‘Sometimes a dog appears to be made of spare parts; that may be the case for Carlos.
“Carlos’ body is too long for his legs, and his eyes appear to be too big for his head. His ears go every which way — sometimes back, sometimes up, sometimes out to the side, or a combination thereof. And when he walks, his ears may flop like a loose tennis shoe sole, or flap like a flag on a blustery day.
“As for his overall appearance, Carlos’ brown and black coat has the same endearing imperfections one sees in the coloring book of a young artist who is still learning to stay within the lines.
“Perhaps being ‘funny-looking’ is one reason why Carlos — a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix — hasn’t been adopted. Another may be because of his shyness when meeting new people. It’s unfortunate because once Carlos’ heart is won, he remembers his new friends and looks longingly where he saw them last. He falls for a wide variety of people, but he appears to have a special fondness for men.
“Because of Carlos’ good qualities — which include walking gently on a leash and getting along with the dogs he’s met at the shelter — the volunteers have made Carlos the Volunteer Pick for March. This honor means that half his adoption fee is already paid.
“Carlos is a one-of-a-kinder waiting for that certain someone who appreciates his shy charm and unique good looks.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Carlos, ID No. 173931, 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.
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