It’s amazing how quickly a little love and care can transform the life of a dog, no matter how neglectfully they have been treated in the past.
In October 2018, Odin the Alaskan Malamute was rescued from negligent breeders, who left him chained up and uncared for.
Odin should have had the majestic, mighty appearance of his breed, with a dense, luxuriant coat. Instead, he was a forlorn and downtrodden creature, with sparse fur, infected skin and an expression of heartbreaking defeat.
Rescue workers from Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Southern Cross Animal Rescue of Mississippi, knew the poor boy needed urgent veterinary treatment and a secure foster home.
When Sydney Schelkopf, Odin’s then foster mother, saw Odin for the first time, she was shocked by his broken appearance.
Speaking with The Dodo, Sydney said:
Poor Odin looked like he was taken straight out from a nightmare,
He was emaciated, almost completely hairless, covered in wounds, with cracked and broken teeth, and incredibly weak. He had a putrid smell to him from his horrible skin infections. Basically whatever could be wrong, was with this poor guy!
Upon arriving at his new foster home, poor Odin appeared confused, leading Sydney to wonder if he had even been inside an actual house before:
He sniffed around the whole house and kept looking back at me like, ‘What’s the catch?’ For weeks after I got him, he would just lay in a spot. I couldn’t get him to play with toys or act like a ‘normal dog.
Over time, Odin began to feel more at home, and he and Sydney began to form a close bond. Although she had only intended to keep him temporarily, she knew he had become part of the family for keeps.
Sydney told The Dodo:
The second night I had brought him home, he was brave enough to come to bed with me, He climbed onto the bed and just threw his bony body on me, looked up at me with such heartfelt eyes and sighed in such a loving embrace. I knew Odin had finally found where he needed to be.
Under Sydney’s gentle and patient care, Odin has flourished. Now he looks as powerful and as imposing as his namesake, with a big daft grin on his face to boot.
Odin still has some health problems, and is currently undergoing heartworm treatment and corrective dental surgery. However, his new family are helping him every step of the way, and are loving seeing his new enthusiasm for life.
Odin is such a fun, loving and goofy guy, He has become completely accustomed to the spoiled life.
Would honestly give up chocolate for one big cuddle with this fluffy sweetheart.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.