Dog Wants Someone To Notice Her, So She Picks Up Her Bowl And Stares Longingly

Some construction workers in Southeast Texas were traveling to their job site when they spotted a gravely emaciated and dehydrated German Shepherd (later named Athena).

The 6-year-old dog had a very tight and suffocating harness around her, and her skin was rotting away with highly contagious sarcoptic mange.

The workers offered some water to Athena and gave an emergency call to a local rescue group called “Be Intentional”.

Source: Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Dog Rescue/Facebook

The rescuers arrived and took Athena to the hospital, but her troubles were far from over.

Her health was compromised with several parasites, and multiple infections had set in to weaken her further.

But despite her shabby state, Athena was just a little lovebug begging for cuddles and treats.

Source: Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Dog Rescue/Facebook

Over the weeks, Athena discovered one little trick that guaranteed her attention from her caretakers.

The moment the love-starved girl would spot one of the staff members, she would adorably grab her bowl in her mouth and make the cutest puppy eyes while begging for food.

This irresistible gesture became her signature move, and her caretakers grew all the more determined to give this special girl a great life.

Source: Athena the Dreamer/Facebook

Athena has now been placed in foster care under Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Dog Rescue.

She has a lot of healing left to do, but things are looking up as she has already found the spark that keeps her going like a champion.

She is a brilliant and cheerful sweetheart who adores every human around her, and we can’t wait for the day she makes a complete recovery and finds her forever home!

Click the video below to watch Athena’s heart-melting trick as she tries to get noticed with her dinner bowl.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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