Pet events: Learn about Norwegian elkhounds at Bethel Park pet store

Meet the elkhounds

The new Four Paws Elkhound Rescue will have a dog or two at the Pet Supplies Plus store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The store is on Route 88 in Bethel Park, near the Corrigan Drive entrance to South Park. 

Learn more about Norwegian elkhounds, which were originally bred to hunt elk and bears. The rescue, started in October by Georgeann Reid of Munhall and her husband, Dennis Williams, currently has two young Norweigan elkhounds in foster homes.

For more information, go to or its Facebook page, email or call 412-423-6067.

B*tches Ball

In honor of spay/neuter efforts to control the pet population, a drag competition for Miss B*tchburgh 2017 will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District (15222). Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society.

This is the event’s sixth year, and it has been designated the All Stars Edition. Favorite Miss B*tchburghs from past years will be competing for the title of Queen B*tchburgh.

General admission tickets are $40 at or $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $100. The event includes celebrity judges, drink specials, small bites, live music by Long Leggate Spyder, raffles, giveaways and dancing.

Pets are not invited because they would be stressed in the crowded venue.

Cat and gin party

Wigle Distillery is holding a March 24 Cat Party to celebrate the release of Tom Foolery Old Tom Gin. Admission is $15, and part of the proceeds will benefit Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society.

The party is 6-9 p.m. at Wigle Distillery, 2401 Smallman St., Strip District (15222). The $15 includes cocktail, gin sampling, yarn crafts and live music. There will be cat-themed cocktails and a pet photo contest.

Old Tom Gin goes back to 18th-century England, when sugar and botanicals were added to gin. People bought it by placing a nickel in the mouth of a wooden cat-shaped plaque on the outside of a gin bootlegger’s home.

This Old Tom has a base distilled from organic wheat and organic malted barley. “The resulting spirit has a nose of cooked lemon and baking spice,” according to the Wigle news release. The gin’s juniper flavor “tapers with lingering notes of vanilla and oak.”

Go to for tickets.

Shoes for greyhounds

Pairs of old shoes, no matter how worn-out, are being collected to help retired racing greyhounds and people in foreign countries. Even flip flops are welcome.

Two rescue groups — The Greyhound Way and Nittany Greyhounds — are taking part in this fundraiser. In the past three years, Nittany Greyhound has collected 10,000 shoes and raised $4,000. Children’s shoes and sneakers are most in demand.

Orlando, Fla.-based Funds2org will donate $1,000 to the greyhounds for every 2,500 pairs of shoes collected. The shoes will be cleaned or repaired. If they are beyond redemption, they will be used to make a new pair of shoes.

To find drop-off locations, email or call 412-877-1221.

Here are some drop-off locations in the North Hills: Belacoop Animal Hospital, 2232 West Hardies Road, Hampton (15044); Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 66 Grant Ave., Etna (15223); and Glenshaw Feed & Garden Center, 1645 Butler Plank Road, Shaler (15116).

Oakmont sites include Oakmont Chamber of Commerce, 504 Allegheny River Blvd., and Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave. (both 15139).

Trick dog titles

Your dog doesn’t have to be a purebred to participate in the new American Kennel Club Trick Dog program. Dogs can earn titles at four levels — novice, intermediate, advanced and trick dog performer.

To earn the novice title, the dog must do 10 “skills” from a long list of tricks that includes bark on cue, fetch, high five, kiss, spin around and walk on a balance beam.

For the advanced title, tricks include walking backward, bowing, covering eyes, hiding and jumping into the handlers’ arms.

“The primary characteristic ... is having fun,” said Mary Burch, AKC Canine Good Citizen and trick dog director.

Trick titles can be awarded by AKC-approved Canine Good Citizen evaluators. The AKC will also recognize trick titles earned through  the Do More With Your Dog organization. Non-purebreds must be enrolled in the Purebred Alternative Listing PAL program. 

Go to for more information and to get the application forms. AKC will accept applications starting April 1.

Linda Wilson Fuoco: or 412-263-3064.