2023


Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest for our Video!

Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest for our Video!

Please share photos of your beautiful dogs in their Holiday finest so we can make a video for everyone to enjoy! Just go to the LI-DOG Facebook Group and add your photo as a comment to our post: Show Us Your Pups! Please include your pet’s name. For details, go to Show Us Your Pups!

 


Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest for our Video!

Show Us Your Pups in Their Holiday Finest for our Video!

 

Please share photos of your beautiful dogs in their Holiday finest so we can make a video for everyone to enjoy! Just go to the LI-DOG Facebook Group and add your photo as a comment to our post: Show Us Your Pups! Please include your pet’s name.

Want to see how great last year’s Holiday Video turned out? Check out LI-DOG’s 2022 Holiday Video!

This year’s video promises to be even better. You don’t want to miss out!

Please go to the LI-DOG Facebook Group, click on Show Us Your Pups, and post your adorable dog(s)!

P.S. If you don’t have access to FB, send your photo to events@lidog.org.


Dozens of People and Dogs in Costume Join LI-DOG for its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty

Dozens of People and Dogs in Costume Join LI-DOG for its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser!

More than 80 people and their pups, many in creative costumes, joined LI-DOG for its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser at The Pine Grove Inn in E. Patchogue on Sunday, November 5th. The event featured costume contests, music, prizes, raffles, delicious food and drinks, a large agility course set up by Special Guest Doggie U K9 Academy, and lots of fun for everyone! To see photos,  the winners,  and all the businesses who donated to our successful raffle, go to LI-DOG Annual HowloWeen Pawty! 


Dozens of People and Pups in Costume Join LI-DOG for Its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty!

Dozens of People and Pups in Costume Join LI-DOG for Its Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser!

Musical Sit Contest Winners! — PHOTO CREDIT: JOANN GARGUOLA

The weather was great—cool and mostly sunny—as more than 80 people and their pups–many in costumes– descended on The Pine Grove Inn in E. Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 5th for LI-DOG’s Fourth Annual Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser! The event is a key fundraiser for LI-DOG, which works to increase access to public parkland and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their pups.

The event featured games including two costume contests, raffles, music, prizes, and a photo booth—the Pine Grove Inn’s pretty gazebo decked out in pumpkins, tomb stones and other Halloween decorations. In addition, the event featured special guest Doggie U K9 Academy, Long Island’s largest indoor training facility, whose volunteers set up an agility course and helped guide pet parents and their pups over jumps, weaves, and tunnels. 

Pup With Paw Print Drawing

For souvenirs, guests could create prints of their pups’ paws on pre-decorated 8-1/2 x 11 card stock that featured jack-o-lanterns, spiders and other Halloween themes. All our “Pup-Casso’s” got treats for their efforts, of course!

Besides a full menu of delicious lunch specials, the Pine Grove Inn created a DogTail menu of hand-crafted drinks including Beagle Mary’s and a special Doggy Food menu for the pups.

Music was provided by DJ Mike Kaplow who created a wide-ranging playlist of music from the 50s, 60s, 70s including the Peanuts Halloween theme. Adding to the party spirit was MC and LI-DOG Board Member Peggy Heijmen who provided commentary and encouragement to game contestants and raffle basket winners alike.

Among the most popular activities were the contests including Musical Sit and two costume contests—one for Best Standalone Pet and another for Best Pet/Pet Parent duo. The contests were held in the middle of the big open lawn.

Competition was fierce for the Musical Sit game. Dozens of doggies and their pet parents competed in the contest in which the last contestant to sit was eliminated until there were just three dogs standing—er, sitting—Dulce, Rucker, and Logan! (That’s the Musical Sit winners pictured above.)

The costume contests were equally entertaining–and challenging for our three judges–as the dogs all looked adorable in their costumes. Judging was based on originality, creativity and showmanship. The winners for Best Standalone Pet were Harley as Grandma Harley (she actually pushed her own walker!), Mojo as a Panda Bear, and Lucky the Party Animal who had his own keg of beer in hand (or paw).

Winners of the Best Pet/Pet Parent Duo were Percy and his Mom Kayla as Woody and Jesse from Toy Story (1st Place), Rocko and Jay Winkler as Zero and Jack Skellington from Nightmare before Christmas (2nd Place), and Ebonie Lewis and her dog Hades as an Egyptian Pharoah and her pet crocodile (3rd place).

Best Pet/Parent Costume Contest Winners
Best Standalone Pet Winner
Best Pet/Parent Costume Contest Winners

PHOTO CREDIT: JOANN GARGUOLA


Prizes for the winners of the contests included $50 Chewy gift certificates (for the 1st Place costume contest winners) plus toys, treats and gold, silver and bronze medals. Congratulations to all our winners!

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY RANSOM

Many guests also won raffle baskets. Among the raffle baskets were gift certificates to numerous restaurants, wine bottles and hand-painted wine glasses, training sessions for your dog and dog care, specialty dog treats, artwork, toys, games, and a handknit sweater for your dog, among other fun stuff!

Thank you to ALL the businesses and individuals who made our raffle so successful! Babylon Cheese Cellar, Brutus Bone BrothCalda Pizzeria & RestaurantDel Fuego TexMexJackson’s Pawjama Pawty Dog Day CareJones Natural Chews, Keep Seeking Lure Coursing LLCKey West Islip Beach, KilwinsLia’s Pizzeria Cucina ItalianaMasa Asian CuisineMolto Vino Wine BarMulberry Street of Babylon VillageMy Canines Keeper TrainingMy Human “N” Me GiftsNative Ceuticals TincturesO.G. RamenPersonalize Your Pet Accessories, Rachel The Dog Trainer for YouTorta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie,  and Total Pet Care Pet Food and Supplies. 

Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for donating a beautiful handknit sweater for your dog and matching hat for YOU, and Bailey Appelbee Dog for donating kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and our pup! 

An especially big Thank You to the Pine Grove Inn for donating the use of their lovely outdoor patio and lawn for our fundraiser. It’s a great venue and the food is delicious. Check it out year-round!

We also want to thank the almost 20 volunteers who set up the venue, welcomed our guests, got the raffle baskets and sold raffle tickets, judged our contests, and staffed our booths. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to Alyssa, Annemarie, Jackie, Judy, Kelly K., Lauren, Lawrence, Lynn Kay, Melanie, Mike, Nira, Robin, Roseann, Sagar, Sharon, Simran, and Victoria. Also, a big thank you to our colleagues on the LI-DOG Board of Directors including our Events Chair Joann Garguola without whom our events would not be such fun and so successful!

“Thank you to everyone who came with their adorable dogs in costume” said Joann. “It was great seeing you all, and we hope that you enjoyed attending the event as much as we had fun putting it together!”

“This was an important fundraiser for LI-DOG,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, president of the organization. “We raise money to increase awareness of LI-DOG and our work to get more access to public parks and beaches on Long Island. There are still too many public parks, including many beaches, that are off-limits to dog owners. This is not right,” she said. “The financial support of dog owners is critical to our ability to organize the dog owner community so we can lift these unfair bans on our canine family members.”

Thanks again to everyone who came to our Pawty!

To see more photos from our Pawty, go to:


.11/19/23 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Terrell River County Park

LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Terrell River County Park!

Sunday, Nov. 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
43 Montauk Hwy, Center Moriches, NY

Please join LI-DOG on Sunday, Nov 19th for our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2023 season, but our first-ever at Terrell River County Park in Center Moriches! The park covers 263 acres of passive parkland and is popular with local residents as the well-marked trails go down to Moriches Bay and on-leash dogs are welcome. Please note: This Pack WalkTM is on our schedule for Saturday, November 18th, but we had to change the date to Sunday, Nov. 19th. For details and links to RSVP, go to LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Terrell River County Park!

 


11/19/23 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Terrell River County Park!

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Terrell River County Park 



 

Sunday, Nov. 19th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM



43 Montauk Hwy, Center Moriches, NY



(Google Map)

How to find us: We will meet in the small parking lot near the trail head which only has space for about 15 cars, but the parking lot at Kahler’s Pond Town Park, which is just across the road, has ample space, so park in that lot and walk across the road to meet up with us.

On Sunday, Nov 19th, please join LI-DOG for our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2023 season, but our first-ever at Terrell River County Park in Center Moriches! 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.

Please note: This Pack Walk is on our schedule for Saturday, November 18th, but we’ve had to change the date to Sunday, Nov. 19th.

Terrell River County Park consists of 263 acres of passive parkland located on Montauk Highway, opposite Kahlers Pond Town Park in Center Moriches. The park is open for hiking, nature walks and birdwatching. It is also popular with local residents as the trails go north and south from Montauk Highway to Moriches Bay and on-leash dogs are allowed.

We will be walking on the main Terrell River Trail, a fairly wide loop-trail, which is 2.7 miles long. There is a turn-off that you can take to shorten the walk, but it is only about a half-mile in. You can also just turn around and return the way you came. The trail is easy to follow and well-marked.

Please Note: It has been reported this year that ticks have been a problem, so make sure that your dog is on a preventative, and we also advise that you and your pup to stay out of the tall grasses and stay on the main trail.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on our Pack Walk. Make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must–and water for you and your dog. Also, please 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:

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

We hope you can join us at Terrell River County Park on Sun., Nov. 19th!

 


.11/05/2023 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty Nov. 2023

 

LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty & Fundraiser!

Sunday, Nov. 5th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The Pine Grove Inn, E. Patchogue

Dress up your pup and yourself and join us at The Pine Grove Inn on Sunday, Nov. 5th for LI-DOG’s Howl-O-Ween Pawty & Fundraiser! You and your dog can compete in our costume contest and parade plus enjoy music, games, raffles, prizes, and delicious food and drinks. As a special treat, Doggie U K9 Academy will be on-hand to guide your dog through an agility course! ($5 per dog. Cash only.) Tickets $20 at the door. For details and links to get tickets and RSVP, go to LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty and Fundraiser. 

 


11/05/2023 – LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty Nov. 2023

Tickets $20/person at the door

LI-DOG Howl-o-Ween Pawty & Fundraiser!

Best Standalone Pet Winners Harley and Cassie, Nov. 2022 Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Sunday, November 5th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Pine Grove Inn

1 1st Street, E. Patchogue, NY

(Google Map)

 

Join us for a HOWLING GOOD time on the banks of the Swan River at The Pine Grove Inn in East Patchogue on Sunday, Nov. 5th for LI-DOG’s Howl-O-Ween Pawty & Fundraiser!

Dress up your pup and yourself in your Howl-o-ween finest and compete in our costume contest and parade plus enjoy music, games, raffles, prizes, delicious food, and lots of fun for the pups!

As a special treat, Doggie U K9 Academy will be on-hand to guide your dog through an agility course! ($5 per dog. Cash only.) Let your dog show off their athletic prowess!

You can’t have a Howl-o-Ween Pawty without a costume contest and parade. People and pups can compete in one of two categories – Best Standalone Pet or Best Pet/Parent duo. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category! Pictured above are Harley (the magician) and his “sister” Cassie (the rabbit)—last year’s winners of our Best Standalone Pet contest. Costume contest and parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

You can also sign up to play “Musical Sit” with your dog. Last person to get their dog to sit is eliminated until the fastest sitter—the winner–is left!

Maybe your pup is hiding their inner “Pup-Casso”? If so, let them have a go at the Paw Printing Booth where you can paint a picture together.

Is your pup brave? Then, stop off at the Spooky Photo Booth and capture them in their costume among our “goblins”!

Throughout the event, you’ll be able to order delicious food and Halloween-themed drinks for purchase from The Pine Grove Inn menu. There’s even a doggie menu from which your pup can choose a tasty meal!

 

This is a fundraising event to benefit LI-DOG, so please make sure to visit the raffle tables and take a chance on winning one of the GREAT raffle baskets generously donated by our sponsors–Babylon Cheese Cellar, Brutus Bone Broth, Calda Pizzeria & Restaurant, Del Fuego TexMex, Jackson’s Pawjama Pawty Dog Day Care, Jones Natural Chews, Keep Seeking Lure Coursing LLC, Key West Islip Beach, Kilwins, Lia’s Pizzeria Cucina Italiana, Masa Asian Cuisine, Molto Vino Wine Bar, Mulberry Street of Babylon Village, My Canines Keeper Training, My Human “N” Me Gifts, Native Ceuticals Tinctures, O.G. Ramen, Personalize Your Pet Accessories, Rachel The Dog Trainer for You, Torta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie,  and Total Pet Care Pet Food and Supplies.  Plus, many thanks to Alan Meschkow for donating a custom pencil sketch of YOUR dog, Gail Meschkow for donating a beautiful handknit sweater for your dog and matching hat for YOU, and Bailey Appelbee Dog for donating kids crafts and other fun stuff for you and our pup!

A BIG PAWS UP TO Special Guest Doggie U K9 Academy, Long Island’s largest indoor training facility, for bringing an agility course so our canine guests can have fun doing jumps, weaves and tunnels throughout our event!

Plus, an especially big THANK YOU to The Pine Grove Inn for donating the use of their beautiful outdoor patio and lawn for our Howl-o-Ween Pawty! It’s a great venue and we urge everyone to check them out throughout the year.


Tickets are $20 per person on the day of the event. Dogs and children 12 and under are FREE.

Want to be part of the fun? Volunteer for our Pawty! Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Meet-and-greet pet parents and their pups
  • Help with the games and the costume parade by being a judge
  • Sell raffle tickets
  • Give out raffle baskets to our winners
  • Help decorate the venue for our Pawty or help us break down

***This is a fun, fast-moving event and we need volunteers! Email us at events@lidog.org with Howl-o-ween Pawty Volunteer in the subject line if you can help!

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

We look forward to seeing you and your pups at our HOWL-O-WEEN Pawty & Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 5th!  Rain Date is Sunday, Nov. 12th. 

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.

Want to help spread the word among your friends and family? Get LI-DOG’s Howl-o-Ween Pawty flyer now!

 

 

 


.11/18/23 – Doggie U Give Thanks Open House

Doggie U Give Thanks Open House

Saturday, Nov. 18th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Bring your friends, family, and your tail-wagging pooch for a day of fun activities! Join Doggie U K9 Academy, the largest dog training facility on Long Island, for their Give Thanks Open House–an opportunity for you and your dog to try your hand—and paws—at Agility, Rally,  Obedience and more. Free Admission. For details, go to Doggie U Give Thanks Open House.


11/18/23 – Doggie U Give Thanks Open House

Doggie U Give Thanks Open House





Saturday, Nov. 18th, 10 AM – 3 PM


1515 5th Industrial Court




Bay Shore, NY 11706



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Join Doggie U K9 Academy for a fun day with your dog!

Doggie U is the largest state-of-the-art dog training facility in the New York metropolitan area. Our “Give Thanks” Open House is an opportunity for you and your dog to try your hand—and paws—at some fun activities: Agility, Rally,  Obedience and more. Meet with our instructors for a Q & A and get some training tips. See some of our students demonstrates their skills, and so much more!

Free Admission.

Rain or Shine as the event is indoors.

For more information, go to Doggie U K9 Academy www.doggieuk9.org, email info@doggieuk9.org or call 631-968-7972.

Bring your friends, family, and your tail-wagging pooch for a day of fun activities!