‘For some, beauty may be only skin deep, but with Charlie, beauty is right under the surface and goes down to his core.
“Charlie, an adorably quirky looking Chihuahua, has a substantial underbite that usually causes his lower teeth to stick up over his upper lip. Then there’s the way his snout curves up like a ski jump.
“But I don’t know a sweeter guy. Charlie’s affectionate, walks well on a leash and enjoys the company of the other shelter dogs. Charlie’s a gem.
“So how could a charming, 1-year-old stray go unclaimed?
“Sadly, it seems Charlie’s a part of an unfortunate fad. According to a 2009 study, Chihuahuas made up 30 percent of California’s animal shelter population. San Luis Obispo County is not immune; our shelter’s Chihuahua population nearly mirrors this state statistic.
“Perhaps Charlie is overlooked not because people are having trouble seeing ‘the forest for the trees,’ but because the tree is lost in the forest. Maybe prospective adopters aren’t seeing Charlie or any of the other lovely Chihuahuas because there are so many.
“We have Chihuahua-type dogs ranging in age from 4 months to 8 years old, all unique and waiting to find a home where they can shine.
“As for Charlie, he’s waiting for someone who appreciates his one-of-a-kind good looks.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Charlie, ID No. 169744, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit 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 www.sloanimalservices.com.
The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $20 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.
Upcoming events for your furry friends
Park-4-Pups will host its Dog Splash Days at the Templeton community pool.
Little-dogs swim and senior-dog therapy swim will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
All dogs are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Lifeguards are available to provide assistance; dog life vests and dog ramps will be available.
Paper proof of current rabies vaccination for each dog must be provided before entering the pool.
Admission is $15. Proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.
The pool is at Sixth Street and Old County Road.
Call 239-4437 or visit www.parks4pups.org.
The TOO SLO Chapter of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club presents a Turtle, Tortoise and Reptile Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building at 801 Grand Ave. in San Luis Obispo. It will have displays, educational exhibits, conservation groups, care and adoption information and raffle prizes. Tickets are $2 to $3, kids 5 and younger are free. Call 748-5386 or visit ww.tooslo.org.
A trail ride at the Historic Working Cattle Ranch will benefit CattleWomen Scholarships and Beef Promotion Projects.
Registration begins Sunday at 8 a.m., and the ride begins at 9. Limited to the first 100 riders. The cost is $75 per rider and includes coffee, treats and barbecue lunch. To register, call 467-3362.
A Lingerie Show and Halloween Costume Preview/Sale will benefit the horses and donkeys of Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at El Vino Restaurant, 1510 Park St., Paso Robles.
Donation are $20. For information, call 712-3109.
If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.