Pet Events: swimming, partying, a wedding and more

Labor Day swims

Swimming pools in four Allegheny County parks are open to people from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, and then from 4-6 p.m. they let the dogs in for “Pooches in the Pool.”

The cost is $15 per dog to swim in pools at North, South, Boyce and Settlers Cabin parks. Each dog must be accompanied by one or two “guardians.” Other two-legged family members will be charged $5 per person.

Dogs must wear current license tags and have proof of current vaccinations.

Paws Across Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that rescues dogs and cats, is partnering with the county and will staff the events. Tickets can be purchased at the pools on Labor Day.

More swims

The Dormont Doggie Dip to benefit Humane Animal Rescue and the Dormont Pool is also on Labor Day. Go to for more information. Swim times vary, according to the size of your dog. Registration is $35 at the event.

The Crafton Doggie Paddle is scheduled for Sept. 9, 1-3 p.m. so as not to compete with other dog swims. Cost is $10 at the borough pool in Crafton Park on Steuben Street.

Wedding bells

Humane Animal Rescue has announced the wedding of two shelter alumni, Annie and Valentino. A marriage license has been obtained, and the nuptuals will be Friday at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown

Festivities begin at 6 p.m, and the ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 (children under 12 get in free) for an open bar, food stations, music by Elkhound, dancing, raffles “special surprises,” and a photo booth with Annie and Valentino.

Annie was rescued by the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Valentino by Animal Rescue League. Both dogs are white pit bull mixes. Their wedding ceremony symbolizes the merger of those two shelters into Humane Animal Rescue.

Valentino got his name because he arrived at the shelter on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2016. He weighed just 13 pounds when he was found nearly frozen to death in a field in East Liberty. His legs were weak and malformed. Two months later, he weighed 34 pounds and was adopted by the Clifford family of Sarver. They named him Scuba Steve.

Annie was nicknamed Little Orphan Annie by shelter workers who cared for the 6-pound puppy who needed physical therapy to regain the use her back legs. Christen Malone became Annie’s foster mom in June 2015 and never could say good-bye. Annie made a complete recovery and is now 58 pounds.

“Annie started having play dates with Valentino over a year ago,” Ms. Malone said. “They loved to play ... and they were just so perfect for one another. It made sense to host a fundraiser in their honor.”

Party in North Park

Pour at the Park features craft brews, local bites and live music on Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the shores of North Park Lake near the boathouse. The event is hosted by Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

The event is open to leashed dogs and cats. It’s also family friendly with a playground. Kids 11 and younger get in free.

People who buy tickets at get a commemorative stainless-steel tasting cup. Tickets can also be purchased at the event — a $55 pour ticket for adults over 21 and a $15 designated driver ticket for people who aren’t drinking and for children 12 and older.

Keystone open house

Dogs will jump through hoops, play flyball and do a “doo wop” dance at a free open house that dog lovers will love. Participants can win gift bags from Rohrich Cadillac with a free cupcake from Three Dog Bakery and treats from Healthy Pet Products.

Keystone Canine Training Club is open to people and well-behaved leashed dogs on Sept.10 from 1-4 p.m. at 5167 Brownsville Road, Baldwin Borough (15236).

The doo wop dance with dogs and club members is at 1:30 p.m. Well-trained and titled dogs will do demonstrations: flyball at 1 p.m., agility 2 p.m., rally 2:30 p.m., scent work 3 p.m. and trick dog at 3:30 p.m.

Workshops from 1-3:20 p.m. will teach you how to get your dog off the sofa, come when called and walk nicely on a loose leash. Vendor booths will feature pet paintings, Seeing Spotz Photography, handmade collars and leashes, Norwex pet mitt and towels and more.

Free door prizes include Pirates tickets for a Pup Night at PNC Park, a mini photo shoot for your pup and gift cards from Painting With a Twist, Three Dog Bakery and Healthy Pet Products.

If you bring your dog, bring a copy of current vaccination records.

Pet memorial service

Sept. 10 is Pet Memorial Sunday, with a free service at 2 p.m. in Melrose Cemetery in Bridgeville, 3060 Washington Road, 15017.

Speakers will talk about love, grief and recovery. “Words of tribute” written by family members will be read, and people are invited to bring photos of pets that have died. Doves will be released. Light refreshments will be served.

The sponsor is Deb Chebatoris of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. Information:

Goat yoga

Stretch and chill out with goats at a farm in Presto — NamastHay Goat Yoga is back!

Classes fill up quickly, so register now for the Sept. 30 class, which will be from 2-3:15 p.m. The class is $20, and part of the proceeds benefit Washington Area Humane Society.

The next session is Oct. 21, and tickets can be ordered starting on Sept. 16. Classes are presented by Jen’s Yoga Zen and Have U Herd Goatscaping.

Go to to register.

First Published September 1, 2017 10:00 AM