Pet Tales

Shelter pup Clete is learning his manners

‘Clete is an energetic year-old, neutered Labrador-chow mix who came to the shelter two months ago. Clete loves to play with other dogs; they run and tumble like a bunch of kids. And though this is fun to watch, Clete’s lack of adult dog skills —walking well on a leash, not jumping up on people, etc. — was standing in his way of finding a home.

“To help dogs like Clete, volunteers, shelter staff and Gentle Touch Pet Training collaborated.

“Each week, for eight weeks, Clete goes to obedience class with one of the shelter volunteers, Tony, and they are learning to be a successful team. In one class, Tony and Clete were successful at sit, down and walking on a leash — though the key to training is not succeeding once but consistently. So at the shelter, and ultimately at his future adopter’s home, Clete will be as good as his human partner.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Clete, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

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, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

Jennifer VanderSmith is The Tribune’s pet columnist. E-mail her at