Posted March 2021
Oh boy, would you look at this beauty? That happy smile and joyful disposition would be surprising if we didn't know the resilience of dogs.
Athena is a 4 year old pitbull mix who is approx. 60 lbs. She is crate-trained, housetrained, rides beautifully in the car and is in a foster home with 13 other dogs - yes, thirteen! They are big, small, young and old. She is amazing with children, walks well on a leash and doesn’t even mind cats!! The ONLY behavioral need she has is food guarding, which is completely understandable given her history, so she is fed separately and food bowls are picked up when everyone’s done.
Over a year ago, Athena was picked up from a rough southern neighborhood with her male buddy and came to the vet in TERRIBLE SHAPE. They thought she was very pregnant but it turned out that she was not but was in severe heart failure due to heartworm disease. Her buddy was adopted out quickly but Athena needed a lot more care. She saw the cardiologist, was started on a strict diet, five medications and the painstaking process of heartworm treatment.
Fast forward to this month -
Athena's follow up with the cardiologist showed that her heart failure has almost COMPLETELY resolved! She’s on a regular senior food , is only on two meds that cost about $30 per month and doesn’t need to see the cardiologist until the end of the year. This girl! She's been through it and has come through like a champ!
This girl has scars on her body that tell us her prior life wasn’t good. She has blossomed in her foster home and is ready to find her happily ever after!
If you have interest in meeting Athena or any of our sweeties, please fill out the adoption application.
Please note: we do not have a physical facility where the dogs are housed; they are cared for in our wonderful foster network throughout Maine. It is our expectation that, once approved, a potential family will meet the dog(s) in the foster setting where they are feeling safe and loved.
Thank you for considering rescue!