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Meet Athena

Athena the Great Dane is from Weidman, MI. Her human is Charles Pol who appears with his father Dr. Pol on "The Incredible Dr. Pol". Season 7 of "The Incredible Dr. Pol" premieres Saturday July 25th at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD

Q: Does Athena have a special trick or talent?

A: Athena is an incredibly intelligent dog.  Of all the dogs that we have ever had, I think she may be the smartest.  Her talent is her ability to problem solve.  She has managed to figure out how doorknobs work and can open doors at will.  She can also open boxes or containers without ripping or breaking them.  However, as you can imagine this has led sometimes to her getting into some trouble.

Q: How did Athena get her name?

A: Athena is named after the Greek goddess Athena.  We have had a tradition in the family to name all of our Great Danes after gods.  My father being Dutch favored the Norse gods but I broke tradition and went for the Greek and Roman gods.  Athena was the ancient goddess of wisdom and art for the Greeks.  Boy does her name fit too.

Q: If she could eat any treat in the world, what would it be?

A: Athena loves food as much as her owner.  Any treat is a good treat but funny enough, the treat she really loves are raw hide bones.  I can't find a raw hide big enough to last any amount of time, so I have to keep plenty in stock.

Dr. Pol and his wife Diane have owned Great Danes for their entire 47 year marriage and their 3 kids Kathy, Diane and Charles grew up with these gentle giants. The entire family has enjoyed their company and companionship for years. The Pol family currently own 3 Great Danes, Athena, Donar and Frija. They also have a 6 year old Newfoundland named Annie.

Dr. Pol is the star of Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series "The Incredible Dr. Pol" and the author of Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet. He's also considered a legend in his small Michigan community where he is an active supporter of 4-H, FFA and other local philanthropic organizations.

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