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.11/06/2022 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty 2022Final   Recently updated !

Frankie the Pilot and his Pilot and Flight Attendant Parents

Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo Winners

LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty a Barking Success!

Good boys and girls performed Tricks for Treats and competed in close match-ups for best costume at LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty at Off-Key Tikki in Patchogue in early November! Nearly 100 people and almost as many four-legged party goers celebrated all things wonderful about the holiday and canine companionship at Off-Key Tikki’s fun, tropically-themed waterfront venue. Besides the three contests in which more than 9 winners were awarded prizes, there was music, free food provided by Off-Key Tikki, drink specials, a Paw Print printing booth, a Photo booth, and numerous raffles for people to bid on and win including, for the first time, a Grand Prize three-night getaway to Myrtle Beach! The event was LI-DOG’s most important fundraiser of the year. To see photos, lists of winners, and links to all the businesses and individuals who generously donated to the event, go to LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty 2022!


11/06/2022 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty 2022Final   Recently updated !

LI-DOG’s Dog Costume Pawty a Barking Success!

BY SAM DESMOND

Leia, Obi Wan and Their Ewok bulldogs. Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo Winners. Photo Credit: Feng Sherri Hsiu

Frankie the Pilot and his Pilot and Flight Attendant Parents

Jr. Pilot Frankie with his Pilot and Flight Attendant Parents, 1st Place Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo

Jurassic Bark Dinosaurs and Scientist Parents Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo Winners

Good boys and girls performed tricks for treats and competed in close match-ups for best costume on Sunday, November 6th at Off-Key Tiki in Patchogue at the Long Island Dog Owners Group’s (LI-DOG) Howl-o-Ween Celebration.
With nearly 100 people in attendance (and almost as many four-legged party goers), the event celebrated all things wonderful about the holiday and canine companionship. “When we see dogs at an event like this, it shows that they’re an important part of people’s families and that people feel they belong in public spaces,” said LI-DOG President Ginny Munger Kahn.

As a testament to the greater Long Island community’s love of dogs, there were over 20 generous gift baskets donated for Howl-o-Ween raffles from businesses all over Nassau and Suffolk. This included an anonymous donation of a Grand Prize of a three-night getaway to Myrtle Beach at a condo.

Other notable donations included: a hand drawing of your dog by artist Alan Meschkow; his wife Gail donated a hand-knit sweater for your dog and matching hat for you;
IHOP in Oceanside donated once a month pancakes for a year, plus there were several wine donations and beautiful hand-painted wine glasses.

Click on the Sponsors Collage (below) to see a full list of business and individual sponsors.

Of course, the biggest supporter of the event was Off-Key Tiki, which has been sponsoring fundraising events for LI-DOG for nearly ten years. In that time, hundreds of canines have fallen in love with the “beach” area and fire pit while surrounded by live music. The puppers generally sit and enjoy the ambiance much like being at home on the couch with the TV on. Each year, Off-Key Tiki has provided free hot dogs and hamburgers for the human attendees (much to the envy of their four-legged companions). This year, Off Key Tikki also donated gift certificates for the top three contest winners.

Music and announcements were provided by MC Mike Kaplow (himself a husky aficionado) who played a variety of music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s throughout the event.

And proving what a democratic gathering Howl-o-Ween is, there were dogs of all sizes and breeds attending the party. “There was quite the diversity of small, medium, and large dogs, who were well-behaved and greeted new people and new dogs in a comfortable way,” said  Munger Kahn.

The main draw of the event though were all the adorable dogs in costume. “It was unbelievable the creativity and care people put into their costumes,” said Munger Kahn.

Three contests were held: two Costume Contests, plus a Tricks for Treat contest.

Chocolate Labradoodle Best Tricks Winner

Best Tricks Winner Oliver

The winner of the Tricks for Treats contest was Oliver, a chocolate-colored Labradoodle, who proudly wore his 1st Place medal the rest of the event. “It was the originality and the interaction between presenter and dog we were looking for,” said Judge Alan Meschkow. “With Oliver and his presenter, you could just see how good the eye contact was and how bonded the handler and the dog were,” Meschkow said. Coming in a close second was Cosmo, a Corgi, with Bulldog Riley coming in a close third.

 

 

With 29 contestants, it was fierce competition for the two costume contests showdown–Best Pet and Best Pet/Pet Parent duo.

 

Best Standalone Pet Winners Harley and Cassie Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

The winners of the Best Standalone Pet Costume contest were: 

First Place – Harley and Cassie, the Magician and his rabbit

Second Place – Percy, the T-Rex

Third Place – Gidget, the Unicorn.

 

 

 

 

Jr. Pilot Frankie in His Plane Photo Credit: Diane Mezz

The winners of the Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo were:

First Place – Jr. Pilot Frankie with his parents Mike and Lucy, pilot and flight attendant (in a remote-controlled airplane!)

Second Place – Toby & Clover, the dinosaurs, with Dena and Bryan, Dr. Sattler and Dr. Hammond from Jurassic Park

Third Place – Lexi, Phoebe and Coco as Ewoks with their parents Sherri and Nick as Leia and Obi-Wan

 

 

 

 

Yorkie 911 Volunteer and Pup Photo Credit: Diane Mezz

Rescue organization Yorkie911 came with several of their adoptable pups and Bond Vet, the animal hospital and veterinary services outfit, came to hand out freebies and goodies for the dogs.

There was a paw print printing booth where people could stamp their pups’ paw on a sheet of paper and then make flowers or other designs around the paw print. For additional canine posterity, there was also a photo booth where people could pose their dogs.

 

 

More than a dozen volunteers were also on hand to set up, welcome guests, sell raffle tickets, and judge the contests.

This was LI-DOG’s most important fundraiser of the year, noted Munger Kahn. The money raised supports LI-DOG’s work to get more access to LI parks and beaches for dog owners and their dogs. Right now, LI-DOG’s main campaign is getting access to non-swimming NYS beaches.

 

 

“We want to congratulate all the winners of our raffle baskets and our contests,” said Munger Kahn.

Paw Print Organizer and Winning Raffle Basket Winner Nikki

Raffle Basket Winner and Paw Print Booth Organizer Nikki

Raffle Basket Winner and His Pup Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Raffle Basket Winner and Her Dog Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

“The event was a lot of fun and we want to thank everyone, including our amazing volunteers, who joined us with their dogs and made it happen!”

To see all the photos of people and their pups enjoying our Howl-o-Ween Pawty, check out LI-DOG on Facebook and LI-DOG on Meetup. Feel free to tag yourself and your dog!

 

 

Sam Desmond is a Contributing Editor to the Long Island Advance, The Suffolk County News and several other Long Island newspapers. She can be reached at: snd.scribe@gmail.com.


11/6/2022 – LI-DOG HowloWeen Pawty Sponsors Thank You

 

 

 

Thanks SO MUCH to all the businesses and individuals who donated to LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty raffles–BarkBox, Brutus Bone BrothCapo RistoranteChipotleCraft Kitchen & Tap House, Earth BathEarth Rated1/2 Off Cards of WantaghIHOP/OceansideJones Natural Chews, Kwong Ming of WantaghLido Kosher DeliLong Island Bagel CaféMatty’s Toy Stop, PalominosPindar Vineyards, PizzaiolaSangria 71, and Total Wine & More. Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for a beautiful handknit sweater for your pup with a matching hat for you, and Bailey Applebee Dog for donations of kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and your dog!

An especially big thank you to Off Key Tikki Waterside Bar and Grill for donating their big, fun, tropically-themed waterfront patio and “beach” for our fundraising pawty, plus gift certificates for our top three contest winners and free food for all our guests!

 


.11/19/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Fire Island National Seashore 2022

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore!

Sat., Nov. 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Fire Island Lighthouse Beach, Bay Shore
Join LI-DOG for  our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season at the beautiful Fire Island National Seashore. Meet us at the far eastern end of Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park and then walk with us over to the Lighthouse and Fire Island from there. Choose either a 1.5-mile walk that will take about 45 minutes or a little longer 2.5-mile walk. Either way, you’ll be walking with your dog along the shore with wide open views of sea, sand and sky! For details and links to RSVP, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore!

 


11/19/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Fire Island National Seashore 2022

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk Nov. 2021

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore!

 

Sat., November 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Fire Island Lighthouse Beach

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How to find us: Meet us at the far eastern end of Parking Field 5 at Robt. Moses State Park. We’ll walk over to Fire Island National Seashore from there.

On Saturday, Nov 19th, please join LI-DOG for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ along beautiful Fire Island National Seashore! Our Pack Walks–group on-leash walks–are a great way for you and your dog to socialize with other pet parents and their pups while enjoying some of Long Island’s beautiful parks and beaches.

For this, our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season, we’ll meet at the far eastern end of Parking Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach at Robert Moses. To get to Fire Island National Seashore, we’ll walk north and east along the broad grassy shoulder of Robert Moses Parkway and then onto the dirt road that runs south of the lighthouse. There are great views of the lighthouse from the dirt road and the main path to the lighthouse.

Opposite the sign for the Fire Island Lighthouse, we’ll cross over the dunes on a pre-made path to the ocean beach. At that point, you’ll be able either to turn right and head back along the ocean to Robert Moses or if you want to do a bit longer walk, you’ll be able to turn left and walk further East towards Kismet, before doubling back towards Robert Moses. The shorter walk will cover about 1.5 miles and take about 45 minutes, the longer walk will be closer to 2.5 miles. In either case, you will be walking along the shore with your dog enjoying wide open views of sea, sand and sky!

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 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.

To RSVP, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

This should be a great final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2022 season! We hope you can join us at Fire Island National Seashore on Sat., the 19th!

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


11/6/2022 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty!   Recently updated !

 

LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty

Sun., Nov. 6th, Noon – 4 PM

Costume Contest and Parade Starts 1:30 PM

 

Rocco and his lovely bride Miss Lily Pad Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill

31 Baker Place, Patchogue

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Just Added: Myrtle Beach Weekend Getaway Raffle Prize!

 

Join us for a HOWLING GOOD time at the LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty on the waterfront and “beach” at Off Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 6th!

Enjoy the views, delicious food, tropical drinks, contests, music, raffles, and lots of fun for the pups!

Dress up your pup, or better yet both your pup and yourself in your Halloween finest. Then, take part in our Halloween costume contest and parade. You can compete in one of two categories– Best Standalone Pet or Best Pet/Parent duo. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Costume contest and parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

Let your dog show their stuff in our “Tricks for Treats” contest, then let your pup demonstrate his or her inner “Pup-Casso” at our Paw Print printing booth. There’ll also be a scary, but not too scary, photo booth so you can take a memorable shot of your dog at the event.

You can order from Off Key Tikki’s new menu at its South Beach Bistro  or just nosh on hot dogs, generously provided by Off Key Tikki. Off-Key Tikki is also concocting Halloween-themed drink specials to mark the occasion!

To add to the fun, rescue organization Yorkie911 will be on hand with their adorable, adoptable pups. Who knows your dog may find their new best dog-friend at the pawty!

We’ve also invited special guests. Bond Vet will be available to talk about their animal hospital and veterinary services with giveaways and goodies for your pup. Plus, Carol Breuning will be on hand to do tarot card and psychic readings. 

We’ll also have LOTS of raffle baskets for you to bid on.  JUST ADDED: A three-night getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC, generously donated by an anonymous sponsor!  This is LI-DOG’s most important fundraiser of the year, so please do take a chance on winning one of the GREAT raffle baskets donated by our sponsorsBarkBox, Brutus Bone Broth, Capo Ristorante, Chipotle, Craft Kitchen & Tap House, Earth Bath, Earth Rated, 1/2 Off Cards of Wantagh, IHOP/Oceanside, Jones Natural Chews, Kwong Ming of Wantagh, Lido Kosher Deli, Long Island Bagel Café, Matty’s Toy Stop, Palominos, Pindar Vineyards, Pizzaiola, Sangria 71, and Total Wine & More. Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for a beautiful handknit sweater for your pup, and Bailey Applebee Dog for donations of kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and your pup!

An especially big THANK YOU to Off-Key Tikki for donating their fun, tropically-themed, harborside outdoor patio and “beach” for our dog pawty as well as food for our guests! It’s a great venue and we urge everyone to check them out throughout the year.
 

 

Tickets for the Howl-o-Ween Pawty will be available at the door!

 

Be part of the fun and volunteer to help LI-DOG!

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Meet-and-greet pet parents and their pups and collect entrance fee for anyone who did not prepay
  • Sell raffle tickets
  • Give out raffle baskets to our winners
  • Help with the games and the costume parade by being a judge
  • Help set up and/or take down

***Email us at events@lidog.org with Howl-o-Ween Volunteer in the subject line. It’s easy and fun!***

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed on non-retractable leads at all times, and as always, please walk you dog before entering the venue. Dogs are not permitted inside the restaurant.

To RSVP for our Howl-o-Ween Pawty, go to:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

or email us at lidog_news@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing you and your pups at our HOWL-O-WEEN Pawty! Happy Howling!

P.S. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sat. night/early Sun. morning as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning!

 

 


.10/30/2022 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens

Sun., Oct. 30th, 11 AM – Noon
Old Westbury Gardens, NY

Please join LI-DOG for our October Pack Walk™ at beautiful Old Westbury Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 30th. On our Pack Walk™, you and your dog will get to explore this large estate, which features woodlands, fields, ponds and beautiful gardens. Our Pack Walk™ takes place during OWG’s always popular Dog Days, dog-friendly weekend, on Sat. and Sun., Oct. 29th and 30th. On Sunday, the 30th, OWG is also hosting a big dog costume contest and parade with prizes. For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens.


10/1/2022 – Paws for a Cause

 

L.I. Against Domestic Violence’s Paws for a Cause

RESCHEDULED

Sunday, October 23rd, 1 PM to 4 PM

Country Fair Entertainment Park, Medford

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Is your dog dressed to impress? Join the fun, including a canine-and-human fashion show, activities, and raffles, at L.I. Against Domestic Violence’s Paws for a Cause. Cats, pocket pets, and other companion animals are welcome to enter in the virtual category.

Paws for a Cause will raise awareness of the link between domestic violence and animal abuse and raise funds for L.I. Against Domestic Violence’s services. LIADV provides life-saving support to victims of domestic abuse and their companion animals, including counseling, job placement, and shelter. They have helped hundreds of pets get to safety, and they assist 4,000 people a year on average.

Paws for a Cause will have the following Award Categories:

  • Best Human/Pet Duo
  • Best Celebrity Look-A-Like
  • Best DIY Costume
  • Best in Show
  • Virtually Fabulous

Whether your dog looks like you or Lady Gaga, this is the perfect event to show off!

Event tickets are $25 for your family group and one canine companion, $10 for each additional canine companion, and $15 for virtual entry.

For more information, go to LI Against Domestic Violence’s Paws for a Cause.

For information on the Country Fair Entertainment Park, an exciting and picturesque entertainment park, go to Country Fair Park.

If you own a pet-related business and would like information on being a vendor at this event, contact Jenn Capezza at j.capezza@liadv.org or call 631.666.7181 x305.

 

 


.10/1/2022 – LI Against Domestic Violence’s Paws for a Cause

LI Against Domestic Violence’s Paws for a Cause

Sun., Oct. 23rd, 1 PM to 4 PM
Country Fair Entertainment Park, Medford

Is your dog dressed to impress? Join the fun including a canine-and-human fashion show, activities, and raffles at LI Against Domestic Violence’s Paws for a Cause. Prizes will be awarded in five categories including best human/pet duo. Because of the weather, this event has been rescheduled from Sat., Oct. 1st to Sunday, Oct. 23rd.For details, check out Paws for a Cause.


10/30/2022 – Nassau Barkfest 2022

 

Nassau Barkfest

 

Sunday, Oct. 30th, 1 PM – 3 PM

Parking Fields 6 and 6A

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow

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Celebrate Halloween With Your Dog!

Do you and your furry friend love a great Howl-o-ween party? Does your pup want to take part in a Howl-o-ween Costume Parade and perhaps win a great prize? Then come to Nassau Barkfest, Long Island’s largest free pet costume contest and parade at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park!

Dress up your best furry friend in their Howl-o-ween finest–be it pretty, silly, scary or downright ghostly. Nassau Barkfest is guaranteed to offer both of you a good time!

Admission is FREE, but all participants are asked to bring a donation of pet food for families who are facing difficult financial times and need help feeding their pets. Nassau Barkfest is sponsored by the Nassau County SPCA and Long Island’s K98.3 radio station.

All pets must be on a leash.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, please call (516) 603-0252.