Pet Tales

Request for help answered generously

In September, I shared the story of Jill Meza and her service dog, Cinnamon, who recently passed away.

Due to medical needs, Jill needed to replace Cinnamon with a new service dog. She asked the community for help raising the money, and San Luis Obispo County was happy to help.

Jill’s friend, Suzanne Eisworth, who shared the story, has sent me an update on Jill and her new dog, Epie.

‘You have some really awesome and generous readers. Since the printing of that column, $2,500 in donations was raised — some by people known to Jill and me — but the majority was from total strangers! In addition, a company called Cloud Star Corp., which was referred to (Jill) by the SLO County Camp Paws program, offered to match her donations up to $2,500!

“So, thanks to all who have helped, the $5,000 needed to acquire Epie has been raised! Jill is still accepting any additional donations to use for vet bills and the training expense for Epie to learn to respond to her heart condition. Again, donations can be made at SESLOC Credit Union to the account “IJ Meza/Epies Fund” or online at”

Jill and Epie would like to thank the community who helped bring them together by holding a meet-and-greet from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Kilt, 1865 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.

Animal-related events

The Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association’s Sage Hill Open Horse Competitive Trail Ride is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Live Oak Camp off Highway 154 near Lake Cachuma.

Rider entry forms are online at, or by call 710-4471 or 688-2912 for more information.

If you would like to volunteer, call 710-4471 or e-mail

The Atascadero Horsemen’s Club hosts its Toy Ride on Nov. 14.

Groups led by club members will leave every 15 minutes from 8 to 10 a.m. from the Atascadero Mutual Water Co. Maintenance Yard. The ride ends at Hoover’s Beef Palace in Templeton.

The group is seeking new, unwrapped toys or clothing to benefit Toys for Tots and cash donations to benefit Loaves and Fishes.

For more information, call 466-5537 or 466-6626.

The San Luis Obispo Kennel Club and Santa Maria Kennel Club will host an All-Breed Confirmation Show, Obedience Trial and Rally on Nov. 20 to 22 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.

About 150 different breeds will be eligible to compete for “best in show” each day.

Judging will begin each day at 8 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. (or at the close of the “best in show” competition).

The San Luis Obispo Kennel Club is donating a portion of the entry fee for each dog entered in the Nov. 20 and 21 shows to local animal shelters for spay/neuter and immunization programs.

Because of American Kennel Club rules, only dogs entered in the show are allowed on the grounds.

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If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend please e-mail or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.