‘Some believe a dog is a dog, but it’s not. A dog’s an individual, and its individuality can get lost in assumptions about breeds. Not all Labradors like to play fetch, not all German shepherds are smart, and not all little dogs enjoy being held.
“The important thing is not the breed but the behavior and whether the needs of the dog fit those of the adopting family. Active people — active dog, couch-potato people — couch-potato dog. Finding the right match is the key to adopting a dog.
“Barron’s a good example of a dog stuck in a pigeonhole. Barron’s a pit bull — a class of dog that has baggage — and he’s a round dog in a square pigeonhole. Barron’s fine with all the shelter dogs he’s met; he’s also attentive and affectionate. Barron’s good on a leash though he loves to run. Happily he enjoys playing fetch, so you can do the throwing and Barron can do the running.
“There are some things that are seemingly universal about family dogs; they’re loving, devoted and want to please. Because of this last characteristic, obedience classes are an excellent way for you and your dog to find bliss, because with consistency, 90 percent praise and 10 percent correction, you can have the picture-perfect dog.
“If Barron sounds like your match, both he and a free 5-inch-by-7-inch Barron portrait courtesy of Sandprints Photography are waiting for you at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter.”
— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess
For more information about Barron, ID No. 181380, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://www.sloanimalservices.com.
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 http://www.sloanimalservices.com.
The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $23 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.
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