For a dog named Odin, his entire life was spent on a chain. He lived with two breeders to neglected to care for him and several other dogs and was rescued in 2018 from the deplorable situation. The entire breeding operation was shut down and the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Southern Cross Animal Rescue of Mississippi joined forces to rescue the dogs. Odin was in desperate need of medical care and a foster home—so that’s just what they did for him. Odin’s foster mom Sydney Schelkopf couldn’t believe her eyes when she first saw him: he was missing most of his fur and just seemed to be miserable. He was covered in wounds, had broken teeth, and smelled terrible from infections on his skin.
Even worse, poor Odin did not know how to be a dog or to live indoors. He had been on that chain for so long that he didn’t know what to do with his freedom. He didn’t play with toys or interact, just found a spot and laid down for hours. Sydney was so patient with him, working to gain his trust and after just a few days in her home it happened: Odin climbed onto her bed and snuggled her. She knew he was finally home. It took some time and some TLC, but his fur slowly began to grow back and he was the fluffy, beautiful dog he was always meant to be.
His family is still working to help him with some health issues, but he’s made huge strides so far. He loves to play outside and of course, get plenty of snuggles indoors afterwards. Odin is still working through heartworm and will eventually need dental work and surgery, but in the meantime he’s enjoying just being a dog and having someone who loves him unconditionally.