By Linda Wilson Fuoco
Even chickens are invited to march in the Paws Parade & Party in Regent Square next Saturday. The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Animal Nature store, 7610 Forbes Ave. (15221).
Shop owners are hoping cats, rabbits and other animals will join the parade and party. That could include guinea pigs and rats that have come to the pet supply shop for earlier events.
Parading pets are encouraged to wear costumes for a $5 fee and a chance to win ribbons and prizes. The parade ends in a block party, 1-3 p.m. at Biddle's Escape on Trenton Avenue between Union and Biddle streets.
There will be demonstrations of canine freestyle, which is dogs dancing with people in time to music. Also look for pottery painting, a pet bakery, Kiss-A-Bull booth, a pet portrait painter, a food truck and adoptable dogs from the Animal Rescue League. Riversong Mandolin Ensemble will provide music. Steffi Bruninghaus of Three Rivers Community Cats will provide information about trap-neuter-return programs for feral cats
No need to register in advance. Proceeds benefit Living in Liberty and Alle-Kiski Center SAFT program. The parade and party are sponsored by Animal Nature, Biddle's Escape and Green Mountain Energy.
Think like an animal
Science writer Virginia Morell, a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other publications, will speak in Oakland at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to benefit the Animal Friends shelter in Ohio Township. Her topic is "Animal Wise: The Thought and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures."
Ms. Morell will explore topics such as:Do you know that some dogs have 1,000-word vocabularies? That birds practice songs in their sleep? That ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, chimps grieve, crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead and moths remember living as caterpillars?
Ms. Morell has authored books including "Ancestral Passions," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and she is co-author with Richard Leakey of "Wildlife Wars."
General admission is $25, student tickets are $15 and seniors over 65 pay $20. Premium $75 tickets include a 6:15 p.m. dinner with Ms. Morell, an autographed copy of her book "Animal Wise" and reserved seating at the lecture at The University Club at the University of Pittsburgh, 123 University Place, Oakland (15260).