When Yumna Saloojee first took her dog Tydus home he was the cutest little thing imaginable. However, as the months passed he completely transformed. By the time he reached his first birthday, he was positively humongous.
Saloojee comes from Johannesburg, South Africa. And it’s safe to say that she is a big dog lover. She even has an Instagram page devoted to her beloved pooches – seven-year-old Trez and three-year-old Tydus.
Tydus first came into Saloojee’s family when she adopted him at just two weeks old. Judging by her Instagram page, she was instantly smitten with the animal, and it’s not hard to see why. At the time, he was a tiny ball of white and grey fluff. However, it was unlikely that he would stay that way forever.
Like all puppies, Tydus has lots of growing up to do. However, he had more growing ahead of him than most. That’s because Tydus is an Alaskan Malamute – a breed that’s capable of reaching a healthy weight of 100 pounds.
Alaskan Malamutes were traditionally working dogs, trained to pull sleds in the Arctic. With that in mind, they are extremely strong animals and have the stamina to carry heavy cargo across long distances. Furthermore, they can hunt seals and even polar bears.
So, all Saloojee could do was look on as her precious puppy transformed from a cute little canine into a powerful pooch. As the months passed, he grew larger and larger and a thick mane of glossy hair replaced his formerly fluffy fur.
By the time Tydus was two-and-a-half years old, he weighed something between 110 and 120 pounds. Moreover, he was almost as tall as Saloojee when stood on his hind legs. But, while he boasted monstrous proportions, he was a gentle giant.
In fact, Tydus was so docile that Saloojee referred to him as her “big baby.” Video footage of the pair shows the dog pinning his owner down is search of some attention. In another clip, he lies his huge head in her lap to enjoy a chin message.
Tydus’ demeanour is not unusual for his breed. In fact, Alaskan Malamutes are known for their outgoing nature. They are extremely approachable dogs and will find any excuse to play with friends and strangers alike.
Given Tydus’ size and friendly disposition, he is quite the celebrity in his neighborhood. “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?’” Saloojee told The Dodo in 2017.
However, while her dog walks may take longer than other people’s, Saloojee didn’t seem to mind mind stopping for Tydus’ many fans. After all, she could understand people’s interest in him. “I guess it’s not often that you see a lion-dog walking the street,” she said.
When most people meet Tydus, their usual reaction is complete wonderment. In fact, it sometimes takes them a few moments to adjust to what they’re seeing. “His fluffiness is the first thing that catches attention, then his size,” Saloojee revealed.
Luckily, Tydus’ amazing appearance isn’t the only thing that the dog has going for him. “If his looks didn’t get your attention, his personality definitely will,” Saloojee enthused. So, it seems there’s nothing not to love about the colossal canine.
According to his owner, Tydus’ luscious mane makes him look larger than he actually is. “To be honest, his size comes from all that magical fluff,” Saloojee said. However, he still has no problem beating her in a wrestling match.
Although Saloojee loves every inch of her playful pup, she hopes that Tydus is done with growing. “I don’t think he will get any bigger now, and that’s okay. I might get crushed if he does!” she joked.
Since bringing Tydus home, Saloojee has regularly posted about him on Instagram. The page, dedicated to both Tydus and her other dog Trez, now has an impressive 147,000 followers. And they can’t get enough of the two big boys.
However, it’s Tydus in particular that can boast a dedicated legion of fans. Any one update featuring the dog can be expected to attract thousands of likes, not to mention dozens of comments from his doting fans.
One such message on a photograph of Tydus snuggling up to Saloojee read, “Big fluff with a big heart you are a keeper Tydus any person would be happy to have you.” Meanwhile, another person simply added, “He is soooo cute.”
On another post, which showed Tydus sporting a pair of sunglasses, one fan wrote, “Super cool Tydus. Lots of love and blessings to you. Me and my brother loved this picture sooo much, it really made our day.”
Given his personality, Saloojee isn’t surprised that Tydus has won the heart of the internet. “He has an amazing soul that earns everyone’s affection,” she gushed. “He’s a little charmer … or giant charmer.”