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.06/16/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve   Recently updated !

 

LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve!

Sat., June 16th, 10:30 AM

127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point

Please join us for an LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve, the 200-acre former estate of the Guggenheim family in Sands Point, NY. The estate features multiple dog-friendly hiking trails, beautiful lawns, a pond and great views of the Long Island Sound! For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk at Sands Point Preserve!


.06/03/2018 – LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual “Pints-N-Paws™” Luau   Recently updated !

 

 

LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual
Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau

Sun., June 3rd, Noon – 4 PM
Off-Key Tikki Bar & Grill, Patchogue

You and your dog are invited to join us at LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau, Sunday, June 3rd, from Noon until 4 p.m. for a day filled with music, prizes, food and drink, and the Luau spirit at tropically-themed Off-Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue. There will be lots of summer fun including hamburgers & hot dogs, tropical drinks, raffles, contests plus our Luau Photo Booth for fun photos of you and your pooch. To find out how to join the fun, go to LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws™ Luau.

 


06/03/2018 – LI-DOG 3rd Annual Pints-N-Paws™ Luau   Recently updated !

LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau
Sun., June 3rd, Noon – 4 p.m.
Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill
31 Baker Place, Patchogue, NY 11772 (Google Map)

Summer and Tucker Chillin’ by the Waterfall; Photo Credit Joann Garguola

Kick Off the Dog Days of Summer Early with LI-DOG’s Pints-n-Paws™ Luau!

You and your dog are invited to join us at LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau, Sunday, June 3rd, from Noon until 4 p.m. for a day filled with music, prizes, food and drinks, and the Luau spirit at tropically-themed Off-Key Tikki Bar & Grill on the marina in Patchogue. There will be lots of summer fun including hamburgers and hot dogs, tropical drinks, contests like our Margaritaville costume contest for you and your pup, plus a Luau Photo Booth for great photos of you and your pooch. Throughout the event there will be chances to win prizes at our prize wheel plus lots of raffle baskets generously donated by our gracious sponsors who believe in our cause—more access to Long Island beaches, parks, and other places for us and our dogs!

***Please note: We will post any weather-related announcements here by 9 a.m. on Sunday. The event will be rescheduled for later this summer or the fall if we have to cancel. 

ADMISSION TO LI-DOG’s 3rd Annual PINTS-N-PAWS™ LUAU

$15 discounted advance tickets are available (see below).  Please note: Advance ticket sales end Sat., June 2nd at 6 p.m.

$20 admission at the door on the day of the event.

Click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase your Luau ticket. If you want more than one ticket, you can adjust the amount on the PayPal order site.  




***Admission fee is per human (fur babies are free) and includes complimentary BBQ, 1 free raffle ticket, 1 free spin of the prize wheel, participation in contests, and unlimited drinks for Fido (only water since he’ll be DDD–designated dog driver!).

All proceeds benefit LI-DOG’s work to get more access to parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs.

LUAU DOGGY-AND-PEOPLE CONTESTS!

Margaritaville ‘Doggy-and-Me’ Costume Contest
You and Fido need to channel Jimmy Buffet—Hawaiian shirts, leis, coconut bras, grass skirts—the surfboard is the limit for this contest where the winner is the best-dressed, luau-themed pet parent AND fur baby. Yes, you and your dog must BOTH be dressed in Jimmy Buffet attire to enter this contest.

Biggest Lap Dog
Do you have a big guy who thinks all 120 pounds of him is still comfy on your lap? Then this is the contest for you! Disclaimer: we will be taking lots of photos for the hilarity of a St. Bernard on someone’s lap.

Surf’s Up Photo Contest
Let your pup strike a pose with our surfboard for a chance to be our cover photo for next year’s event! All winners will be featured on our social media pages and our 1st Prize Pup will be prominently featured as the cover photo next year.

Admission fee includes participation in contests, but you’ll need to sign up to play once you’re there. Contests will take place on Off-Key Tikki’s stage and on the large patio by the water. Even if your fur baby isn’t competing, come watch and cheer on a friend!

RAFFLES ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
Raffle tickets for our sponsors’ baskets can be purchased during the event:

1 ticket for $2
3 tickets for $5
7 tickets for $10
Arms-length of tickets for $20

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

 

 

   Off-Key Tikki
   Earth Rated Dog Waste Bags
   Jones Natural Chews
   PetRageous
   Beer Paws
   A la Carte Cooking School
   PetValu
   Personalize Your Pet
   Laura Pea Photography

 

 

PET PARENT ESSENTIALS FOR THE LUAU
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 can’t wait to see you and your pooches at LI-DOG’s Pints-n-Paws™ Luau on Sunday, June 3rd!


.05/19/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Southards Pond Park

 

Southards Pond Park Trail 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park
Sat., May 19th, 9:30 – 11 AM RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, MAY 20th
Southards Pond Park, Babylon

Please join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park in Babylon. The park is large, full of friendly people and dogs, and the trails are fairly flat and wide. For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park.


05/19/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Southards Pond Park

 

Southards Pond Park Trail

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park

Sat., May 19th, Sun., May 20th 9:30 – 11 AM

Southards Pond Park, 106 Park Ave., Babylon

(Google Map)

 The Pack Walk is ON today Sun., May 20th at 9:30 a.m.! 

Please join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park in Babylon. The park covers multiple acres of forested beauty, its full of friendly people and their four legged companions, and the trails are flat and easy.

Our May 2018 LI-DOG Pack Walk™ —a guided group on-leash dog walk–will start out at the south end of the Southards Pond Park Loop trail, head north and then cut west across the southern end of Southards Pond, then head north again along the western edge of the park. At a lovely bridge about 2 miles into the walk, we’ll cross a small stream and continue north until we reach another nice pond that we like to call Oakley’s Pond. You’ll see why on our Pack Walk™! Then, we’ll turn around and head back to the beginning of the trail, which is across another small bridge.

This Pack Walk™ will take one to 1-1/2 hours, but since it’s an out-and-back trail, anyone who wishes to cut the walk short can simply turn around and go back the way we came.

Feel free to linger after the Pack Walk™ as there are plenty of nice places in the park to hang out with your dog and other people from the walk.

The park is nestled between two neighborhoods so be considerate of the residents by minimizing the noise level and keeping the area clean. There are no trash receptacles along the walk, but there are one or two on the bridge by the pond.

Dogs must be kept on-leash while in the park. Also, please no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking in a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please RSVP only on the LI-DOG Meetup Group or by email at lidog_news@yahoo.com as there is a limit on the number of people and dogs we can accommodate on this trail.

Weather-Related Changes: Please check our Meetup or Facebook Group or our website on the day of the Pack Walk around 8:30 a.m. for any weather-related notices. If there is no notice, the Pack Walk™ is on!

Park at the tennis courts on the north side of Park Ave., which is where the trail starts. If this lot is full, park at the Babylon Grade School which is a little further west.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs at LI-DOG’s first Pack Walk™ at Southards Pond Park!


.05/07/2018 – Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

 

East West Fence Line

Dog-Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek County Park–Long Island ‘s ONLY Official Off-Leash Beach

A long line of fencing that creates a dog-exclusion zone has gone up at Mud Creek County Park–Long Island’s only official off-leash beach in E. Patchogue. The fencing, which appeared May 1st, cuts the beachfront available to dog owners in half. To get the petition and details on what dog owners are doing to save the off-leash beach, go to Dog Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek County Park.  


05/07/2018 – Dog Exclusion Zone at Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach

 

East West Fence Line; Photo Credit Alphonse Guardino

Dog-Exclusion Zone Created at Mud Creek–Long Island’s ONLY Official Off-Leash Beach

A long line of fencing that creates a dog-exclusion zone has gone up at Mud Creek County Park–Long Island’s ONLY official off-leash beach–in E. Patchogue. The fencing, which appeared on May 1st and runs approximately 530 feet, cuts the beachfront available to dog owners and their pups in half.

Mud Creek’s off-leash beach was created for dog owners in August 2009 as a result of the Five New Dog Parks bill passed unanimously by the Suffolk County Legislature in May 2007 and in response to Suffolk residents’ requests for safe places to exercise and socialize their dogs. At this time, Mud Creek is the only official Suffolk County off-leash beach. “To take away so much of this singular resource for dog owners and their pups without even consulting us is not fair,” said Ginny Munger Kahn, president of LI-DOG. “It would be like creating a soccer field for kids and then suddenly taking half away for adult recreation. Dog owners are upset,” she noted.

Satellite View of Mud Creek with Dog-Exclusion Zone; Photo Credit Alphonse Guardino

What You Can Do: Let local elected officials and Parks Dept. officials know what you think about creating a dog-exclusion zone on the ONLY off-leash beach on Long Island. (See contact information below.) To spread the word and increase our impact: Download the Mud Creek Petition and Mud Creek Petition Signature Form, sign the form, and share it with your dog-loving family and friends.

The fencing is the work of the Suffolk County Parks Dept. and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue), who represents District 7, which covers Patchogue, Medford and Middle Island among other communities. In an email to a local dog owner who asked what was behind the new fencing, Leg. Calarco responded: “This was done as a way to meet the needs of some of the community members who are not dog people…and who no longer felt comfortable using this area. The fenced area is intended to give those local residents an area at the park they can utilize apart from the dog park.”

“Dog owners are willing to share park resources,” said LI-DOG’s President, “but this is the ONLY official off-leash beach in all of Suffolk County. By contrast, local residents who do not wish to come into contact with dogs have multiple, beautiful beaches available to them nearby and throughout Long Island,” she noted.

Leg. Calarco also discussed alleged complaints from neighbors about loose dogs leaving the park in an April 2016 Suffolk Legislature meeting. In a March 2016 Long Island Advance article, neighbors suggested a fence to close off the dog park from the road. However, the new fence does not prevent dogs from leaving the park, but instead cuts across the first half of the beach to create a dog-exclusion zone.

In addition to dividing the beachfront in half, the new dog-exclusion zone creates a new entry point for dog owners. The new gated entry is further north on Roe Ave and requires dog owners and their dogs to traverse all 530 feet of fence line and sand before being able to access the waterfront. Not only does the sand get quite hot during the summer, which is tough on animals’ paws, but broken glass has often been found in this large stretch of sand, thereby putting dog owners and their dogs at increased risk of injury.

The fencing poses additional risks and raises additional safety and enforcement issues. The fencing currently stops well short of the water, leaving an open beach with no obvious barrier to prevent dogs from entering the dog-exclusion zone. “How is my dog supposed to know where this invisible line in the sand is?” asked Bill Gillis, a local dog owner who frequents Mud Creek on a regular basis and wrote the Mud Creek petition. “Are we dog owners going to be ticketed and fined for letting our dogs do what this park was designed for—allowing our pups to run and swim off-leash?”

It would also be a bad idea to extend the fence line into the water. If a dog swam around or dug under the loose sand under the fence, dog owners would not be able to quickly rescue their pets raising the potential for serious harm to their dog.

Since 2009, local dog owners have worked voluntarily to clean up and maintain the beach at Mud Creek. The site formerly was used by the Town of Brookhaven to dump recycling and dredge waste. This waste material–glass and other trash–is regularly uncovered by wind and water action. Dog owners including LI-DOG have worked diligently over the years to organize clean ups and clean up the beach themselves. “Here we’ve done all these cleanups and now that the beach is nice, the results of our work have been taken away and turned over to those who were not involved in the beach’s transformation,” said Janie Dill, another dog owner who frequents Mud Creek. “We need a solution that takes into consideration dog owners’ care and concern for this park,” she said.

It’s time for dog owners to stand up and protect the off-leash beach at Mud Creek. Please call, email or write Leg. Calarco and let him know what you think about creating a dog-exclusion zone on the ONLY off-leash beach on Long Island. Ask Leg. Calarco to work with LI-DOG and local dog owners to come to solution that preserves the off-leash beach the County created at Mud Creek Park and that meets the needs of Suffolk dog owners for a safe, comfortable, and practical off-leash area.

Contact Information for Leg. Calarco:
Call: 631-854-1400
Email: Robert.Calarco@suffolkcountyny.gov
Write: Suffolk County Leg. Robert Calarco, 90 W. Main St., Suite 2N, Patchogue, NY 11772

Don’t forget to include your address, especially if you’re a resident of District 7, which includes Patchogue, Medford and Middle Island, or are a resident of Suffolk County. This is a beach for ALL Suffolk residents after all.

Remember: Calls are the easiest, but most powerful way to send a message! Please always be polite.

Contact Information for Suffolk Parks Dept:
Call: 631-854-4949
Email: scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov
Write: Suffolk Parks Dept., P.O. Box 144, W. Sayville, NY 11796

Want to Spread the Word and Boost Your Impact? Download the Mud Creek Petition and Mud Creek Petition Signature Form, sign the form and pass it around to your dog-loving friends and family. Once you’ve got a few pages of signatures, either meet us at a dog-friendly venue in Patchogue (we’ll set up times to gather petitions) or send the completed forms to:

LI-DOG
P.O. Box 1171
Huntington, NY 11743

Want to volunteer to help us gather signatures in District 7 specifically? Email us at news@lidog.org and we’ll put you in touch with our organization team!

To keep up-to-date on what’s happening at Mud Creek, check back here or the Mud Creek Dog Park Facebook Group.

Thank you for your help and support for the Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach!


.05/06/2018 – Bobbi & The Strays Walk 4 Paws


Bobbi & The Strays “Walk 4 Paws”

Sunday, May 6th
Massapequa, NY

 

Leash up your pup and walk to help shelter animals at the 10th annual Bobbi & The Strays Walk 4 Paws! After the beautiful nature walk, enjoy an afternoon of shopping with pet-related vendors, raffles, contests, and more! Learn more about this wonderful event at “Walk 4 Paws”!


05/06/18 – Bobbi & The Strays – Walk 4 Paws

 

Bobbi & The Strays “Walk 4 Paws”
Sunday, May 6th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marjorie Post Park
Massapequa, NY
(Google Map)

Leash up your pup and walk to help shelter animals at the 10th annual Bobbi & The Strays Walk 4 Paws! After the beautiful nature walk enjoy an afternoon shopping and visiting the many vendors, games, contests, raffles, and a Blessing of the Animals.  There will be opportunities to “Ask the Trainer” and low-cost microchipping for your pets. Meet Bobbi & The Strays’ adoptable dogs and maybe find your new best friend. Registration starts at 10 a.m., the Walk starts at 11 a.m.

Go to Walk4Paws2018 to register to help with the fundraiser as an individual or team!

For more information, call 516/526-5707, email walk4paws@bobbicares.org or visit Bobbi & The Strays on the web.

This is a wonderful way to enjoy a fun day with your pup and help the shelter animals at Bobbi and The Strays!

 


04/24/2018 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Schedule 2018

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Schedule 2018

Guided Group On-Leash Dog Walks in Parks Around Long Island!

Old Westbury Gardens Pack Walk
Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG leads group on-leash dog walks in parks around Long Island on the third weekend of the month from March through November. Check out the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ Schedule 2018 below to see where we’re planning on taking a group on-leash dog walk next!

Summer at LI-DOG Table at Luau

Summer Checks Out the LI-DOG Pack Walk Schedule

 

Sat., March 24th           Alley Pond Park, Oakland Gardens, Queens

Sat., April 21st              Spring Dog Festival, Old Westbury Gardens

Sat., May 19th               Southards Pond Park, Babylon

Sat., June 16th             Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point (with Picnic)

Sat., July 21st               Dog Beach Party, Mud Creek Beach, E. Patchogue

Sat., Aug. 18th              Fire Road Trail, Massapequa Preserve, Massapequa

Sat., Sept. 22nd            Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve, Deer Park

Sun., Oct., 28th            Fall Dog Festival, Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury

Sat.,  Nov. 17th             Prosser Pines/Cathedral Pines Park, Middle Island

 

You can also download the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ 2018 Schedule.

Please note: This schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors.