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A still from 'Game of Thrones.' (HBO/File)
Summer, the direwolf that protected Bran Stark from a series of attacks, has succumbed to its 4-month battle with cancer. The Inuit Timber Dog (whose real name is Odin) was from Ardglass, County Down, Northern Ireland, died at age 10.
In an article published by Belfast Live, Odin’s fur parents even asked financial help from the public just so they could have enough money for his medical treatment–which amounts to £12,000 (US$14,946)–after he had been diagnosed with cancer last year. However, the pain became too much for the poor dog.
In a statement released to the media, his owner mourned the passing of a family member: “Our family is at immense heartbreak to announce that Odin passed away early this morning. It’s difficult to put into words how this has impacted us as a family for Odin led a life like no other dog. Odin was a family member first and we got him when he was a pup at seven weeks old. All we wanted were big dogs to take hiking and to sleep at our feet in the evening beside the fire, everything after that was a bonus.”
Then, he went on to say, “Odin’s passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would. Odin has far too many achievements to announce in this post but just look at our social media pages over the past five years and see. We can all take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalized in the great TV Show Game of Thrones as Summer Bran Starks Direwolf Pup in Season 1, episode 1.”
Odin’s owner even asked fans to remember the canine in a positive light.
“To everyone that was lucky enough to meet him and put a smile on your face please remember that moment. It’s an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many peoples hearts. He was always fond of the beach and his favorite treats which he had almost everyday before his passing. He was met with further illness as the week continued and the vets did everything they could to keep him going but he passed away in his sleep.
We are incredibly grateful for the donations made towards Odin treatment and we will use what is needed to pay his vet bill and we will donate the rest between our favorite dog charities the donations will help further dogs in need at this tough time.”
Although it may feel heavy for the bereaved family, heaven has surely gained another good doggo.
Run free, Odin.
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