Dog-Firendly Events

10/04/2020 – LI-DOG Barkin Brunch at The Refuge


LI-DOG Barkin’ Brunch at The Refuge


Sun., Oct. 4th, 11 AM – 3 PM

The Refuge

515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, NY 11747

(Google Map)

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 a 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! Go to The Refuge Brunch Specials to see what’s on the menu!

There’s even a special Pawtee Menu with great selections for your pup!

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. You can make a reservation when you arrive, but The Refuge strongly recommends making one ahead of time by calling 631-577-4444. Please visit the check-in desk on the front patio when you arrive.

Additional tables and chairs have been added on the front lawn. These tables do not have service, but feel free to mingle with us there (socially-distanced or wearing masks) while brunch is going on.

Other COVID rules:  Everyone needs to wear a mask when they are not seated. Once you are seated the mask may be removed, but you need to respect social distancing guidelines.

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 who believe in our cause—more access to Long Island beaches, parks, and other places for us and our dogs! Please note: Due to the current COVID situation, credit cards will be our primary and preferred method of taking payment for raffle tickets. Thank you!

LI-DOG would like to thank 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 your 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 our venue, ONLY service dogs are permitted to enter the indoor bar/restaurant area.

Let us know you’re coming:

LI-DOG on Meetup

LI-DOG on Facebook

Or email

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

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


10/26/2019 – Nassau Barkfest 2019


Nassau Barkfest Pet Costume Contest & Parade

Sat., Oct. 26th, 1PM to 4PM (Rain or Shine)
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY
(Parking at Fields 6 &6A)

(Google Map)

How does a great Howl-o-ween party for you and your pup sound? Does your pup want to strut their stuff in a Howl-o-ween Costume Parade, perhaps winning a great prize? Then Nassau Barkfest 2019 is guaranteed to offer both of you a howling good time!

Dress your pup in his or her Howl-o-ween finest, be it pretty, silly, scary or downright ghostly – and join us. The parade and costume judging will begin at 2:30pm.

All pets must be on leash and, as always, picked up after.

LI-Dog, rescue groups and other animal-friendly organizations will be there to help celebrate!

Barkfest is sponsored by the Nassau County SPCA and Long Island’s K98.3 radio station. 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.

For more information about Nassau Barkfest, call 516-315-6686 or email

We hope to see you – and your dogs – in costume at Nassau Barkfest on the 26th!

09/14/2019 – LI Pet Expo in Park 2019


Long Island Pet Expo in the Park!

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14th & 15th, 11am-6pm
Tanner Park, Copiague, NY 11701

Rain date: Sept. 28th & 29th 

Bring your family and your well-behaved pet to spend a fun-filled day at the Long Island Pet Expo in the Park. Both admission and parking is free!

There will be lots of exhibits for you to see – both pet-related and non-pet related. Special attractions include Diana Frohman and her Performing Dogs, a demonstration by Maximum K9 Service and a Disc Dog demonstration. You can also learn about birds from the Long Island Parrot Society.

On Saturday, your dog will be able to participate in a Canine Fashion Show and Contest, pre-registration is required. On Sunday, pure-breed dogs are invited to walk in the Parade of Breeds. To participate, pets must be healthy, free from parasites and have all necessary shots.

For a fee, your dog can become a star athlete and have fun running the agility lure course.

There will be Rescue and Adoption groups at the show–perhaps you will meet your new best friend! And be sure to visit the vendors offering great prices all weekend.

All pets must be kept on leash – PLEASE NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES, and must be up to date on their vaccinations. Upon entering you will be asked to sign a waiver form for liability for your pets and stating that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations.

For more information on this event and to see the list of exhibitors, go to LI Pet Expo in the Park!

.09/22/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve


Edgewood Trail with BaileyLI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve
Sat., Sept. 22nd, 10 a.m.
Deer Park, NY

Please note: We have changed the location of this Pack Walk™ to Southards Pond Park (see description above). Please join us for our first LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve on Sat. morning, Sept. 22nd. This 843-acre nature preserve has miles of great trails for hiking, biking, jogging and, of course, dog walking! Get details at LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve! 

.10/21/2018 – Barktoberfest 2018

Barktoberfest 2018

Barktoberfest 2018
Sun., Oct. 21st, 11AM – 3PM
All Island Pet Supplies
Middle Island, NY

Check out All Island Pet Supplies’ Barktoberfest 2018 for a fun day of pet adoptions, doggie games and contests, raffles, crafts, face painting, dog shows and more! Free goodie bags for the first 100 families. For details, go to Barktoberfest 2018.

.06/02/2018 – 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival

Photo for 2nd Annual Dock Diving Festival2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival
June 2nd & 3rd. 9 AM – 3 PM
Greenport Brewing Company, Peconic

Come enjoy a unique canine aquatics performance competition and family fun festival on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island. Harbor Pet and the Greenport Brewing Company, along with Blue Buffalo, are sponsoring this event to benefit the Guide Dog Foundation. For details, please go to 2nd Annual North Fork Dock Diving Festival.

11/18/2017 – Alley Pond Park LI-DOG Pack Walk


Photo Credit: John Pflug

LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Alley Pond Park

Sat., Nov. 18th, 10AM

Alley Pond Park

Union Tpke., Oakland Gardens, Queens 11364 

(Google Map)

Please join LI-DOG for our final Pack WalkTM of the 2017 season at beautiful Alley Pond Park, just over the Nassau border in Queens. This 655-acre park features miles of trails, ponds, meadows and woods. Our Alley Pond Park LI-DOG Pack WalkTM —a guided group on-leash dog walk–will start on the White Trail just east of the Parking Lot next to Baseball Field 12. We’ll then turn west onto the Orange Trail so we can walk our dogs by two pretty freshwater ponds and continue north, before heading back south again through the woods, so we make a big loop. (To see a map of the trails in Alley Pond Park, go to Alley Pond Park Trail Map.) The walk will take 45 minutes to an hour and other than one medium-sized hill is almost all on flat ground. The trail varies between asphalt and dirt.

If you’ve never been to Alley Pond Park, this is a great opportunity to get a good introduction to the park guided by an LI-DOG Pack Leader who knows the park well. If you already know Alley Pond Park, this is your chance to enjoy the park with your dog and other dog lovers and their pups!


LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email

Weather-Related Changes: Please check our Meetup and/or Facebook Group or our website on Sat. morning around 8:30 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 dogs at our Alley Pond Park LI-DOG Pack WalkTM on Saturday!

.10/01/2017 – North Shore Animal League Walk & Wag


North Shore Animal League Walk and Wag LogoWalk & Wag
Sun. Oct. 1st, 9 AM – 1PM
North Hempstead Beach Park
Port Washington, NY

This dog-friendly walk will bring the animal loving community together to help raise funds and awareness of the North Shore Animal Leagues no-kill mission. To get the details on this fun event for a good cause, go to North Shore Animal League Walk & Wag.



09/24/2017 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Blydenburgh County Park

Pam's Dogs on Blydenburgh Trail

Scout and Liberty on the Blydenburgh Trail

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Blydenburgh Park
Sun., Sept. 24th, 10 AM
Blydenburgh County Park
Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown, NY (Google Map)




Join LI-DOG on Sunday, Sept. 24th for one of our popular LI-DOG Pack Walks(TM) – a group on-leash dog walk–in beautiful Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown!

Blydenburgh is a 627-acre Suffolk County Park that boasts not only a large dog park, but miles of dog-friendly walking trails. The main loop trail around Stump Pond in the center of the park is six miles long, but for our Pack Walk on Sept.  24th, we’ll scope out a shorter, 45 minute or hour-long walk for everyone and their dogs. The trail is mostly flat, dirt or sand, and well-shaded by trees.  Go to Blydenburgh Trail Map for a map of the walk.

Please be aware that there can occasionally be horses on the trail and some off-leash dogs, especially in the more northern sections of the park. In any case, dogs must be kept on leash at all times and, of course, be picked up after. Also, while there is water available in the dog park, you should bring water for you and your dog on the trail.

Meet us on the big field next to the dog park to start our Pack Walk!

Once you’ve passed the entrance gate, follow the signs straight north to the Dog Park. The road will turn into a dirt road several hundred feet before you get to the parking area for the dog park.  Try to arrive 10 – 15 minutes before the walk start time so that you can sign in.

Please note: All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination (a photo of certificate on your phone will do).
As always, check back here on Meetup on Sat. night or Sun. morning around 9 a.m. for any weather-related changes.

 LI-DOG on Meetup 
or email

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and their dogs for our LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Blydenburgh Park on Sept. 24th !