June 2014

Transit Drive-In

6655 S. Transit Road, Lockport, NY

Did you know that you can take your dog to the movies? At least you can at Transit Drive-In in Lockport. Veronica (pictured at right) and her mom Bridget tell us:

I thought you might want to share with others that the Transit Drive-in in Lockport welcomes well-behaved dogs. I go there a lot with my mom and dad and always have a great time sniffing around and cuddling up for a good movie!

The drive-in's website even makes a point to mention this in their FAQ page:

3. Are people allowed to bring their pets to the drive-in?

We currently do allow pets at the drive-in, but we will ask people with unruly pets to leave if they are disturbing or intimidating other customers. If a dog is likely to bark around strangers, or is menacing when people walk near to their vehicle, it is best not to bring that pet to the drive-in. Pets should remain leashed at all times while at the drive-in, and when duty calls, the pet owner should clean up after their pet.

As of this writing, admission is $9 per person for two shows - a great deal! Plus of course there is a snack bar, with meal items as well as popcorn and candy. Next time you want to see the latest movie, why not take your dog with you?

Transit Drive-in website
Facebook page

Dog Beaches

Brian asked on our Facebook page:

Do you know of any dog friendly beaches in the area? I didn't see any on the website. Thanks!

Brian, thanks for asking! Unfortunately there are no official dog beaches in the area. There is a movement to create one on Squaw Island, which would be called Paw Island, but it is still a work in progress . Gallagher Beach is one option, located near the NFTA boat harbor. Many owners take their dogs there to go swimming. Some people also use the northern tip of Squaw Island. Technically the local leash laws still apply at these places since they are not official dog beaches.

Another option for swimming, while not exactly a beach, is The Bark Park at Ellicott Creek Island. There is an area that meets the creek and many people take their dogs there to swim. Plus, since it is an official dog park, no need to worry about leash laws!

Dog Days of Summer - Niagara County SPCA

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:00am to Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY
Event Cost: 


Dog Days of Summer is a two-day event from the Niagara County SPCA, with an option to camp overnight. Activities include raffles, movies, food and demonstrations.

Facebook announcement

West Seneca Parks

West Seneca, NY

Park Type: Town

Here's a place where dogs are allowed in all the parks - no exceptions! As long as the owners adhere to the leash law (keeping dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet), dogs are permitted in all 15 of the West Seneca Town Parks.

Dogs are allowed in:

  • Centennial Park
  • Volunteer Fireman's Park
  • Knox Park
  • Charles E. Burchfield Art and Nature Center
  • Harlem Road Park
  • Briarwood Park
  • Indian Church Park
  • Dorrance Park
  • Sunshine Park
  • Dirkson Park
  • Tim Russert Park
  • Mill Road Park
  • West Gate Park
  • Fisher Court Park
  • West Seneca Soccer Complex
  • Future Seneca Creek Pathway

West Seneca Town Facilities page
West Seneca Town Code - leash law

Paws in the Park

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY
Event Cost: 

$30 to register as part of a team, $35 to register without a team

Paws in the Park is an annual fundraiser for the Erie County SPCA, now in its 21st year. Participants go on a 2-mile walk and enjoy a multitude of other activities: pet vendors, contests, demonstrations, and lunch. Participants can help to raise even more money by collecting pledges from friends and family. Check out the event's website for the schedule of events, and to register.

Paws in the Park website

Grandpaws Pet Emporium

402 Center Street Lewiston, NY

Notable features: Very friendly staff

Karen at Grandpaws Pet Emporium tells us, "Grandpaws Pet Emporium in Lewiston, NY welcomes dogs to visit anytime. We always have the water dish ready and a treat handy!" When Ren and I paid them a visit, the staff was extremely friendly. He was offered a few treats (with my permission) and thoroughly enjoyed the attention. As we browsed the aisles, we saw a variety of toys, food, and cookies/biscuits as well as made-in-the-USA chews. The store also sells pet-related products for humans, including clothing, jewelry and greeting cards.

Grandpaws Pet Emporium will be at their current location until July 2nd, when they will be moving to a larger place. (I think Ren will want to go back after the move so that he can revel in the attention again.) This listing will be updated at that time.

Grandpaws Pet Emporium website
Facebook page

Pet-A-Palooza at Knox Farm

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Knox Farm, 437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052
Event Cost: 

Free, donations for local shelters accepted

This event was rescheduled from May. It is hosted by the Iroquois High School Girls' Night Out club along with local shelters. This is a kid-friendly and pet-friendly event, including face painting, a bounce house and agility shows.

Facebook event page (Buffalo Pugs)
Facebook event page (Pet Connection Programs)

3rd Anniversary Bash - The Paw Park

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
The Paw Park, 550 Smith Rd Amherst, New York 14051
Event Cost: 


The Paw Park (Amherst's dog park) is celebrating its 3rd anniversary. The event includes demonstrations, pet-related vendors, raffles and giveaways. In addition to the slushies and popcorn available for purchase, Lloyd's Taco Truck will be there starting at 11am. See the Facebook announcement for a complete list.

Paw Park 3rd Anniversary Bash Facebook announcement

Lewiston Dog Park

Artpark Plateau, Portage Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
Park Type: 
Managing Organization: 
Lewiston Dog Owners Group

1.3 acres (reference)

The Lewiston Dog park opened in 2010, and is run by the Lewiston Dog Owners Group. While some places list the address at Artpark, it's actually on the "Artpark Plateau," the area on Portage Road right before the toll booth. You don't have to worry about paying any admission fees to get here.

The dog park is 1.3 acres, and has sections for small and large dogs, each with their own sally port at the entrance for leashing/unleashing. The surrounding area has some gorgeous views, and is a great place for walking your dog as well.

Lewiston Dog Owners Group website
Lewiston Dog Park Facebook page

Elmwood Pet Supplies

706 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Elmwood Pet Supplies has been around since the 1940s. They have a wide selection of items for dogs, cats and fish. In addition to selling many small/premium brands of dog food, I noticed they had a huge assortment of dog toys (Ren certainly approves). When bringing your dog, just be aware the the aisles are a bit on the narrow side. But since the store is located in the Elmwood Village, when you are done shopping, there is plenty of space to take your dog for a walk afterward.

Elmwood Pet Supplies Website
Facebook page