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    Abused dog transformed from being too terrified to lift his head to perfect family pet

    NewsMonday 30 September 2013
    A dog that was in care after being abused by his previous owners has undergone a complete transformation in character and confidence thanks to his new owners. 
    The German Shepherd mix was taken into care after being abused and the staff at the San Antonio, Texas animal care facility, said that he was too scared to even lift his head. 
    They also claimed that he was terrified of humans and that he would never be a good family pet. 
    However, after a caring couple took a chance on him, he now trusts humans again and has become a gentle and loving companion for their newborn baby. 
    They have renamed the dog Apollo and he is now happy and healthy and living the life that all dogs should be allowed to live. 
    The couple wrote to the National Dog News Examiner, where they said: “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 [sic] 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.”
    The couple then took the dog home and decided to help him recover there, where they gave him food, a bed and “everything a puppy wants”.
    “You should have seen how excited he was when we fed him in those first few months,” they continued. 
    “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.”
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