Yumna Saloojee, a woman from South Africa, had always wanted to adopt a dog. In 2014, she finally decided to make her dream come true. She set her eyes on a cute Alaskan malamute, which was just a little ball of fur at that time. However, no one could have anticipated what it would grow up to be.
It was love at first sight between Yumna and the fluffy malamute. “I fell in love the second I held him,” Yumma told The Dodo. When she first met him, he was only two weeks old and too young to be brought home. So, she waited a few weeks for her fluffy angel and was a little surprised when the day finally came.
Yumna thought she was prepared when she chose to adopt an Alaskan Malamute. She was fully aware that her little furry friend would someday grow to quite a substantial size. However, she was still a little surprised when she came to bring her fluffy baby home. He had already grown quite a bit since the last time she saw him. Yumna named her little friend Tydus, which means "great, giant warrior" and was the name of a war hero in Greek mythology. What Tydus grew up into was way beyond her expectation.
Tydus had no trouble settling in his new home. He knew he was the king of the household and enjoyed running around and frolicking in the grass with his toys. The little rascal had made friends with Yumna and her friends and family. Everyone was happy and gave him whatever he wanted. After all, who can refuse such an adorable little puppy!
Yumna documented every moment with her little baby since the day he arrived. Pictured here is Tydus playing with his favorite toy - a soccer ball - when he was around eight weeks old. It would be hard to imagine this was the same dog as when he was fully grown.
Tydus might be the happiest dog in the world. Not only did he have a huge garden to play in, but he also had a swimming pool. When this picture was taken, little Tydus was still reluctant to jump in and get all his fur wet, but he surely knew how to pose to get the perfect shot!
Yumna knew Tydus was going to be a relatively big dog since he was an Alaskan malamute. But his fast growth was beyond anything she had expected. When he was just a puppy, he already weighed 54 kilograms (120 lbs), which is already huge for an Alaskan malamute, and he was still growing. Even though Tydus was not a little furry ball anymore, he loved running around and jumping like a typical puppy. Yumna wasn’t bothered though and loved him all the same. What does it feel like to live with such a giant puppy?
Tydus loved jumping up to hug Yumna, but he was so big that he nearly towered over her. "I don't think he will get any bigger now, and that's okay. I might get crushed if he does!" Yumna told Get Leashed magazine.
Giant and fluffy Tydus was a perfect cuddling buddy, and he loved cuddling with Yumna. He was still a sweet puppy at heart, despite his giant size, Yumma feared that people might get scared of him, but they proved her wrong.
Tydus's fluffiness and size would catch everybody's attention every time Yumna took him out on the street. People were not scared, but more curious about his breed and size. So Yumma decided to create an Instagram page for Tydus, and he soon became a star with over 140,000 followers. "He has an amazing soul that earns everyone's affection. He's a little charmer … or giant charmer." Yumna said. However, Tydus was not the only charmer getting all the attention.
The Instagram account, which is called Trez & Tydus, was created mainly for Tydus, but he shares it with his brother Trez, a Congolese African Grey Parrot. The bird is "The Ruler of Everything" and seems to enjoy mimicking everyone, while Tydus is the big friendly giant of the house.
Here are Tydus's favorite toys: a fluffy dinosaur and a toy gun. Maybe here he is playing a game of “cops and robbers” with the dinosaur.
Tydus is an energetic and active Alaskan malamute, and when not cuddling Yumna, he is always goofing around then the house. Pictured here is him busy ripping poor Mickey Mouse into pieces. Besides decimating stuffed toys, Tydus has some more serious business planned though.
Tydus likes helping mama with her work. No matter whether he is an oversized puppy or not, in this picture he seems to be offering some wise words of advice.
Yumna likes taking her furry giant with her while driving. Guess no one wants to mess with her, since Tydus the dog is so big!
Tydus is excited to see his mama every time she returns home. He leaps into the air like a flying bear.
Tydus is not the only cute Alaskan Malamute around. Here is Evo and his new baby buddy, Adam, who is just four months old. Evo loves his human companion and often licks his socks to show affection.
The baby seems to be experiencing a mixture of excitement and surprise. Maybe it was his first time meeting a giant Alaskan Malamute. Hopefully the cute pair will grow up to be best friends and have many more play dates in the years to come.
Even though the dog seems to be twice his size, the little boy loves his big furry companion. Let’s hope they can be lifelong friends.