Pet Events July 1-8

Dog park opens

As part of the 71st annual Forest Hills Community Day, the new Forest Hills Dog Park will have it’s official dedication and Ribbon Cutting. It all happens on July 4, sponsored by the Civic Association. 

The dog park in the municipality’s main park off Ardmore Boulevard, has been unofficially open since May, but at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday it will be official. A donor wall with the names of people who helped to fund the dog park will be unveiled. 

There are also races, games, food and entertainment at the Forest Hills fete. 

Dog owners can also register at 8:30 a.m. for a one-mile Fun Run/Dog Walk through the streets of Forest Hills. Registration for  the Ed Bunyan Memorial Community Day Biathlon (a 200-meter swim in the pool and a 2½-mile run) is at 7:45 a.m. at the swimming pool. Registration is $5 and includes a T-shirt.


The whimsically named Droopy Basset Hound Rescue of Western Pennsylvania is having its big annual fundraiser next Saturday — Slobberfest 2017. 

This is the 18th annual Slobberfest. In all those years hundreds of hounds have found “wonderful caring Forever homes,” according to the news release.

The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Union City, Erie County, at 15581 Stewart Hill Road, 16438.

Admission is free, and friendly dogs are welcome as long as they are up to date on shots and leashed at all times. There will be raffles to raise money to rescue more dogs.

Food and drink will be sold, but guests are advised to bring their own chairs.

Slobberfest “is also a furry family reunion where many of the bassets and their families come back to tell and show us how well their wonderful, perfect, most beatuful, smartest and best basset ever is doing,” according to the release.

Go to for further information and to see photos and bios of dogs available for adoption.

Cat behavior expert

Got a cat with common feline behavior issues and concerns? Cat expert and best-selling author Pam Johnson-Bennet will be at Animal Friends next Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., with help and advice. The shelter is in Ohio Township, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh 15237.

Her latest book is CatWise, and it will be available for sale and for signing. Go to to register online or call 412-847-7000.

Hero dog nominations

The American Kennel Club is looking for a few good dogs — five to be exact — to win the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence. Nominations are open through July 31.

We had a local ACE winner in 2014. Boomer, a 30-pound Australian shepherd, bit and fought off a  black bear that was biting and clawing Connie Dilts of North Mahoning, Indiana County. 

Boomer — full name Gearhart Sound of Thunder — herds dairy cows and hogs at the Green Lawn Farms operated by Bob Dilts and his family.

The brave little dog won in the Exemplary Companion category. The other categories are Uniformed Service K-9, Search and Rescue, Therapy and Service, for dogs that “enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners.”

The five winners, like Boomer, get an engraved sterling silver medallion, an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando and $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. 

Nominated dogs do not have to be purebred.

Entry details are at: to get the entry form, and the photo should be sent to