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By: KDKA-TV Digital Content Producer Heather Lang

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Penguin is growing up!

READ MORE: Pickles Journey To Becoming A Canine Companions Service Dog Begins In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Today Live’s very first service pup-in-training, Penguin, celebrated his second birthday this past week.

Here are a few pictures of him celebrating his big day.

(Photo Credit: Canine Companions)

(Photo Credit: Canine Companions)

Of course, Penguin remains at Canine Companions’ facility in Ohio, where he is learning advanced skills to become a service dog for someone who has a disability.

Penguin’s puppy raiser, Jack Sabo, gave us an update last month on what kind of things Penguin is learning now.

READ MORE: New KDKA Pup Revealed! Pickles Joins The Pittsburgh Today Live Family

“He’s brushing up on those 30 commands we taught him while he was with us, and he’s also expanded his knowledge to learn 30 more specific word commands – picking up dropped items, working to pull wheelchairs, learning how to tug doors open and closed,” Jack said.

“The program is designed to expertly train service dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities. What they’ll do is give them a little more independence, so they can do things on their own,” Jill, Jack’s mom, said.

Penguin’s older sister, Coral, has already graduated and become a full service dog for a young man who uses a wheelchair.

Meanwhile, Penguin’s little brother, Pickles, is getting to know the Sabo family as they begin the process of training him as they did with Penguin and Coral.

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(Photo Courtesy: Canine Companions)

You can follow Pickles’ journey on his Facebook page — KDKApup. And, look for training updates on both Penguin and Pickles every week on Pittsburgh Today Live, which airs at 9 a.m. on KDKA and the 2 p.m. rerun on Pittsburgh’s CW.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Set To Arrive For First Visit To Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Vice President Kamala Harris will be making her first trip to Pittsburgh today.

Drivers will need to remain patient today, giving themselves some extra time or finding alternative routes to get around during the Vice President’s visit.

As for the visit itself, details about the Vice President’s visit have been limited, but there has been a lot of talk lately about infrastructure.

Republicans and Democrats have been back and forth on the cost and what should really be focused on.

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Vice President Harris will be joined by U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.

This will be Vice President Harris’ first visit to Pittsburgh.

There are some streets that will be completely closed within the city due to this visit, while there will also be rolling closures as the motorcade moves around the area.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

East Carson Street will be closed between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Public Safety officials say they will keep people informed on social media when streets reopens and when the motorcade passes through different areas.

Stay with KDKA for continuing coverage of the Vice President’s arrival in our later newscasts and throughout the day.

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