Ruff Ruff! My name is Apollo
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Rescue Group: Blind Dog Rescue Alliance -MA
|Breed:||Chesapeake Bay Retriever Mix||Color:||Brown/Chocolate - With Black||Age:||Senior|
|Size:||Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)||Sex:||Male|
September 22, 2012 - Apollo had some trouble with his right back knee a few weeks ago. Somehow he ended up pulling a muscle and the poor guy was in alot of pain. I had to limit his walks to just going out to do his business, then back inside. He had trouble getting to a standing position from laying down..but only on hardwood floors. His back leg kept slipping out from underneath him on the slippery floor. After a few days on the medicine, I could tell he was feeling better when he became his "frisky" self, swinging his big ol 'hugga head around when he wanted to play. He's almost back to his normal self with just a little weakness in his back leg when he first stands up. We recently got a new large size Kong and Apollo loves to chew it when I put pieces of chicken in it. He has claimed the big Kong for himself and the other dogs will gather round him and stare (cause he has the chicken). He just ignores them and chews away. One time Malcolm decided he was going to take the Kong from Apollo. Ha, Apollo wasn't going to let that happen - Apollo gave him a warning and Malcolm turned heel and left Apollo to chew happily on his Kong. As soon as Apollo walks away from it though, the other three gather around the Kong and noises are going crazy...but none of them will pick it up. They all know it's Apollo's Kong now and since Apollo never claims any toys for himself except this one, they won't pick it up. They respect that '"Apollo has spoken."
June 12, 2012 - I just finished reading an email about another dog who went through a life of torture, got out of the shelter into a foster home and died 9 days later. I look at my two fosters, Malcolm and Apollo and I'm so thankful I could take them into my home to foster them. It's early morning and I'm watching Malcolm roll around on my bedroom floor. He turns his head every so often as he's rolling and looks over at me. I reach my hand down to call him over and he runs over for some loving. His eyes get so dreamy when I rub behind his ears. He's happy. I also look over at Apollo who is stretched out a few feet away from where Malcolm is rolling around on the floor. Apollo is my big guy. He hears Malcolm come over for some loving and he gets himself to a standing position and also comes over to get his share (not that the love ever runs out)!. I'm so apprecative that BDRA has allowed me to foster these guys and that I can make a difference in their lives. I get a little choked up when I think about these two great dogs and the life they had in the shelters. They deserve their forever homes, but in the meantime, they are a part of my family and they know it. I love these guys and I know their new families are out there somewhere.
May 15, 2012 - Every morning, there is a calm wrestling match in my house. I say calm because Apollo, my two dogs and Malcolm all stay huddled in 4 dog group and mouth each other. There's no running, no jumping....just 4 dogs mouthing each others legs, heads, mouths. Sometimes,they don't even stand up! Apollo likes going for walks and will wander a little bit ahead of me. All I have to do is say "Apollo, Come". He immediately stops and turns towards me and comes right back, I keep talking so he can follow the sound of my voice. Apollo is such a loving dog, he wants to please you, loves his big ol hugga head petted and rubbed and the way he looks at us....it's just love that pours out of this big guy. When we go outside, he likes to be on leash to walk down the steps...I think he feels more secure knowing I'm right there. But once we get on the ground, I let him off leash and he'll walk all around the yard exploring and if it's sunny outside, he'll roll in the grass...on his back! He's just a great dog, if you are looking for a dog with high energy, Apollo is not the dog for you. But if you are looking for a dog who will love you unconditionally, greet you at the door, walk (a couple jog steps here and there) with you, come when called, lay next to your feet, just wanting to be close.....then he is the dog for you.
March 24, 2012 - Apollo almost seems to get a little younger as the months go by. When he first came to us, he had trouble getting up from the floor, now he does it so much easier. He didn't play with the other dogs then, now he does. Before it was a guess when he needed to go out, now he lets me know by a small whine when he needs to go outside. He didn't bark for the first few months, now he has become the protector. He'll bark when someone comes to the door or someone pulls up the driveway. He gets so excited for treats, ears go forward, his eyes are wide open, his head gets lifter a little higher! He sometimes looks at me as if he waiting for me to do something with him...he has that look like "well, come on". He is such a great dog and so patient. We recently brought another foster in, this time a puppy (Pip). The puppy climbs all over Apollo and Apollo lets him. Apollo's buddy is Bear, our boxer. Apollo has come so far from where he was and he's such a happy boy.
October 29 2011 - When we brought Apollo home, he moved extremely slowly, like his joints were tight. He was very thin…you could feel his bones through his fur. He is blind (but he can see some shadows) and was very hesitant on coming up the deck stairs outside (3 steps), but he did it. He met the other two dogs and was not really too interested in them. He just wanted to lay down and relax. He ate very well and drank a lot. I kept him separated from the other two dogs until he was comfortable and after a short 1 1/2 days, he was ready to join them. So I took the gate down and he just ambled over to them and started hanging with them as if he's known them his whole life. Apollo is so easy - no food aggression, no toy aggression, no aggression towards anyone or anything! He's awesome. The cats will walk by, and he will acknowledge them, but that's about it. November 2011 – We've had Apollo 2 1/2 weeks now. Apollo is such a sweet, gentle soul. Nothing upsets him, not dogs, cats or kids. He goes along with everything. He’s gained weight and is now looking very well. He has a lump, about the size of a very large pea, on his back. We had a biopsy done and there are no signs of it being cancer! He is on glucosamine and is starting to move a little bit better. He actually trotted a few times out in the yard with me. It looks like he may want to play with the other dogs – not a lot, but he is showing interest. He likes to play tug of war, but we haven’t had a full blown tug yet. He loves to be petted and he loves laying close. If he gets lost in the house, he’ll whine a little, but all I do is call him or make a noise and he follows the sound to me. He knows where the steps are now and maneuvers them very well. He is a big boy (very long). I pulled on his collar once to have him follow me. He cried. Ok so, I haven’t done that again. If I want him to move, I’ll put the leash on him and just give it a tiny tug and he gets up and follows me, and that's only needed if he is in a deep sleep. He walks great on leash, his head is right by my knee, and he likes to walk on the right side. He's not a clingy dog but will follow me from room to room. Once he knows where I'm at, he'll wander into another room. He loves his food, treats - loves, loves, loves to drink water. He hasn't barked yet - he leaves that to the other two dogs, but when I come home, he's at the door to greet me with the other two and today....he was moving around, like he was excited to "see me". The other two nuts jump up and down and wiggle all over the place, and Apollo was moving too. Recently, he'd come to the door to greet me, but just stand there while the other two did their usual antics. Today, Apollo was joining in with them. He is definitely feeling and moving better. He is such a wonderful guy with a personality that is just perfect.
December 26, 2011 - Apollo enjoyed his first Christmas with us. He is becoming more and more relaxed and at home. His ears are almost always up now and his tail wags often. He is playing more and more...not rough as he is an older pup but defniitely playing with us and the other dogs. His movements are more fluid now too and he is getting up off the floor easier since he's on the glucosamine. He looks at us with such a sweet expression on his face. He likes to trot outside - not for very long - but he does enjoy it for a short distance. He loves his walks and once he knows the area, he'll explore. He met a small dog the other day and he was very excited to "see" him. He got along great with the little guy...almost like a big brother. He is so easy going with everything.
January 15, 2012 - Last night we had the fireplace going. My boxer Bear, loves heat. I had moved Apollo's bed over in front of the fireplace and Bear snatched up the spot. Apollo walked around the living room looking for his bed, so I guided him over to it and booted Bear from the prime spot. Apollo was very happy he found his bed, but here comes Bear back and plopped himself in the bed with Apollo, (they are both nice size dogs so it was crowded) Instead of Apollo having something to say about it, he just got up and moved over by the couch and stretched out. This guy goes along with everything. Nothing seems to faze Apollo, he is always pleasant and always ready for some lovin and treats. He is jogging more and more when we're outside. He stops and listens to the sounds of the woods and birds when we're on our walks and he leads many times now. He never pulls on the leash, just moves ahead of me and we explore wherever he wants to go. We live on a farm, so there are alot of things for him to check out. He has a favorite spot a good distance from the house that we walk too often. It's up a little hill under the trees and he guides me to it whenever he can. He takes in the sounds, the scents and everything he can see, then we move on with our walk. He's comfortable with the house and moves around confidently. He'll hang out in different rooms of the house by himself but will check to see where I am every so often. Apollo is such an easy pup to have, good food, treats and love, especially love and he is one happy dog!!