Apollo was euthanized Thursday, December 30, at the ripe old age of 15 years and 8 months. He had been outgoing, friendly and acting like his normal self until Thursday, December 23. On that day he stopped eating and showed other signs of discomfort.
When it became apparent he was not doing well, we began supportive nursing immediately. We took him in for blood work, x-rays, urinalysis and checked his stool for parasites. When all the tests came back normal our vet suspected a brain tumor. When he suddenly had a seizure on the afternoon of December 30 we sedated him for his final trip to the clinic where he was peacefully euthanized.
Apollo was one of the males known as the “Chinooklings”, as they took after their father, Chinook, who had a large and sometimes challenging personality. Apollo was known for his quirky personality, and was low ranking when he lived in the main pack. When he was removed from the pack in 1999, he wound up at East Lake as the alpha male of a trio consisting of himself, his buddy Alyeska, and Karin, a former main pack alpha female who was also in retirement. Apollo and Karin became exemplary mates, remaining very affectionate with each other for their whole lives. When Alyeska had passed away in 2005, and then Karin passed away in 2008, Apollo turned more to humans for companionship, becoming a very popular wolf with our interns, volunteers and sponsors. While he had a longer than average life, it is still hard to believe he is gone. He will be much missed by all of us.