Neglected, Abused Malamute Makes Incredible Recovery!

Even for a dog who had spent his whole life outdoors on a chain,
Odin was in very, very bad shape. He was found on a property owned
by dog breeders who had neglected Odin and several other dogs. When
rescuers first saw him, he wasn’t even recognizable as an Alaskan
Malamute. Instead of a fluffy, black and white dog, Odin was grey,
nearly hairless, and skinny to the point that his skin was hanging
off his frame.

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2018 at 4:20pm PDT

Rescuers took him to a vet immediately to determine how bad
things really were. And they were bad. Odin suffered from mange,
intestinal worms, skin infections, heartworms, and his teeth were
broken due to neglect. It was clear that he had been suffering for
a long, long time to have gotten to such a severe condition.

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2018 at 4:34pm PDT

Odin needed special care, and was placed with Sydney Schelkopf
as a foster. He came to her home tired, with a repulsive smell
caused by his skin infections, and without any clue as to how to
behave like a dog. Sydney’s heart broke for him.

“Odin was learning what it was like to be inside a house. He
was scared. He was unsure of what to think or do. When he first got
on the couch, I just burst into tears. I wondered if he had ever
felt comfort like that before.”

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2018 at 4:48pm PDT

As Odin realized he was safe and welcome inside Sydney’s home,
he began to warm up to her. By his second night there, he was calm
and comfortable enough to climb into her bed to fall asleep
snuggled with her.

“He came up to me, let out a huge exhale and just fell onto me
into the most loving embrace that has happened in history. I was in
shock how he could go through this amount of pain, fear, and
suffering and yet still have love and trust in his heart?

“He looked so peaceful, like it was one of the first times he
had ever felt that feeling before.”

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2018 at 5:07pm PDT

Odin’s spirit was healing, but physically, he had a long way
to go. Sydney rushed him to the vet one night when she noticed him
having trouble breathing while trying to rest. He was having eye
and ear issues. The estimate to have a specialist work on his teeth
was around $2,000. Problems were stacked on Odin, but Sydney loved
and supported him through everything that came their way.

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2018 at 5:22pm PDT

As Odin got better, he and Sydney were able to do more. Sydney
gave him shirts to wear to help him stop scratching his itchy skin
as his fur grew back. For Halloween he dressed as a lion with a
fuzzy mane. He got to meet some other dogs and make some new
friends.

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on Nov 5,
2018 at 9:03am PST

By January Odin was a fluffy, fuzzy boy once again, for the
first time in a long time.

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2019 at 2:01pm PST

Odin is finally living the life he always deserved, and Sydney
is helping him remember how to be a dog as he heals.

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2018 at 7:47am PST

Visit Odin on
Instagram
, and check out his
Amazon wishlist
if you’d like to send him a gift! Odin looks
much better, but he is still recovering.

H/T: animalchannel.co

Featured Photo: @odin_the_rescue_malamute/Instagram

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Neglected, Abused Malamute Makes Incredible Recovery!