Photo Comments Age: 11 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
Leave a bone for Athena
"Poo", "Poo-Poo", "Blockhead", "Pitt-head",
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January 1st 2002
Fetching kongs and balls (obsessively)
getting her paws cleaned
whatever people food is around
anywhere Buster goes
sit/stay/down... labeled the "fastest down" in her puppy class
....written by "the Alpha Dog"....
I agreed to foster Athena for Second Chance Dogs when she was only 8 weeks old. Athena's mom was a boxer mix who was on death row at animal control. Second Chance rescued her and her pups who had just been born. She came to me a spunky little puppy, very eager to play with humans and dogs. One of the smallest of the litter, her brothers and sisters would often try to beat her up, but somehow she still managed to hold her own. Athena suffered an accident though and has one small handicap: She only has one eye due to a squabble over kibble. She had to miss the first week of Second Chance Adoptions while she healed at home with me. She did however, heal very nicely and masks it well.
Every Saturday, we attended adoptions ...just waiting for Athena's new owner to show up. Each and every one of her brothers though got adopted while other prospective moms and dads just passed her by. Every week, Athena would come to adoptions dressed to kill and looking cute and every week another one of her litter mates would get adopted ...When all her brothers and sisters were finally gone Athena looked on as the very last of her pack, her mother, got adopted. I spent months caring for Athena. The very first day I saw her and her brothers and sisters, I looked at her little face and thought, "this is definitely the one I want to foster". In the months that passed, I also watched her sit at adoptions again and again and again with never anyone I considered "good enough" to adopt her.
Many times I had thought about just keeping her and then thought that it wouldn't be right to just keep her because nobody else wanted her (because of her one eye). Athena has been the biggest handful for me and there were times I thought I just couldn't keep up with her pace and was ready to give up. Yet each time, I'd see how sad Buster seemed without her. Then I'd see how incredibly excited Athena would get when she saw Buster. Athena had fallen deeply in love and there was no going back...so here we are. Athena has already turned 10 months old and she persistently tried every ploy known to dog to turn away all other potential owners and get my attention instead. That cunning and persistence was enough to convince me that Athena only wants to be with Buster and me. But more importantly, I have looked back on all of these things and found that all of this time I have spent trying to find Athena that perfect home with the perfect dog owner-missing eye and all -has been in vain. I believe now that given all that I have done for her and all that she has done for me, there is no need to look for the perfect owner. I believe Athena picked the perfect owner a long time ago and just wouldn't give up until I realized it. On September 18, 2002, I officially adopted Athena as part of our family. Thanks Athena for spicing up our lives!
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Good Ol' Southern Boxers
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|September 23rd 2004
||More than 8 years!
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