Saga of the Old North
Jamal is an odd bird (Pun intended)
Jamal was raised in a clan of ravenous carrion eating mongrels, who recently became employed by an evil faction in barrowmaze, but was not fit for their new military life so he was exiled. He mostly flees from scary things, and has communication and trust issues. Give him food and he will love you, though. Good loyal companion, and hardy as well.