Once Isiah Leonotte’s older sister left for college — he began to get closer to their family’s rescue pit bull.
Athena was upset and confused over her sister leaving the house and the pair bonded over their recent life change and spent a lot of time together.
“She never really leaves my side at home and is always waiting for me when I get home,” Lenotte told The Dodo. “There’s no dog I trust more.”
One weekend this month, Lenotte decided to take Athena fishing with him.
While they spent an amazing afternoon together, on their way home, Lenotte suddenly felt faint.
Before he realized it — his car veered off the road and straight into a boulder — then a tree.
“It wasn’t until I hit the tree that I blacked out,” Lenotte said. “I woke up right after to the car filled with smoke from the airbags and half in water. I then proceeded to try and get out of the car, as I thought it might’ve been on fire.”
Lenotte, despite being bruised and cut up, realized he had to get himself and Athena out of the car as fast as possible.
While moving was a struggle, he opened the car door in an attempt to get both himself and his best friend out.
It was then that Athena decided to take matters into her own hands.
“I opened the rear right-side passenger door and was then pulled out by Athena,” Lenotte said. “She slipped out of [her leash] while pulling me out of the Jeep but stayed by my side even though she wanted to get away from the car as bad as I did.”
While the car crash terrified Athena — she did not let fear from stopping her while saving her brother.
The two were able to make it across the street and away from the car.
And as soon as Lenotte’s parents came to the scene — his mom attempted to put Athena in her truck away from the commotion but she did not want to leave her brother’s side.
“When I got there she was sitting pretty but shaking,” the pair’s mom, Jennifer Lenotte, told The Dodo. “I picked her up and put her in my truck, but I had to take her back out because she kept looking for my son.”
She only allowed herself to be apart from her brother when the paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital to get checked out.
“She surprisingly was unfazed by the amount of people and chaos that was around us and was sure to comfort me as I was comforting her,” Isaiah Lenotte said. “She seemed to know everyone was there to help.”
Athena’s parents then took her home where she waited for her brother to get home from the hospital. And as soon as he was home — she stayed by his side.
Thankfully, Lenotte only suffered minor injuries from teh crash and both he and his sister Athena are doing well.
“I couldn’t be more thankful for such an amazing companion,” Isaiah Lenotte said.
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