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Pittsburgh’s “George the Mastiff” Doing Good at Home – and at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

18 Feb

George, a 250-pound Mastiff, is a hard-to-miss pooch….AND a Pitt legend who just so happened to be 1 of 2,500 dogs competing in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past Monday and Tuesday.

George is 4 years old and, in 2009, was the Number 4 ranked mastiff in the entire country. Though he didn’t win this year, he has a special place in the hearts of many!

This gentle giant is a therapy dog who often visits Pitt’s “Cathedral of Learning” to cheer up weary students. He also can be seen being walked by his owners (or is it the other way around?) in Mt. Washington. George, whose show name is “American/International Champion Erieside Straight to Coalhill CGC TDIA” also works as a therapy dog at the Western PA School for the Blind and Children’s Hospital of UPMC.

His “parents” are Amy and John Coglio of Pittsburgh. They – and all of the ‘Burgh – should “pawsitively” be proud of this dapper doggie!

You can learn more about George on the website for their kennel, which is called Coalhill. Check it out, here: http://www.coalhillmastiffs.com

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If You “Woof” Dogs… or Love People… Read This and Take Part <3

15 Nov

“It’s a Love Story, Baby Just Say Yes!”

~ Taylor Swift


…and whether that “love story” is about a person OR a dog, read on!! Rocket Science Productions, LLC. is currently accepting submission of essays and true stories for two separate book projects. I’m helping them to do so!

One is a compilation of real life stories of TRUE LOVE. Do you LOVE sharing your “how-we-met” story? Do you want to commemorate your wedding vows? Was your proposal straight out of a romance novel? Is your whole life reminiscent of a romantic comedy? Has your partner been there for you in a tough time? Are they overseas and you want to surprise them with this special gift? Or, do you want to tell that special someone how you feel? Then send it over! RSP, LLC will publish YOUR story of love in a nationally published book out just in time for Valentine’s Day! To learn more follow @RSPLoveStories on Twitter and like them on Facebook, here.

If the love of your life is a four-legged furry friend, then the other book project might just be for you! Rocket Science Productions is also seeking submissions for a collection of true DOG stories! Has your pet saved your life, literally OR figuratively speaking? Is your dog REALLY man’s best friend? Do you have an amazing, unbelievable, inspiring, touching, heartwarming, funny or adorable story about your pooch? We want you to share the good, the bad, the ugly, and the cute about your canine companions! Please, send the story our way – we’d “woof” to read your true doggie “tails!”  Follow @TrueDogStories on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook, here.

There is NO NEED to be a “professional” writer. For both books, we want the work to be that of real, everyday people like you and me….that’s what makes them TRUE stories, after all! Plus, we’ll edit for grammar and typos.

Show your love how important they are to you – whether dog or human – by sharing your story as part of a real PUBLISHED BOOK!

For further information or to submit, email: pghmediabutterfly@gmail.com.

Other titles by Rocket Science Productions include: For the Troops, the Imprinted Souls series, the Numbers Elementary series, and, their hallmark, the Stanley and Norman Bad Boy Basset Brothers books.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to contribute!

 

Get To Know … Actress Susyn Elise Duris (and her actor-dog, Folsom!)

15 Nov

Actress Susyn Elise Duris is a Pittsburgh girl at heart. Even though she’s from Williamsburg, Virgina, and also lived in Michigan for a long time, the 7 years that Susyn spent in Pittsburgh was a special time in her life – and branded her a Steelers and Penguins fan forever!

Susyn, whose husband also has Pittsburgh roots (he’s from New Brighton and is an Edinboro alum), has family who are from the North Braddock and Monnesson areas, as well. While she lived in Michigan, she spent summers here. A fond Pittsburgh memory that she has from childhood was being able to visit the set of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. You could say that this was Susyn’s first taste of being on a television set – she’s appeared on TV series such as Big Shots, North Star, and Boston Legal, and is now starring in a web series online. Susyn’s also been a part of major motion pictures such as the movie “Coach Carter” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and a number of indie flicks and festival films.

Susyn started acting at age 10 in school and community plays, and continued well through high school. After she went on to the University of Colorado, however, she decided to pursue other interests and obtained degrees in business and finance/marketing. Eventually, she decided to get back into acting. Around April of 2004, Duris joined the Screen Actors’ Guild, AFTRA, Women in Theater, and Women in Film, and began taking on TV and movie roles, once again.

Her dog, Folsom, is also familiar with the “Hollywood” life. Folsom is a canine actor and has appeared on the TV series Big Shots as well as in print and television advertisements. He is a unique-looking  chocolate miniature poodle who is also from Da’ Burgh. In 2006, Susyn and her husband purchased Folsom from a breeder in Jefferson Hills. A talent scout noticed the pooch at the groomer later on and after submitting some photos and going through an audition, Folsom was signed to an agency. He has to know hand signals on set and works with dog handlers and trainers, but, with him, it’s all about his uniquely adorable look.

Susyn also has a look that casting directors also go to. Typically, this pretty blonde is cast for her “toughness” and universal appeal, often as a blue collar worker , “mom roles” or playing the part of a “hard” kind of woman. She specifically targets these types of roles and doesn’t mind being typecast. After all: “It’s better to be typecast than not cast at all,” she says.

Susyn claims that her background in business and marketing definitely help her “sell herself” when auditioning for roles. Her love is drama rather than comedy, but she’ll do either. Typically, she tends to lean towards procedurals, cop shows, legal dramas, etc. Therefore, her role in Boston Legal was perfect for her. Her current project, “The Unemployment of Danny London” is a web series. “Due to changes in the economic landscape and competition,” she explains, “artists and talent are producing their own content,” such as these online shows and web series. They’ve filmed a few episodes so far, with Susyn playing the role of “Miriam.” You can learn more by clicking here. The show also has a Facebook page and Twitter account so that you can keep up with the series.

Susyn also stays busy with animal actor and beloved doggie Folsom, of course, and will be doing a film she’s writing with her husband. The yet-untitled film is based on a book that her husband, Jeff, wrote, and  should hopefully be filmed entirely in Pittsburgh – or at least that’s the tentative plan.

Susyn Elise Duris now happily resides in Los Angeles with Jeff and Folsom, but remains true to her ties to Pittsburgh. She misses Peter’s Place in Bridgeville, the Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville, Mallorca in the South Side, and Moonstones Metaphysical Haven in Dormont. She, of course, follows the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers (as well as her college football team, the Colorado Buffalos) and is also still an sustaining member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, despite now living in L.A. Susyn loves Sex and the City, is a published writer, and pens a blog, The Spiritual Creative: Actress Susyn Elise Duris’ Musings on Life.

Is there nothing that this modern-day Renaissance Woman cannot do?

Glitzburgh doesn’t think so – and we’re proud to have her as a fan and friend of the Black & Gold!

LOVE YOUR PET? Stop by this Fab Event, Today! – Dog-Friendly “Street Party at the Works” in Pittsburgh!

19 Jun

If you love your pet, today’s event at the Southside Works is a Must!

Get out there and enjoy this bright, sunshiney day with your favorite four-legged friend!

Your fabulous fur child with thank you with lots of wags and kisses if you take them to this special South Side Works “Street Party at the Works” beginning at 5pm.

Join other dog owners and animal lovers on Cinema Drive for this FREE and pet-friendly event complete with live music. Bands and artists featured include the Sun Kings, Mercury, and Dan Dabber. Your pooch can enjoy FREE nail trimmings from Pinky’s Pet Parlour, as well as homemade doggie treats!

There will also be special pet-related giveaways, Cold Cow Creamery samples, and Vitamin Water samples.

The event is open to the public, so no need to register or RSVP – just stop on by and enjoy this fabulous weather with man’s – or woman’s – best friend where you can learn more about Subaru, the title sponsor, and their “pet” charity, the ASPCA – the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals!

A fun event for a great cause – they’d surely “woof” to see you there!

Pittsburgh is Going to the Dogs this Weekend! ~ Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association Dog Show … and my Furry Friends <3

26 Mar

Make no bones about it, Pittsburgh’s going to the dogs this weekend! (And yes, I’m going to cram every canine cliche into this piece as possible. Watch me.)

The Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association is hosting its annual Dog Show, which includes Dog Fair, Dog Show, Membership Meeting, and Awards Ceremony, at the Pittsburgh David L. Lawrence Convention Center on March 27th and 28th, 2010.

I would “woof” (translation: love) to go, but since I cannot, my pups and I are quite bummed. I am a true doggie-lover and have always wanted to attend a dog show. My two canine companions are LucyLoo Pugbum, a 6-year-old Pug and Brussels Griffon Mix, and Miss Maggie May, a 2-year-old purebred Pug. (I also have two Parakeets, Gus and Gaga, who I call my tweethearts, but whom my boyfriend lovingly refers to as “decorations that make a mess.” That’s neither here nor there, but worthwhile to share, I think.)

Anyway … The WPKC show is open to the public and would be a great family event, or a fabulous day/weekend excursion for any dog or animal lover! Here’s the details that I’ve pulled from their website, http://www.wpka-inc.org

  • Dog  Show is open to the public.  The admission fee is $9.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 4 years to 12 years.
  • Doors open at 7:00am and conformation judging begins at 9:00am.  Best in Show is judged at approximately 5:00pm.
  • Obedience trials are judged at the same time as conformation each day.
  • The show on Saturday, March 27 is a complete dog show resulting in a Best in Show award.  The show on Sunday, March 28, is also a separate and complete dog show, which includes the same dogs as those entered on Saturday for the most part.  However, a different judge on Sunday judges each breed.
  • The judging times for each breed on Saturday and Sunday will be available on our websitewpka-inc.org any time after Monday, March 22, 2009.

FYI, I do not want to “bark up the wrong tree” or “ruffle anyone’s feathers” (yes! 2 points! dog AND bird analogy. Way to tie it all together, Ash!) by promoting a rival event, but if you live in the Slippery Rock area, there is also a Going to the Dogs Beef and Bones Fundraiser Dinner on March 27th that I mentioned in a blog post yesterday. Additionally, this weekend and next week there will be “Dog Pictures with the Easter Bunny” all around the Pittsburgh area. Call around to local pet stores, indoor dog parks, groomers, shelters, and photographers, or search the web for info!

My pups attended a Pug and Small Dog Meet-Up “Spring Fling Party” at K-9 Kingdom in Wexford this past Sunday. It was for pugs and pug mixes and they had a blast. So, even though I can’t make the Dog Show in Pittsburgh this weekend, I still got my doggie fix for the week.

If anyone goes to the WPKC Dog Show, PLEASE post photos and share comments about it – I’d PAWSitively love to hear how it goes!

I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of my dogs. Lucy is the pug mix, Maggie is the pug. (No more corny animal puns, I promise.)

PS: Just for fun … If you have a “mixed breed” (or, if it is PC to say, a “mutt) there are a couple of neat things available right now:

Pedigree is promoting a MUTT CENSUS – info here. http://www.muttcensus.com/

Also, here is a Dog Genealogy Kit that you can order to find out the true heritage of your furry friend: http://www.wisdompanel.com/