Game of Thrones dog who played Direwolf dies after four-month cancer battle

The dog who played Bran Stark's Direwolf in Game of Thrones has died after a four-month long battle with cancer.

The pup, called Odin in real life, played Bran Stark's Direwolf called summer in the award-winning show's first ever episode.

His family have confirmed that the Inuit Timbers Dog, who lived in Ardglass, County Down, died after a four-month long battle with cancer.

Prior to his death, more than £12,000 was raised to cover Odin's medical treatment, but sadly he died yesterday.

His owners posted a message on social media and said: "Our family are 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 diagnosed with the disease in November 2019 and his owners had been seeking specialist treatment in Dublin ever since.

His family confirmed he passed away on Thursday morning.

His owner said: "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.

"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."

His proud owner continued: "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 immortalised in the great TV Show Game of Thrones as Summer Bran Starks Direwolf Pup in Season One, episode One.

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"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."

His owner added that he was "always fond of the beach" and loved his favourite treats which he had "almost everyday before his passing".

His owner continued: "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 favourite dog charities the donations will help further dogs in need at this tough time."

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