Pet Blog Olympic Pet Parent Interview

We continue our conversation with Tony Azevedo, four-time Olympian and ASPCA Pet Health Insurance pet parent to Apollo. The first half of our conversation can be seen here.

1. We’re sure your Olympic medals hold a place in your heart, but what makes having a dog special?

Having a dog is the greatest joy. For me, the companionship and friendship we form with animals is an invaluable part of life. Seeing the love that my pets have for me makes me a more humble and an all-around better person. 

2. You’ve had Apollo for a number of years, what has he done that has made you laugh the hardest?

Sometimes when we are sitting out on our back porch, Apollo will come over and try to sit in my lap. Watching him try to maneuver his giant body into a tiny chair with me is absolutely hilarious. I think he’s a lap dog at heart. 

3. You’re entering your fourth Olympic Games. What are you looking forward to the most in London?

We are a really strong team this year and I look forward for the chance to compete at the highest level and hopefully bring back the gold. 

4. What attracted you to the sport of water polo?

I love the action and the physicality—it’s an exciting game. But it’s also a game of smarts, and I have always been attracted to the tactics and the technique that the best players develop and showcase. 

5. And, finally, if Apollo were an Olympian, what would his event be?

Maybe sailing because since we are such a water-oriented family he loves being near the water, but not necessarily in it. 

 

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