dogs must be kept on leash on the LI-DOG Pack Walk™. Please don’t forget to bring poop bags as pick up is a must, and while the trail is shaded by trees, don’t forget to bring water for you and your pup.

Please NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES as we are walking in a group and the dogs and their humans can get tangled.

HOW TO FIND US: Meet us near the paved bridge at the north end of the Mansfield Park parking lot at the Walker St. Entrance. Watch out for bikes as you cross the asphalt bike path to the dirt path!

Get the LI-DOG Pack Walk Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver NOW. The fewer people standing around signing in on Sat.,  the better!


LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

**In the event of inclement or extremely hot weather, please check Meetup or our Facebook group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 AM Saturday morning.**

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs on Sat., Aug. 21st for LI-DOG’s Pack Walk™ at Massapequa Preserve!

07/14/2021 – LI-DOG 2021 Events Planning Meeting


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LI-DOG 2021 Events Planning Meeting!


Wed., July 14th, 7 – 9 PM

Borrelli’s Restaurant

1580 Hempstead Turnpike, E. Meadow

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How to find us: 
Tell the Hostess you are here for the LI-DOG meeting! We will be sitting in the back room, by the window!

An exciting opportunity to be part of LI-DOG events for 2021!

*** New members encouraged to attend ***

After more than a year without any major events, LI-DOG is planning some amazing dog-friendly events this year! Join us at Borelli’s Restaurant in E. Meadow on Wed., July 14th at 7pm to be part of the fun. Be the first to know all that’s being planned and help make our events better than ever for people and their pups, including:

  •  LI-DOG’s Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge
  •  Our HOWL-O-Ween Pawty at Off Key Tiki
  •  Our LI-DOG Pack Walks
  • And more!

What are some ways you can help make our dog-friendly events extra fun for both humans and pups? Help plan games, activities, and brainstorm fundraising ideas. We want to hear your ideas, thoughts and input.
LI-DOG volunteers are the core of the success of our events. Opportunities include judging contests, running an activity, selling raffle tickets, and handing out flyers, just to name a few. Let us know what you would like to do – there are many ways to help.

Whether you want to be part of the planning or learn how you can enjoy a fun day with lots of dogs while helping LI-DOG, this meeting is the place to start.

As the restaurant is kind enough to set aside a big table for our meeting, please come prepared to have something to eat. Borelli’s has GREAT pizzas, pastas, and salads.

Please let us know if you can join us Wed. evening, July 14th at Borrelli’s. Please RSVP on our Meetup Group:

LI-DOG Meetup Group

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas!

07/17/2021 – LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Doggie Meetup 2021


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LI-DOG Barkin’ Beach Cleanup & Doggie Meetup!

Sat., July 17th, 10 AM – Noon

Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

450 Roe Ave.,  E. Patchogue, NY

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How to find us: Look for dogs frolicking and swimming in the water!

If your dog likes to swim or just socialize, or if you would like to spend a morning with your pup, other dog owners and the great folks of LI-DOG for some OFF-LEASH summer fun, then please join us at Mud Creek Off-Leash Dog Beach in East Patchogue!

On Saturday, July 17th please join us for a couple of hours, letting our furry friends frolic in the sand and surf of the Great South Bay! There’ll be plenty of exercise to be had running along the coastline and in the water as Mud Creek is an off-leash dog beach!

A clean-up of Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach will start at 9 a.m., so if you and your fur baby would like a little extra time in the sun, please join us in getting the area ready for our meetup!

Please remember to bring plenty of water for you and your pup, your own towels, beach chairs and an umbrella!

PLEASE NOTE: Mud Creek has no amenities and is considered “carry-in, carry-out” (i.e. no trash receptacles, no poop bag stations, no bathrooms and no water fountains). LI-DOG will have poop bags on hand, but please help us make the event a success by remembering to bring these items.

Mud Creek is a natural borders dog park, which means it is not fenced on most sides. For everyone’s safety, please only bring dogs that are well-socialized—used to playing with other dogs off-leash—and that will reliably come when called. Please, no retractable leashes.

To access the dog beach, use the double-gate entry, walk along the fence, then turn right onto the beach as soon as the fence ends. Please keep off-leash dogs out of the area in front of the fence, which is a designated no-dog zone.

Parking is on the street. Please keep dogs on-leash until you get into the off-leash area.

RSVP (All RSVPs must be done on the LI-DOG Meetup Group.)

LI-DOG on Meetup 

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

Weather-related changes: In the event of inclement weather or exceedingly hot conditions, please check our Meetup or Facebook group by 9 AM that morning. If there are no announcements, the Beach Pawty is on!

We hope to see you and your dogs Saturday morning, July 17th at the beach!

06/19/2021 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve 2021


Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve!

Saturday, June 19th, 1
1 AM – 1 PM 

127 Middle Neck Rd,  Sands Point, NY

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How to find us: 
Look for the people and dogs gathering by the dog run at the edge of the parking lot.

LI-DOG is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 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 19th starting at 11 AM. (Please arrive 15 minutes early, so we can start the walk on time.) The 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 anticipate that the Pack Walk™ will take about an hour, but there will be opportunities to make the walk shorter for those who wish to do so.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach 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.

There is an admission charge to Sands Point Preserve of $15 per car. Admission is free for members of the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy. A pay station at the Gatehouse enables contactless payment of the admission fee with credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and cash. If paying by cash, please bring exact change. This fee helps support this beautiful dog-friendly property.

For more info about Sands Point Preserve including how you can become a member. go to Friends of Sands Point Preserve.

Masks are required to enter the buildings such as the bathrooms and Welcome Center. By the time of our Pack Walk, it is likely masks will not be required when walking on the trails. Please be sure to have a mask with you anyway. Also, please read the Sands Point Visitor Safety Rules posted on their website.

RSVP – All RSVPs must be done on the LI-DOG Meetup Group.

LI-DOG Meetup Group

Please download the LI-DOG Sign In Sheet and Liability Waiver BEFORE the Pack Walk™. The fewer people standing around signing documents, the better!

Weather-Related Changes: Please check our Meetup and/or Facebook Group or our website on Sat. morning around 9:30 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 dog for LI-DOG’s Pack Walk™ at Sands Point Preserve on June 19th!

05/27/2021 – Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge 2021   Recently updated !


Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge 2021

Sundays 11 AM – 3PM,  May Thru October

515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, NY

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Your leashed dog is welcome to join you on the outdoor deck during a la carte Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge Restaurant in Melville every Sunday 11am-3pm, weather permitting. There’s even a ‘ Pawty Menu ‘ just for the pooches!

Special event brunches run throughout the season and feature a local rescue/shelter or other dog-related charity group on premise that day. The charity will benefit from the sale of Chinese auction raffle baskets & other merchandise plus a donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Come for brunch, sip a cocktail, buy a raffle, meet adoptable dogs and fellow dog owners! New covered outdoor dining area provides plenty of shade.

Reservations are recommended. Call 631-577-4444.

Special Fundraiser Brunch Schedule

May 23rd : Jake’s Rescue Ranch

June 13th : Guardians of Rescue

June 27th – PAWS (Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society)

July 11th – Save A Pet

August 1st – Last Hope

August 22nd – Pit of Our Souls

September 12th – Paws of War

October 3rd – LI-DOG!

October 17th – LI Bulldog

October 24th – Annual Howl “O” Ween Costume Event

Thank you to The Refuge and Tito’s Vodka for sponsoring these fun and worthwhile events!



06/04/2021 – Northfork Dock Diving Weekend


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4th Annual Northfork Dock Diving Weekend!

Fri. – Sun., June 4th-6th, 2021

Greenport Brewing Company, 42155 RT-25

Peconic, NY 11958-1502

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Dock Diving is a unique event where dogs compete for distance and height while jumping off a dock into the water. The Annual Northfork Dock Diving Event is a popular and extremely well organized competition as part of the National Sportsmen’s Series.

This event, with competitions spanning three days, is held at the Greenport Brewing Company in a beautiful part of Long Island. In addition to the brewery, there are many dog-friendly wineries in the area off Main Road, perfect for relaxing after the diving activities. This is an mostly outdoor event perfect for safe socialization and enjoyment.

Entry Fees for participating dogs and people for different categories of diving events range from $27-$30 for adults and $12-$30 for those under 18. Pre-registration is available on the dockdogs.com site until June 3rd at 11:45a.m. There will be NO in-person registration available this year. Admission for the viewing public is FREE.

To insure the safety of all participants, there will be a number of COVID-19 protocols this year. Participants must pre-register and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test (obtained no more than 72 hours before the event). Masks WILL be required during some parts of the activities.

More Information: To register, or for more information on registration, event schedules, competition rules and COVID-19 protocols, visit:
www.dockdogs.com or their Facebook page.  You can also call 330-241-4975 or email dd_admin@dockdogs.com