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12/17/05 - We received a call today saying that Apollos died of bloat yesterday. We all will miss this silly, goofy, sweet boy. We thank his adopted family for giving him a wonderful year and a half. We know he was happy and loved beyond measure, as he should have been.

We'll miss you Apollos!

Adopted 4/25/04

  • Gender- male
  • Age - ~11/2 years
  • DOB - 7/21/02
  • Height  at the shoulder - ~34"
  • Weight - ~120
  • Spayed/Neutered -Yes
  • Taken in on  - 11/21/03
  • Available as of - 2/21/03
  • Housebroken - yes
  • Obedience trained - yes
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - probably
    • with kids - yes
    • with the elderly - yes
  • Temperament - Under evaluation now

  • Comments
Apollos has a number of behavioral issues that are tied to his concerns about separation.. He gets destructive when left alone. He digs and tears up the yard if locked outside by himself. He will need some time, patience, love, and consistency before he will get over some of these behavioral issues. And a buddy to play with and burn off some of his energy with, might be a good idea. But he is a wonderful, sweet, happy, loving, dog who really wants to please. He stresses out about being left alone, even if it's just a matter of being gated in another room. He is crate trained so the crate can be used for times when he must be left alone. He is housebroken. However he will need some desensitization work about being left alone and will need some work on some other behaviors too. Because most of his behaviors stem from his fears about being abandoned, we will not be able to do much about them here. He will need to learn to trust that he has a permanent home before these issues will resolve themselves, and that is simply going to take some time in his adopted home.

He loves to cuddle and snuggle, and he will stand for pets for hours. He is a big leaner. And he loves to give and get kisses. He is an extremely affectionate dog. He hasn't got a mean bone in his body and thinks everybody and everything is his buddy. His need for affection and physical contact will likely diminish some once he is in a stable loving home, but he will likely always be a velcro dog who needs lots of attention. The one problem we have with him here is we can not give him enough attention. Her has to share out attention with 10 or more other dogs, and that just does not leave enough time for him. He really needs to get in a home where he can get the sort of time and affection he needs. That will likely do more to help his behavior problems than anything we are doing. However, we are working on his barking when crated or left alone..

He is a bit retarded in his social development and relates to other dogs as if he were much younger than he is. He gets along with other dogs great, even other males, because he acts like a puppy and immediate goes submissive if they challenge him. He loves to play and like a puppy has boundless energy. 

He is very well trained. And after he tests you to see if your will really make him pay attention and obey, he is very obedient. Apollos is going to need someone who is very consistent, who has a big heart and lots of patience. But he will reward that patience with lots of love and devotion .

Update 12/20/03 - Now that Apollos is starting to settle in here and we have been able to let him roam free a bit more, he has calmed down a lot and is starting to show us the dog inside. He is going to need some time to adjust to this new world but he is going to do just fine and he is a very nice dog. Once he is ready to be placed, which will likely not be for a couple more months, he will make someone very, very happy. He is the sort of dog who needs a regular schedule, and a high level of stability in his life. And this has made the transition to rescue hard for him. He will likely have a slightly longer than average adjustment period in his new home as well. But if his new owners set a schedule and stick to it, that will actually help him adjust more easily. He is crate trained but can tend to whine and bark a lot when he wants out. You just have to deal with this and make it clear to him that isn't going to get him what he wants. Apollos is a very sweet natured dog who just wants to hang out with his people and live the good life.

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