Pet Tales

Ginger is an earnest, eager-to-please pup

pettales@thetribunenews.comAugust 28, 2013 

‘If Ginger were a high school sophomore, she’d be the student who strives for academic success and longs for social connection. She’d be the quiet, studious girl whom many of her classmates wouldn’t recognize in the school yearbook.

“Being the quiet sort who doesn’t wear her heart on her sleeve, Ginger is passed by when prospective adopters visit the shelter.

“The ideal match for Ginger is someone looking for a dog who shows her devotion, not with slobbery kisses but with attention. Ginger wants to please, especially if treats are involved, although with clear communication Ginger often does what you want just to please you.

“Ginger’s appreciation of a leader makes her a fine candidate for agility or advanced training — though for those who know how to ask, Ginger already understands the commands ‘heel,’ ‘sit’ and ‘down.’ Ginger loves to chase lizards and squirrels; she’s also shown herself to be good with other dogs and children.

“To get a better sense of Ginger, check out her video at

“Ginger’s a 4-year-old Labrador/pit bull mix who warms to women and gentlemen and looks to these kind leaders for direction and the opportunity to show off her skills.

“If an earnest nature calls to you, Ginger will win your heart.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Ginger, ID No. 168415, 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.

The adoption fee is $80 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $25 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, a new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats.

Here’s a look at some animal-related events in San Luis Obispo County:

Doggie pool party

Dog Splash Days at Templeton Community Park will be held Sept. 6-8. Doggie swim times will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Sept. 6 for little or senior dogs, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 for all dogs. Admission is $15 per dog until Sept. 3, or $20 on event day. Proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton. Owner must bring paper proof of current rabies vaccination.

To make a reservation, visit or send your reservation request with a check payable to Parks4Pups at P.O. Box 795, Paso Robles, CA 93447. For more information, call 239.4437.

Driving lessons

An introduction class to horse and pony driving will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28. There will be demonstrations with horses, ponies and minis. Bring a lunch. Bring harness and carts, not horses. Presented by the Brass Oak Driving Society. Class is at Overlook Driving Center at 7755 Feenstra Road in Paso Robles. Cost is $20. For more information, call 237-8476.

Meet Ginger

Jennifer VanderSmith is The Tribune’s pet columnist. Email her at

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