With the Westminster Dog Show heading north to Tarrytown again this year, Long Islanders needn’t stray far from these shores to see a handful of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. price worthy. There’s plenty of tail-wagging action in our own backyard.
Want to chat in the sun with other pet parents while pooches compete for praise and prizes? Port Jefferson hosts its first dog festival, on the heels of the annual North Fork Dog Dock Dive Weekend at Peconic’s Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
If you’d rather see dogs walking in a ring, loop into walks led by The Long Island Dog-Owners Group (LI-DOG) at local parks and beaches. “We believe in taking dogs outside to exercise and socialize not only with their people, but also with other dogs,” says group president Ginny Munger Kahn.
Here are the upcoming events where you and your wonderful woofer can really put the dog on.
LI-Dog Pack Walks
Experience the thrill of watching the parade of Westminster’s best shows? A range of “dogs of all sizes and styles, from small Chihuahuas to Great Danes,” purebred and otherwise, roam the park’s trails at these monthly canine-human encounters, says walk leader Alan Meschkow, 76, of Ridge.
Meschkow and his son, Heath, 47, of Farmingville, who is also a walk leader, bring their whippets, Zara, a 6-year-old who has competed in American Kennel Club events and CJ, a champion American Kennel Club grounds and show grounds. . “It’s a huge amalgamation of dogs and humans,” Meschkow says of pack walks, which often involve up to 70 pairs of dogs and owners.
The highlight of the season is the “pawty”, which begins with a beach cleanup. It stands on “one of Long Island’s few official off-leash beaches” where dogs can swim in the calm waters of the Great South Bay, play Frisbee or catch with their owners, Kahn says. “It’s wonderful to see the dogs playing in the water or running along the beach,” adds Kahn.
NEWS May 21, Belmont Lake State Park Babylon, and June 26, Sands Point Preserve Doggie Beach Pawty, Doggie Beach Pawty, Mud Creek Off-Leash Beach, East Patchogue, July 16., Lidog.org.
Port Paws Dog Festival
Dock diving, a canine performance sport making waves in pet-centric circles across the country, will cause a stir at the new Port Jefferson Canine Festival.
Held in a field just steps from restaurants, shops and the waterfront, the festival “will celebrate dog ownership and also provide a great aquatic competition for registered canine competitors,” organizer Kevin Wood said.
The main event will be a DockDogs competition with dogs running on a 40ft dock and diving into a pool of water. Events also include high jumping and swimming to retrieve an item. Up to 40 dogs can be entered into each competition scheduled throughout the day, says Brian Sharenow, operations manager for DockDogs in Medina, Ohio.
“It’s a festival atmosphere, so even if you’re just a dog lover, you can get chew toys, collars, leashes, and games” from vendor booths, Sharenow says.
DockDog competitions are open to dogs six months or older of any breed, size or shape. The teams are made up of a dog and a handler who must be at least 7 years old.
NEWS July 23 and 24, Caroline Avenue Ball Field, Port Jefferson, 631-473-4724, dockdogs.com/event/port-jefferson-paws-dog-festival.
Annual Dive Weekend at North Fork Dog Dock
As dogs leap from a 20-foot dock into a 27,000-gallon pool at Peconic’s annual DockDogs event, craft beer enthusiasts can sample a new can while seated at imported German tables in the the brewery’s new beer garden.
Brewery owner Richard Vandenburgh said he was launching Found, an “easy-drinking, light-bodied American ale” featuring a limited number of cans with images of rescue dogs available locally for adoption. Vandenburgh adds that Found beer is also meant to “complement a walk with your dog.”
Looking for a treat? Event co-organizer Harbor Pet in Greenport will also be on hand with a mini-shop offering samples of baked dog biscuits made with spent grains from beer production, the shop owner said. , Kimberly Loper.
“It’s a wonderful social event, and my dogs love it,” says Cindy Sheils, 64, of Poughquag, New York. Sheils, who grew up in East Hills and regularly returns to Long Island to compete with her chocolate Labrador retrievers, Mojo, 4, and Abby, 12, adds, “Any dog that loves water and wants to swim can do it. .
NEWS June 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Greenport Harbor Brewing, 42155 Main Rd., Peconic, 631-477-1100, greenportharborbrewing.com/events