Adopting a dog may require an act of faith; it is almost impossible to know what a dog has experienced before welcoming it into your home. Was his former owner abusive? Did he live long in the street? Does he have abandonment issues?
A good shelter might be able to answer these questions, but there is no guarantee. This was certainly the case of Wulfgar the Husky, whose past is made of a number of mysteries and complications. Luckily for him and for his owners, all he needed was a little love, and he was ready to undergo an amazing transformation…
When an Imgur user and her husband heard about a stray husky who was wandering around their neighborhood in November of 2015, they were intrigued. Yet when the couple ventured out and saw the dog themselves, it became clear to them that something was peculiar about him: he was deeply afraid of not just the woman’s husband, but of men in general.
The couple took the pup, whom they later named Wulfgar, to the vet right away. “A normal male husky ranges between 45 and 60 pounds, depending on height. Weighing him at the vet’s, he was underweight at 39 pounds. The vet guessed he should have weighed closer to 50 to 55 pounds,” wrote the Imgur user.
“He had demodectic mange,” she continued. “Huskies have two coats, so for his skin to be so red, dry, and patchy, he had to be infected for quite some time. Our poor boy was likely suffering for months.” What would happen to him?
The woman said, “His immune system was shot and the vet prescribed him a hefty dose of antibiotics and medicated shampoo. Miraculously, he had no heart worms or fleas.”
After a thorough check-up, the couple took Wulfgar home. “We immediately bought a kennel for him to sleep in. He went in without difficultly, which led us to believe he’d been previously crate-trained. We aren’t sure of what he went through or where he came from. He wasn’t chipped (not that we would have returned him anyway).”
“My husband and I have a few guesses: He escaped on his own from an abusive/negligent owner which might explain the scar; he was purposely abandoned; he belonged to an unlicensed breeder and escaped. Huskies aren’t typically a breed you find wandering the streets, so we’re strongly leaning towards the ‘escaped’ theory, especially considering his wariness around men.”
It took some time for the dog to get used to his new surroundings. “This is about a week after we brought him home,” the woman’s post explained. “The first few nights he cried and cried in his kennel, but unfortunately due to his mange, we didn’t want him sleeping in our room with us because the bedrooms were carpeted.”
During those initial days in his new home, Wulfgar would take a nap anywhere. He just seemed so exhausted from his ordeal. “Now he primarily naps in his kennel or on a fluffy blanket in the living room,” the story went on.
Later on, he started to learn to appreciate the luxuries that his new life afforded him. “This is another week later,” the Imgur user said. “He’s staring at a treat in my hand; sometimes it’s the only way to get him to look at the camera.”
“This was his first visit to the local dog park. He had a fun time. I was worried about how he’d act around other dogs, but in typical husky fashion, he was friendly and playful right off the bat.”