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River, a 4-legged fixture on Grant Street, resigning as Pittsburgh’s canine ambassador

Megan Guza
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River, a golden retriever and Pittsburgh’s Canine Ambassador, submitted his resignation effective April 5.

Pittsburgh’s first canine ambassador is resigning after more than two years of tippy-tapping through the City-County Building in Downtown, according to the pup’s resignation letter.

River, a golden retriever, submitted his resignation letter, dated March 26, to Mayor Bill Peduto.

“My mom has recently accepted a new job, and it’s time fur me to move on to the new paw-fessional adventures,” the letter read.

River’s owner, Katie O’Malley, has worked for the city for about four years, including as Peduto’s communications coordinator and, more recently, in digital communications in the city’s Department of Innovation and Performance.

River began his career with the city in October 2016.

The letter thanked Peduto for a “long leash to learn, explore and make new friends.”

“I especially enjoyed greeting visitors, snoozing on your couch during meetings, coffee breaks on Grant Street, sharing lunch with our colleagues and zoomies sessions in the Mayor’s Office hallway,” according to the letter.

River’s resignation is effective April 5.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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