Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy 2nd Anniversary Odin...

Happy 2 Odin

Yes today is Valentine's Day and all the lovely mushy mush that comes with it, but what you don't know is that today is Odin's two year anniversary with our little family.  On a frigid cold weekend two years ago, the Boy, Luna and I drove up to New Hampshire to meet/ rescue this little pipsqueak.  Our lives have changed for the better since that day.  Odin's crazy story, which matches his character, is below...

Odin came from a breeder who has the reputation for breeding great dogs, but sadly for Odin she is completely indiscriminate with who she sells them to.**  Odin was sold to a man who named him DIESEL and kept him tied to a tree as a puppy in his yard (wtf is wrong with people?).  Neighbors noticed the guy hadn't been around in a few days, so investigated.  He had been arrested for being a drug dealer and Odin (then Diesel) was taken to the local shelter where he was named WAFFLES (I guess because he is a Belgian Malinois).  From there he was taken into an awesome foster home by American Belgian Malinois Rescue and named RODEN after Rodenbach Brewery. That is where we come in!

We rescued Odin when he was about 10 months old and boy was he a wild child, but overall considering all that he has been through, he has the absolute best temperament.  He is a completely goofball with a joy for life that is infectious and can get anybody to play with him.  He is also a complete mama's boy and very protective so don't mess with me.  I love my goofball goober and can't wait to eventually get him a sister to wrestle with!
Odin2 I have nothing against purebred dogs (Odin is a purebred Belgian Malinois) or against buying dogs from breeders.  I think if you have very specific requirements a respected/ responsible breeder can sometimes be the best place to go.  However, I would ask/ advise that you first check out your local shelter or google to see if there is a breed rescue associated with the breed you are interested in.  You'd be surprised how many purebred dogs are abandoned or given away. Have you ever rescued a dog and fallen completely in love?
**A responsible breeder should be screening you to ensure that you truly are the best home for the puppy and even if your lifestyle fits the needs of the breed.  See AKC's website for more information and for potential rescue groups.


  1. Such a handsome man! Have fun celebrating valentines day with your pup and your guy :)

  2. Aw! Happy 2 yr Anniversary... and happy Valentine's Day!!

  3. Awww what a cute little pup! I got my dog from a breeder years ago, and she was bred for showing. Because she was the runt of the litter though, nobody wanted her. My mum saved the day though and brought us home our little fluff ball who's been with us for over 10 years, and I just love her to death!

    Dogs are the greatest thing in the world, and your rescued pup has such an amazing future thanks to you! Happy Valentine's Day :)

  4. Happy 2 year anniversary!!! his story has such a SAD beginning, tears! but I'm so happy you y'all saved him. What a wonderful pup!

  5. What a ham! While I personally have never rescued a pup, I've always wanted to. I think when we move (hopefully into a bigger place) we are going to rescue an older corgi (or a puppy, if available) for Frankie to have as a buddy. The breeder we bought from is an AKC judge and competitor so we felt comfortable buying from her but the best part is that she actually takes rescues too. Hopefully she will have one for us! Love hearing Odin's story and of course, love seeing pictures of him!

  6. Good for you for giving such a sweet dog a really sweet home! Our animals were always strays whose owners were happy to have them taken off their hands. So glad your Odin found a loving home:)

  7. Crazy dog lady supports this post! I get so upset when people treat dogs like property, or decide they don't fit their lifestyle anymore and leave them to be put down or sent home with lord knows who at a city shelter. Our rescued girl is an amazing dog, and I get teary eyed when I think of what could have happened to her had we not shown up at the Dallas shelter that morning. Kudos to you for giving Odin an amazing life!

  8. I always get sad when I hear these stories about people who are cruel to dogs, but I'm so happy to hear that Odin's has a happy ending!


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