Meet Bernie

When this 5-year-old Dachshund/Jack Russell Terrier mix first came to the animal shelter, there were three things that volunteers noticed about him – his high energy, his sweet, albeit distracted personality, and the fact that he could lose a few pounds. Since that time, Bernie has shed those extra pounds and looks terrific (and feels even better). He's become a favorite among the volunteers who say he gets along great with kids, cats and other dogs.

True to his breed mix, Bernie has a strong prey drive and can sometimes be a bit independent, but he has learned many basic commands and has become more attentive and responsive to training. Now when you see Bernie, the first thing you notice is a fit, more focused and well socialized little dog that should be strutting alongside his loving family rather than sitting in a shelter kennel. Bernie is ready for his forever home!

For more information on adopting Bernie, stop by or call K9 PALS, whose facility is located at the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Road, off Patterson Avenue, 681-4369.

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Free Training Sessions

Thanks to a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation, K9 PALS is able to offer four free training sessions to all adopters. The sessions are a great introduction to basic obedience as well as an opportunity to receive one-on-one advice from a trainer to help your new best friend fit perfectly into your family and lifestyle. Additionally, K-9 PALS offers a 24/7 hotline number to call in the event that adopters have any questions or concerns about their newly adopted dog.

The folks at K-9 PALS, whose goal is for all adoptions to be perfect matches, believe that life is better with a dog. Stop by soon – your new best friend is waiting for you.