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02/15/2020 LI-DOG Barkentine’s Day Puppy Prom

Puppy Prom dog

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom!

Saturday, February 15th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Star Ballroom, 1730 E. Jericho Tpk., Huntington, NY

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Love is in the air. It’s the perfect time for your pup to “dress to impress” and get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the ”LI-DOG Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom!”  Please join us on Saturday, February 15th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Star Ballroom in Huntington, NY.

There will be music, games, food, raffles and more! Your dog will get their “corsage” or “boutonniere” and their “Goody Bag” at the door.  Now your pup will be ready to join the fun!

Enjoy music and tasty Valentine-inspired treats as you and your pup mingle with all the guests. Sign up your pup for a chance to be Prom King or Queen! The pups will get a chance to walk past the judges and let everyone know why they should be crowned prom royalty! In addition, be sure to stop by the photo booth for some fun and memorable photos of your dog, like the adorable pup above, then take your chances on winning a great raffle basket or 50/50 raffle prize.

Space is limited to 30 dogs so click the link below to purchase advance tickets – $15 per DOG. PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Please note: The Puppy Prom is sold out!

Please be aware that no paper tickets will be issued. We will have a list of everyone who has purchased advanced tickets through PayPal at the check-in table.

PET PARENT ESSENTIALS FOR THE PUPPY PROM: Make sure to walk your dog outside the venue before entering, bring poop bags and watch your dog closely! We do not want any accidents on the dance floor.

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, dogs must be leashed at all times during the event. Retractable leashes will not be permitted as space is limited and dogs and people can get tangled.

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at LI-DOG’s Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom on Saturday, February 15th!


.12/30/2019 – Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs

 

Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs!

A pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park started Jan. 1, 2020! Councilwoman Joan Cergol, sponsor of the resolution that created the pilot program, and LI-DOG simultaneously launched a public education effort to make sure dog owners are aware of the common sense rules designed to make the pilot program a success. For details on the pilot program, the rules for the park, and what dog owners can do to help  make the pilot a success, go to Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs.


12/30/2019 – Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs

Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs!

 

Pilot program sponsored by Councilwoman Joan Cergol includes educational campaign aided by LI-DOG 

 

The Pond at Huntington’s Heckscher Park

A pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park started January 1, 2020! The pilot program is the result of a resolution sponsored by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol and passed unanimously by the Huntington Town Board on Oct. 16th, 2019. The resolution establishes a three-month pilot program with the expectation is that if the first three months are successful, the pilot will be extended for another three months and so on throughout the year.

In order to make sure the pilot program is a success, Councilwoman Cergol is working with the Long Island Dog Owners Group (LI-DOG) on an educational campaign to spread the word about common sense rules for the park.

The educational campaign includes:

  • An explanatory video featuring Councilwoman Cergol and her beautiful boxer, Dempsey. (See Councilwoman Cergol’s Video now.)
  • Detailed signage to be installed at all park entrances.
  • An at-a-glance card flyer detailing the rules.
  • A dedicated cadre of LI-DOG volunteers who will serve as ambassadors in the park, handing out the card and answering questions from dog owners and persons without dogs. (If you would like to serve as an LI-DOG park ambassador, email lidog_news@yahoo.com.)
  • Installation of dog waste bag dispensers at the park.

“The key to this program’s success is dog owners understanding what is allowed and respecting the rights of all people who want to enjoy Huntington’s signature park, both with and without dogs,” Councilwoman Cergol said. “That’s the main thrust of our educational campaign.”

“LI-DOG’s members understand that bringing their dogs to Heckscher is a privilege that we would like to see become permanent,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, LI-DOG’s president. “Our volunteers want to make sure that all dog owners understand their responsibility to make this program work.”

 

The rules, as noted in both the signage and the information card, require dog owners to:

  • Keep dogs on leash (maximum 6 feet) and under control. No retractable leashes.
  • Pick up and properly dispose of dog waste.
  • Yield to all other park goers on the paths by stepping off the path.
  • Keep dogs out of the playground, picnic areas and tennis courts and the ball field, when in use.
  • Keep dogs quiet during events at the Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage.
  • Avoid wildlife for their safety and their dog’s.
  • Keep dogs out of the plantings and the pond.
  • Have dogs licensed and vaccinated.
  • Have no more than two dogs per handler.
  • Respect other park goers so the park is a good experience for everyone!

Park-goers with safety concerns are advised to call the Town’s 24-hour Public Safety number, 631-351-3234.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of Heckscher Park and the rules established for this program should ensure that this remains the case,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “Please let us know about your experience with the 90-day dog-walking pilot program so that we can fully assess the success of this program at the end of March.”

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said, “Combining this pilot program with an educational campaign will give us the feedback from residents we need to ensure that everyone can enjoy the park.”

Councilman Eugene Cook said, “Over the years many people have reached out to the Town Board asking to remove the Heckscher Park ban on allowing dogs in the park.  As these residents would like to enjoy using Heckscher Park with their families, including their canine companions, as they have been able to do at other locations without incident for years.  As a dog owner, I understand the strong relationship between an owner and their companion. This pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Heckscher Park will build on those relationships, and it will also be a benefit for our community as a whole.  In order to ensure that this is properly implemented, I would like to hear all of our resident’s comments, concerns, and suggestions during the pilot period so that we can ensure this program can continue in the future or not.”

Councilman Ed Smith said, “I encourage pilot programs. It gives the residents and elected officials the opportunity to work together on programs within the Town to meet everyone’s needs and pleasures.”

The different facets of the educational program were worked out by a committee that included representatives from various Town departments and LI-DOG; Karen Thomas, who organized the petition drive asking for dogs to be allowed in the park; and Len Urban, from the Town’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities. The Citizens Advisory Committee wanted to ensure that a dog-friendly Heckscher remained friendly for everyone, including persons with mobility issues.

“I thank LI-DOG and all of the members of the committee for creating this educational program and I appreciate the dedication of the volunteer ambassadors,” Councilwoman Cergol said.

For more information about the pilot program, call Councilwoman Cergol’s office at 631-351-3173 or email LI-DOG at lidog_news@yahoo.com.

And if you plan to walk your dog to Heckscher Park, please volunteer to become an LI-DOG Park Ambassador! Help us make the pilot program a success by emailing us at lidog_news@yahoo.com.

Thank you for your support!

 


.10/16/2019 – Heckscher Park Pilot Program Allows Leashed Dogs!

 

Huntington Town Board Approves Pilot Program to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park!

A resolution introduced by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol to create a pilot program to allow people to walk their leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park passed the Town Board unanimously on Wed., Oct. 16th. The pilot program starts Jan. 1st and runs until March 31st when it is assumed it will roll over for another three months. The resolution was the result of an online petition that has gotten more than 2,500 signatures! For details on this groundbreaking development for dog owners, go to Heckscher Park Pilot Program Allows Leashed Dogs! 


.10/13/2019 – Barkin Brunch Howloween Edition

 

Barkin Brunch – Howloween Edition!

Sun., Oct. 13th, 11 am-3pm
The Refuge
515 Broadhollow Road Melville, NY 11747

Join the folks at The Refuge for the biggest PAWTY of the season… Barkin Brunch HOWLoween Edition! There’ll be great food and drinks, dog treats and a Pawty menu, plus a special presentation to all the participating nonprofits in Tito’s Vodka’s Barkin’ Brunch series including LI-DOG! For details, go to Barkin Brunch Howloween Edition! 

 


.10/26/2019 – Nassau Barkfest 2019

 

Nassau Barkfest Pet Costume Contest & Parade

Sat., Oct. 26th, 1PM to 4PM 
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow 

How does a great Howl-o-ween party for you and your pup sound? Would your pup like to strut their stuff at a big Howl-o-ween Costume Parade? If yes, then join LI-DOG, other animal-friendly organizations, County Executive Laura Curran, the Nassau SPCA and Long Island’s K98.3 for Nassau Barkfest 2019! 

 


09/22/2019 – Barkin Brunch with LI-DOG The Refuge

 

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Barkin’ Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge!

Sun., Sept. 22nd, 11AM – 3PM
515 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, NY

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Are you ready to “PAWTEE”? Does Sunday brunch outside with your pup on a big patio with couches, tables with umbrellas, a big bar, delicious omelettes, French Toast, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s sound great? If it does, then 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! Check out the human menu at The Refuge New Brunch Menu. There’s even a Doggie Menu with great selections for your pup!

Seating outside for brunch on the patio is limited, so it is suggested that if you want to sit at a table then call The Refuge at (631) 577-4444 to make a reservation. There is also an area on the patio for those just wanting to have a drink and mingle. Feel free to join us there.

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 our 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!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

West Hills Animal Hospital, 24-hour animal hospital and pet emergency center

Andrea Goodman of Avon USA, beauty and personal care

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Tito’s Vodka, vodka for dog people. Thank you, also, for including LI-DOG in the Tito’s x Refuge donation program in which participating Long Island nonprofits receive a $1,500 donation!

 

 

 

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, they are NOT permitted to enter the indoor bar/restaurant area.

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


.09/22/2019 – Barkin Brunch with LI-DOG The Refuge

 

Barkin’ Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge!

Sun., Sept. 22nd, 11AM – 3PM
The Refuge, Melville, NY

Does Sunday brunch outside with your pup on a big patio with couches, tables with umbrellas, a big bar and delicious food and drinks sound good? If it does, then join us for Barkin’ Brunch with LI-DOG at The Refuge on Sunday, Sept. 22nd. This is a fundraiser for LI-DOG, so please join us!


06/02/2019 – LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty!

Our 2018 Photo Contest Winners Phoenix and Griffin! Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty!
Sunday, June 2nd, 12 pm – 4 pm
Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill
31 Baker Pl., Patchogue, NY 11772

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Leash up your pup and join us on the beautiful waterfront at Off Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue for the LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty! Enjoy beautiful views, a great BBQ, tropical drinks, live music, contests, raffles, and lots of fun for the pups!

There will be many fun games with chances to win exciting prizes for both people and pups.  Participate in the “Biggest Lap Dog” contest – always a fan favorite! Pups can also “Hang Ten” on surfboards for the “Surf’s Up” Photo Contest. Pups (and people): Be sure to come decked out in your favorite summer outfits and pose for memorable summer photos at the surf hut. Visit the raffle table to take a chance at winning one of the many great raffle baskets and prizes generously donated by our sponsors.

Sit and take in the views as you enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill–complements of Off-Key Tikkilisten to summer jams, and sip delicious tropical drinks. Truly a special day to spend with your dogs!

NOTE: Advanced ticket sales are closed. You may buy tickets at the door for $20 per person (dogs are free!).

This is a fundraising event to benefit LI-DOG – The Long Island Dog Owners Group. Donations support LI-DOG’s work to get more access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their pups. 

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at our Surf’s Up Summer Pawty on June 2nd!

 


.06/02/2019 – LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty!

LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty!
Sun., June 2nd, 12 pm – 4pm
Off-Key Tikki, Patchogue

Leash up your pup and join us on the beautiful waterfront at Off Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue for the LI-DOG Surfs Up Summer Pawty! Enjoy beautiful views, delicious food, tropical drinks, live music, contests, raffles, and lots of fun for the pups. Discounted Advance Tickets Now Available! Visit LI-DOG Surf’s Up Summer Pawty! for all the details.