Pet Tales

Hospice Pet Peace of Mind aids Toby, a senior shih tzu

Toby won a ribbon for funniest costume at the Avila Beach Pet Parade in December 2014.
Toby won a ribbon for funniest costume at the Avila Beach Pet Parade in December 2014. Courtesy Photo

Jo and Arnie Neil of Arroyo Grande wrote in about their permanent foster dog Toby, who they care for with support from the Hospice SLO County Pet Peace of Mind program:

He came to us at 14 years of age, obese, frightened and confused, with terrible infections in his deaf ears and virtually blind eyes. And we fell in love.

Toby is now 16 and a half. His owner went into hospice and could not care for herself, let alone this vulnerable shih tzu. She thought the only option was to put him down.

Hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind program was able to remove Toby from his neglectful environment. My husband and I volunteered to foster dogs with this program, and Toby is our first experience. In a world that can be quite ugly, he has touched us profoundly with his love and humor.

The goal was to find someone to adopt him, but few want to to adopt older animals with expensive vet bills. We agreed to be Toby’s permanent foster parents. Hospice pays his vet bills, which increase as he ages.

Toby had terrible nightmares when he first arrived, letting out plaintive wails or hoarse screams during the night. Those have diminished now, but his past trauma was evident and heart wrenching.

Please make provisions for your beloved pets. Also, please consider making a tax-free donation to Hospice Pet Peace of Mind of San Luis Obispo, which has enabled this beautiful, loving, funny little dog to enjoy a high quality of life in his final days.

Hospice Pet Peace of Mind is located at 1304 Pacific Street in San Luis Obispo, they also have a Paso Robles office open by appointment. For more information or to donate, call 544-2266 or visit

Here’s a look at upcoming pet-related events happening in San Luis Obispo County:

Workday at El Chorro Dog Park

There will be a work day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at El Chorro Dog Park at El Chorro Regional Park along Highway 1 just outside of San Luis Obispo. Volunteers will be spreading wood chips around the park to keep the mud down during rainstorms. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For questions, email

“Sassy Tails” Fashion Show

The fashion show benefits the North County Humane Society. 1-3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the SpringHill Suites Marriott in Atascadero. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at door, and include lunch, fashion show and live music. Tickets are available at Kelly’s Casuals, 461-1800 or the North County Humane Society, 466-5403.

The fashion show is coordinated by Kelly’s Casuals in Atascadero; clothes and accessories will be available for sale at the show. The fashion show will also include a “Timeless Treasures” used jewelry sale. Donations of gently used jewelry needed.

Bring one of the following items to get a raffle drawing ticket: bleach, paper towels, Friskies canned food, Friskies kitten chow, small paper plates, liquid laundry detergent, Windex or cat treats. For information, call 466-5403.

Film showing to benefit Sherwood Dog Park

Parks4Pups is hosting a special film showing of the documentary “Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Side Car Dogs” at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Park Cinemas, 1100 Pine St. in Paso Robles. The event begins with “Yappy Hour and Wine Social” with wines, popcorn and soda available for purchase. Film showing at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance through Feb. 9, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at, or by check payable to Parks4Pups, P.O. Box 795, Paso Robles 93447. Event proceeds benefit the maintenance fund for Sherwood Dog Park of Paso Robles, a nonprofit organization.

Volunteers needed to trap cats

The Feline Network needs trappers to humanely trap feral cats for spay/neuter in the South County, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo. Spaying and neutering is particularly important at this time of year in order to prevent the birth of numerous litters of feral kittens in the spring. Call 556-0717 in the South County or 544-6138 in San Luis Obispo.

If you would like information on low-cost spaying or neutering or if you need help with stray or feral cats in the South County or San Luis Obispo, call 549-9228.

Feline Network cats and kittens are cared for in foster homes because the organization does not have a shelter. To find out about the cats and kittens that are available for adoption, call 549-9228 or check All adoptable cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and tested for leukemia or FIV.

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