Fall Dog Festival

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    The Fall Dog Festival at Old Westbury Gardens was held on Nov. 3. Owners and their leashed dogs enjoyed the sprawling grounds. Many dogs took part in a parade and costume contest. Read more about the festival and other local parks that welcome dogs in print issues available this week.

    Doug Gelbert, the author of Doggin’ Long Island (available at the Huntington Book Revue and online) reminds dog owners that “every time you hike with your dog on the trail you are an ambassador for all dog owners.” Whether you’re going for a short walk in a park or a longer hike, Gelbert offers these tips:

    • Pack out everything you pack in.
    • Do not leave dog scat on the trail; if you haven’t brought plastic bags for poop removal bury it away from the trail and topical water sources.
    • Hike only where dogs are allowed.
    • Stay on the trail.
    • Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife.
    • Step off the trail and wait with your dog while horses and other hikers pass.
    • Do not allow your dog to bark – people are enjoying the trail for serenity.
    • Have as much fun on your hike as your dog does.
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    Elizabeth Siris Winchester is the editor of Glen Cove Record Pilot and Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot, two of Anton Media Group’s 17 newspapers. She’s spent much of her publishing career writing and editing for Time For Kids magazine and Scholastic, as well as for local publications. A longtime Long Islander, Liz enjoys exploring her surrounding communities and also loves running, yoga, music, dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

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