Pet adoption can be one of the most exciting days for new owners. For Yumna, it was puppy love at first sight. But much to her amazement, her adoption story soon grew into something she never imagined.
Love at First Sight
Yumna knew she wanted a dog for a while - well, any pet, for that matter. Adoption day finally arrived, and right before her eyes sat a tiny Alaskan malamute puppy. "I fell in love the second I held him," she recalled.
The Alaskan puppy saw Yumna, and it was a match made in heaven. He gave her the same puppy dog eyes back. She knew this was the dog she was going to take home. However, she had to wait two weeks as the dog still had newborn training to do. Still, her decision was made... and Yumna would be back in a couple of weeks with a new pooch.
Two weeks had passed at the speed of light, and Yumna made her way to pick up her new pup. She already had his name picked out, Tydus. This translated to "great" or "giant warrior." For such a tiny dog, he was small but mighty. Though, when Yumna arrived, aside from showing puppy love, she noticed something else.
She noticed Tydus's growth in size in such a short period. Of course, Yumna knew dogs grew to a certain size, but she picked this small fluffy one, not realizing how big he would get. She knew he was about to become the big dog of the house - but she also knew he was unlike other dogs.
Making Himself at Home
Tydus was living up to his name already. As soon as Yumna brought him home, he was delighted to see his ready-made bed, a fresh stash of toys, a selection of dog treats, and, most importantly, the love from his new owner. He also loved the garden, having a grassy patch to run around on, and a place to grow.
Tydus was spoiled from the moment he arrived home. He knew this would be his new kingdom, like any new addition to a family. He was a very friendly and calm dog, especially warming up to Yumna's friends so quickly. They loved giving him attention, and he loved receiving it. So, it was a win-win.
The Perfect Addition
The eight-week march was approaching, and it was smooth sailing. Tydus was getting along with everyone and was the perfect housemate! He was also growing right before Yumna's eyes but loved exploring his new town. She began to teach him how to play with soccer balls and also how to take the perfect puppy pictures.
It's important to capture memories on camera, and while Tydus's face took up most of the shot, Yumna documented the best. She couldn't wait to show off her new perfect, fluffy puppy. Not to mention, he was growing faster than Yumna expected. She could blink and miss everything.
Navigating the Waters
Spoiled was becoming an understatement. Tydus was supplied with the best toys and snacks, but also a backyard with a built-in pool. He was trying to figure out the code of the water. He wasn't afraid of it, so Yumna grabbed the camera just in case he started to doggy paddle. But this was not the case.
Tydus was still small and figuring himself out. He did love the water, but not so much going in it, just around it. So, Yumna snapped a shot of him looking confident and perfectly fluffed at the poolside. Tydus even gave a smile. The more she captured him, the more she noticed how much he was changing… and growing.
The Feeling’s Mutual
Tydus was becoming intertwined with the family, a true addition everyone loved. No one could get enough of his fluffiness and friendly behavior. He was always up for playing and never harmed a family or friend. He just wanted to be loved. And in return, he gave a whole lot of love back.
He also never ran out of energy. With all that fur, one might think the dog would tire out. Nevertheless, he was a tiny puff-pawed pup that everyone wanted to be around. Yumna knew she had made the right decision. Still, there was something she noticed about Tydus that she was skeptical about.
Tydus The Great
Everyone knows a tiny pup that is picked up from the pound will not be that small forever… although we might wish this was the case. While some dogs remain fairly small their whole life, others tend to grow at other rates. While Yumna noticed Tydus was getting bigger, she didn't think anything was out of the ordinary.
However, Yumna didn't know Tydus was not like every other Alaskan malamute. It seemed he peaked earlier than others, which explains his surprising growth spurt. But, this was not alarming for Yumna. She knew by his behavior she would love him forever and not let his size get in the way. Little did she know how tricky things would be.
As mentioned, his name is translated to 'giant,' and 'great warrior' was coming into play. Since Yumna first picked him up, he had grown a substantial amount. He was still a puppy, just a little over eight weeks old, and already weighed 120 pounds. That is the equivalent of a full-grown dog and fairly large for his breed.
But he was not stopping any time soon. He was growing almost like a human. The funniest part was that Tydus was only a couple of months old and already losing his puppy touch. Nearly unrecognizable to anyone who had never met him, Yumna continued to love him like no other. But she was wondering how big her baby was going to get.
An Alaskan malamute should weigh about 85 pounds by the end of its growth period and be at least 25 inches tall. However, there are particular and unique versions of this breed, known as 'giant.' This meant Tydus was at risk of weighing up to 140 pounds - and it was becoming apparent that Tydus was no average Alaskan malamute.
Tydus was growing at an above-average rate, and it was unexpected for him to grow so fast. From a puppy to a full-sized malamute in just a matter of weeks. At this point, Yumna had more Tydus to cuddle and love! Although, it was in question whether she would be able to take care of a dog that could potentially get even bigger.
Growing Pains, Literally
For Tydus, he was sublimely unaware of how big he was getting. Although, he used his fluff to his own and everyone else's advantage. He was so large he didn't need to jump up so high to reach human height, especially when he gave his warrior-sized cuddles. But once he turned two, things were getting a little worrying.
Yumna spoke with Get Leashed magazine. She said, "To be honest, his size comes from all that magical fluff. I don't think he will get any bigger now, and that's okay. I might get crushed if he does!" Although, Yumna was being naive about the situation. Even Tydus did not realize his size or strength...
Blocking Out the Hate
While Tydus was growing now by the minute, Yumna took every moment for granted. She cuddled him and all his fluff every day. There was no pillow out there that could give cuddles back like Tydus. He also smiled every time someone showed him some love and attention, so that was a big bonus.
With an incredible home to be brought up in, Tydus was never unhappy. Although his size was unexpected, Yumna knew she had picked the right pup. No shape or size could determine the love she and everyone else had for him. She was proud to show off a unique pet like hers. So, she shared photos and disregarded any negative comments.
Despite his size, Tydus thought he was still the tiny pup Yumna had brought home months ago. It was humorous to learn that he did not know what his size or weight was capable of. Although he loved to cuddle, it got to the point where he could barely fit on someone's lap.
However, the family was not letting size get in the way. This was only a minor setback. Not to mention, Tydus started to receive noticeable attention in public. People could not believe the amount of fur and how large he was. Yumna began to worry people would be blinded by his size - but she was determined to prove everyone wrong.
“Wherever We Go… We Get Stopped”
In the comfort of his own home, the neighbors, and now the streets, everyone was stunned by Tydus's appearance. Yumna spoke with The Dodo, "his fluffiness is the first thing that catches attention, then his size." Surprisingly, his oversized weight and height is the second most noticeable trait.
It would be physically impossible to ignore a dog like Tydus. Yumna said, "wherever we go, even just for a walk around the block, we get stopped and asked about his size, age, and most often, 'What breed is he?' I guess it's not often that you see a lion-dog walking in the street." So, Yumna decided to share her marvel with the world.
Tydus Takes Instagram
Why have a dog so unique and fluffy and not share it with those who might appreciate it? Yumna knew Tydus had something special, so she gathered all the pictures she had documented and posted them. But this was not on her own Instagram page. Instead, Tydus deserved his own account, documenting his life as a furball.
Yumna said, "If his looks didn't get your attention, his personality definitely will." After a few posts, it didn't take long for Tydus to gain 140,000+ followers. Then again, who wouldn't want to see Tydus's daily adventures? Yumna said, "He has an amazing soul that earns everyone's affection. He's a little charmer… or a giant charmer."
Trez & Tydus
Yumna didn't only start the Tydus Instagram to share his whereabouts, fluffiness, and activities. Tydus had a brother, a Congo African Grey Parrot, Trez. Trez makes sporadic appearances on his page. However, Tydus honored Trez enough to even rename the page 'Trez & Tydus.'
While Tydus has his own variations of his name, Trez's name symbolizes 'The Ruler of Everything.' While parrots usually repeat the words of others, they think they can do anything, like a King. Both Trez and Tydus seem to be loved by everyone who meets them. Only, Tydus is 100x the size of Trez. The perfect friendship!
Yumna seemed to be the perfect pet owner. She showed both Tydus and Trez a crazy amount of love and affection. She enjoyed watching the two polar opposites get along and play so well. Although, it seemed his Instagram modeling career was taking off - despite him harmlessly taking a nab at Yumna's arm.
Of course, the little bite was only fun and play. The friendly giant would never hurt a fly! A picture a day keeps the doctor away, so Yumna was consistent in blessing followers' feeds with only the cutest content. Although he behaves like a puppy, his size allows him to get up to other things...
On a daily, followers double-tapped the cute content of the energizing giant. Of course, Yumna can't be around all the time. So, in the meantime, Tydus would play with stuffed animals… and harmlessly destroy them (with somewhat good intentions). The loveable Tydus, unfortunately, tore a Mickey Mouse plush toy apart.
Though Tydus thought he was playing, he is unaware of strength! Still, this harmful play never applied the same with human contact. Yumna was aware he would play with toys until the end. He previously had a monkey that he would happily chew on, which kept him distracted until Yumna came home.
All Fun & Games
While the monkey plush toy might be Tydus's number one choice, he has an entire array of choices. He particularly loves his purple toy dinosaur, but watch out because the great warrior also has a toy gun for fun! As far as playtime goes, don't get on the wrong side of Tydus and his toys. Don't be fooled by the fluffiness.
Tydus had a very busy schedule. With a tight social media schedule, he had to make time for his toys and family members. It's a tough, rough life! Tydus was all for having fun, but when the toys were put away, he knew it was time for some serious business.
Best Friends, Forever
Tydus has shown commitment and loyalty since the day Yumna picked him up from the pound. Now, after packing on the pounds, he made time for the girl who contributed to his perfect life. When Yumna was not taking care of her oversized pooch, she catered to her day job, with Tydus as a helping hand, or paw.
Tydus made the best assistant. They are truly best friends. He is a wise pup and great to have by Yumna's side. Whether it's cuddling, playing, or even working, Tydus was Yumna's first go-to choice for a companion. They pretty much did everything together. Even when Yumna went for a drive, he was always in the passenger seat.
There was no space in the front seat for anyone other than Tydus. This seat was reserved for him. The two enjoyed cruising around for any adventure. Not to mention, other drivers or pedestrians couldn't help but do a double-take when they saw the fluff ball in the front seat! Plus, he's a great bodyguard.
No one messed with Yumna or tried to approach her car when Tydus was present. Not to mention getting a head start at the green light while others were distracted by the giant dog. There was definitely never a dull moment. Of course, he always had a set of cruising shades with him to make it that much cooler.
Cat & Mouse
There's nothing better and loved than a pup playing chase with its owner - and Tydus was a big fan. In the most harmless way possible, he found it surprisingly amusing to tackle Yumna to the ground. Don't worry, she didn't mind either. But again, Tydus tended to forget how large he was! We could say he has a competitive side.
Of course, next to a human, Tydus is not so large. However, if Tydus were to be placed next to any other dog, or even another Alaskan malamute for that matter, yes, he is way above average. As long as he didn't hurt Yumna the way poor Mickey Mouse suffered, then no problems here! Yumna loved Tydus for all his traits.
It's safe to say Tydus was just as obsessed with Yumna as she was with him. If Yumna were to leave while he waited for her to return home chewing on his toys, the surprise attack would always settle his love. Tydus tended to jump for joy when Yumna walked through the door. Maybe dogs are the key to happiness.
If words don't justify the situation enough, then pictures can write a thousand words and more. The look in Tydus's eyes sees no harm, while his body sees no pain. He is full of love, and it is very evident. Still, although he was clearly a very unique-looking dog, there must be some reason behind his enormous growth spurt.
A Blessing in Disguise
Ironically, Yumna's puppy love journey started off with her wanting a small dog. Well, definitely smaller than Tydus. Little did she know she would end up carrying a life-sized teddy bear around with her. Not to mention, this special dog would become her best friend, and she couldn't imagine life without him.
Regardless of Tydus's size, even his color is different from the regular Alaskan malamute breeds. Where the typical breed would fall into the husky grey and black category, Tydus's golden brown warm tone is enough justification for his loving personality. There definitely is no other dog out there like this one, or is there?
A Little Competition
While Tydus rose to fame exponentially, it seems a similar dog tried to once steal the spotlight. While Tydus was raking in the likes, comments, and follows daily, he had to watch his back. A new dog in town, Loki, was fairly similar, but it was left down to social media, who took the golden bone home.
Loki was also a husky-malamute breed and had as well caught the eye of many dog-obsessed Instagram users. The wolf-life dog amazed users and raked in a staggering 1.7 million followers. The account was established in 2013 and had been melting the hearts of people since. But, Tydus the great was not afraid of a little competition.
It looks like the competition is getting intense. With Tydus and now Loki in the lead, other Alaskan malamutes decided to share pictures and experiences with their humongous hounds. One Reddit user sent users going crazy after posting a rather confusing picture, captioned, "My tiny puppies. I gotta get a bigger couch."
For a dog like Tydus, his size didn't get in the way of living comfortably. However, Reddit user u/Turdman 13 shared a picture of his dogs that ended up growing so big they outgrew their home! The dogs could barely fit on the couch, while one user joked, "Tradeoff: more money for food, lower heating bill. Just cuddle."
Fit For A Malamute
Although it might seem like a dream come true to own a dog like Tydus, it's not for everyone. It takes a lot of strength to walk a dog that size. A simple morning walk can turn into a bicep and tricep workout, not to mention some light cardio. Nevertheless, it takes a whole lot of love to welcome this dog into a home.
While these dogs are way heavier than they look, these pets are perfect for all-around activities! From exercise to cuddling, watching TV, playing, driving, and so much more. Don't forget; a dog is someone's best friend. So don't worry about getting hurt or breaking up with the best dog in the world.
A Giant Companion
It seems owners of Alaskan malamutes have come to terms with the fact that these dogs will always fall a little on the larger size. But that's no problem. While they tend to be always by their owner's side, there's no better companion to rely on. As seen from Yumna's experience, there is nothing like having a giant best friend.
Other malamutes like Tydus have gone viral on Instagram. Similar to the pup above, one picture had a caption that read, "I don't know what type of dog this is, but I would definitely ride it into battle." Although they are not dogs to get on the wrong side of, they will definitely always be down for a cuddle.
Playtime & Paws
Who would have thought there could be other dogs like Tydus out there? Although there might be one Tydus, it's worth a shot to try and find an Alaskan malamute that carries at least a few of the same characteristics. Here is another giant dog of the same breed. The same not-so-little guy is also unaware of his size.
As we can see, the Alaskan malamute reached his paw out, in response to a command by its owner. The cutest part about this trick? The oversized cuddle buddy reached out his paw but ended up falling into a snuggle with its owner. They really are constant entertainment.
Life-Size Teddy Bear
While these dogs are amazing cuddle buddies, they are also great comparisons to life-size teddy bears. While it's possible to win a stuffed toy at a carnival or any sort of theme park, this pup is a giant toy to keep for life. Not to mention, this is a teddy bear that will play back with its owner.
This dog could potentially raise even more eyebrows than Tydus ever did! Don't worry, Yumna - everyone still loves the golden ray of sunshine. However, the dog shown above might be larger than its owner. Not to mention, the calm look on his face makes it seem like he feels right at home as his owner struggles to lift him.
A Friend for Life
It's common knowledge dogs become a part of the family - in every family they join, for that matter. A dog needs to feel welcomed from the very start, and in return, the dog needs to earn its way into the family. That being said, what better way to accept a new dog than watching them create a special connection with a newborn?
Four-month-old Adam felt right at home as the family's Alaskan malamute, Evo, warmed up to him. The baby was in the safest hands or paws. So, while Evo showed his love to Adam by licking his socks, and Tydus loved to jump and cuddle, size definitely did not matter. And they definitely seem like the most loving animals...