Doug’s Dogs- Apollo
Doug’s Dogs- Apollo
Due to the overwhelming number of submissions for the videos we’ve been doing, it’s been impossible to fit all the precious pups in there! But I’m such a softy and I think every dogs story needs to be heard, so I’m going to continue featuring the dogs that didn’t get to shine in the video. Next on the list is Apollo!
What is Apollo’s story?
Apollo was my first foster when I volunteered to help Adopt a Boxer. He was urgent. He was on the euthanasia list in Philly and had until 4:00 that afternoon. I don’t usually go back on the computer during the day, but this day I did. At lunchtime, I took a break from my barn chores and checked e mails. There was Apollo. I called the rescue and said I would take him. The woman in charge told me he was in poor health, and would understand if I didn’t want him. I told her to bring him to me. The next day was Saturday, and by late morning the car carrying Apollo pulled into the farm. The people from the rescue told me again, that they would understand if I decided not to take him. He was reported to be at least 10 years old, very arthritic, open skin sores, and did not look very friendly. He had been tied outside in Philadelphia for most of his life, and had callouses on his elbows and hocks to prove it. I told them that if we could give him 3 months of happiness, it would be worth it. He was so shut down that he wouldn’t make eye contact for the first 3 weeks. He looked at every new person, as if he was waiting for his owners to come for him. Finally, one day I saw his little stubby tail give a half hearted wag. I knew he would come around. I saw improvement every day from that day on. He began to make eye contact, and soon the light in his eyes returned. With some cold laser treatments and some herbal support, he began to walk better and even climb stairs. His skin improved with the proper diet and soon he was running around the farm. That was 2 years ago, and Apollo has become an important member of our family. He shares the house with his border collie sister, Little Pea, and his boxer brother, Moose as well as several fosters. His personality has come through in a big way and we can’t imagine life without him. He can be ornery, demanding, funny and always loving.