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.04/18/2024 – Critical Stage Now in LI-DOG Effort to Open NYS Parks   Recently updated !

 

No Dogs Allowed Sign

Critical Stage NOW in LI-DOG Effort to Open NYS Parks on Long Island to People with Dogs!

Call Your NYS Senator and Assemblymember TODAY. Urge Them to Support Legislation to Allow Dogs in All NYS Parks!

Time is of the essence! We only have a few weeks to build support for the legislation. Call NYS Senator Monica Martinez and Assemblyman Steve Stern TODAY and let them know you support their legislation to allow dogs in NYS parks on Long Island with reasonable restrictions. Then, call your NYS Senator and Assemblymember! It’ll only take a couple of minutes, but will give us the best chance of finally lifting widespread bans on dogs in LI’s NYS parks!  For contact information, check out Critical Stage Now in LI-DOG Effort to Open NYS Parks!


04/12/2024 – LI-DOG Effort to Open NYS Parks Now at Critical Stage   Recently updated !

 

No Dogs Allowed Sign

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Critical Stage NOW in LI-DOG Effort to Open Long Island’s New York State Parks to People with Dogs!

 

Call Sen. Monica Martinez and Assemb. Steve Stern TODAY and let them know you support their legislation to allow dogs in all NYS parks.

Last year, Sen. Martinez and Assemb. Stern heard primarily from opponents. This year, Sen. Martinez and Assemb. Stern need to hear from supporters like YOU!

The legislation has picked up two co-sponsors, but that’s not enough. We need more elected officials from Long Island to support this legislation!

 

Call Your NYS Senator and NYS Assemblymember TODAY and ask them to support S.4993B in the Senate and A.6244B in the Assembly.

Find Your NYS Senator    Find Your NYS Assemblymember

                         Time is of the essence. We only have a few weeks to build support for the legislation before the Legislature adjourns in early June!

NYS Senator Monica Martinez and NYS Assemblyman Steve Stern have introduced  legislation to allow dogs in ALL NYS parks, with reasonable restrictions. People with dogs are now denied access to more than 14,000 acres of NYS public parks on Long Island including all beaches. Dog owners pay taxes that support this public parkland and should be able to enjoy access to public parks just like everybody else.

Please call Sen. Martinez and Assemb. Stern TODAY and let them know you support their legislation to allow dogs in all NYS parks.

Call Sen. Martinez at: 518-455-2765 (in Albany) or 631-341-7111 (on Long Island).

Call Assemb. Stern at: 518-455-5732 (in Albany) or 631-271-8025 (on Long Island).

Say the following:

My name is [your first and last name] and I live in [your town]. I want to let Sen. Martinez/Assemb. Stern know that I strongly support allowing dogs in all NYS parks. I am a taxpayer and responsible dog owner and should be able to enjoy LI’s beautiful parks just like everyone else. Thank you so much for leading the effort to make this possible!

If you want to add more to your message, send the Senator and Assemblyman a follow up email! Sen. Martinez is at martinez@nysenate.gov and Assemb. Stern is at sterns@nyassembly.gov.

We still need more elected officials from Long Island to support this legislation.   

Call your NYS Senator TODAY and ask them to support S.4993B.   Next, call your NYS Assemblymember and ask them to support A.6244B.  It’ll only take a couple of minutes.

How to Find Your NYS Senator and Assemblymember. Click on these links: Find Your NYS Senator and Find Your NYS Assemblymember. Fill in your address on the screen. That will bring up a screen with your Senator or Assemblymember’s name, photo and a button that says Message the Senator or Contact. Click the button. That will bring up a screen with their phone numbers in Albany and on Long Island plus their email address. A quick phone call is the easiest. Call their Albany or Long Island office.

Say the following:

Hello! My name is [your first and last name] and I am your constituent. I live in [the name of your town]. I am calling to ask the Senator/Assemblymember to support S.4993B (in the Senate) and A.6244B (in the Assembly)—legislation that will allow dogs in all NYS parks with reasonable restrictions.

I am a taxpayer and responsible dog owner, but right now thousands of acres of NYS public parks on Long Island, including ALL beaches, are off-limits to me and my dog.

I can’t emphasize enough how important this issue is to me. Your support will be an important consideration when I vote this coming November.

Please support this legislation that will have a positive impact on my life and that of thousands of other Long Island dog owners and their canine companions. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Remember, be polite, and if you have more to say, follow up with an email!

Please  cc: LI-DOG at lidog_news@yahoo.com on any emails you send. We love seeing your great messages and that helps us know how we’re doing with our campaign.

Please note:

  • In response to feedback last year, the legislation has been revised so dogs are not allowed on swimming or sunbathing beaches, in sensitive wildlife areas, or in other areas typically set off limits to dogs.
  • Also, dog owners must clean up after their dogs and dogs must be kept on-leash, except in designated off-leash areas.
  • Even with these restrictions, there are thousands of acres of NYS public parkland, including non-swimming beaches, which are appropriate for people with dogs.

Again, time is of the essence! The Legislature adjourns in early June and a whole new Legislature takes office next year.  Just a few minutes of your time gives us the best chance to finally lift the widespread ban on dogs in NYS parks on LI!

Want to Do More? Sign up to become a volunteer organizer. Email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com with Organizer Help in the subject line and we’ll add you to our team working to get this legislation passed!

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 


.04/20/2024 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival!

Sat., April 20th, 11 AM – Noon
Old Westbury, NY 11768

Please join us for one of our favorite events of the season–our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens during their Spring Dog Festival! On our Pack Walk we’ll spend an hour touring the grounds of this magnificent estate. After the Pack Walk, stick around and enjoy the Festival with booths and exhibits from rescues, animal advocacy organizations like LI-DOG, and vendors of doggy goodies and gear. The Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens!


Nassau County SPCA Animal Abuse Awareness Parade

The Nassau County SPCA Animal Abuse Awareness Parade


Plus, Adoption Event!

Sat., May 11th, 11 AM – 2 PM

5 Corners Park

130 Main St, Farmingdale, NY

(Google Map)

There is nothing more disturbing to animal lovers then to hear about the abuse of helpless animals. Fortunately, there is something you can do to help right here on Long Island!

You can join the Nassau County SPCA Animal Abuse Awareness Parade. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. The walk starts promptly at 11:00 AM and ends with an adoption event at the Village Green. There will be pet friendly vendors, raffles, giveaways and tons of fun for everyone. Your dog is welcome but must be on a leash.

There is a $20.00 registration fee for the walk, which helps support the Nassau SPCA. Swag bags for your dog or cat are included for every registered walker.

Located in Nassau County, NY, The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to protecting animals in the County from abuse and neglect. They are also devoted to the rescue, care and placement of needy animals.

For additional information about the parade and adoption event, call 516-576-2921.

Please note: This event is rain or shine.

 


04/20/2024 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival

 

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens Spring Dog Festival!

 

Saturday, April 20th, 11 AM to 12 PM

LI-DOG Pack Walk April 2023

71 Old Westbury Road

Old Westbury, NY 11568

(Google Map)

How to Find Us: Look for the blue LI-DOG tent

One of our favorite Pack Walk/Events of the season is back this April 20th when Old Westbury Gardens opens the grounds of this beautiful estate to people with dogs for their Spring Dog Festival!

Starting at 11 a.m. on the 20th, please join us for an LI-DOG Pack Walk™ as we spend an hour on a guided walk of the beautiful, English-themed splendor of Old Westbury Gardens. There’ll be plenty of spring’s flowering treasures for our eyes and our fur babies’ noses to enjoy!

Our 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.

Our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ takes place during Old Westbury Gardens’ Spring Dog Festival. Make sure to stick around after the Pack Walk and enjoy the festival with booths and exhibits from rescues, animal advocacy organizations including LI-DOG, and vendors of doggie goodies and gear. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 20th.

On Sunday, the 21st, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes pups again as part of their Dog-Friendly Weekend with the same hours as Saturday, but no vendors will be present.

Please make sure to register for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™—it’s free! Just look for our blue tent to sign in. Registrants for the Pack Walk will have the opportunity to donate to LI-DOG for a chance to win a raffle basket full of doggie toys and treats. Proceeds support LI-DOG’s work to gain more access to public parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs.

Dogs must be on-leash at all times when visiting the Gardens and are not allowed in any buildings on the grounds. Please no retractable leashes when on the Pack Walk as the dogs may become entangled.

Dogs are NOT allowed in the Walled Garden and please do not let them trample the beautiful daffodils.

Except for Old Westbury Gardens members and library pass holders, all entrance tickets to the Gardens must be purchased in advance through their website. OWG members simply need to show their membership card upon arrival.

Old Westbury Gardens – Ticket Purchase

OWG admission fees are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors (62 and over) and Full-time students with a valid ID and $8 children ages 7-17. OWG members, children 6 and under, and four-legged visitors are free!

To RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email lidog_news@yahoo.com

For more Info about Old Westbury Gardens: Email info@oldwestburygardens.org or visit Old Westbury Gardens. Once there click on “Exhibitions/Events” and then “2024 Calendar of Events” for event details and a wonderful overview of their other spring events and programs.

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

In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook group as we will post weather-related changes by 9:30am Saturday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on!

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at Old Westbury Gardens on Sat., April 20th!


LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park!


LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park! 

Rescheduled to Sun., March 24th, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Ridge, NY

To start off our 2024 season, please join us on Sunday, March 24th for our first-ever LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park! Located in Ridge, Suffolk County, Brookhaven State Park covers more than 1,638 acres including a large amount of the Long Island Pine Barrens as well as scattered wetlands. We will be walking on the Brookhaven Short Loop Trail, which is a 1.8-mile loop trail that is generally considered easy. Please note: This Pack Walk has been rescheduled to Sunday because of the forecast for rain on Saturday. For details on how to join us, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park!


LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park!

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park!


Rescheduled to Sunday, March 24th, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM


2500 William Floyd Pkwy., Ridge, NY

Google Map

The Pack Walk IS ON! Wear sturdy shoes or boots as the trail will likely be muddy in spots and dress warmly. It’s chilly out there today!

How to find us: We will meet in the unpaved parking lot inside the park. The entrance to the park is on the right, just past the lights for Whiskey Road on the northbound side of William Floyd Parkway. Follow the unpaved road to the parking area.

Because of the forecast for rain on Saturday, we have rescheduled our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park to Sunday, March 24th. Please make sure to check our website, Facebook or Meetup around 9  a.m. Sunday morning to make sure the Pack Walk is still on. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! 

To start off our 2024 season, please join us on Sunday, March 24th, for our first-ever LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Brookhaven State Park! LI-DOG Pack Walks™–group on-leash walks–are a great way to enjoy Long Island’s beautiful parks with your dog, while meeting new friends and their pups. Located in Ridge, Suffolk County, Brookhaven State Park covers more than 1,638 acres. It includes a large amount of the Long Island Pine Barrens, but also contains scattered wetlands.

We will be walking on the Brookhaven Short Loop Trail which is a 1.8-mile loop trail. It is generally considered an easy route and usually takes an average of 34 min to complete, but as we are usually a larger group and have dogs with us it may take us a bit longer. It is fairly wide and flat, and we stop a few times along the trail for the slower people to catch up and for the dogs to take a water break.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on the Pack Walk™. Please also make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must! Also, no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

RSVP

This should be a great first LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2024 season! We hope you can join us at Brookhaven State Park on Sun., the 24th!

**In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 am Sunday morning. If there is no announcement, the Pack Walk is on! **


LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Schedule 2024

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Schedule 2024

Guided Group On-Leash Dog Walks in Long Island Parks

Photo Credit: Kelly Arnold Heins

LI-DOG leads group on-leash dog walks in parks around Long Island on the third weekend of the month generally from the Spring through the Fall. Check out the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ schedule below to see where we’ll be walking with our dogs next!

 

Sun., March 24th (This event has been rescheduled from Saturday due to rain.)

Brookhaven State Park, Ridge, NY

Sat., April 20th

Old Westbury Gardens, Spring Dog Festival, Old Westbury, NY

Sat., May 18th

Sans Souci County Park, Sayville, NY

Sat., June 15th

Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point, NY

Sat., July 20th

Doggie Beach Pawty, Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach, E. Patchogue, NY

Sat., Aug. 17th

Massapequa Preserve Fire Road Trail, Massapequa, NY

Sat., Sept. 21st

Fire Island National Seashore, Bay Shore, NY

Sun., Oct. 27th

Old Westbury Gardens, Fall Dog Festival, Old Westbury, NY

Sat., Nov. 23rd

Hempstead Lake State Park, Hempstead, NY

Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change.

To get a pdf of the schedule, go to Flyer Pack Walk Schedule 2024.


Canine Camp Getaway 2024

Canine Camp Getaway 2024

June 1-5, 2024 – Gettysburg, PA

September 23-29, 2024 – East Durham, NY

HAVE DOG….will travel! That’s the motto for people who enjoy traveling with their canine companion and enjoying indoor and outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, agility, training and educational classes,  Yappy Hours, dog karaoke, and pet-friendly dining. If that sounds like you, read more by clicking on Canine Camp Getaway 2024!