Brookhaven to open its first dog park -

Brookhaven to open its first dog park -

There are 78 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 17, 2007, titled Brookhaven to open its first dog park -. In it, Newsday reports that:

The answer to the question, "Who let the dogs out?" might just be "Brookhaven." The Brookhaven town council this week reversed a decades-long policy banning man's best friend from all town parks, and created a ...

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DYLF

Huntington, NY

#51 Oct 23, 2007
Too bad Ellen Degeneres couldn't go.......
kris

South Salem, NY

#52 Oct 23, 2007
i have been bringing my dog to blydenburgh dog park for 2 months now and have yet to see a dog fight/neglecting owners...i bring my dog 3x's a week and see dog owners keeping a watchful eye over their little ones (dogs)...i think this is a great idea, esp if you live in a condo/apt...and thankfully, the owners in smithtown RARELY bring their children to the dog park...
SuzieQ wrote:
I see everything negative about a "dog park." My son uses one in Nashville and to me there is so much to be concerned about. First of all, stupid people allow their children to walk among the dogs who are playing and have no concern for the little toddlers among them. They can get into the middle of a dog fight or just dog interaction and get really hurt. Especially when the stupid parents are socializing and not watching them. There is the potential for the dogs to spread kennel cough or some other contagious disease among the pack. Not all dog owners are responsible canine companions. Most of the folks who go to these places are people who are trying to socialize themselves and are not watching their pets. This is going to leave the town open to major lawsuits. I am surpised that the town took this on.
I would never bring my dog to one of these places as I care too much about him and would also not want to have him harm a child by accident.
blah blah blah

AOL

#53 Oct 23, 2007
Melville's park, on Sweet Hollow road, is 2.75 acres. The one closer to Round Swamp Road is much smaller, about 100' by 195'. The one in Blydenburgh l don't have a certain number on yet, but is more than 3 and less than 4 acres. Almost every one of the 600,000 pup owners also has a back yard, and they can also go around the block for a walk. Many apartment complexes have areas designated for pets. Not as easy for ATV owners. Yeah sure, they can go pay $1000, not $25, for a membership to a place in Yaphank for a year, and still have to pay $20-40 everytime they ride. l think Bill is right. When is the county going to designate some areas for the ATV riders? That issue has been on the front page of Newsday several times within the last year, and still no resolution, or even a rumor of help. They cry about the riders tearing up land, and spend thousands of our dollars to buy ATVs so they can pay cops thousands more to go catch riders riding. Then they impound the ATV, and resell it at an auction to someone who is only going to go out and ride it, probably in the same place it was impounded from. Welcome to Suffolk....Hope you like dogs.
Hillary Clitton

Huntington, NY

#54 Oct 24, 2007
blah blah blah wrote:
Melville's park, on Sweet Hollow road, is 2.75 acres. The one closer to Round Swamp Road is much smaller, about 100' by 195'. The one in Blydenburgh l don't have a certain number on yet, but is more than 3 and less than 4 acres. Almost every one of the 600,000 pup owners also has a back yard, and they can also go around the block for a walk. Many apartment complexes have areas designated for pets. Not as easy for ATV owners. Yeah sure, they can go pay $1000, not $25, for a membership to a place in Yaphank for a year, and still have to pay $20-40 everytime they ride. l think Bill is right. When is the county going to designate some areas for the ATV riders? That issue has been on the front page of Newsday several times within the last year, and still no resolution, or even a rumor of help. They cry about the riders tearing up land, and spend thousands of our dollars to buy ATVs so they can pay cops thousands more to go catch riders riding. Then they impound the ATV, and resell it at an auction to someone who is only going to go out and ride it, probably in the same place it was impounded from. Welcome to Suffolk....Hope you like dogs.
Wake up.
You live on an island. Land is limited.
If you want to ride your go-karts, move upstate.
You are a minority, and must understand that. Most people DO NOT want an ATV facility, they would rather have a park. Towns must do what is right for the majority, not the minority.
Bill

Paterson, NJ

#55 Oct 24, 2007
figures a 'Hillary' would have that point of view... always do whatever the majority wants so they'll get more votes... you'd be surprised how many people do not want a dog park. why should l have to move? a dog owner can move also, buy a 50 acre piece upstate and thier dog can run around all day. Then they can invite all thier dog owner friends up for the weekend and they can all run all they want...
Ron Greschners Mother

Huntington, NY

#56 Oct 24, 2007
Bill wrote:
figures a 'Hillary' would have that point of view... always do whatever the majority wants so they'll get more votes... you'd be surprised how many people do not want a dog park. why should l have to move? a dog owner can move also, buy a 50 acre piece upstate and thier dog can run around all day. Then they can invite all thier dog owner friends up for the weekend and they can all run all they want...
.....and speaking of dogs, when is Rosie O'Donnell having her book signing again?
Gina Lewis

Brooklyn, NY

#57 Oct 24, 2007
blah blah blah wrote:
Melville's park, on Sweet Hollow road, is 2.75 acres. The one closer to Round Swamp Road is much smaller, about 100' by 195'. The one in Blydenburgh l don't have a certain number on yet, but is more than 3 and less than 4 acres. Almost every one of the 600,000 pup owners also has a back yard, and they can also go around the block for a walk. Many apartment complexes have areas designated for pets. Not as easy for ATV owners. Yeah sure, they can go pay $1000, not $25, for a membership to a place in Yaphank for a year, and still have to pay $20-40 everytime they ride. l think Bill is right. When is the county going to designate some areas for the ATV riders? That issue has been on the front page of Newsday several times within the last year, and still no resolution, or even a rumor of help. They cry about the riders tearing up land, and spend thousands of our dollars to buy ATVs so they can pay cops thousands more to go catch riders riding. Then they impound the ATV, and resell it at an auction to someone who is only going to go out and ride it, probably in the same place it was impounded from. Welcome to Suffolk....Hope you like dogs.
Your numbers are incorrect- West Hills in Melville is 1.75 acres, and Blydenburgh is 1.8 acres. If you would like to clarify these numbers, please call Suffolk County Parks in West Sayville. Also, you are sadly mistaken, unless you know of an apartment complex on Long Island that has recreation areas for pups, there are none. And I live on a 60X100 plot of land(and pay $8000 per year in taxes for the privilege) with no fencing, and I can't properly exercise or socialize my pup. If you want ATV parks, I reiterate, form a large organization and petition the town- instead of complaining, go out and do something about it!
Martini

New York, NY

#58 Oct 24, 2007
DYLF wrote:
Too bad Ellen Degeneres couldn't go.......
What about Michael Vick?
WRZ

Merchantville, NJ

#59 Oct 27, 2007
Is it just me or is Gina Lewis the only person here posting messages that makes sense ?

I haven't heard this much pathetic whining since Rudy Giulliani realized the yankees season was over again.

There should be a limit on how many
messages that negative nitwits can post in response to the exact same story.

WRZ

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/westhillsdogpar...
Marcias mom

White Plains, NY

#60 Oct 31, 2007
I truly look forward to dog parks in our area. However, it is truly ridiculous that one person thinks they (Suffolk County Unleashed) "secured" this dog park. Suffolk Unleashed can't even get their information or numbers right. Just check out their site. The middle island dog park will be 3 acres for large dogs and 3/4 for small dogs. Not 9 acres. There will be onleash walking paths. Who determined this to be something that a dog owner wants? I can do this in my neighborhood with out having to pay a fee.
Connie Kepert and the parks commissioner are the ones who got this going. This would have been set in motion with or without Suffolk Unleashed. And this would never have happened without the movement pushed forward by LI Dog. They are the ones who got recognition for dog owners looking for legal places to unleash their pets.
And it's a bit annoying for an adult to constantly refer to our dogs as "pups". Everything on Suffolk Unleashed refers to "pups". well, my dog is long past the stage of pup.
Gina Lewis

Brooklyn, NY

#61 Oct 31, 2007
Marcias mom wrote:
I truly look forward to dog parks in our area. However, it is truly ridiculous that one person thinks they (Suffolk County Unleashed) "secured" this dog park. Suffolk Unleashed can't even get their information or numbers right. Just check out their site. The middle island dog park will be 3 acres for large dogs and 3/4 for small dogs. Not 9 acres. There will be onleash walking paths. Who determined this to be something that a dog owner wants? I can do this in my neighborhood with out having to pay a fee.
Connie Kepert and the parks commissioner are the ones who got this going. This would have been set in motion with or without Suffolk Unleashed. And this would never have happened without the movement pushed forward by LI Dog. They are the ones who got recognition for dog owners looking for legal places to unleash their pets.
And it's a bit annoying for an adult to constantly refer to our dogs as "pups". Everything on Suffolk Unleashed refers to "pups". well, my dog is long past the stage of pup.
Hey LIDOG member, LIDOG had nothing to do with middle Island, and SCU did secure the park, with a huge assist from Connie and the parks dept, within 7 months of becoming a formal organization. And our numbers are correct, the TOTAL site is NINE acres, with 3 acres for the large pups, and 1 acre (not three quarter acres) for the small. It is the largest off leash area in New York. LIDOG is not involved nor ever has been with the Middle Island Park. Brookhaven Town did not open this park because of LIDOG'S efforts. And please feel free to walk your pup anywhere you please- save yourself the $25 fee and bring your pup to a self serve dog wash-
Denise

Bronx, NY

#62 Nov 1, 2007
It seems outrageous to me that mature adults are arguing over who is responsible for a dog park. The goal is to have fun places to take our pups, yes "pups"- it is a term of endearment and has nothing to do with age. Call your pup whatever you want, I just don't see the relevance here, who cares if you call your family member a DOG?????? If you do not wish to use the entire park, such as the walking trails then don't, stay in your neighborhood and enjoy yourself. I often see owners and their pups walking on the trails at Blydenburgh and West Hills, so there is an obvious want for this "extra" at the Middle Island park. Bottom line is if you don't like the "rule" or the "extras" then stay home or go to another park that is more suited to your needs. After all the pups are most important in this entire issue regardless of clubs and such. Build a bridge and get over it.
me and my dog

Goldens Bridge, NY

#63 Nov 17, 2007
wally wrote:
you guys have 2 get a life there dogs, oh what about cats . you bigot/s
get a life
me and my dog

Goldens Bridge, NY

#64 Nov 17, 2007
better than another strip mall
LUV MY ROTTIE

Torrington, CT

#65 Dec 21, 2007
Blueskies wrote:
<quoted text>
Suzie, I am all for a dog park. My mother takes her Wheaten Terrier to a dog park on the East River in Manhattan. She loves it! Never has she been attacked, atrracted some strange disease or had an issues with the other pet owners. I think the park is a great idea.
Plus it is alot better then another empty building or strip mall littering Route 25.
I have to agree with Blueskies! Granted, there is always one in the bunch...I'm not talking about the dog...I mean the owners. Always one j*ck*ss who doesnt act responsibly. However, when I take my dog to the parks, I am always near her and aware of what is going on around her. If a problem arises, I step in to take control. This is a choice I have made. My pup loves these parks and I enjoy watching her interact with other dogs. As far as other diseases, my dog wouldnt go anywhere without her shots anyway!!!-Including the Bordatella.
LUV MY ROTTIE

Torrington, CT

#66 Dec 21, 2007
Deborah wrote:
<quoted text>
Animals deserve care and concern too. There are many humans that don't. And why is it that animal haters always jump to, "there are suffering people that need money". It's my money, and my choice to help animals. Plus, are you looking over my shoulder? How do you know I don't give money to human causes as well?
I agree Deborah. If "they" are so concerned with social welfare, how wide do they open their wallets!
LUV MY ROTTIE

Torrington, CT

#67 Dec 21, 2007
urensane wrote:
<quoted text>So what your saying is pets should start paying taxes? What next NYS drivers license for dogs.
You must be a very lonely individual!!! Not to mention you have a very simple mind!!!
LUV MY ROTTIE

Torrington, CT

#68 Dec 21, 2007
urensane wrote:
<quoted text> I totally agree. They should ticket K9people when they urinate in public and smell each others Butt. Can't all K9people and Humanpeople just get along.
Sounds odd coming from you after the previous comments you left.
LUV MY ROTTIE

Torrington, CT

#69 Dec 21, 2007
Where we went wrong wrote:
Deborah, I'm not an "animal hater," I'm an animal owner hater!
You must be very uneducated!!! Get a life!!!
Sue

AOL

#70 Jan 25, 2008
Waste of money n space wrote:
<quoted text>
Dog parks don't pay the bills!! or help lower or at least stabilize taxes
No parks pay bills or stabilize taxes, people or dog. But they do make a nicer community. I pay a lot of property tax and have no children. I enjoy taking my dogs to the dog park in Huntington,and I'm happy to see they are opening one closer to home.

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