Happy, hearing-impaired pup needs a home

pettales@thetribunenews.comMay 9, 2012 

"Blaze is at a loss as to what to do. His charming smile and endearing way of soliciting pets has not won an adopter’s heart.

“For Blaze — a 6-year-old yellow Labrador retriever mix — people rank high on his list of wonderful things, though people with tennis balls are better still. According to his previous owner, Blaze is a calm, confident dog who is eager to please, housetrained and knows his basic obedience skills.

“Blaze rides well in a car, has lived happily with cats and gets along with children and adults alike. Because he is a big dog, caution with small children is a good idea because Blaze may knock them over in a moment of joy.

“With a middle-aged dog you get the best of both worlds — Blaze still likes to play and go for walks but knows the value of a good midday nap. But regardless of age, a tired dog is a good dog, so Blaze needs daily exercise.

“Blaze loves playing fetch and going for walks. However, according to Blaze’s previous owner, Blaze has profound hearing loss, so unpredictable environments, such as off-leash dog parks, are not ideal.

“Volunteers are fond of Blaze and are concerned his hearing loss may prevent him from finding a home. In response, Animal Shelter Adoption Partners is offering a thirty-five dollar adoption fee rebate to help Blaze.

“Labradors, both mixes and full-breeds, are optimists by their nature, so Blaze continues to wait for his soul mate to arrive.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Blaze, ID No. 147782, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www .sloanimalservices.com.

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit www.sloanimalservices.com.

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $23 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

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