Pet Tales

This happy, goofy dog will make a great pet

pettales@thetribunenews.comOctober 18, 2012 

Bugsy is October’s Volunteer Pick of the Month pet.


“Being an FLK — Funny Looking Kid — isn’t easy, regardless of species. It’s even harder if you’re big. In elementary school, being a pumpkinheaded, funny-looking kid usually means some kids are scared of you and others think you’re someone to poke fun at.

“At the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter, Bugsy — a somewhat wall-eyed and slightly pop-eyed dog — falls squarely in the FLK camp; being a pit bull adds to his adoption challenge because his exterior doesn’t reflect what’s inside.

“Four-year-old Bugsy has much to offer. He already knows his commands and is absolutely tickled to show you his ‘sit’ and ‘down.’ Plus Bugsy loves playing with the other shelter dogs. Basically, Bugsy’s a happy, goofy boy.

“Because of Bugsy’s popularity at the shelter, he’s October’s Volunteer-Pick-Of-The-Month. This distinction means half of Bugsy’s adoption fee is already paid.

“The volunteers know Bugsy is the right dog for any number of families. This is true of virtually all the homeless pets at the shelter. The key to a successful adoption is to match your lifestyle with a pet who has a compatible temperament and energy level. Because no matter how beautiful a dog is, if you can’t meet its daily exercise needs, he or she is not the best match for you.

“By choosing a dog from the inside out, adopters are more likely to find the best match. And happily, an FLK like Bugsy might be the ideal pet for you.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Bugsy ID No. 186266, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

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

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $24 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.

Animal related events

Adventures with Gentle Horses children’s camps will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary. Children ages 4 to 12 will learn equine manners, safety and grooming. They will read to and walk the horses, create an art project and observe or participate with a gentle equine in a round pen event. Heaven Can Wait is at 6275 Cerros Pioneros in San Miguel. Cost is $25 per child; for families, $15 for the first child, $10 for the second. For more information or to register, visit

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SLO-4-Pups anniversary celebration of the El Chorro Dog Park will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The dog park, which was built and is maintained by park volunteers and donors, is in El Chorro Regional Park on Highway 1 across from Cuesta College. There will be a hot-dog barbecue, an anniversary cake and dog treats. For more information, call 528-5465.

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Dogtoberfest and Wiener Dog Races return to Atascadero Lake Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event includes a free pet costume contest with cash prizes, barbecue, raffle drawings and animal adoption groups. Race registration is $15 (pre-registration) to $20 (day of registration) per dog and includes a racer’s goodie bag. A special race division is open to wiener wannabes (dogs of any breed under 25 pounds). Registration is available at any Lemos Feed and Pet Supply store and on race day beginning at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Heilmann Dog Park of Atascadero. For more information, call 239-4437 or visit

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