Apollo: 8 year old neutered black lab/dachshund mix
Apollo is an eight year-old, 25lb black labrador/dachshund mix, a perfect sized dog for a smaller home! He is a sweet dog--he will get attached to his owner(s) but it will take time to warm up with strangers and dogs. He is the quietest dog you will ever meet--rarely barks, only at the doorbell or home visitors. He is not the most energetic dog (unless he sees a squirrel), but he is very affectionate. Apollo loves to go on walks (as long as it's not raining), play fetch, belly rubs, napping on the couch, and will give his future owner all of his undivided attention.
Apollo is a special needs dog, and because of his age and past history, will need some time to re-adjust to his new home. He is house-trained, and is familiar with a crate and pet doors. He is not good with children age 1-4 due to their unpredictable behavior. He is usually scared of strangers but will warm up after being fed a few treats. He is initially defensive with other dogs, but after a few minutes of controlled socialization, he will be fine living with other dogs. Same with cats, he's tried chasing a few before, but has been socialized with cats before.
Apollo is on multiple medications to deal with two issues that require medication: seizures and symmetrical lupoid onychodstrophy (SLO). The seizure medication averages to $40-50/month, and should be fed to him twice a day. You will come up with creative ways to feed him his medications for sure. On these medications, he may have a seizure about once every 12-16 months.
The SLO issue was recently identified in November 2016--his nails started breaking off and growing back as brittle nails. He is currently on some medication that costs $90-100/month, but he can still be an active dog without it. Without the medication, Apollo is fine going on walks, but you have to watch out where he walks so he doesn't injure his nails.
He recently developed a head tremor, which according to his neurologist, does not harm him and he is completely aware when it occurs. It happens once every few days, lasting about 5 minutes each, but no root cause could be identified. His head tremors do not require any medication, just some petting to calm him down.
He is currently located in north San Jose, CA. He'd be best taken care of by a family who can devote more time to him. I have tried my best but can't keep up with his care to make him a happy dog. He is used to being alone during work hours but is best in a place where he is only alone for a few hours a day.
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