I write this story with tears in my eyes because I still miss my baby boy with all of my heart and more. I received a text from Laura and Sabrina in February of 2021 asking if I could be a medical foster for a little husky puppy who was dropped off at the vet to be euthanized because the owners didn’t want to pay the vet bill (in their defense it was almost 17k) I said yes and took him in the next day. The vet himself and Laura gave me all of the instruction and supplies I needed to give this baby my best care, and with my previous experience as a foster and working at a vet clinic, I knew I’d be the best for the job. Little did I know this little guy would become my soul dog, best friend, and the best partner in crime. He was diagnosed with an inoperable intra-hepatic liver shunt. Laura, the vet, and I worked tirelessly every. single. day. 24/7 to make sure Apollo (known as Centi) got the care he needed to survive and thrive. The vet said he had a very short lifespan as his liver shunt was too large and complex for surgery, and the vet’s instructions were to give him the best life we can while he’s still here. I chose in that moment to become his hospice foster. He needed medication 4 times a day, a specific (and expensive) hepatic diet, and treatments at the vet every week, which were all graciously paid for by Laura. He truly lived the best life in the short time he was here. He got to run on the beach with his amazing grandparents, go to dog parks, and daily walks and runs to his favorite park near my apartment. On August 11th, 2021, I took him to an emergency vet near me, and despite the vet’s best efforts, he passed away around 2 am the next day..the worst day of my life. I miss him everyday, and I am so grateful for the love and support from Laura through all of it. Apollo, you were and are still so loved. Rest In Peace, baby boy. Forever my little guardian angel.

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