Pet Tales

Best wishes to all at the tail end of the year

As 2009 comes to an end I wanted to thank all of my readers for the wonderful stories and photos shared in the column this year, and to many of you for opening your homes to the dogs and cats at the San Luis Obispo Animal Shelter.

I wanted to also thank Ellen Perryess and Charlotte Rushton for providing the information and the photos for the featured shelter pets, and the employees and volunteers at the shelters and humane societies throughout the county for working so hard to find new homes for the animals in their facilities.

I wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

If you have a story and/or photo of your animal companions please e-mail to or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

Luke’s a looker

This is Luke. He’s 2 years old and was rescued from the San Luis Obispo Animal Shelter. As you can see, he loves sitting on The Tribune. He sits in our newspaper basket so he can look out the window almost every day.

— Katie Walling of San Luis Obispo

A day for big-eared dogs

Every year in September we host our annual Papillion Party complete with themes. Of course the party is not for the dogs alone but for us proud owners who love to talk about our dogs and share a wonderful afternoon with others that appreciate this exceptional breed of dog.

Our theme this year was Fiesta Time, and the total participation equaled 31 people, 20 papillions, a cute terrier named Lucy and a lively little Chihuahua named Miss Freyja, who tried entering the party wearing fake papillion ears!

Our friends came from as far away as the San Fernando Valley, Castaic and Santa Barbara.

— Icey Hagedorn of Atascadero