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Rolo - The story of a special needs dog finding his forever home

Adoption State or Region: 
Alberta
Story Posted by Pet Parent: 
Kimberley

I have always grown up around dogs and when my last dog Sparky, who in which I had for almost my entire life passed away I never thought the void in my heart would ever be full again, Until I met Apollo. It all started with us purchasing our first home in 2011 as we knew we had to fill it with a loving animal.

I knew how important it was to pick out an animal that best suited our lifestyle. We both work full-time so we knew a puppy was out of the question, an older dog would be perfect for us. We kept visiting the local animal shelter (Fort McMurray SPCA) for at least 2 weeks spending time with the dogs; taking them outside for walks, playing in the designated play area with them and asking as many questions as we could about them.

I get a text message from my husband with a photo of a dog named Apollo. I was told he was very different from any of the other dogs. After work I went up to the shelter to spend find out about him. Usually when you walk into the kennels all the animals bark & jump, Well Apollo; a GSD x husky, just sat there not making a peep let alone eye contact. I got the kennel attendant to take Apollo outside so I could play around with him. Well stubborn Apollo wouldn’t even come near me he just stood next to the kennel attendant. I could not believe this!

He came into the shelter as a stray from the reserve, then was adopted and brought back due to his disorder. Apollo has Canine Epilepsy, as an animal lover there was something inside me that drew me to him! He wanted a loving family that wouldn’t abandon him or bring him back because he was different. We wanted him, we didn’t care if he didn’t like us, we wanted him to feel loved. We filled in the adoption application and in a few days we got the phone call that he was ours, we were Ecstatic!

June 23, 2011 is the day that changed his life forever. First things first, we changed his name to Rolo, which suits him much more. For the first few months Rolo would just stay in the basement. After discovering his bed upstairs, this bed became his safe haven! He slowly came out of his shell and morphed into the dog that he is to this day and I credit that to a routine and a ton of love & treats. Rolo has built quite the little dog resume for himself! He has become a certified therapy dog, holds a RMWB Citizen Recognition Award, my inspiration to start a dog blog called Confessions of a Rescue Mom, a canine ambassador for Canine Epilepsy, been published in a book, magazines and calendar as well as runs his own fundraisers for his former shelter raising & donating over $10,000 to date!

Did I Ever think any of this would have been "pawsible" when we first adopted him? No! But with time, it all happened and I could not be more proud to call him mine!