Best Tricks: Speak (word or hand signal); Dead; "Sit Pretty" (beg)
Arrival Story: Athena was the most gorgeous 5-month old girl at the Humane Society. I had come with my mother to give her advice on a Basenji that she had seen on Petfinder (and knew immediately that it was not a compatible dog for her), so I took a stroll through the other kennels and saw Athena. She was named Uma at the time, but the name doesn't do her justice.
We had taken the Basenji into one of the interview rooms, and BOY was it hyper! It just barked and barked and barked and didn't even pay us ANY attention as it ran laps around the room. So I asked to see Athena/Uma. Athena was quite attentive, and had even sat when I told her "sit" while she was still in her kennel with the other noisy pound dogs. And when we got her into the interview room, she was very people-friendly. She sniffed around once, then let us throw her the ball -- and she BROUGHT IT BACK! I've never had a dog who would actually bring the ball back. She would sit whenever you asked, even if you didn't have a cookie. She was the perfect dog. I had to have her.
When we got out of the interview room, two other people wanted to be put on the waiting list for Athena (but we had snagged her first!). We put her on hold, and went to go convince my anti-pet Dad that we had room in our house for ONE MORE dog.
And so, Athena came to live with me.
My name's Athena. I'm a loveable german shepherd who LOVES to play. I'm really friendly with other dogs, especially with my boyfriend Tino the boxer.
I'm really smart, too! I learned how to give "paw" by watching my older sister Murphy, the dobie, get treats when she did it. I learn tricks in less than 20 repetitions. Only thing I'm being stubborn with is how to heel on the leash, but that's because grandma is taking care of me while Jennifer's away, and grandma isn't very good when it comes to consistency.
I love going on car rides, but I hate being seperated from my people. As long as I'm with Tino, though, I'm ok. We're buddies.