Pet Tales

Sasha the dog hunts for bears — on TV

Marcia Stanger of Nipomo sent me this little story about her dog Sasha.

“Sasha came to visit us to be trimmed and trained for 21⁄2 weeks before the April Soft Coated Wheaten Specialty in Sacramento. She fell into our small pond her first hour at camp and had to be fished out. She stayed away from it after that.

“After the second week, my husband and I and the wheatens were in our family room watching a National Geographic program on polar bears. Sasha was lying down near the TV with the others. A bear — about wheaten size — was shown on the screen. Sasha jumped up, faced the bear and watched it walk across the screen.

“When the bear disappeared from the screen on the right, she ran to the edge of the screen and looked around back for the bear. She stopped and went back to the TV, looked and then went around our free-standing speakers to the back of the TV — still looking for the bear. No luck.

“We have seen our other dogs watch TV, usually basketball, but they haven’t gone to the back to see if they can find what interested them.”

Upcoming events in SLO County

Kennedy Club Fitness and Parks-4-Pups will co-host the Paso Robles Dog Jog from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dogs and their owners can participate in a two-mile run or one-mile walk, and there will be a 1K run/walk for children younger than 12.

New this year for the event on the Salinas River Walk trail is a “Rent-a-Dog” option, in which participants can escort a dog from Woods Humane Society that is looking for a home.

“Rent-a-Dog” is offered for a $50 donation.

Proceeds from the Dog Jog benefit Parks-4-Pups and support the building of additional North County off-leash dog parks.

Dogs must be on leash during the event, which will be held rain or shine.

Start and finish lines are at the Paso Robles Kennedy Club Fitness at 500 S. River Road. Registration is $20, and the kid’s walk is $5. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sign up at Kennedy Club Adventure in Paso Robles, by calling 239-8488, ext. 33, or by visiting

The Thousand Hills Pet Resort will host a free egg hunt for dogs, children and adults from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes a treat hunt for dogs and owners and an egg hunt for children and parents in the green hills of the Thousand Hills Pet Resort at 173 Buckley Road in San Luis Obispo. Participants will receive a free barbecue lunch.

For more information, call 596-0112.

The Central Coast California Arabian Horse Association is starting its 2010 series of open, all-breed horse shows. These shows feature English, Western, halter and driving classes.

The first show will be April 11 at the Wranglerette Arena in Atascadero.

The judge will be Kelly Elm, a trainer, exhibitor and instructor with national-level qualification. The trail judge will be Cassie Graves.

The second show will be May 2, also at the arena.

Four additional shows will be at Buckley Stables Arena in San Luis Obispo.

The year-end awards will be silver buckles. Three trophy classes are held in each show.

For more information, call 466-1138 or 473-3512, or e-mail to The schedule, premiums and entry blanks are available at

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