Pet Tales

Playful Denali the husky is looking for a loving home

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Denali.

Dogs have been our companions and helpmates for centuries. The archaeological evidence of this bond dates back 14,000 years.

This ancient relationship was built on mutual need; today, this bond lives on.

Denali’s behavior is deeply rooted in his ancestry. Huskies are highly social animals and, true to the breed, Denali likes the dogs he’s met at the shelter and has a strong affinity for people. He’s an affectionate and playful boy who appreciates getting attention as well as playing tug or running just for the pure joy it.

Being a smart, social guy — with a keen sense of fun — Denali will greatly benefit from consistent positive-reinforcement training and exercise. He walks fairly well on a leash, though with his seemingly boundless energy and husky smarts, he’s ideal for an adopter who appreciates Denali’s ancestral roots and can channel Denali’s need for mental and physical exercise. Without this exercise, Denali is likely to use his wit and energy in undesired ways, such as escaping your yard.

Denali is one handsome, approximately 5-year-old boy with pale blue-topaz eyes. He has the classic markings of a husky with the addition of a few freckles sprinkled over his muzzle. He’s always excited to be on the go and can be distracted by his surroundings, though he responds beautifully to praise and consistent handling.

Denali — loyal, outgoing and mischievous — is a reflection of his ancestry and is searching for his counterpart, a leader and life partner who wants to have fun.

For more information about Denali (ID No. 226159), call the volunteer line at the Animal Services shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1, in San Luis Obispo.

The full-price adoption fee is $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a $28 county license fee for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

The adoption fee includes a new collar, a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip and eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County. Cats also are tested for FeLV (feline leukemia virus) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), and adopters receive a carrier.

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