Odin was rescued in October 2018 from a couple of breeders who had completely neglected the care of him and several other dogs.
He was in horrible condition when rescued by the Southern Pines Animal Shelter rescues and Southern Cross Animal Rescue from Mississippi.
The poor dog was chained and ignored, and this became evident. He was in horrible condition when rescued by Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Southern Cross Animal Rescue do Mississippi. And they knew they needed to get him to a veterinarian and then to a loving foster home as soon as possible.
When Odin’s mother, Sydney Schelkopf, saw him for the first time, she could hardly believe his eyes. He barely looked like a dog, much less the cute Alaskan giant he should be.
“Poor Odin seemed to be out of a nightmare,” Schelkopf said. “He was thin, almost completely hairless, covered in wounds, with cracked and broken teeth, and incredibly weak. He had a putrid smell on him due to his horrible skin infections. Basically, all that could be wrong was with this poor boy! “
At the foster home
When Odin first arrived at his new foster home, he had no idea what to do or how to act. He looked incredibly confused, as if he’d never been so free to walk and explore before. It seemed Odin had never been allowed to be a dog before. And this broke the heart of her new foster mother.
“I honestly do not know if Odin has ever been to a house before,” Schelkopf said. “He sniffed the whole house and kept looking at me like ‘What’s the catch?’ For weeks after I got him, he just stood in one place. I could not get him to play with toys or act like a ‘normal dog.’ “
It took some time, but slowly, Odin began to realize that there was no catch. This woman had agreed to receive him and to love him, and for this, Odin was eternally grateful.
Initially, Schelkopf was just planning to nurture Odin. But it soon became clear that Odin had found his home forever, and he was not going anywhere.
“The second night I brought him home, he climbed in the bed with me,” Schelkopf said. “He climbed into bed and just threw his ossified body at me, looked at me with such sincere eyes and sighed in such a loving embrace. I knew that Odin had finally found where he needed to be. “
He was so confused when he arrived at his new home. But with much affection and love, Odin slowly began to transform…
… And soon, he looked like a completely different dog and just like the cute, confident Alaskan giant he always wanted to be.
While Odin still has some health problems to overcome, his new family is actively working on them. And his mother hopes that soon, he can run and play as much as he wants and continue as many adventures as his new mother can take him.
“He is currently undergoing heartworm treatment which has been a major battle,” said Schelkopf. “We have our good days and our bad days. Once all of our heartworm treatment is done, we will have some corrective surgery on his teeth. Unfortunately, many of them are in bad shape, and we will do everything we can to get them the best way possible! “
In the meantime, Odin is loving caressing his mother in bed, playing with his new brothers, giving his opinion on absolutely everything. And finally, just being able to enjoy being a dog. He loves his new life so much, and his new mother cannot wait to see what the future holds for him.
“Odin is such a fun, loving and funny guy,” Schelkopf said.
You can follow Odin and all your adventures in his Instagram account.
Source: The Dodo