Apollo was in bad shape when he was first found at a shelter. On top of the extensive physical damage he had taken, he was also emotionally and mentally broken from having been abused. In fact, he was so broken down by it that it was apparent that he felt like he may have deserved it.
Thankfully, a loving family stepped in to make a difference in his life, and the transformation is remarkable.
Apollo was so scared when he first came to the shelter, he couldn’t even look a human in the eye.
Luckily, one family saw how special he was, even when vets advised them to just let him die.
Here’s what the owner had to say shortly after rescuing Apollo:
We brought him home, and we gave him food, and a bed, and everything a puppy wants. You should have seen how excited he was when we fed him in those first few months.
He recovered entirely from his illness. Slowly, he became the best dog, even at times very cuddly. His favorite thing on the planet is our morning walks.
He is loving, confident, and sweet--the perfect family pet.
He is our tiny dachshund's best friend in the world. Recently we had a baby, and from the moment we brought our baby home, Apollo adopted the baby as if he were his own puppy.
It just goes to show you how powerful giving love can be. So many dogs out there just need a chance to show you how great they can be.