This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess highlights a young German shepherd named Chester:
Chester’s a goofy and lovable 3-year-old German shepherd who’s looking for someone to help him become an all-around great guy.
Like most strays that come to the SLO County Animal Services shelter, no owner has claimed Chester, yet someone taught him the pleasures of being petted and that love is a good thing. They also proved to him: If he brings the ball back, people will throw it over and over again. See a video at http://youtu.be/gFHdhn5723s.
Equally true: People in his past weren’t watching out for Chester. For instance, they didn’t notice when insects were damaging his ear or — as Chester grew — his collar was becoming embedded in his neck; it’s also unlikely they introduced him to other dogs.
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So Chester arrived at the shelter with a notched ear from fly strike, a recent scar from the removal of an embedded collar and an interesting mix of knowledge and cluelessness — on the one hand he plays fetch and wants to please, but on the other, he has no social grace when meeting other dogs. Thankfully, shelter volunteers are helping Chester to gain dog skills, so he now has canine pals.
Chester has a lot of potential and will thrive with an owner who knows exercise, consistency and kindness will make for a happy owner and a happy dog.
Chester’s had a hard start in life. Yet his heart remains hopeful and true, because he knows, with the right person, there’s no measuring how wonderful a lovable German shepherd can become.
For more information about Chester, ID No. 203409, 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.
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 carrier for cats.
Benefit fashion show
The North County Humane Society will host a benefit Sassy Tails Fashion Show from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. Event includes fashion by Kelly’s Casuals, worn by North County Humane Society board members, food by Pacific Harvest Catering and a raffle. $25 donation. For more information, call 466-5403.
Parks4Pups will host a special film screening of “Best in Show” on Wednesday at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles as a fundraiser for Sherwood Dog Park. The event starts with a Yappy Hour at 6 p.m. with wines by the glass or popcorn and soda combinations available for purchase.
The film screening follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 through Sunday and $15 at the door.
Advance tickets are available at http://www.sherwooddogpark.com.