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The Duck.

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As many of you may know by now; a 40 foot tall duck is now floating around our rivers, resting near The Point. I have been a skeptic of the duck since I first heard of it: Why is it coming? Why is it so big? What does it stand for? What’s the point? Can I please pop it? and most importantly–Why don’t we have a 40 foot tall Pirate ship floating around? This is our first winning season and playoff run since ’92!

I hit my duck-annoyance breaking point on the 27th, the day he was brought to life and floated down the river. My entire twitter feed was comprised of ducky tweets. There was a live photo blog, a live stream of him floating around and a Duck Watch on WPXI. WTF was going on?! I had planned to attend the various events held Downtown by the Cultural Trust (including the awesome Night Market and gallery crawl) but I truly was blown away (almost overwhelmed) by the number of people lining the Allegheny River. It was insane! Half of the attendees were ducked-out in yellow and ducky clothing. People watching at its finest.  The star of the night was an older orange-haired lady donning duck earrings, a yellow cardigan with white ducks and a sparkly-rhinestone duck purse! Clearly to her, Rubberducky was the one.

This duck drew a larger crowd than fireworks, July 4th, First Night or a playoff game. Although I’m not a big fan of the duck it was wonderful to see so many people in the city. I really hope to see more nights like these in the future.

Ducks1The downside to this duck coming to town is the amount of foie gras and other duck specials on local restaurant menus.  I recall seeing several tweets describing special duck items in honor of the big guy. This one in particular irked me:

verdeHopefully someday a giant, inflatable animal coming to town won’t probe chefs to create dishes specific to killing that animal. Learn more about the awfulness that is foie gras  here.

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Stand in the Rain…For Farm Animals

This Saturday I joined many other Pittsburgh vegans, vegetarians, carnivores and doggies in the pouring down rain to give farm animals a voice. Unfortunately it was decided that the weather was too awful to complete the actual 2.4 mile walk through Southside, but mingling with like-minded people, listening to a Farm Sanctuary speaker and eating some delicious vegan food was great in itself! I’m excited to be exploring more vegan and animal-welfare centered events in Pittsburgh. I’m actually pleasantly surprised how many events there are each week! Prior to being invited to the Pittsburgh Vegans Group on Facebook I didn’t know any vegans, and just a few vegetarians in the city. I’ve found the Pittsburgh vegan group is very active and large, it’s really exciting! I just recently became a vegan after five years as a vegetarian. Seeing how fun and community-centered the area vegans are made the transition easy for me. I look forward to becoming more active in the Pittsburgh animal and vegan communities.

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This was the first time we have taken Fitzy to an outing. He did great! We’ve been taking Jackson to everything we can and keeping him as socialized (and desensitized) as possible. Fitz was polite to other dogs, and friendly to people who came up to pet him, he even got some greatly appreciated treats! It’s astonishing how good he is after being treated so poorly. That’s why I love animals.

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Check out Walk for Farm Animals! http://walkforfarmanimals.org/

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