"Apollo von der Steilküste"
Name: Apollo von der Steilküste
Nickname: at first "King Kong" - today "Rüpi"
Day of birth: 22/07/95
Weight: depending on season...max. 7-8 kg
Favorite discipline: snuggle, snuggle, snuggle…
Favorite game: ready for every kind of fun
Favorite toy: stick and stuffed animals
Favorite food: cookies made of liver sausage, if need to be: bread with liver sausage
Favorite collar: Please ask my mum, I am a male dog and therefore not interested in fashion
Favorite place to sleep: I prefer sleeping in one of my "Dog Carrier" - my slogan is to stay mobile all the time
Favorite Outfit: Because of my age and an extensive surgery on my back, I am freezing immediately. I like all kinds of comfortable shirts and sweaters for staying warm and in action
Daily routine: If it was up to me, I would only play with my ball. Time to sleep is at night!
Friends: I am the senior of the "Koko Dogs" and have many friends. For matters of discretion, I do not give any names here.
Peculiarity: I have a great voice and like to bark sometimes - is not always that funny to my owners. If it rings at the door, there will be no stop for me - aditionally I am a watchdog after all.
Dislikes: rain and snow
Miscellaneous: I would like to thank my family at this point for not putting me down last year. My Dachshund-palsy was that far advanced that I could hardly move anymore. Every day there was pain for me and my family. Several vetenerians and animal hospitals already had given me up! But my mum found a newspaper article about a special method of operating Dachshund-palsy, so without further ado she took me to the airport and flew to Vienna. Prof. Punzet was very kind to me, the surgery lasted a few hours and I was allowed to go home immediately. (I am sorry but some advertising has to be allowed here!)
Right after the surgery I was feeling quite good, but the scar which was 25 cm long, looked awful and I did not have a skin for a long time. Because many of the humans execrate watching me and therefore badgered me, I was really glad that we have so many nice shirts for dogs which covered the scar and made me look presentable again. Furthermore I did not have to wear a huge bandage because the shirts protect me enough, even against the helping tongues of my four-legged friends who thought of licking me healthy.
I was physical fit after four weeks and do not have any problems with my back since then. Today I easily run up and down every stair, climb on every mountain and have a nice time. The newspaper article has saved my life and has made my life worth living again!