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28 Jun 16

Summer Pet Fun & Finds! ...

by Nancy E. Hassel,

We are delighted to bring you our 2016 Summer Pet Fun, Finds and things to do with your pets here on Long Island and beyond!  Whether your staying at home, hitting the road, taking pet friendly doggie-daycations – we have a list of items, and as always to get the latest pet events happening weely, click here to subscribe to our Pet Events Newsletter!

If you have always wanted to own your own horse, learn about horse care and help a local horse rescue, this is your summer to get your cowgirl boots on and head to Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue in the Hamptons.  They have just launched a new program at their sanctuary called ‘A Horse Through the Holidays.’  How it works is that from Independence Day to New Year’s Day, you can experience life with a special horse at Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue’s breathtaking sanctuary.  This unique program is open to people of all ages and has a limited enrollment. There is a one time $1500.00 fee, that is actually tax deductible since Amaryllis is a 501 c 3 non-profit animal rescue.  With that $1,500 fee, all expenses are included like the horses food, sheltering, etc.  This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to learn about horses, have hands on experience and enjoy the beauty of nature in the Hamptons. Horse lovers can seize this incredible opportunity to love and be loved by a horse.  Amaryllis also offers additional educational programs available at discounted rates.

Getting out and walking more, is part of summertime and being a dog owner where you can both enjoy the weather and get exercise. You know the saying, a tired dog is a good dog!  If you just adopted a dog or puppy and you have a puller on your hands – it can be a frustrating walk – and even with training your dog may still pull you through the park.  I am sure many of you can relate to this.  A product on the market that will help you tremendously is the Freedom No Pull Harness by
2 Hounds Design. It’s unique design, features a patented control loop on the back of the harness, which tightens gently around your dog’s chest to discourage pulling and makes walking your dog an easy, more enjoyable experience for both of you.  strong enough to hold any size dog, from 14 lbs all the way up to 250+ lbs. The chest strap is lined with Swiss Velvet, which helps prevent rubbing and chaffing sores behind the legs and the straps are all turned out to prevent sores and raw spots along the seams.  This harness will give you better control of your dog and help you enjoy many summer outings with him.

After a long walk, romp at the beach or hike, your dog may be in the need of a bath. Nothing like being able to give your dog a bath outdoors, on your deck, patio or maybe even in your outdoor shower in the summer.  You will want to use a product that is eco friendly, toxin free, with essentials oils and botanicals to cleans, soothe and moisturize your dog’s skin and coat, and naturally repel pests.   My favorite new find is by Eco Dog Care grooming products and have used it several times for my dog Cody.  He is silkly soft and shiny for quite some time after his bath. Our dogs live with us – on chairs, couches and beds, (when they think we’re not looking) – ECO Dog Care designed their products with a light, clean scent so they’re welcome everywhere.  They also have a in-between product Simply Fresh, that you can rub onto your pets coat as a  substitute for a bath and knock out wet dog smells.

In the summer, many dog owners travel to show their dogs in dog show competitions, compete in dog sports and often need to crate them while at these shows in-between competitions.  The 02 Cool 5 inch crate fan will help circulate the air, keep your dog cool of course while you have your dog shaded safely from the sun as well.   With the addition of their crate bracket, your pet can enjoy the same level of comfort from O2COOL’s battery-operated fan when relaxing or traveling.   The fan features a: powerful two-speed 5″ fan offers quiet cooling; it’s easy to install bracket; simply hang on the door or crate side; compact folding design makes it easy to carry and store; fits most crates and carriers and only requires 2-D batteries.   They have additional products that will help keep your pet cool and hydrated, click here to see more.

Summer fun also means the season fleas and ticks are at their worst, especially ticks here on LI. The Evercare line of Pet Lint rollers can assist in this troublesome – and potentially dangerous – situation. When checking pets for fleas and ticks, pet parents can gently brush the lint rollers over their pet’s legs and belly to pick up some pests you may have missed. Keeping a Pet Lint Roller in your car or pet travel bag is a great way to get in the habit of rolling them over your own clothing after a walk in the park, beach or woods with your dog.  You may pick up a tiny tick and don’t see it – but the lint roller will grab it.  You can then fold over the sticky sheet over the bug and dispose of it!

Whether you are going on a camping trip, renting a house for the summer or just looking for a new dog bed, look no further as your dog will love The Dream Sleeper by Tall Tails. This bed is perfect for home, formatted to fit in most crates or kennels and even great for road trips in your car. Luxurious and durable fabrics pamper your pet with comfort.  It’s made out of 4″ thick soft, supportive 100% allergy-free fiberfill that has a reversible design providing adjustable comfort by flipping it over from a luxurious plush fabric to a durable twill.  The plush side provides warmth, while the twill side provides a cooler surface – perfect for warm days. It doesn’t hurt that it looks good too, comes in a few different colors to fit any decor as well.

We hope you have a fabulous summer with your pets and check out the products and events above.  Some products in this post were sponsors.  To learn how to become a sponsor of a post, please contact us at

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21 Jun 16

Peek inside Hamptons Homes, ARF Gard ...

by Nancy E. Hassel,

The 30th Annual ARF (Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons) Garden Tour took place this Saturday in the towns of Wainscott and Sagaponack in the Hamptons.   I believe this is my 4th time going, I feel like this was the best year yet.

We joked at the first house, that we didn’t need to go to any other houses, because the Landis house was pure bliss, the gardens the pool, the view overlooking Georgica Pond, frankly I don’t even remember looking at the house at all!  It was exactly what you think of when you think of summering in the Hamptons – and why some people would just be happy staying at their homes – so much to do on that property, really no need to leave!

I have said it before, if you have yet to go, be sure to go next year – you will not be disappointed!  (And as a pet pro – it’s such a cool way to host a fundraiser for pets, because you tap into an entirely different crowd – not just pet parents. Wheels spinning yet with ideas?) :)  Enjoy the photos, link on bottom to access all pictures:

Beautiful lines of flowes adorn the sides of the pool

Upon entering the backyard, you see Georgica Pond and the end of the pool

View from the garden surrounding the poorhouse

From behind the pool house looking at the main house

Pink Roses, lots of them

Heading to the pond

Canoe and kayak ready to go in the water!

Beautiful view

To see MANY more pictures of the amazing houses and gardens, CLICK HERE!

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16 Jun 16

10 essentials for a Doggie Beach Day ...

by Nancy E. Hassel,

Living on a Island we are crazy fortunate to be able to enjoy many beautiful areas of beaches with our four-legged friends.  It used to be, just bringing your dog to the beach was just that bringing your pup with you.  Now-a-days we are much more conscious about dogs and their needs while enjoying a day at the beach.

You may want to take your dog with you earlier in the day or later in the afternoon, one it’s not as hot or at those times and some beaches have specific beach hours when dogs are allowed.

Here’s my list of what I think you need while your pup is with you at the beach:

1. Fresh cool water – This is pretty obvious, but you would be surprised how many people don’t think to bring fresh water for their dog while out at the beach.  I have water with me, and a couple extra bottles in a mini cooler in my car so when we get back there I can give my dog a drink.  Dogs get extremely thirsty while having fun in the sun, swimming and romping around, and get dehydrated if you don’t give them fresh water. Bring a Portable drinking bowl – there are many collapsible dog bowls in many different sizes, as well as bottles that sport their own drinking tray.  Bring something with you that your pet will be encouraged to drink from vs. salt water in the ocean.  Be sure to keep your dog hydrated, if they ingest too much salt water it can give your dog the runs or worse.

2. Long leash – Not a retractable leash, but a cotton long lead or leash where you can get at most pet supply stores.  They come in different lengths up to 50 feet.  Your dog may swim perfectly, but anything can happen at the beach – he could decide to swim out farther, perhaps not hear you call, get caught in a rip current, etc.  In my experience is is not worth it for your dog to be loose in the water.  A long lead is a life line literally to your dog.

3.Lifejacket – some dogs need a boost swimming, take for instance my dog Cody, great swimmer but is also not built for swimming in that he is very muscular – and muscle sinks.  So if he were going to be in deeper water – he would 100% have a life jacket on to help him be more buoyant and for him to be safe while enjoying his swimtime.  (He has even wore a lifejacket while swimming in a pool.)  Make sure you get your dog fitted properly when buying a life jacket.

5. Limit the swim time – For my dog Cody I limit his swimming time to no more than 20 minutes.  Due to his breed, his mouth is wider than say a lab or golden and if he is carrying a stick or floating toy while he is swimming more water will go down that wide mouth than with other breeds.  My old dog Max would ingest a lot of water while swimming – so no more than 20 minutes and he was fine.

>> Another good reason to limit the swim time, is that dogs can get tired quickly in the water – and may not show it.  That’s where we as pet parents need to step in and make them come out of the water to take a break and rest.

6. Pet Friendly Sunscreen – you can find this in many pet stores, health food stores and even online.  Apply to the top of your dogs nose, on their snout, not the actual nose, and ears – dogs can get sunburn as well.  If your dog is white or light haired in color and has short hair I would apply it on his back as well.

7. Pet Friendly bug spray – again, you can find many brands of natural pet friendly bug spray that do work and are free from harsh chemicals.  The only time I use stronger bug spray is during a heavy mosquito season or when there are a lot of green flies.

8. Blanket – this may seem like what? My dog is going to get sand all over it – the sand may be hot after a while and you will want to have somewhere to have your pet rest – a great option is the Territory travel blanket which is a bag and blanket in one.  You can carry some of your pets items in it, and then unroll it at the beach.

9. Umbrella – this is really only necessary if you are spending the entire day at the beach – it’s important for your dog to have shade to lay under and not be in direct sun all day.  Same goes for you!

10. Extra waterproof collar – with ID! – My dog likes to go in the water so he wears a waterproof collar while in the water so not to ruin his regular collar. And an Extra regular leash – sand can easily get into the clasp of your leash and jam it making it not effective, you can knock the sand out but if your leash is exposed to the elements often, rust, salt water and sand do NOT make for a secure leash.  Bring an extra leash with you for an added safety measure.

Also you should Monitor your dog always while in the water – I prefer to keep my dog on a long line so he can’t get too far into the water and I can pull him back to me if I see him trying to eat something in the water or on the sand.  Yes, he knows leave it and drop it, but you know how quickly a dog can eat something he is not supposed to.

And Watch for wildlife – in many areas there may be wildlife your dog is not used to seeing, like deer, turtles, sea birds, crabs and so forth and if your dog is not leashed, it will not be a good thing if he takes off after a deer or tries to pick up a live crab!   So keep your eyes out, and in the water too.  If there are lot of crabs or jelly fish – don’t let your dog in the water, getting pinched by a crab or stung by a jelly fish is no more fun for our pups than it is for us!

You will also want to watch your dog and not let him eat anything on the beach. Haha, I know good luck -but there are many scrumptious dead things on the beach often, shells, seaweed, broken glass and sadly on LI, garbage – so train your dog the ‘leave it’ and ‘drop it’ commands!  These commands will come in very handy as your puppy is running with a dead crab in his mouth.  Yuck!

Lastly, it is good to rinse your dog off from the salt water when you get back home and thoroughly check your dog for ticks, and check again! Also look for any scraps or minor cuts, especially on the paw pads, that need attention.

Paw prints in the sand and great days on the beach with our dogs are a big part of island living – get out there and enjoy it with your dog!

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14 Jun 16

Dog Luau to kick off the Summer! ...

by Nancy E. Hassel,

On Sunday, June 12, LI-Dog Owners Group hosted a Pints & Paws Luau BBQ at Off Key Tikki on the water in Patchogue, NY.  LI Dog is a is a non-profit organization that works to create dog parks and increase access to public parkland and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs so they can enjoy Long Island’s beautiful parks and beaches just like other Long Island families.

It is so much fun to be able to go more and more places with our dogs here on Long Island and much of that is due to LI Dog’s years of effort.  From opening more dog friendly beaches, to dog runs, making Nassau County, (nortiously one of the most unfriendly counties in the country to own a dog), becoming more dog friendly by opening up on-leash dog trails within parks in Nassau.  LI Dog has worked tirelessly over the years and their effort continues to pay off for dog owners on Long Island – especially now that dogs are more widely accepted as big parts of our families.

Cody enjoying himself at Off Key Tikki!

This event at Off Key Tikki was a fundraiser for LI Dog where you can come and enjoy the venue with your dog and friends, there were games like ‘Biggest Lap Dog’ (my dog pretty much came in 2nd place!), musical chairs for humans and their dogs, and a few others.  There were also door prizes, raffles and of course the step and repeat.  The staff at Off Key Tikki could not have been nicer and you could tell they loved having the dogs there.

Dogs dressed in their Luau gear of course!

LI Dog has many activities and events throughout the year that you can participate in, Pack Walks in various locations across our isle; beach days at dog friendly beaches; pints and paws where you can bring your dog with you to a local outdoor area of a bar or restaurant (like this one on Sunday); and regular meetings on how you can get involved in helping them continue the good work they do and make LI even more dog friendly.

Mocca! A regular at all dog events on LI!

On a total side note, you have to love all the palm trees at this venue – like we were swept away to a tropical paradise!

Cody and LI-Dog's Ginny Munger Kahn!

For more information on LI-Dog go to their website and if you want to see many more Pictures – CLICK HERE!

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13 Jun 16

It’s Kitten season, Adopt-a-Ca ...

by Nancy E. Hassel,

June is adopt-a-shelter cat month and also known as kitten season, especially here on Long Island – where there are no natural predators (like coyote), and many feral cat communities across our isle.  We do have amazing groups of people, animal rescues and organizations that help with taking care of the feral cat colonies and do T and R programs (trap, spay/neuter, return).

However many of our animal shelters are very full with wonderful cats and kittens looking for their furever homes.  Recently we visited the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, (SASF), in Hampton Bays, NY to see their ‘Catio’ and meet many kittens 8 weeks and under.

If you are a cat afficiando, a cuteness warning overload if you click on the video below:

However, if you are thinking about adopting, SASF currently has 2 for 1 match making promotion happening this month – which is just the purrfect way to adopt two cats that are in need of that furever home.  After a potential adopter picks out a cat they fall in love with, the shelter will match that cat with their buddy so you can bring home 2 cats and the cats will have a life long companion.  Such a cute idea!  See the video here to learn more about it:

For more information on how you can adopt a cat from SASF go to or call (631) 728-7387.