Abandoned Puppy’s Dramatic Change Will Warm Your Heart

It’s always a beautiful story when someone takes a step of faith and gives an animal a chance that they otherwise may not have received. Such is the case with redemptive story of little Apollo, a terrified and abused puppy that was housed in the Texas Animal Care Services facility located in San Antonio over a year ago.

When his adopted family received him, they could only imagine the treatment he had received from his previous owners and were determined to do everything in their power to provide a healthy environment for little Apollo.

Well, a year later and the family has sent in an update to National Dog News Examiner with nothing but wonderful news about the incredible transformation that occurred in this healthy dog’s life. See the update below:

“Of course, we will never know exactly what living on the streets of San Antonio was like, or what his first owner did to him. We know that someone began to tattoo his underbelly in green. We know that he hates drainage ditches of all kinds.

We know that one of his ears does not stand up due to either a dog fight or lack of essential nutrients and chewing in his early months. Shortly after we got him, we also found out he was distemper positive, and very much on the edge of losing his life.

When the vet met Apollo, she said he would never be a good family pet, that he was not properly socialized soon enough.

When he tested distemper positive, they told us we could leave him there at the vet, so they could keep him hydrated and as comfortable as possible. Yet by then, we knew he hated small cages.


We declined and 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.”

Apollo a year after he was adopted by and brought back from an abusive life. Apollo a year after he was adopted by and brought back from an abusive life.