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Apollo

German Shepherd Dog

3 years, 10 months
X-Large  |  Male

Forest, VA

 

Our first step is an application which can be filled out at www.cvrrescue.org


For a very long time I only saw Apollo at adoption events. He was stiff and nervous and obviously out of his element. Amanda, his foster mom watched his body language, kept him focused on her and doing tricks for food, and when he had enough, she would quietly make her exit. It was hard for me to imagine him as the goofy, calm, loyal dog she would describe to me in our late night texting conversations. Then Christmas came and Apollo needed a place to wait for Santa Claus whi le his foster family was out of town. I was blown away by his manners, his easy going attitude, and his warm and lovable demeanor.
Ok. He isn't perfect. On leash with no ability to flee, he can be a touch snappy if cornered....but beyond that I really just adore this guy. No cats or small kids (cats are toys apparently and kids.... Well just to be extra safe) but shepherd lovers, believe me. ... He is worth a second look.
Recently he has been learning to PLAY with people... This from his foster mom...
"So I don't have any other people who would really appreciate the significance of this - but Apollo is learning how to play with people. He's always played so nicely with dogs and loved it, but when Ryan or I would play with Max, he would just look on. He tried to play for the first time a few months ago, but he came up to Ryan and growled at him, so Ryan backed off to give him space. We didn't realize until afterward that he was probably just trying to participate.
He didn't try again for a while, but he's really smart, so he just watched us play with Max. He's finally come back around to realizing that if he growls we'll stop, but if he frolics and opens his mouth a tiny bit and kind of butts it sideways against your hand or thigh he gets to play. He still doesn't really get what Max does to play with us (Max has several very involved games he plays that Pollo is still trying to figure out), but he's developing his own version, which is really big for him.
He's also coming around to the idea that if he has a ball and he wants us to throw it, he can't put his face down on it or we won't take it. He's getting to where if he wants us to, he'll look away so it's clear we're allowed to throw it for him.
It's not big for most dogs, but it's really big for him. He is learning that his more aggressive dog-play manners aren't going to work with people with less protective fur and is slowly adjusting to a more gentle/less scary-faced people version. Just wanted to brag on the big goob a little


Apollos around 3 and his adoption fee is 175 which covers the following: spay/neuter, microchip, heartworm testing, dhp/p, rabies, bordatella (agre appropriate vaccines), deworming, and all the care he received while with CVRR. All animals are on flea and tick and parasite prevention for the duration in fostercare. We are an volunteer group, who process the applications so please be patient and understand that it takes an average of 7-14 days to process the applications including reference checks, follow-up questions. You can expedite the process by providing accurate phone and email addresses for all your references. Time to make phone calls is limited and we often have multiple applications in process . We make every effort to move through them as quickly as possible. When your application is approved, we will schedule a meet-and-greet to see if the dog picks you too. If it seems that the adoption will be a good match for all, there is an adoption fee and an adoption contract to be signed. The adoption fees help cover a portion of the care provided to the animals. All dogs and pups are microchipped and all animals adopted out are spayed/neutered and fully vetted. **All of our animals have a lifetime commitment. If for any reason, the adoption does not work out, the cats and dogs are to come back to CVRR, which is a NO kill rescue.*** The foster family and the rescue volunteers will choose the new home based on the best fit for the dog/cat.

Our first step is an application which can be filled out at www.cvrrescue.org

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(434) 856-2676

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