It’s tough not to stop and give the beautiful stray some love as she holds up her food dish and makes puppy dog eyes at passers-by.
Construction workers in Southeast Texas found the 6-year-old German shepherd while heading to a labor site in September. They gave the parched puppy some water and alerted Be Intentional, a local rescue group.
An check at the vet revealed that Athena was in bad shape: “She had a harness that was entirely too tiny for her that was removed,” Be Intentional creator Christie Kasko told The Dodo. “She was infected with every parasite known to man.” She also has one of the most severe instances of sarcoptic mange that the veterinarian has ever seen.”
Despite everything, Athena only wants to cuddle. “At the vet hospital, she’s an absolute sweetheart,” Kasko remarked. “They’ve gone head over heels in love with her.”
When Athena was being treated for various illnesses, she discovered that holding up her bowl whenever one of her caretakers went by was the greatest way to gain extra affection and goodies. No one could say no to the sweet dog’s pleading, especially after everything she’d gone through.
“She gets a lot of love and a lot of food,” Kasko explained. “However, she has discovered that holding her dish with her lovely little face attracts more hugs.”
Be Intentional teamed up with Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Dog Rescue to provide Athena a loving foster home where she could adjust to her new life.
Athena is gradually learning to trust.
Karen Blanchard of Sauver Des Chiens told The Dodo, “She will be spoiled to no end.” “She needs to transport an orthopedic bed, an open crate, and a lot of bowls.”
Athena will soon be looking for her permanent home.
“She will continue to mend and adjust to a life of love and family,” Kasko added. “Her life will be transformed for the better for the rest of her life.”