Athena was 15 yrs 7 mos old when we said “Goodbye” to her. We adopted her when she was 2 and we found her to be one of the sweetest, gentle and fun-loving dachshunds that we had ever encountered. She had her stubborn streak, but for the most part, she was quite submissive and obedient.
She made friends with people who were not usually “dog people”, she was the neighborhood social butterfly, and she greeted our guests as they entered our home. She loved her walks (there were many through her life) and she so loved the exploring that she got to do while on them.
She was a stress reliever for my husband (her Person) and she would let him pet and pet and pet her as she snuggled beside him on the couch. It was so special. She was a cheerleader when we watched sports—her squeak toy got quite a workout when we stood in the middle of the living room cheering and she ran around us squeaking it the entire time.
She hated squirrels and birds and worked very hard to keep our yard free of them—they were intruders.
Athena was truly a gift to us from God that we did not know we needed. She has left huge paw prints on our hearts, even though she was small in stature. We miss her deeply and our home feels empty but we are so thankful that she is resting well and out of pain. – Scott and Donna McBurney