They let the dogs in Friday night, and the Pittsburgh Pet Expo continues today and Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Pets are welcome —including cats and ferrets — as long as they are on a leash.
The free treats and giveaways from many vendors are always a hit. Visit the new indoor “Bark Park” to meet adoptable pets from local shelters and rescues. Animal Arena shows include dogs from Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group and wild animals from the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center.
The Halloween costume contest is Sunday at 2 p.m.
Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, $9 for active military and people 55 and older. Children 10 and younger get in for free. Spend $10 at a Healthy Pet Products store and get two free tickets to the expo. Information: www.PghPetExpo.com.
For seven years Mt. Lebanon residents have been going to the Twin Hills Neighborhood Dog Trick & Doggie Treat Parade. It gets bigger every year — nearly 100 dogs last year — and you don’t have to live there to attend.
Dogs and people are encouraged to dress in costumes Sunday. The parade starts at 1:15 p.m. at Ridgefield and North Meadowcroft avenues. Participants should assemble before in a blocked-off area between North Meadowcroft Avenue and Twin Hills Drive. The parade is free, but donations will be accepted for the Children’s Miracle Network/Children’s Hospital.
Thirty-four wildlife artists from five states will be featured at the Wings & Wildlife Public Art Show and Marketplace at the National Aviary on Nov. 5-6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The featured artist is Pittsburgh photographer Dave DiCello. The works of art featured will include paint, jewelry, ceramics and wood.
Meet the artists, buy their art and see the many birds at 700 Arch St., North Side. The show and marketplace are included in general admission. Friday is the Wings & Wildlife Opening Soiree & Benefit Auction, 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $100 at www.aviary.org and include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Trivia for cats
The Cat’s Meow Trivia Night on Nov. 5 will benefit the Fluffyjean Fund Colony Cat Project, which provides low-cost spay and neuter for barn cats and feral cats in Washington County. The trivia games are at Bado’s Pizza Grill & Ale House, 307 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon.
Admission is $25 for pizza, soft drinks and dessert. There will be an auction. Send an RSVP email to email@example.com to reserve a spot.