Pet Events: Cycle for Animals, Hoedown for the Hounds, other events

Cycle for Animals (cancelled)

Ride for Pittsburgh’s Animals - scheduled for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the new CycleBar studio in the North Hills - has been cancelled.

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Hoedown for Hounds

Southern-style food and drinks and adorable adoptable dogs are just part of the fun at the Hoedown for the Hounds on Thursday 6:30-10 p.m. at a working farm in Sewickley.

The Hoedown benefits the Beaver County Humane Society. The event will be at Dunder Farm & Fields, LLC, 528 Scaife Road, Sewickley (15143).

Tickets are $75 per person. Go to for further information and to get tickets.


Adoptable pets from local shelters and rescues are the stars at the Dogtoberfest event at the Waterfront in Homestead next Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

People’s pets are welcome, especially if they dress up for the dog costume contest parade.

Admission is free at this fundraiser for CARMAA — Coalition to Adopt, Rehome and Match Abandoned Animals. Vendors pay a fee to sell their wares.

Memorial Dog Park

Cynthia L. McGraw-Davic wasn’t just an animal lover. She was a rescuer, a transprter and a volunteer dog walker. Since her Oct. 15, 2015 ,death from cancer, her family and friends have been raising money for Cindy’s Memorial Bark Park in Port Vue. 

The second  annual Bark in the Park to raise money is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. next Saturday at Port Vue Municipal Fields, Romine Avenue. Your own pets are welcome to attend.

Adoptable pets will be there along with more than 70 rescue groups, local artisans and crafters, food vendors, and foot trucks. Look for pet stenciling by VIP Grooming, Pictures with Your Pet by Ashlee, an exotic animal show, free dog baths by Camp Bow Wow, caricatures by Shawnelle, face painting, raffle baskets, and music by DJ Dale & Red Hot, too.

K-9 dogs and officers have a demonstration at 11:15 a.m.. At 12:15 there are contests with prizes — best dressed and best howl and bark. Paw & Order will do a 1:15 p.m. training and tricks program. Pets will be blessed at 2:15 p.m.

Cindy’s dog park will be on 3 acres of land donated by the borough. Excavation at the site next to the Port Vue Athletic Association is currently being done for free by Lawson Excavation. 

Donations can be mailed to Cindy’s Memorial Bark Park, 1191 Romine Ave., Port Vue 15133.

Guinea Pig Pignic

Guinea pigs and their people are invited to Pignic 2017 on Sunday, Oct. 8, noon-5 p.m. at 201 Delberta Road, Lower Burrell.

Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue is putting on the event, which includes a piggie costume contest, professional photo sessions, games, contests and the much-anticipated Piggie Poop Bingo.

Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring a covered dish for people to eat. The rescue promises to proved “a hearty salad” for both pigs and people.  Guests are also asked to bring aluminum cans that will be recycled for cash for the rescue.

In past years 30 guinea pigs and 70 people have attended. People should bring secure pens where their pets can play.

A bingo board is painted on a table cloth and guinea pigs walk around on it, said Mark McClure, a co-founder of the rescue. When they defecate on the board, that number is called, hence the name, Piggie Poop Bingo. 

For information, go to the Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue Facebook page or to, which notes that the rescue provides grooming and boarding services for guinea pigs.

 — compiled by Linda Wilson Fuoco