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2018 February PASO Magazine

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Take care with the trails. If the promised rains arrive, stay away from the edge of the trails and allow the land to dry before riding them. Some trails don’t have strong cellular signals so tell responsible people where you are heading and the approximate time of your return. You can be separated from your cell phone, so wear a lanyard with a whistle attached. It doesn’t seem like much but, you can blow a whistle a lot longer than you can shout. Jan. 29-Feb. 3 Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, ticketed programs, contact Western Folklife Center, Elko Feb. 3 Polo: Cal Poly team Feb. 3 WCBRA Barrels, King City, free entry for spectators Feb. 4 Montana de Oro Trail Work Day, Montana de Oro trail workday (Super Bowl Sun.), dress for outdoor work with long sleeves, study shoes/ boots, gloves, hat Feb. 7-11 Central Coast Cutting, Paso Events Center, free admission/ parking for spectators Feb. 9-11 King City District 7 High School Cutting, come cheer on your favorites, free Feb. 10 Ray Berta Horsemanship Clinic, Carmel Valley, $189 w. lunch, $25 audit, 831-601-2307. rayberta@ redshift.com Feb. 16-17 Brass Oak Clinic, Larry Brinker Clinic, Ann McClure, Ar- royo Grande Feb. 10 WCBRA Barrels, Bakersfield, free entry for spectators Feb. 17 & 18 WCBRA Barrels, King City, free entry for spectators Feb 18-19 Brass Oak Clinic, Larry Brinker, Overlook Driving Center, Paso Robles Feb. 24 Fresno Continuous Drive, Brass Oaks Driving Society March 1-4 Winter Horse Trials, Intro-Advanced, schooling rounds, Twin Rivers Ranch, N. River Rd. Paso, free entry for spectators Ride to Cayucos, depending on tide level. Caution: halfway to Cayucos are rocks. Passable at low tide, but NOT at high tide. Morro Strand is a beautiful beach to ride. View: Morro Rock & Central Coast Access: From Atascadero, Hwy. 41 S. to Morro Bay, go straight at stop under overpass, pass high school, proceed to end dirt rd. near mobile home park. Park along side of rd. Fees: None • Pass: None • Rated: Easy Time Factor: 2 - 3 hours. This is an out & back ride. Turn back any time Trail: Ride the beach & sand dunes Feet: Shoes not required Dogs: Not recommended • Camp: None Overnight: None Park Service: 805-772-2560 Call to double check on current situation for riders. First Aid: 911 Cell Reception: Very limited Caution: Check tide levels, summer many beach users, limited access due to Snowy Plover protection Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack 2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles whitehorsetack.com 44 PASO Magazine, February 2018

Veterinary Tails With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I would share a story about love lost and found. A few years ago we had a client come in with a beautiful Golden Retriever puppy that they bought from an ad on Craig’s List. The owner was beaming and the puppy was cute as a button looking like something out of a commercial. We vaccinated the little girl and dewormed her and talked with the proud new owner about diet, socialization, spaying, preventative meds, and all the usual first visit stuff. Before leaving, the owner asked if we could place a microchip. We took the puppy to the treatment area to place her chip. We always scan a pet before we place a chip to make sure they are not already microchipped. Wouldn’t you know it? This puppy was already microchipped! The microchip was registered to a family up in San Francisco. We left a message for them that we had their puppy down in Templeton and they should call us right away. About 3 minutes later they called us back sounding ecstatic. They said that about 3 weeks ago they were walking the puppy with their kids in Golden Gate Park when a stranger asked By Dr. Ryan Ehlinger if they could pet the puppy. When they said “ok”, the stranger dogsnatched the puppy and ran away. They had filed police reports and were watching all the local classifieds but they couldn’t find their puppy anywhere. When we relayed the story to our client they were crushed. They went from proud loving new puppy parent to scammed on Craig’s List all in the course of about 5 minutes. Despite the rush of conflicting emotions, our client new what they had to do. 4 hours later they were pulling into SF to reunite the puppy with her family. The family was so happy that they gave a reward to our client; they would purchase them a Golden Retriever puppy of their own to say thank you for all they did. 2 weeks later our client was back in the same exam room with a different Golden Retriever Puppy. We started all over with our visit and laughed about love lost and found again all in the span of a few weeks. Dr. Ehlinger is the owner of the Main Street Small Animal Hospital in Templeton. A full service small animal hospital serving the north county since 1988. Hop online and give him a Yelp review, or visit templetonvet.com for more info. February 2018, PASO Magazine 45

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