Apollo did not come to the Tukwila Police Department through the normal route that most police K-9's do. Apollo was abandoned and sent to a shelter within the state. He stayed at the shelter for six months and was deemed to have too much energy to be considered for adoption and was about to be euthanized. Before doing so, the shelter called a Washington State narcotics K-9 trainer and asked her to take a look at Apollo to see if he was possibly
a candidate for detection work. The trainer ran Apollo through some drills and thought he would indeed be a great narcotics K-9. She took Apollo out of the shelter and put him in her kennels at the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Unfortunately, Apollo had to wait another 12 months as one dog after another was selected over him by other officers who were going through narcotics school and wouldn't give him a chance. No one would give him a chance simply because he was a pit bull who often have bad reputations based on misconceptions and lack of training.
The Tukwila Police Deparment contacted the trainer last summer while searching for a K-9 and were told about Apollo. The trainer stated that he was a high drive dog and he would finish first in narcotics school if someone would give him a chance.
Tukwila PD decided to give Apollo that chance and are glad that they did. Apollo finished narcotics school in November of last year and did indeed finish first in his class. He is extremely friendly and can often be found trying to get anyone to play with him. He has brought great joy to everyone at the department in addition to being a very productive and hard worker. He is now a part of his handler's personal family and the family of the Tukwila Police Department.
Check out the video below of Apollo having some fun with his youngest fan during the Coffee With A Cop event at Starbucks in Southcenter Mall: