Tag Archives: Animals

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

Saturday: A Night in the Tropics Benefit ~ A Fun and Fabulous Summer Evening at the Pittsburgh Aviary (Also: Chance to WIN TICKETS here!)

14 Jul

This Saturday, July 17th, 2010, join the National Aviary in Pittsburgh for the BNY-Mellon Hosted “Night in the Tropics!”

This fabulous summer event will be a carefree celebration that is sure to be a memorable occasion and a fun evening for all who attend!

Come to the National Aviary, located in Pittsburgh’s historic North Side alongside the gorgeous Allegheny Commons Park, where you can relax to the Freedom Band, enjoy lovely food and drinks, dance, mix, and mingle in America’s one and only “bird zoo!”

At the Aviary’s Night at the Tropics event, you can enjoy the work of muralist Ashley Hodder as she paints live, all while in the company of 600+ colorful, beautiful, and exotic birds, and will also have the opportunity to enter a silent auction to win one of Ashley’s paintings on-site that night!

All Night in the Tropics benefits the Aviary’s education and wildlife conservation programs! This is for a GREAT cause. This is a ONE OF A KIND facility, a rare and precious gem that we have right here in Pittsburgh benefitting these beautiful animals, some of which are endangered species, all of which are magnificent creatures! Come out, have fun, relax, and contribute to a good cause this weekend 🙂

Tickets $50; VIP tickets $100. (VIP tickets include free valet parking, a special VIP reception,and access to VIP-only bars and restaurants in the BNY Mellon Hospitality Tent.)

For questions about Night at the Tropics, or to order Night at the Tropics tickets by phone, call the National Aviary ticket line at 412-323-7235 x213 and tell them that you were referred by the Glitzburgh blog!

PS: WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE EVENT?   Glitzburgh is giving away TWO Pairs of Tickets!

Here’s what you have to do!

1)    Tweet a link to this blog post along with hashtags #aviarytropics #glitzburgh

2) Email your name and contact information to glitzburgh@gmail.com

3) Leave a comment on this blog post.

Winners will be announced on Friday, July 16th, 2010.

Ready, Set, Go! GOOD LUCK!

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/