Pet Tales

Dingo the ‘gentleman’ wants another family

‘Dingo is a classic dog — loyal, affectionate, and loves to chase a ball. For most of his five years he lived with — and loved — four kids, another dog and the family cat. Dingo is housebroken, knows some basic commands and takes treats gently from your hand.

“Dingo rides well in a car and was a gentleman when I drove him to the Dave Congalton radio show. He was equally refined in the studio. Dingo came up and met Dave and the engineering staff and then lay down at our feet.

“At the shelter, Dingo likes to be with people and never misses an opportunity to chase a ball or go for a walk. In so many ways, Dingo is the perfect family dog, though he did make a mistake in his past.

“Several months ago, Dingo went with his family to a campground. He was loose when a stranger approached and went to open the camper door — Dingo bit him. I suspect Dingo thought he was protecting his family; however, it’s likely the park ranger was coming to tell his owner to put Dingo on a leash.

“So now Dingo has one black mark on his record, and we, at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter, are hoping someone will give Dingo the chance to be a family dog again.

“Dingo lights up whenever he sees me — no doubt wishing I’d take him on another car ride. Hopefully, one day, he’ll jump into his new family’s car and head to his life-long home.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Dingo, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413.

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

The adoption fee is $70 for cats and $95 for dogs, plus a $15 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, a new collar and ID tag, and a carrier for cats.

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