Archive for the ‘Long Island’ Category
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
This past Sunday, the friends of Sagamore Hill hosted their first ‘Dog Day’ as part of the celebration of National Park Week – it was hosted at the beautiful grounds of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. From 11am until 4pm dog owners romped the grounds, posed for pictures. watched the performances of Jilli Dog, learned about LI Dog and participated inthe ‘dog fur’ contest. There was also a comfort station for the pups and even yummy dog treats being made on site.
Sagamore Hill Historic Site was former home of President Teddy Roosevelt and his family willed it to the National Park Service with the condition of always having it be accessible to dog owners too. The Roosevelt’s had many dogs and other animals on the historic site in the sixty years there. It is a treasure, in beautiful Oyster Bay. You may have read that the historic home is under renovation – but the rest of the grounds are open to walk your dog. Also, the museum is open, visitor center as well. If you are looking for somewhere to go with your dog that is different, and a step out of history – head to Sagamore Hill you and your dog will absolutely love it! Scroll down for link to tons of pictures – maybe your dog is in them!
Sagamore Hill is located at:
12 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Would love to know your favorite place to walk your dog, leave a comment below!
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
My heart broke when I saw Queenie’s picture on Facebook. I quickly read the caption, and thought she was actually dead from the horrific picture posted – her body being skin and bones. I couldn’t look more than a few seconds at it, thinking who would ever do something like that to a dog? Then I thought back to Joey, the 3 month old pit bull puppy who was thrown from a moving car last year, or the little puppy I met a couple years ago who had mangled back legs from being a bait dog for a dog fighting here on Long Island. Or some of you might even remember Maximus the pit bull who was set on fire and chained up in Brentwood, who later succumb to his unimaginable injuries – his owner went to jail – he could be out by now. The really sad truth is that these stories come up way to often in our culture, here on Long Island and throughout our country. I always try to shine a light on those amazing people doing good in the world for pets – who make a difference locally in pet’s and human’s lives. But seeing Queenie’s picture, made me so sad, sick to my stomach and incredibly mad – there is no longer a reason to remain silent on this issue.
Why does our society continue to let this happen? We have laws in place against animal abuse – but obviously they are not scary enough consequences for people who are the scum of the earth to not do these things. We have all read how studies of animal abusers often and most times lead to human abusers – so why isn’t more done to stop these people?
When will our society rise up and demand better solutions for animal abusers? I am not talking about people who don’t know the best or proper care for their pets that need education on the matter, (that is a whole different topic). I am talking about demanding more serious consquences for people who do things like they did to Queenie, Joey, Maximus and countless other pets who are killed, tormented and tortured. Will her owner, once he is caught, get a year or two in jail then released? Will he get fined, a slap on the wrist? How will they track this guy from ever owning a pet again?
The fact that Queenie survived and is eating, and walking is a miracle and shows the sheer determination and depth of a dogs will to live and persevere. Joey too, after months of rehabilitation, he now is doing amazingly well considering his injuries. That is, as animal lovers what we gravitate towards – how resilient our pets are.
We know there are more good people in the world than bad, especially when it comes to our pets and animals, and many people want to help. If you can’t directly help Queenie or Guardians of Rescue who stepped in to help save her, there are many great organizations on Long Island that can use additional volunteers, donations. But the one thing I would ask you to do, is not to look away, not to turn your head – our society often ‘doesn’t want to know’ when it comes to animal abuse or horrible situations like this. I get it, my first reaction was to not look, but mainly because I am in the pet industry and sadly see things like this more often then not via social media and the press. But looking away or not wanting to know will not help solve the epidemic of animal abuse. Think about how you can help make a difference so we start to see less of this.
Show this to your kids and show them how wrong it is and ask them what they think can be done to help turn around lack of respect for our pets, animals and world we share with them. Call you local politician and demand better punishment for people who abuse animals. Take a stand and work with local organizations to help protect our animals that depend on us.
By Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
What is better to do on a freezing cold Saturday? Bring your dog to the park so they can romp in the snow of course! The park wasn’t that crowded but here are a few adorable dogs that were lucky to be taking for a walk in the snow.
Look at this big Berner! Dante, what a sweetie!
Didn’t get this big fella’s name, he is smiling for the camera no less.
Lester the Doxie was keeping warm in his dog coat, style circa 1980s! Too cute!
This girl was just a pup at a year old! Pretty redhead.
Do you know where this is?
This sweet Shiba was 14 and didn’t want to look at the camera – but is sister to the above dog, and another redhead!
Ok, so not a dog, but pretty…
Olivia, the sweet 13 year old CCI dog!
Look how pretty!
And of course, my Max!
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
While many of us who treat our dogs like kings, (or queens) may never understand why any dog owner would treat their dog this way. For some it is the way they were raised, their culture (where dogs are considered outside animals), or just lack of education on dog care – and for many it is a lack of money to properly care for their pets – but many of the owners say they do actually love their dogs. I know what you are thinking, but many rescue groups that work in these communities report that educating the dog owners, and helping them is what helps people see the light and bring their dogs inside, get them spayed and neutered and want to learn more about dog care. And many are willing to do this because they have been shown a better way by kind dedicated people who want to help. These unbelievably amazing rescue groups who instead of going and telling the people in the communities everything they are doing wrong, they go in to help the dogs, educate the owners and families and even the communities in which they reside. Often the animal rescue groups often end up helping the the humans in the families too, just an incredible bunch of volunteers.
I have said for years, that education is the key to anything in life, and if it goes to help the dogs in these photo’s and their owners – I applaud the groups like, Almost Home’s Training Wheels Program and Break the Chain.
So if you are sitting there reading this and want to know how you can help Almost Home needs hay and you can contact them by clicking here and the sooner the better with Hay for our temperatures are going to stay very cold for the next 5 days. The difference in a donation of hay and/or a dog house, can mean the difference in a dog living through this extreme cold. Both groups are always in need of donations throughout the year, please contact them to help! See end of this article for locations to drop off donations for Break the Chain.
Photo Credit: Almost Home Training Wheels Program
This picture was just taken recently in a community on Long Island, not somewhere in the south or in the middle of the country, but right in our own backyard. As a dog owner, who’s dog has four different dog beds, one upstairs, downstairs and two in my office – I can’t imagine the thought of tying my dog up, and leaving him out side with just a dog house to survive the frigid temperatures we are having. It was 9 degrees when I woke up at 7am today and when my dog went out, he was out for a quick minute and was shivering when he came back in. However what you may not realize is that the dog picture here is allowed to legally be kept outside like this. Why? According to the NYS Agriculture and Markets Article 26, the dog owner has to provide proper shelter to keep the dog from inclement weather with proper insulation, (like the igloo dog house picture here), hay or straw to help keep him warm, fresh food and water to be keep outside. So by law, the owner of dogs like this, are abiding the NYS law.
NYS Agriculture & Markets Law:
§ 353-b. Appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors. 1. For purposes of this section:
(a) “Physical condition” shall include any special medical needs of a dog due to disease, illness, injury, age or breed about which the owner or person with custody or control of the dog should reasonably be aware.
(b) “Inclement weather” shall mean weather conditions that are likely to adversely affect the health or safety of the dog, including but not limited to rain, sleet, ice, snow, wind, or extreme heat and cold.
(c) “Dogs that are left outdoors” shall mean dogs that are outdoors in inclement weather without ready access to, or the ability to enter, a house, apartment building, office building, or any other permanent structure that complies with the standards enumerated in paragraph (b) of subdivision three of this section.
2. (a) Any person who owns or has custody or control of a dog that is left outdoors shall provide it with shelter appropriate to its breed, physical condition and the climate. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation,
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punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for a first offense, and a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars for a second and subsequent offenses. Beginning seventy-two hours after a charge of violating this section, each day that a defendant fails to correct the deficiencies in the dog shelter for a dog that he or she owns or that is
in his or her custody or control and that is left outdoors, so as to bring it into compliance with the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
(b) The court may, in its discretion, reduce the amount of any fine imposed for a violation of this section by the amount which the defendant proves he or she has spent providing a dog shelter or repairing an existing dog shelter so that it complies with the requirements of this section. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the seizure of a dog for a violation of this section pursuant to the authority granted in this article.
3. Minimum standards for determining whether shelter is appropriate to a dog’s breed, physical condition and the climate shall include:
(a) For dogs that are restrained in any manner outdoors, shade by natural or artificial means to protect the dog from direct sunlight at all times when exposure to sunlight is likely to threaten the health of the dog.
(b) For all dogs that are left outdoors in inclement weather, a
housing facility, which must: (1) have a waterproof roof; (2) be structurally sound with insulation appropriate to local climatic conditions and sufficient to protect the dog from inclement weather; (3)
be constructed to allow each dog adequate freedom of movement to make normal postural adjustments, including the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down with its limbs outstretched; and (4) allow for effective removal of excretions, other waste material; dirt and trash.
The housing facility and the area immediately surrounding it shall be regularly cleaned to maintain a healthy and sanitary environment and to minimize health hazards.
4. Inadequate shelter may be indicated by the appearance of the housing facility itself, including but not limited to, size, structural soundness, evidence of crowding within the housing facility, healthful environment in the area immediately surrounding such facility, or by the appearance or physical condition of the dog.
5. Upon a finding of any violation of this section, any dog or dogs
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seized pursuant to the provisions of this article that have not been voluntarily surrendered by the owner or custodian or forfeited pursuant to court order shall be returned to the owner or custodian only upon proof that appropriate shelter as required by this section is being provided.
6. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect any protections afforded to dogs or other animals under any other provisions of this article
You can drop off donations for Break the Chain to the following locations, they always need dog food, bully sticks, hay and contact them to find out what else can be donated:
Melville Rd. Huntington Station
Directly across Jericho Turnpike from Peter Andrews
9 Cliff Ave.
Sayville, NY 11782
151 Pine Acres Blvd.
Deer Park, NY 11729
Whether your pet is a pet actor, you need to learn about dog training, or want to network with pet professionals, 2013 is already proving to be a very busy Pet Events year! With many events coming up – just in January alone.
First if you want to learn to grow your audience and presence on social media for your pet business or rescue group then you can tune in to a Live Free webinar on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 8pm EST. Leading New New York social media consultant, Jen Lew (www.JenLew.com), will talk about proven techniques to help those that are still social media novices and help those that are more familiar with do’s and don’ts of social media. Click here for details.
The next FREE Responsible Dog Ownership Class, which features dog training and education for new, about to be and veteran dog owners is being held on Wednesday, January 16th from 6pm to 9pm. There will be experts speaking in the class and the class is for People only, and attendees get a goody bag filled with educational materials and fun dog items just as a thank you for attending. To RSVP and find out where the class is being held click here.
Does your Buster know how to bust a move? Ride on a bike or do other amazing pet talent acts that can entertain and audience? Then you must head over to Doggie U K9 Academy in Bay Shore, on Friday, January 18th for their first ever Pet Talent Casting! The owners of Doggie U, along with a former TV producer are looking for pet talent that can be part of the performers for the upcoming 2nd Annual ‘Black Tie for Paws’ taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The pet talent casting will be held for 2 hours on the night of Jan. 18th, and to reserve a spot so your spot can strut his stuff at the casting call Doggie U at (631) 968-7972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Ever wander what you would do in a pet emergency? Do you know how to save your pet if he is choking or needs CPR? Then you are in luck, a special January Pet First Aid & CPR Class is being held by Robyn Elman certified PetTech and President of In Home Pet Services. The class will be on Saturday, January 26, 2012 from 9:30am to 1:30pm and held at Bid-a-wee educational center in Wantagh, NY. The cost is $85 per person and a portion of the proceeds will go to help Pet Safe Coalition – who by the way is still caring for displaced Sandy pets 9 weeks after the storm. To register for this class or find out more information call (718) 347-PETS or go to www.InHomePetServices.com.
For many more Pet Events, be sure to sign up for the FREE weekly Pet Events Newsletter the only comprehensive and fun resource for pet events happening across Long Island through Manhattan! Click here to sign up! (or to submit your event too!)
Photo credit: Kathy Kiley (Rory’s mom!)