Pet Tales

Middle-aged Bo will be a puppy forever

Bo is an 8-year-old Australian shepherd mix.
Bo is an 8-year-old Australian shepherd mix.

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess features shelter dog Bo.

Dogs have the wisdom not to worry about age, physical disability or status — a senior three-legged Mastiff/Maltese mix appreciates life just as much as a papered pup.

Take Bo, an 8-year-old Australian shepherd mix who simply isn’t aware he’s middle aged. He loves life and is always ready to celebrate the moment with people and dogs alike.

Bo delights in going for walks, loves to play ball and enjoys being with people; his tail wags just for the pleasure of being alive.

Like many middle-aged creatures, Bo finds bustling, loud noisy places not to his liking, so shelter life is unsettling. Thankfully, time with people is a welcome respite. He especially likes people closer to his age; Bo finds toddlers tiresome but delights in respectful kids or adults who are kids at heart.

Bo also has a few lumps, which the veterinarian isn’t worried about — just unrequested birthday gifts. To make up for these, Bo’s ready to share his positive attitude and dog life-skills with you.

Bo — an experienced forever-puppy — is waiting to come home with you. For more information about Bo, ID No. A204376, 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.

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.

Park anniversary party

Hot Diggity Dog anniversary celebration will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sherwood Dog Park. Sherwood Dog Park organizers are celebrating their third year anniversary with a chili cookoff, hot dog barbecue and hot dog toss contest for dogs. All events are free. Sherwood Dog Park is at 290 Scott St. in Paso Robles.

Wine tasting for Woods

Wine 4 Paws, a fundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at more than 60 wineries throughout San Luis Obispo County on Saturday and Sunday. During the weekend, the Wine 4 Paws wineries will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. To see a full list of participating wineries and a get a free printable passport and map, visit

Cat adoption special

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Cambria is holding an adoption special, Blooming Cats at HART event, from mid-April through mid-May. Adult cat adoption fees are $11 and include spay/neuter, vaccinations, free follow-up vet exam and bag of food. HART is at 2638 Main St., in Cambria. For more information, call 927-7377.