Apollo joins the FoG gang

Apollo at Friends of Greyhounds
Apollo would love to be in a new home for the holidays.
Friends of Greyhounds has a new guest in the Sunrise kennels. Meet Apollo, an 8-year-old fawn boy who is looking for a new home after a family breakup.

Apollo landed at FoG on Friday, and he's already adjusted to his new temporary life. I stopped by to visit him this morning, and he seems like a happy, healthy, friendly, well-adjusted guy. He's eating well, he was excited to get attention and affection from perfect strangers, and he got along great with his fellow senior adoptables during their turnouts today.

Here he is (with the red collar) hanging out with black hound Kelly and fellow fawn Logan:

Apollo was adopted in Virginia six years ago by a couple who eventually moved to South Florida. The family broke up, however, and Apollo landed in an apartment in Coconut Creek with his dad. But Apollo ended up spending long days by himself in his crate in the apartment as his dad works 10- and 12-hour shifts in the restaurant business.

Dad has owned three greyhounds, and he is experienced enough to know that Apollo was not happy with the situation. The boy was having frequent accidents in his crate while Dad was at work. Dad hired a dog walker for awhile, but that still didn't make Apollo too happy.

So Dad decided the best thing was to give Apollo a chance to find a home where he could have more regular company.

Apollo's very outgoing. He has a laid-back demeanor, but he's definitely a social animal. It's pretty obvious to me that he much prefers hanging out with humans and dogs to spending long days alone. I've seen hounds go into a funk for days and sometimes weeks when they are re-homed to the FoG kennels. But Apollo seems to be happy that he has friends around him.

Michelle is going to take Apollo to the gathering Sunday at Dog Dude Ranch to let him meet some more new people. She'll also have a couple of other dogs with her. So swing by for a visit. It'll go 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 6305 SW 120th Ave. in Miami.

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And clear your calendar next weekend for two events:

* Friends of Greyhounds will be one of four groups at an adoption event in Parkland on Saturday, Dec. 9. It's part of the Homes For Dogs Project, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Adopt-a-Pet.com. Chewy.com also will be there. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Equestrian Center at Temple Park, 8350 Ranch Road -- a block north of Holmberg Road and about four blocks west of Riverside Drive.

* Our monthly gathering at One Last Cast BBQ at Flamingo Road Nursery will be on a Sunday this time -- Dec. 10. It's set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The address is 1655 Flamingo Road in Davie.



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