Pet Tales

Meet Rookie, a Labrador mix looking for a home

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Rookie, a Labrador mix:

Rookie’s a sensitive, fun-loving boy who’s looking for a simple life with someone who will love him for who he is.

In the beginning, Rookie’s lot was looking bad: He was lost in the Carrizo Plain — where space is abundant and kibble sources are scant. Luckily, he was found by good Samaritans who ensured he reached the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter.

Unclaimed, Rookie — a Labrador mix with a possible splash of pit bull — was soon identified as a potential service dog and was sent to the county jail to be trained by inmates.

Unfortunately, the jail environment was too stressful for Rookie. So he was returned to the shelter, and volunteers redoubled their efforts to find him his perfect home.

Soon a family adopted Rookie, and he enjoyed playing with the family teenagers, sleeping in the house and being a car passenger. The family was pleased with Rookie’s good house manners and his knowledge of “sit” and “down.”

The new family left him alone in the yard. Not wanting to be left out, Rookie climbed their 5-foot fence. Feeling they didn’t have the time to get Rookie used to the family’s comings and goings, they brought him back to the shelter.

Though rattled by all the changes, Rookie still believes in people, plays well with other nice dogs and wants to please.

Rookie values the simple pleasures of life and has journeyed long looking for home, hearth and love.

For more information about Rookie (ID No. 210905), call the volunteer line at the animal services shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit The shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Visit the website to see more shelter animals available for adoption.

The adoption fee is $88 for cats and $115 for dogs. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, a new collar and an ID tag. Cat adopters also receive a carrier, and the cats are tested for FeLV and FIV.

Goldens in the Park

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Dog contests, dog/owner parade, demonstrations, dog adoption opportunities, pet and food vendors and more. Event supports Woods Humane Society, Animal Shelter Adoption Partners and SLO County Golden Retrievers.

Free admission, all breeds welcome. Laguna Lake Dog Park, 504 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo. For more information, visit

H.A.R.T. July cat adoption special

It’s kitten season again, and the Homeless Animal Rescue Team could use your help to match up kittens with loving forever homes.

Throughout the month of July, adopt one kitten at H.A.R.T. and get 25 percent off the adoption fee for a second kitten.

Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, flea treatment, a follow-up veterinarian examination, a collar and tag, and a starter bag of kibble.

H.A.R.T. is at 2638 Main St. in Cambria. The shelter is open for visitors Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 927-7377 or visit to learn more about the available cats.

Art contest for dog lovers

The California Mid-State Fair is hosting a new contest to find an artist to paint a mural at the entrance to Vineyard Dog Park.

Organizers of the nonprofit group Vineyard Dog Park of Templeton will give $300 plus expenses to a selected artist and painting in the fair’s public judging contest. The contest is open to ages 18 and younger. The entry must be suitable for enlargement to fill the outdoor mural of 4 feet by 7 feet. Deadline for submitting art is July 18.

Entries should incorporate at least one of the following elements: dogs and their owners, vineyards and hillsides, park amenities, native plants, trees or wildlife.

To register a painting, go to and click register; when prompted, select the Public Judging department and then Division 350 Class 1. The mural must be completed by Oct. 1.

For more information, contact 239-4437 or

If you have stories or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, please send them to or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.