6/11/2017 – LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws Luau

LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau

Sun., June 11th, Noon – 4 p.m.

Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill

31 Baker Place, Patchogue, NY 11772 (Google Map)

li-dog's 2nd annual pints-n-paws - Chupa in a pink lei and shades

Chupa Channels the Pints-n-Paws Luau Vibe Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

Kick off the Dog Days of Summer early by joining us for LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau!

You and your dog are invited to join us at a Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau, Sunday, June 11th, from noon until 4 p.m. for a day filled with music, prizes, contests, hamburgers/hot dogs, and the spirit of Luau fun at tropically-themed Off-Key Tikki Bar & Grill in Patchogue. This year we’ve added a Luau Photo Booth for fun photos of you and your pooch. We’ll have door prizes for our guests throughout the event and lots of raffle baskets generously donated by more than a dozen gracious sponsors who believe in our cause—more access to Long Island beaches, parks, and other places for us and our dogs!

$15 discounted advance tickets are available (see below). Please note: Advance ticket sales end Sat., June 10th 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.       NOTE: The PayPal button has been commented out.

***Admission fee is per human (fur babies are free) and includes complimentary BBQ, free raffle ticket for door prizes, 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.


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…

Silliest Dog Trick
For those of us with rebel dogs who won’t be satisfied just ‘sitting’—what’s the funniest trick your dog can do? Enter this contest to show everyone what Fido has learned under your tutelage.

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!

Raffle tickets for our sponsor’s 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


Luau Sponsors Collage

All Island Pet Supplies
Cloud Star
Deb’s Healthy Pet Center
Earth Rated Dog Waste Bags
Gear Tac K9
Jones Natural Chews
Long Island Canine Class
The Refuge

Logo for Off Key Tikki Waterside Bar and GrillPlus, a special THANK YOU to Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar and Grill for welcoming us on their big patio and waterside beach!

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 the Luau on Sunday, June 11th!

.6/11/2017 – LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws Luau

li-dog's 2nd annual pints-n-paws luau Chupa in a pink lei and shades 

LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau
Sun., June 11th, Noon – 4 p.m.
Off-Key Tikki Bar & Grill
Patchogue, NY 11772

Kick off the Dog Days of Summer early by coming to LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau! You and your dog are invited to join us for a day filled with music, prizes, contests, hamburgers/hot dogs and the spirit of Luau fun at tropically-themed Off-Key Tikki Waterside Bar & Grill. Advance discounted tickets are NOW available. Get all the details at LI-DOG’s 2nd Annual Pints-n-Paws ™ Luau.

.3/26/2017 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Belmont Lake State Park


Belmont Lake SP Waterfall in Winter
LI-DOG Pack WalkTM Belmont Lake
Sun., March 26th, Noon (Rescheduled)
Belmont Lake State Park
W. Babylon, NY 11704

Join LI-DOG for our first Pack Walk™ of 2017 at beautiful Belmont Lake State Park. The walk will follow the wooded trails in the northern section of the park before circling beautiful Belmont Lake itself. For details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Belmont Lake State Park!

3/26/2017 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Belmont Lake State Park

LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Belmont Lake State Park
Sun., March 26th, Noon (Rescheduled from March 19th)
Belmont Lake State Park Exit 38N off the Southern State Parkway
W. Babylon, NY 11704 (Google Map)

Belmont Lake State Park - the Lake

Photo Credit: Ron Richichi

Join us for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Belmont Lake State Park!

LI-DOG is pleased to announce it will be hosting its first Pack Walk™ of 2017 on Sunday March 26 – 12 Noon at Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38N off the Southern State Pkwy. (Please note: This is a new date due to a weather-related rescheduling change.) This is not only a great way for your dog to socialize and get exercise, but for you as well! So please join us at this beautiful NY State Park.

This LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Belmont Lake State Park will take approximately an hour as we leisurely walk the wooded trails and around the lake. The trails are flat and should be an easy walk for most people and dogs. The full walk will cover a little over two miles. A shorter opt-out path will cut the walk to about a mile. Feel free to hang out after the walk and make a day of it as Belmont Lake State Park has a lot to offer.


• Dogs must remain on-leash at all times – No Exceptions!
• Dogs are not allowed in the picnic & play areas nor in any buildings.
• Bring water & poop bags to pick up after your companion!
• Keep your RSVP up-to-date. Space is limited to 130 people. All RSPV’s must be done on the LI-DOG Meetup Group.

PHOTO’S – There are many great photo-ops, so bring your camera and share your photos here on Meetup!
PARKING – The NYS parking fee of  $8 is waived during the month of March.
DONATIONS – Please note that we will not accept donations at this walk–park restrictions. If you would like to support LI-DOG and our Pack Walks, please go to the LI-DOG Website and look for the yellow “Donate” button. Thank you for your support!

LI-DOG on Meetup

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs for LI-DOG’s first Pack Walk™ of 2017 at Belmont Lake State Park on Sun., March 26th!


.10/30/2016 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens


Hazel in front of OWG Mansion 

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens
Sun., Oct. 30, Noon


Old Westbury Gardens Fall Dog Festival
Sun., Oct. 30, 11 AM – 4 PM
Old Westbury Gardens, NY

Pumpkin spice season kicks off for Fido with an LI-DOG Pack WalkTM and the Fall Dog Festival at Old Westbury Gardens. Join us at Noon on Sun., Oct. 30th as we lead a group on-leash walk around the beautiful grounds of this estate, then check out doggie vendors, rescue groups, a big doggie costume contest and other fun activities during the Fall Dog Festival. For all the details, go to LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Old Westbury Gardens!


10/30/2016 – LI-DOG Pack Walk at Old Westbury Gardens


LI-DOG Pack Walk Group

Photo Credit: Ron Richichi

LI-DOG Pack WalkTM at Old Westbury Gardens
(you and your dog can explore the grounds of OWG with a trusted guide)
Sunday, October 30, Noon

OWG Fall Dog Festival
(you and your dog can enjoy the grounds, a Halloween Costume Parade, and shopping!)

Sunday, October 30, from 11 AM to 4 PM

OWG Dog Days at the Park
(you and your leashed dog can enjoy the beautiful grounds at OWG!)
Saturday, October 29 from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, October 30 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd, Westbury, NY 11590 (Google Map)

Crisp fall air, pumpkin flavors, Halloween costumes—celebrate all the fun of autumn with Fido during Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens. Enjoy the park with your fur baby all weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Then, on Sunday, join LI-DOG for the Fall Dog Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be doggie vendors, rescue groups, animal advocacy organizations, and fun activities including a big costume contest and parade starting at 3:00 pm (register by 2:00 pm).

At Noon on Sunday, we will lead an LI-DOG Pack WalkTM—a group on-leash dog walk–through the grounds of the estate. Please be at our table or by the LI-DOG Pack Walk banner by 11:45 a.m. to sign in. The Walk will take 45-60 minutes and is almost all on flat ground. There are opportunities to shorten the walk as well. Make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must!–and bring your camera as there are many beautiful photo opportunities on the grounds.

Registrants for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™ will have the opportunity to donate $5 to LI-DOG for a chance to win a raffle basket full of doggie toys and treats. If you double your donation, you more than double your chances to win, as a $10 donation gets you four tickets! Proceeds from the raffle support LI-DOG’s work to open local parks and beaches to our four-legged family members.

Dogs must be on-leash at all times when visiting the gardens and are not allowed in any buildings on the grounds.

OWG admission fees are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors (over 62) and $7 for children ages 7-17. OWG members, children 6 and under, and four-legged visitors are free!

RSVP for the LI-DOG Pack Walk™:
LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email

More Info: Email or (vendors and rescue groups encouraged to sign-up) or visit for event details and a wonderful overview of their other fall events and programs.


09/25/2016 – Strong Island Running Club 5K Dog Jog


Logo for Strong Island 5K Dog JogStrong Island Running Club 5K Dog Jog
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 @ 9:00 am (Registration opens at 7:30 am)
Isaac Dog Park, Manorville, NY 11933 (Google Map)

Please also check the Course Map for Run on 9/25!

Dust off those running shoes, grab Fido’s leash, and run with the pack!  On Sunday, September 25, Strong Island Running Club will host a 5K run through Isaac Dog Park (in Calverton Executive Park).

Is Fido not in running shape yet?  Not a problem!  Fur babies can walk the course, be carried, even pushed in a stroller.  Water will be on hand for all 2- and 4- legged runners with a post-race awards ceremony.  With a mission of giving back to our community, Strong Island Running Club has aligned itself with Team Red, White, and Blue, which assists our wounded veterans.  In addition, if you could donate a non-perishable dog food item or dog toy the day of the event to help The Riverhead Animal Shelter, you will be entered into a raffle for free entry to a future race day!

To register, visit the Strong Island Running Club website at  Registry is $25 online until September 23 at 11:59 pm. (per human runner) and $30 day of the race.  High quality Dry-Fit T-shirts included and guaranteed for pre-registrants through September 14th by midnight!

06/16/2016 – LI-DOG Pints-n-Paws Luau Gets Summer 2016 Off to Great Start!

Summer of 2016 Gets Off to a GREAT start at LI-DOG

Pints-n-Paws™ Luau!

By Sam Desmond, LI-DOG Contributing Writer


Chupa in a pink lei and shades

Chupa Feeling the Luau Vibe Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

The dog days of summer got off to a festive start at the LI-DOG Pints-n-Paws™ Luau at Off-Key Tikki  on Sunday, June 12th. LI-DOG welcomed more than 90 people and their pups on Off-Key Tikki’s spacious courtyard and marina-side sand beach for an afternoon of cold drinks, barbecue fare, music, contests, raffles, and a beautiful bay breeze off the water in Patchogue.

Photo of Man and Dog on Chair

Saylor Preps for Lap Dog Contest
Photo Credit: Joann Garguola


Our contests–Doggie Style Musical Chairs, Doggie and Me Margaritaville Costume Contest, Biggest Lap Dog, and Silliest Dog Trick–had some fierce competition as fur babies of all sizes—from tea cup to terrier to tremendous—participated. Thanks to our outstanding team of judges: Gerrie Cannastra, Sean Desmond, Rob Giglio of K9 Kingdom Dog Training and Heidi Walker of Yorkie911 Rescue.





Logo Collage for Pints-n-Paws Luau SponsorsWith over a dozen graciously-donated baskets raffled off and plenty of door prizes, lots of pooches had some extra toys to take home after spending a sunny day with their human and dog friends. Great thanks and much appreciation to all our raffle basket sponsors: Alliegene Personalized Designs, Dazzling Paws Jewelry, Henry Schein, K-9 Kingdom Dog Training, Laura Pea Photography, Pamper Ur Poochie Parlor, PetArmor, Sergeant’s, and ThunderShirt plus Cloud Star Treats, Earth Rated Poop Bags, Fluff & Tuff Plush Dog Toys, Jones Natural Chews, Petrageous Designs, Stella & Chewy’s, Viewpoint Photography and Wheatley Hills Discount Wine.

Plua, a special thanks to our generous host, Off Key Tikki Waterside Bar and Grill, for providing the BBQ and making the event as bright as the weather!

A BIG thank you! to our wonderful MC and Announcer Mike Kaplow who kept our guests entertained and the canine-appropriate music coming even when the band took a break.

Photo of Joann's Pineapple Pine Tree

Pineapple Palm Trees

Thanks to our photographers, Laura Paesano of Laura Pea Photography and our colleague Joann Garguolo, for their great shots of dogs and people. Check out their photos and lots of others on the LI-DOG Meetup Group and the LI-DOG Facebook Group. Thanks also to Joann for making the amazing pineapple palm tree display!

Girl Holding Her Corgi in Arms

Photo Credit: Laura Pea Photography

Our Luau would not have been as successful and fun without LI-DOG’s amazing event organizer Irene Rabinowitz, a crew of great volunteers including  Lynn Kay Kosefsky, Donna Lowe, Susan Mahlstedt, Debbie and Joanna Mudaro, Barbara Striegel, and Suely Vera plus the invaluable help of LI-DOG Board members Barbara Buscareno, Liz Haban, Peggy Heijmen and Chris Laubis.

Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to making this a great event!