Your dog says he wants to march in Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

So you should surely bring him. Or her. Or them.  And if you can’t bring your dog, come anyway, we need escorts for the dogs.

We’ve done the parade for several years now and every year everyone who marches with us has a great time. Some bring their dogs and others don’t. Some take turns walking the dogs, others carry our banner, others toss candy to the kids, and others just walk escort between the dogs and the crowd that compresses in along the parade route in places.

And someone gets to dress as Scooby Doo.

It is really a good time and it’s quite impressive to walk your dog down the wide expanse of the Boulevard of the Allies while thousands and thousands watch and ask to pet your dog. It’s a decent walk so your dog should be in shape for a good walk and your dog should be ok with people and other dogs.  We go rain or shine or snow, so if you volunteer, please commit, wear a raincoat, the people will still be there and you will still have a good time.SONY DSCSONY DSC

So if you want to join us, we do need your help.  Email Jean at jeanrmatvey@gmail.com and get ready to see a parade from a different, and much more interesting perspective.

And bring candy. And dress your dog in any way you see fit.

The parade is Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m., though you do have to be there earlier to line up.

My in-house volunteers and the fine work they do

While running the rescue I often get side tracked and also I really don’t sit down until the end of the night. That said, all of us that run rescues are busy at least 14 to 16 hrs a day doing things for the animals we are fostering. I often get someone saying that they tried to get me and i didnt get to them sooner than later.
Believe me when I say if I am doing something like the dishes the dogs are doing something else behind my back, like shredding up paper, pulling out blankets from the crates, digging holes in the back yard, chewing holes in the wall, pulling out toys from their toy box, playing in mud puddles, digging holes in the floor in the house, playing keep away with the other dogs, barking at the squirrels outside so the neighbors complain, there are just a number of things that they get into while I am doing something else.
 While I do the dishes they are busy doing something destructive, if I am doing laundry they are often doing something destructive. Last week I went to pick up the broom to sweep the floor and this is what I found.
They must have sensed I needed help with the sweeping so they made the broom new and improved so I could stand 3 feet away and sweep to my side instead of straight in front of me.  I do have to get very low to the ground though to use the broom.  If you would like to purchase a broom just like this one we can arrange for the dogs to fix it up for you too, just let Pa Great Dane Rescue know.  They are so helpful in many ways and offered their assistance without my knowledge at all, but this is usually the way we work. I find out about something when I am right up on it.
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Mr.Wylie

My name is Mr. Wylie and I am a 4-year-old Labradane mix. I was found on the side of the road down in South Carolina with a collar embedded in my neck and I was heart worm positive and loaded with worms. I was in pretty bad shape but a wonderful rescue down there found me and took great care me and now I am up here looking for  a home.
I like other dogs and cats are unknown sinceIi was not around them where I was.  For the first timeIi am pretty much having some fun. Don’t worry I will guard you against any balls with my trusty camouflage ball shooter or if i see a slipper I will chew it up to prevent it from harming you or your family.  I tried to get  a speck of food on the floor and got my head stuck in the elevated bowl feeders but I am free from that thing now, even thought it took an hour I managed to break free and have a break laying on the dog bed I attacked for fun.
ike other dogs and cats are unknown since i was not around them where i was staying.  for the first time i am pretty much having some fun. dont worry i will guard you against any balls with my trusty camouflage ball shooter or if i see a slipper i will chew it up to prevent it from harming you or your family.  i tried to get  a speck of food on the floor and got my head stuck in the elevated bowl feeders but i am free from that thing now. even thought it took an hour i managed to break free and have a break laying on the dog bed i attacked for fun.
i like other dogs and cats are unknown since i was not around them where i was staying.  for the first time i am pretty much having some fun. dont worry i will guard you against any balls with my trusty camouflage ball shooter or if i see a slipper i will chew it up to prevent it from harming you or your family.  i tried to get  a speck of food on the floor and got my head stuck in the elevated bowl feeders but i am free from that thing now. even thought it took an hour i managed to break free and have a break laying on the dog bed i attacked for fun.
My favorite things to do are sleep, strut in front of the ladies, eat and eat then fart and fart again. I do this all so well that I know you will be very impressed with me and want to make me part of your family. I will defend my family against dog beds, slippers and any dog bowls that may be hanging around.

Thor

Hello my name is Thor and I am just that the Hammer of the Gods . Ok well I think I am a god but that is because I am young. They are saying I am about 2 years old but I am probably younger than that. I need some people manners but once you get to know me you will be very impressed with how high I can stand in place for a cookie.

I leannnnnnn very well. I just love to lean into things and knock them over. I am so good at that and my job description is just that; lean into everyone, every wall, every other dog, every sidewalk, even the air, which means I fall down on the ground. But I get up really really quick.

So anyways I was put into the drop box of the shelter in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Yes, it was a really really really big box. I have no idea how they stuffed me into it or why. Here I was being all pretty and trying to impress them with my leaning abilities and they put me into the overnight box at the shelter. I am great with dogs and a little submissive though and good with people but small kids may get knocked over so no kids under 8 years old. Cats are unknown to me and I do walk nice on a leash and I also take treats very very gently. That is me, the treat taker leaner.

Here’s a Beauty for you

My name is Beauty and my name reflects my personality. I am 5 years young and I love love love kids, dogs, and cats. I am a native Ohioan and I love to go for long walks outside and sometimes I wear my booties for that. I am a merle female Great Dane and boy o boy do I get the looks. I love to lay on the bed all day and lived with cats, another dog, and some kids so I am well seasoned for my new home. I am crate trained and listen well to everyone. I am a good little girl and need to snuggle with a new family soon. I was turned into a shelter because my family was too busy for me.

Meet Sweet Elsa

Elsa is a 4 year old special needs gal all the way from West Virginia. She is a pretty special girl, she loves to play with the other dogs and is great in the house now. She likes her crate and is pretty bad about getting up in the am to go outside as she is most comfy in her crate wrapped in warm blankies.  Elsa sees partially out of one eye and does here loud noises. Her response to cats is unknown and we ask for larger kids for her because she does like to play with her owners. She often gets very excited to play with tug toys and stuffed animals and she loves people.

 

Which of you are Hazel nuts?

My name is Hazel and I am 3 years old. I am a West Virginia gal that just loves to hang around and eat. My puppy making days are over and I get along with other dogs and love to chase the cats around but have never hurt them. I love to play with other dogs and usually start the play first.

 

I am a beautiful gal that just loves to sit on the couch or hang in the crate and I love to snuggle. Older kids are ok for me as I am very big and push things out of the way with my wagging tail. I was surrendered to a shelter with my puppies and my boyfriend but they have all been adopted and I am left as usual but as they say they leave the best for last.