American Airlines Family Adopts Atheana The Foster Pup

Thursday, June 9th 2011, 3:40 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Foster dog Atheana has been adopted and now calls a 5-acre farm her home, according to foster mom Carol Friesen of Tulsa.

News On 6 has followed Atheana's story ever since a heartbroken 15-year-old gave the dog up because her family didn't have the space or money to give Atheana adequate care.

Atheana has been adopted by a family that includes mom, dad and two college-aged sisters, a Border collie, cat and horse. She has a large, fenced back yard and will even take trips to the family's cabin retreat.

"She hit the mother lode of fortune," said Friesen, who gave the dog a temporary home.

"They are fantastic people, and I could not possibly feel better about this adoption."

Atheana went to an American Airlines family that Friesen found through her husband's job. The Friesens put a poster up with the dog's photo and included a link to the most recent News On 6 story.

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The adoptive family watched Rick Wells' recent piece on Atheana and thought she would fit right in to the family.

Friesen hopes the teenage girl who had to give Atheana and another dog up for adoption hears the news. The former owner was the dog's "best advocate," Friesen noted.

"No matter what accolades anybody gives us for saving her life, it was really the heart of that 15 year old that saved her," she said.