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In shelter Dog

Austin, TX, 78745
Pet name:
Carolina Dog
Coat length:

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This is the information that we received from Athenas current foster:

Athena is about 4.5 years old, and as far as I know, she’s a pure Carolina Dog. She gets along great with other dogs, and she does good around kids. Cats are unknown, but I’m going to guess she wouldn’t be the best around them because she has a strong prey drive. She loves to chase little critters like squirrels and bunnies. 

She’s high-energy, and she can get bored when she isn’t walked and exercised every day. She’s highly intelligent, and learns and adapts pretty quickly. We’re currently working on her leash skills, and I have a walking collar we use for that just to help steer her a little better and be more in control. 

She doesn’t really play with toys, she prefers exploring, running and being outside. Sometimes she chews on some of the harder toys we have, but she never really goes for a stuffy for longer than a couple of seconds. 

Before I became her legal owner, I noticed she was scared of everything, and she would flinch away from me when I tried to pet her. Now, she’s pretty acclimated, which I’m pretty proud of. 

For her forever home, the ideal situation would be a couple or a young family who lives in a home with a back yard. I live in an apartment, and I know from taking her to my sisters house that her life is 100% better when she gets to run in the backyard. Something I’ve noticed is she does better with another dog around because she can take queues from them. On her own, she seems kind of lost. She would also do great with an active family, people willing to walk her, take her on hikes (she’d be a fantastic hiking buddy) and preferably someone who will be patient with her in the training process. It would be an even bigger bonus if they’re willing and able to invest in a trainer. She would benefit greatly from an owner who either has experience with active dog breeds or an owner willing to put in the time and effort to train her themselves. 

As far as medical stuff goes, she’s fully-vaccinated. One other thing, however; she’s on Proin, a medication to help her control her bladder. When she doesn’t have it, she loses control of her bladder when she’s sleeping. It’s a relatively inexpensive medication, and the vet said she would need to be on it likely for the rest of her life. She’s extremely healthy otherwise.  

As I’ve said before, I love this dog ,and I desperately want to find her a great home where she’ll be loved and cared for! She’s sweet, she’s a noodle, she’s curious, she’s protective and loyal. Any family willing to take her in and love her will be lucky to have her!

If you would like to meet this gorgeous gal, please contact Grace at:


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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