Blond Australian shepherd Blanca is this week’s featured San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter dog. Here is what shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess has to say about Blanca:
Australian shepherds are prized for their intelligence, herding abilities and beauty. The dogs’ coats are varied, but many people value the merle coloration. The desire for this beautiful coat regularly leads the uninformed to breed two merle dogs in the hopes of merle puppies. Sadly, a “double merle” often results in white puppies with vision and hearing issues, including being deaf and blind.
Blanca is a beautiful, almost entirely white 7-year-old Aussie with pale blue eyes. Like all the homeless pets at the Animal Services shelter, she’s trying to understand what happened to her old life. Being a double merle, it’s more challenging because she’s deaf.
Blanca is an active girl who’s anxious in the shelter. Once outside, she’s more herself. Blanca loves to play fetch and, according to her previous owner, Blanca knows her basic commands via hand signals, is housebroken and is good with children. She has lived with other dogs and cats, though she is protective of her food, so she’d be best as an only dog, or fed separately.
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Blanca is affectionate. She appreciates sitting next to a person and being loved. On leash, Blanca will lead the way, regularly glancing behind to make sure you’re still there.
Blanca wasn’t what the breeder wanted, and not every home has the active lifestyle for an Aussie. But here’s hoping this lovely long shot hits the mark and Blanca finds a home.
For more information about Blanca, ID No. 190257, call the volunteer line at the 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.
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.
Dog Splash Days
Registration is open for Dog Splash Days, which will be Friday to Sunday at the Templeton Community Pool. Admission is $20. For more information, visit http://www.parks4pups.org.
This year’s event includes a raffle to benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton. Donations are needed for the raffle table. For more information, call 239-4437.
Fundraiser barn tour
Horse Emergency Evacuation Team’s South County Barn Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The tour begins at Blond Mare Farms with a sword show, then heads to Standish Barn for a dressage performance and Rocky Mountain Horses presentation. The last visit is at Kastama Barn, where Olympic medal winner Diane Kastama will give a carriage performance. Schedule and map will be handed out at sign in. Tickets are $25. For more information or reservations, call 550-6323 or 234-6454.
Upcoming horse show
The Central Coast of California Arabian Horse Association will hold an Open All Breed Horse Show on Sunday and Oct. 19 at Buckley Stables in San Luis Obispo. Events include jumping, English and Western riding, and showmanship. For more information, call 466-1138 or visit http://www.cccaha.org.