I began writing my Pup of the Week blog in 2010. There are a lot of reasons a pup can be Pup of the Week but the most common one is that the Pup went to the Bridge. Back in 2010 we had only been blogging for three years and all our dog friends were young with no thought of the Bridge calling. But there were some elders, and out of our elders no one was more elder than Apollo.
Apollo was our cowboy from Oklahoma: Proud, tough, strong and brave Apollo was our leader. He was the type of dog that you would think no human could hate but there were evil people who did hate him. His neighbors put poison out and Apollo gobbled it up, as he did everything.
Apollo, our strong cowboy, was in dire straits, but they don’t make them any bigger or stronger than Apollo and he fought off the poison, and then his Mom fought the neighbors off their property.
When his time did come he passed over in his Mom’s arms, in his home, while she sang Don’t Worry Be Happy to him.
Apollo was the first Bridge dog I knew who was able to influence events on the mortal side of the Bridge. His mother and grandmother are two heroes in the dog rescue world. They have saved countless dogs and given them forever homes. .And each of those dogs has been guided by Angel Apollo.
Five years after crossing the Bridge his Mom still writes about him like he is with her. Because Angel Apollo is still a huge presence in her life. He sits in a beautiful mansion on a hill. In front of the mansion, is his famous weeping willow tree that had to be taken from his yard last year. He has a beautiful office with natural wood walls and floors There he projects thousands of pictures of dogs who needs homes on to a screen. He flips through them looking for the most needy ones so he can send them to his Mom.
He knows his Mom, Aunt Kimberli, will do everything in her power to make sure the dogs will have the perfect foster homes then the perfect homes. I don’t know any dog here who is more responsible for finding homes for other dogs. And he helps me and my staff find homes on the immortal side for those dogs who never found love on the mortal side.
No matter what side of the River of Life he is on Angel Apollo is about loving humans and taking care of his fellow dogs Plus Apollo has the large responsibility of taking care of his Mom’s ever expanding brood from Napa to little Munchee.
When I was on the mortal side Apollo was a dog to look up to and try to emulate. And that is still true on this side of the River..
And I believe it will continue for eternity.