Service Dog Belonging to a Duluth Veteran is Still Missing

Service Dog Belonging to a Duluth Veteran is Still Missing Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: November 11, 2019 04:52 PM

A Gulf War veteran who lives in Duluth is still searching for his lost service dog, Athena. 


Mike Drinkwater was outside working with the four month old puppy on Tuesday night when she was startled by a truck and ran off near the Third Street Bakery on 12th and 3rd Street in Duluth. Mike was unable to run after her because of his disability. 

Athena is black and tan and weighs about 20 pounds. The long-haired German Shepherd was wearing a black collar that was attached to a long, blue leash. 

Mike and his friends have been searching the neighborhood, but have not found the dog. They have organized a Reward Fund through North Shore Bank.  If you would like to donate, you can ask for the Michael Drinkwater Fund. 

According to Amy Thompson-Laessig of Paws-itively Superior Dog Training, monies raised will go toward a reward for when Athena is returned. Thompson-Laessig says they think someone may have found her and aren't sure what to do with her.

"Perhaps a reward would help in her return," she said. "Or in the worst case, go toward getting a new service dog for Mike." Money will be accepted at any of the North Shore Bank branches in the Twin Ports.

If you have seen Athena, you’re asked to call Amy at 218-576-2796.

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