Pet Tales

Ellie the dog wants to be a valentine

pettales@thetribunenews.comFebruary 13, 2014 



This week, San Luis Obispo Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights Ellie, who is waiting for a Valentine match. Here’s Ellie’s story:

It begins with two tales — one, a happily-ever-after, the other currently being written.

Months ago, Basak arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter with a nose cracked and peeling due to excessive sun exposure. As a senior who needed some TLC, his adoption potential was very low.

Thankfully a dog-loving couple saw Basak in Pet Tales and adopted him. Six months later, they report Basak is “the most amazing dog” and “we’re madly in love with him.”

Ellie’s a senior whippet mix whose story parallels Basak’s. Like Basak, Ellie has a gentle, loving spirit. Similarly, they both appear to have been owned by someone who liked the idea of a dog, but didn’t appreciate the need for daily care. So each was isolated in the backyard with no protection from the sun.

Volunteers worry that adopters are passing Ellie by because of her less than perfect nose. Each day our concern increases as we learn of Ellie’s heart, how she appreciates every small kindness and soaks up any love that comes her way.

Ellie longs for a family of her own — love flowing from dog to person and person to dog; time curled up by someone’s feet or contented on a lap. Beyond this, sun block and a little vitamin E will go a long way to repair the damage that years of neglect have done to her nose.

Basak has found his fairy-tale ending. Ellie is waiting for her happily-ever-after to begin.

For more information about Ellie, ID No. 196873, 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 $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, new collar and ID tag and a carrier for cats.

Furry Valentine

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Woods Humane Society is reducing feline adoption fees for $14 Feb. 14 to 16. All felines are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and micro chipped. Each adoption includes a free veterinary health exam and a cat carrier. Woods Humane Society is at 875 Oklahoma Ave., in San Luis Obispo.

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