Pet Tales

Wilson is a calm, gentle dog who's eager to please

Wilson the dog
Wilson the dog

Tears welled up in my eyes when I opened the email that San Luis Obispo Animal Services shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess sent in for this week’s shelter dog, Wilson. He looks just like my sweet dog, Kahlua, who passed away this past New Year’s Day. Wilson has the same soft brown eyes that melt your heart, and the photo is the same pose Kahlua greeted me with each morning — stubby tail wagging a mile a minute. Here’s hoping he finds a new forever home and lives as good a life as Kahlua enjoyed for 16 years.

Wilson has perfected the downward-facing-dog yoga pose. His mantra is 'Life is good, people are great.'

When Wilson arrived at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter, his calm demeanor and gentle nature won the hearts of volunteers and staff alike. While visiting the shelter, a couple fell for Wilson, adopted him, then whisked him off to their Northern California home.

Months passed and, unfortunately, the couple’s relationship disintegrated. That left Wilson homeless and living in a Santa Cruz county animal shelter.

Thankfully, Wilson’s microchip resulted in SLO County staff learning of his plight. Because Wilson is such a good dog, a shelter staff member volunteered and brought Wilson back to our county shelter. Wilson arrived confused, but his loving heart was still intact.

Wilson is a hound mix who would be a good match for a human family looking for a walking or jogging companion who wants to please. He loves to meet and greet people, so he’s an ideal go-with-you dog. If left alone, Wilson needs a secure yard because he knows his place is where the people are.

Another excellent match would be someone wanting a therapy dog — Wilson’s head is at the proper height to rest in a lap; his soulful eyes and wagging tail communicate beautifully.

It’s been shown that having a pet is associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease and improved emotional outlook on life.

Wilson’s a downward-facing dog looking to lift up your life.

— Ellen Perryess

For more information about Wilson ID No. 193897, 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 $80 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $25 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 events

Mid-State Classic Rodeo coming up

The Mid-State Classic Rodeo will be Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 at the Paso Robles Event Center. State Classic attracts more than 250 high school students from five of the nine California High School Rodeo Association districts. Rodeo events include bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, cutting, goat tying, pole bending, saddle bronc riding, team roping and steer wrestling. Admission is free. For a complete schedule, visit

Cat trapper volunteers needed

The Feline Network urgently needs volunteers to trap feral cats for spay and neuter. Volunteers are needed in Nipomo, the South County and San Luis Obispo. One person can make a huge difference in curtailing cat overpopulation. The Feline Network provides traps and training. A vehicle is needed to transport cats to and from trapping sites and vet offices. TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs have been implemented nationwide and have proven successful. To volunteer, call Lynette at 556-0717 for Nipomo and the South County and Christine at 544-6138 for San Luis Obispo.

Feline Network adoptions are held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at Petco in San Luis Obispo.


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