Before adopting a dog, you never know what it has been through. It might have been abused, had to live on the streets, or had any unusual experiences that might affect its behavior. This was the case for Wulfgar the husky, a dog with a mysterious and complicated past. Luckily for him, all he needed was some love and care to become the dog he was meant to be.
1. Finding A Homeless Dog
In November 2015, when a couple found the husky that had been wandering around their neighborhood, the dog was deeply afraid of all people and needed immediate help. The couple wrote in a post, "as you can see, he's in pretty bad shape in this photo. Notice the patchy fur and the visible ribs. He also had a large scar going across his ribs…"
2. He Was Severely Underweight
The couple took the pup in and named him Wulfgar. They took him to the vet right away. According to the couple, "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."
3. His Skin Was A Whole Other Issue
Poor Wulfgar had many problems. His fur had been extremely damaged while being on the streets, and his immune system was also terrible. The vet prescribed him antibiotics and medicated shampoo.
Now it was time to take him home.
4. Taking Wulfgar Home
After a thorough and eye-opening checkup, the couple set up a kennel for the dog and took him home. They reported that "he went in without difficulty, 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)."
5. How He Ended On The Streets
The couple believed that he had suffered from an abusive and negligent owner and managed to escape, which might also explain his scar. Moreover, his wariness around men also supported this theory.
6. He Was Sleeping Nonstop
During his first few days at his new home, Wulfgar couldn't seem to stop sleeping. He wasn't just sleeping in his kennel either, he would lie down wherever there was enough room for him to fit. The couple thought that this was because he was exhausted from his ordeal and could now sleep peacefully without fear.
7. Warming Up To His Surroundings
Wulfgar was getting more and more comfortable in his new home as well as with his new owners gradually. He can finally appreciate the little luxuries that his new life afforded him. According to the owners, "this is another week later and he's staring at a treat in my hand; sometimes it's the only way to get him to look at the camera."
8. First Time At The Dog Park
After all the husky has been through, the owners were concerned with how he'd react to other dogs, but they decided to take Wulfgar to the dog park for his first time. Luckily he was friendly and playful around other dogs. This was a huge relief to the owners as well as a sign that everything would turn out okay.
9. He Even Got Wet!
While at the dog park, Wulfgar fell into the pond and didn't even mind! It's hard to imagine the happy dog now had just been rescued off of the street only a few weeks before. Things were getting better for Wulfgar and the owners were excited to see what he would surprise them with next.
10. He Was Just Being A Carefree Dog
At one point, Wulfgar may have envied other carefree dogs inside of the dog park but now he was one of them and he couldn't be happier. The owners kept taking majestic pictures of him and It's beautiful to see a dog that has gone through so much enjoying the life of a lively and loved pup.
Coming up: Turns out Wulfgar likes making friends!
11. Interacting With Other Dogs
Wulfgar plays well with most other dogs, but he has also encountered dogs that are aggressive or bark at him, however, he never barks back. "This is incredible considering all of the confrontations or fights that he may have been involved in while he was surviving on the streets. It shows that his spirit wasn't broken."
12. Meeting Other Family Members' Dogs
The picture was taken when Wulfgar met his owner's in-laws' husky. He still seemed pretty guarded. Maybe Wulfgar was still traumatized in some ways by his past experiences. Yet, after a little bit of time, he has made some friends with other huskies.
13. Changing Color
As time passed, Wulfgar's hair grew to fill in the patches where his irritated skin had been exposed. As the hair grew in, the couple noticed that his color was beginning to change.
His fur had originally been distinctively red but was now beginning to change to more of a grey and even appeared dark copper in the sunlight. So now, not just emotionally, but physically, Wulfgar was beginning to become an entirely different dog.
14. One Month Later
A little over a month after the adoption, Wulfgar had changed into an entirely different dog. He was nowhere as shy or skittish as when they had first brought him into their home. He also put on some much-needed weight and enjoyed riding in the car!
15. He Still Loves Napping
While the couple first thought that Wulfgar's love for napping was mainly due to exhaustion from past experienced, they soon learned that was just part of his personality. The couple wrote that "if there was one thing in the world that Wulfgar loved more than making friends and riding in the car, though, it must have been taking naps!"
16. He's An Observer
Wulfgar's fur had thickened and he had slowly gained back his weight. The owners noticed how much he likes to observe other people. They claim that "he loves going into the backyard. He likes to sit and observe the other people in the neighborhood. When people would walk too close, he'd bark." It's adorable to think that Wulfgar is just trying to protect his loving family.
17. Doing His Own Thing
On this image, the owners captioned "I COULD stand like a normal dog but… meh." This is just Wulfgar minding his own business, whatever makes him comfortable. He may look like a kitten, but we all know that he's far from one.
18. Still Changing Every Day
It's obvious how much Wulfgar has changed since being adopted. The owner notes that "you can really see how his coat darkened in this picture. I'm hoping this is just a winter coat because I loved his red coloring before."
19. He's A Big Fan Of The Tile Floors
after a long day at the dog park, Wulfgar loves taking a load off on the cool tile flooring of the house. Good to know that he's getting enough exercise every dog Wulfgar's size needs! This looks like one happy dog!
20. He Loves Hitting The Road
Riding in the car is one of Wulfgar's favorite things to do. When the car door opens, he hops right in! He doesn't care where they go, he just enjoys being along for the ride.
21. His Favorite Rides Are To The Dog Park
The dog park is close to the owners' house, so they took him there regularly. On the way there, they would roll down the windows for Wulfgar so he can soak up all of the sights and smells as they head to his favorite place.
22. He Knows The Route
Believe it or not, Wulfgar even remembers the route to the dog park. According to the owners, "As we get closer he starts whining and hopping around in the back seat out of excitement."
23. Physical Differences
Along with the thickening and color changes of his fur, Wulfgar's stature and especially his tail is also becoming perky and full of fur. In just a few months, everything from his mannerisms to his appearance has undergone an obvious transformation. Neither the owners or the pup could be happier!
24. Weight Is No Longer An Issue
As Wulfgar fits in with the family, he is comfortable enough to start breaking some of the family rules such as the 'no people food' policy for dogs. We're sure this isn't the first time that he has been sticking his nose somewhere that it shouldn't be!
25. The Husky Stare
These are the eyes of a husky that is thankful for everything that has happened to him since being adopted. If you compare the pictures from when he was first seen and today, they look like two entirely different dogs.
26. The Final Transformation
On this picture, the owners captioned, "my favorite picture of him. He's now a happy, healthy, spoiled dog, and we love him and all the fur he leaves on our clothes." This picture proves that even the worst-off dogs just need a little love and care to be rehabilitated.
We're so happy that Wulfar went from a stray dog on the streets to the light of this couple's lives. Now, he lives comfortably and is happy - as every dog should be.