Can he come over to your place for a while, or can the two of you have a day out at the park or something? Even just taking a drive might be good.
Have you and Athena spent any time alone together? Right now might not be the best time, but if you two can eventually bond on your own terms, and form your own friendship, it may help as well.
I have nothing more profound than that, but wishing you a swift 9 days!