Over 50 dogs spend the day at the beach

Long Island dog advocacy group hosts puppy party at Mud Creek

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On Saturday, July 16, the Long Island Dog Owners’ Group hosted its seventh annual Beach Party at the off-leash dog park at Mud Creek.

With sand and sea abound, the four-legged partygoers were able to take in the sights and smells of each other and the beautiful ambiance of the summer day.

Nearly 50 humans were in attendance for one of the most popular events hosted by LI-DOG, with even more canine guests, as many people came with more than one dog, including one attendee with three Siberian huskies.

Frisbees and tennis balls were provided by LI-DOG for games and play, as the afternoon was filled with barks and tail wags.

“We’ve held this event since 2015 and were even able to host it in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic,” said president of LI-DOG, Ginny Munger Kahn.

2022 is the first year since COVID-19 that LI-DOG was able to return to a full roster of pack walks—on-leash ventures in some of the most desirable parks on Long Island—for fur parents and kids.

Indoor events, the last one of which was a “Barkentine’s” get-together, have not been held by LI-DOG since February 2020.

Pack walks are thought to be the best way to begin socializing your dog, as they are leashed events, especially for dogs who may have become more reactive after becoming unwilling recluses for the past two years.

“For off-leash events, it is imperative that your dog be well socialized for everyone’s safety,” said Munger Kahn, adding,

To prepare, Munger Kahn recommended taking dogs to dog parks during off hours to ease them into off-leash play.

With Mud Creek being such an expansive beach, dogs were able to have their own space and engage with each other when they wanted to.

“It’s a great place to bring your dog for their first off-leash experience, as long as they come when they are called” said Munger Kahn.

The beach party had a wide variety of dogs, but had a majority of medium- to large-sized breeds, with Labradors and golden retrievers (“dogs that like the water,” according to Munger Kahn) being the most ubiquitous.

The smallest attendee was an Italian greyhound.

Mud Creek is the only off-leash beach on Long Island, and LI-DOG is working to open up more of the shorefronts to furry family members.

A petition started last year by LI-DOG on Change.org asking the New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation to lift the long-standing ban on dogs at beaches is now up to over 6,300 signatures.

Directed at the Governor, the petition implores lawmakers to allow non-swimmable beaches to be open to dogs.

“We’re not asking for Jones Beach or Robert Moses, where people swim and lie on the sand to be opened to dogs,” said Munger Kahn, “but there are plenty of non-swimming beaches that would be appropriate for dogs to go on.” 

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