Pet Tales

Cheyann's a shy dog, until you throw a ball

pettales@thetribunenews.comApril 24, 2013 

Cheyann, ID No. 160910, is waiting to be adopted from the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter.


“Anyone who’s struggled to identify their favorite chocolate in a box of See’s Candy knows that looks can be deceiving. The same is true with dogs and dog breeds — outward appearance only gives you part of the story.

“Case in point: Cheyann is two dogs in one.

“Cheyann is a little brown sweetie most prospective adopters don’t notice because she’s so small and quiet in her kennel at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter.

“If given a chance, Cheyann’s tender heart is easily seen when meeting people as she shyly comes up for affection; she appreciates getting and giving love.

“Though there’s another side to Cheyann that few expect — Cheyann is an accomplished and committed retriever. Her focus on a ball rivals any Labrador, though her style is uniquely her own. She’s downright adorable as she bounds away after her ball. Occasionally she pounces on her ball much like a cat with a toy. Best of all, her tail often waves in a confusion of curlicues waiting for you to throw the ball again.

“You can see Cheyann in action here:

“There’s an assortment of sweet one-of-a-kind pets at the shelter for you to choose from. If you’re looking for a big-dog-in-little-package, Cheyann maybe the ideal treat for you; a perfect blend of loving lapdog and playful ball dog — the rare Lap-brador retriever.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Cheyann ID No. 160910, 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 a href="">

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.

Also check our Facebook page at PetTales to see more information about Chico and Spot, two dogs looking for forever homes.

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