Pet Tales

Basak is looking for a cool place to curl up

pettales@thetribunenews.comJune 6, 2013 

Basak is an 11-year-old golden retriever-Labrador mix.


‘Basak has had too much of a good thing — the sun. Basak is an 11-year-old golden retriever-Labrador mix. He’s a gentle soul who’s great with everyone. Basak is quiet and has good house manners.

“In his previous life, Basak was a backyard dog with little protection from the sun. The excessive exposure resulted in discoid lupus, a condition that left his nose raw. Thankfully, his condition is manageable with sunblock, medication and avoidance of direct sun.

“Discoid lupus is a longterm hazard of the sun. There are short-term hazards, too.

“A car’s interior — on a 72-degree day with windows cracked open — can reach 116 degrees in an hour; the greatest increase occurs in the first 30 minutes. Prolonged heat exposure can raise dogs’ body temperature 5 degrees, causing nerve damage and organ failure. It takes less time for a car’s interior to heat up on even hotter days. Find out more at

“Pickups are risky, too. The sun can heat a truck bed or bed liner enough to burn a dog’s paws. Also, pets left in truck beds without water or shade can suffer heat stroke.

“Keep your pets cool this summer; leave them at home, not in your car or truck.

“And if you’re looking for a sun-sensible dog to stay cool with, call Basak’s foster mom at 550-7577, because Basak’s perfect for a life made in the shade.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

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For more information about Basak, ID No. 034385, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County animal shelter at 781-4413.

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, collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

Want a cat? Name your price at Woods

June is Name Your Own Price Month on cats older than 6 months at Woods Humane Society. Each adoptable cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to going home. Woods Humane Society is at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. For more information, go to

K-9 event in M.B.

Friends of the Morro Bay Police Department will hold its K-9 Walk-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at Morro Bay’s city park. The event includes a 1K or 1.5K walk, police K-9 demonstrations, photo booth, adoptable dogs, contests and more. Registration is $20. For more, call 772-6225.

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