Out & About: They’re all good dogs at Humane Society Whisker Walk | TribLIVE.com
Out & About

Out & About: They’re all good dogs at Humane Society Whisker Walk

Shirley McMarlin

Picking the best canine costumes at the annual Humane Society of Westmoreland County Whisker Walk is no easy task, given the “ruff” competition — but judges Margo Donati and Barb Nichols are equal to it.

They’ve been doing it for a long time, most recently at this year’s event, held Oct. 26 at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.

Categories include funniest, most unique, best team, best overall, along with lots of honorable mentions.

If “most heartwarming story” won a prize, it could have gone to Auggie, a Scottish deerhound owned by Jerry, Heather and Reese Capo of Greensburg. Auggie and his best buddy, Murphy the Irish wolfhound, came dressed as Ninja Turtles.

Heather read Auggie’s story online and knew “he was the one for us,” so the family drove to Kansas to adopt him.

Auggie was rescued from the streets, 35 pounds underweight, suffering from mange. What makes his story even more poignant is that he is blind.

No doubt there were other stories just as touching amidst what HSWC Executive Director Kathy Burkley labeled “a huge turnout.”

Seen in the park, as Victoria Goldsworthy led off the parade around the lakes: Kris Samloff with rescue papillon Little Pinky, Denise Smolinski with shi tzu Barley, Jennifer Purkiss with Cairn terrier Toto, Cody and Victoria Zimmerman with chocolate lab Daisy and blue heeler Willow, Jennifer Monstrola with toy poodle Diego and Josh and Katie Bianco with Great Danes Sullivan, Theo and Harley.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .


1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers10-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Outfitted as an aviator, Louise Fisher, of Export, pulls her pilot, “Jasmine”, in her plane, during the Humane Society of Westmoreland County’s Whisker Walk, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 26,2019.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers9-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Lisa Pope of Latrobe and Willow participate in the Humane Society of Westmoreland County’s Whisker Walk, held Oct. 26 at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers7-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Macy, owned by Kelly Row, of Greensburg
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers8-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Sara Rowe and Victoria Goldsworthy lead the parade at the Humane Society of Westmoreland County’s Whisker Walk, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 26,2019.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers5-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Outfitted as "Alice in Wonderland", (from left), Missy Ciesielski and Ella Ciesielski, and their dog, "Sydney", gather for a photo during the Humane Society of Westmoreland County’s Whisker Walk, held at Twin Lakes Park in Unity Township on Saturday morning, October 26,2019.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers6-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Sydney is owned by Missy Cielsielski and her daughter, Ella
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers4-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Outfitted as “Alice in Wonderland” are (from left) Taylor Rubino and Kim Rubino of Hempfield and their dog, Maddox.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers3-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Outfitted as a Ninja Turtle is Bailey, owned by Nick Opalsky and Jen Goebel of Latrobe.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers2-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Outfitted as Charlotte’s Web characters (from left), Barb Palmer of Greensburg, Bindy, and Sharon Shivetts of Unity.
1845029_web1_gtr-OA-whiskers1-102819
PHOTOS: Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Jerry, Reese and Heather Capo (from left) of Greensburg with their dogs Murphy, an Irish wolfhound, and Auggie, a Scottish deerhound.
Categories: Lifestyles | OutAndAbout
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.