Pet Tales

Hard worker gets a rest

‘Sasha, beloved therapy assistant, comfort dog and greeter in the offices of marriage and family therapist Wendy Deaton and attorney John M. Carsel, has retired after 11 years of service. Her gentle approach to all people and creatures of the earth has been an inspiration to many in the San Luis Obispo community.

“Sasha was rescued from Animal Services in Santa Maria in 1999 at age 4. She assumed her duties at the Deaton-Carsel offices with dedication and loyalty. When clients cried, Sasha took it upon herself to lick away their tears, and when their stories indicated they were stuck in old, boring dilemmas, she let them know it was time to move on by going to the door and asking to be let out of the room.

“Now age 151⁄2, Sasha’s health no longer allows her to make the trip to the office, but her heart and thoughts are still with all her old friends who miss her friendly presence when they visit her parents at their work place. Sasha is now enjoying her time at home and a well-earned rest from service.”

Animal-related events around the county

The Santa Lucia Open Dog Obedience Group’s annual Dog Days event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Santa Rosa Park. Events include agility and canine musical freestyle demonstrations, a 4-H dog show, running flyball, a walking rally, raffle, vendors and photo and information booths. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.

For more information, call 462-9822 or visit

Also, for well-behaved dogs, there will be an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen test. Call for preregistration at 772-8008.

The Feline Network has cats and kittens available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at PETCO in the Madonna Plaza Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated prior to adoption. The adoption fee is $60 for one or $80 for two. A free vet examination is included.

For information on adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter, help with feral cats or to volunteer or donate, call 549-9228 (549-9CAT) or visit

Free semi-tame mousers are also available.

Woods Humane Society is reducing the adoption fee for all adult felines to $50 for the month of April. All felines are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations and microchipped.

Each adoption includes a complimentary bag of cat food, a free veterinary health exam, a cat carrier and any toys or bedding Woods has available.

For a complete list of available felines, visit Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo.

Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary is offering a two-day riding clinic to benefit the sanctuary from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 15 and 16.

Retired mounted police captains Jim Barrett and Wendall Hildebrandt of Police Horse Pros will conduct the clinic at Rancho del Rio, 9961 Santa Clara Rd., Atascadero. Refreshments and a catered lunch are included.

The clinic cost for both days is $330, made payable to Heaven Can Wait, c/o R. Zamora, P.O. Box 2943, Paso Robles, CA 93447.

Riders must participate the first day in order to do so the second day as the training is progressive. Auditors are welcome for $25 per day either or both days, lunch/refreshments not provided. For more information, call 712-3109 or e-mail

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