Pet Tales

Sancho bucks all trends

‘It must be a record-breaker — it seems we’ve never had as many small dogs at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter as this year. Currently, over a quarter of our homeless dogs, whether in foster care or at the shelter, weigh less than fifteen pounds.

“It appears this over-abundance is due to two extremes — popularity due to a fad and discrimination due to preconceived notions about Chihuahuas.

“Sancho is one such shelter dog — caught between an impulse and a bias. But Sancho is an individual —he’s not just another trendy Chihuahua, Chi-weanie or Chi-whatever. Sancho is his own happy little dude. He loves the opportunity to go for a walk, chase a ball or play with chew toys. After a romp, he’s happy to sit by your side or lie nearby to supervise whatever project you might have. “Sancho’s previous owner says he’s shy around loud people but loves being a lap dog. Sancho loves those who love him and was given up because it was thought he needed more time than they could give him.

“Sancho’s a less than 2-year-old Chihuahua mix. It’s likely his other half is responsible for his humorous under-bite and occasional Yoda-like ears. In other words, Sancho is a one-of-a-kind boy.

“And if Sancho isn’t your match, there are oodles of Chihuahuas as well as some dachshunds, rat terriers, poodle-mixes and big dogs too. The packaging is different but the love is all the same.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Sancho, ID No. 178197, 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 $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $20 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.

Animal related event

A Blessing of the Animals service will be at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1344 Nipomo St., in San Luis Obispo. Call 543-7212 for information.

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