Athena is a
magnificent looking black and red female, approximately 7 to 8
years old. She is big and grand in stature--probably around
80 pounds--with a regal, German appearance. Athena was named
for the Greek goddess of wisdom because she is a balanced and
gentle girl who is quiet and good-natured around other dogs.
Athena is a breast cancer
survivor. Because her family neglected to have her spayed
and chose instead to breed her, she developed a number of mammary
tumors, which if not removed, could have taken her life.
While everyone else turned away from this sweet senior at a
crowded animal shelter, German Shepherd Rescue vowed not to let
her life end in a cold cement cell.
Athena has had the first of two
surgeries to remove the lumps. According to the results of
her biopsy, she has a very good chance of leading a happy life for
several more years. She will return to the hospital for a
second surgery in September to remove the remainder of the
tumors. The rescue is currently raising money to pay for her
second surgery, and any donation would be greatly
appreciated. We are hoping that someone
will find it in their heart to give Athena the comfort and security
of a loving home, regardless of how many years, months or weeks
she may have left. Please consider being the final home for
this deserving senior dog.
Athena LOVES to play ball and
she's great at catching! Despite her age and her recent
surgery, she really leaps to catch balls in the air! She
likes to carry her tennis ball around with her and drop it in her
water dish while she's drinking. Then, when it's nice and
soggy, she picks it back up and tries to get some unsuspecting
person to toss it for her! She knows how to sit on command.
Athena is good natured and gentle
around children and other dogs.