Pet Tales

Milo the dog is a laid-back guy

pettales@thetribunenews.comApril 10, 2014 

Milo would make a perfect couch-potato buddy.

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This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services volunteer Ellen Perryess features a mellow, senior dog Milo, who is looking for a new home:

Life lessons abound at the SLO County Animal Services shelter. One of my favorites: Age isn’t measured in years but in accomplishments.

Milo’s an excellent example; he’s a senior who’s perfected loving life and people. He delights in rolling on the grass and giving kisses. Being a laid-back guy, Milo will fit into many households. Plus, he doesn’t need lots of exercise because he prefers short walks and lounging opportunities to fitness workouts. This makes Milo the perfect couch-potato buddy.

To see him enjoying life, watch his slideshow: http://http://youtu.be/08da0v_ui9A.

Milo joined the ranks of our county’s homeless pets when his owners couldn’t find pet-friendly housing. Which brings up another great life lesson: When in doubt, be kind.

Making pet adoption a lifestyle commitment rather than an impulse decision is an act of kindness. Too often, pets end up at county shelters because their owners adopted based on puppy love, but in the end couldn’t commit. Or pets become homeless because their owners don’t explore re-homing their dog or cat with friends or family members before bringing them to a county shelter.

For our dogs and cats, other great kindnesses are to microchip, spay or neuter and make sure they’re wearing visible ID tags.

Milo’s looking for someone who’ll fall for a big, old loveable dog. Because, in the end, it’s the quality of the love, rather than the number of years, that makes for a great life.

For more information about Milo, ID No. 142658, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://www.sloanimalservices.com.

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 http://www.sloanimalservices.com.

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 with ID tag and a carrier for cats.

Horse adventures

Adventures with Horses’ spring sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and May 10. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to meet, greet, groom and walk calm and gentle equines. Children and their parents will enjoy learning about basic equine manners, body language, safety skills and round-pen activities.

Wear closed-toed shoes or boots. Events are at Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary at 6275 Cerros Pioneros in San Miguel.

Register at http://www.prcity.com/recreation. For information, call 368-5702 or visit http://www.heavencanwait.us.

Dog park vehicle fee

San Luis Obispo County Parks is now collecting a $3 vehicle fee on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September at El Chorro Regional Park. Dog park visitors who visit on the weekends will be required to pay this fee. Visitors are encouraged to purchase a $30 seasonal pass at the kiosk. El Chorro Dog Park volunteers receive a free volunteer pass, so consider becoming a volunteer. For more information, call 772-1971.

Student art contest

Parks4Pups is sponsoring a student art competition to paint a mural at the entrance to the Vineyard Dog Park. The competition is open to any student residing in the North County between the ages of 10 and 18. Winner of the contest will receive a $300 cash award, paid expenses, community service hours and art instruction from a local professional artist who will supervise the project. Contest entries must be received by June 24 and the mural completed by Sept. 15. For more details, call 239-4437.

If you have pet stories or photos, please send them to petales@thetribunenews.com or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

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