MEET THE PACK
MEET THE WOLF CONNECTION® YOUTH AMBASSADORS
Every member of the Wolf Connection Pack has a story to tell … all of them have been rescued, victims of a wide variety of situations, from abuse and neglect, to owners going through hardship and life changes, to conflict in animal regulations and law. Whatever the case, these magnificent and special beings come to Wolf Connection to find and embody a new purpose … a life of service, changing the lives of countless young men and women from all walks of life. Please take a moment to read their stories and connect with the magical being each of them is. You can also come and meet them in person at our monthly “Community Hike with the Pack” and you can always help with care of that wolfie that touches your heart in a special way by adopting them and enjoying special one-on-one time with your special friend.
Bodhi came to us as a stray roaming around the San Bernardino mountains. He showed up in the yard of a local woman and her husband when they found him outside playing with their dogs. The woman reached out to Wolf Connection to see if we had any room for Bodhi. Luckily, we were able to meet him in person to assess if he could be a good fit and possibly partner with one of our existing packmates since we didn’t have any room. We’re so happy that we took the chance and met Bodhi! He’s acclimating very well to our pack. He has a very shy but sweet nature, and really enjoys play dates with our other animals, especially Wylie! We are thrilled to be watching Bodhi grow into his true self.
Charlee and her siblings were found with 15 wolfdogs being bred on a fur farm in Illinois. When the State of Illinois closed the fur farm down for animal cruelty, Charlee and her pack were slotted for euthanization. Rescues and zoos from across the nation came together to place these 15 feral wolfdogs, but Charlee and her siblings, Bella and Annie, were left with no home. With no socialization, Wolf Connection has undertaken a long process of physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation for Charlee and her sisters. She has proven to be the most thoughtful and patient of the 3. Charlee was lucky enough to learn the ways of the wolf by watching Maya, who was our Alpha female before she passed.
Since settling in and getting to know her, Gemma has shown that she has a natural, tranquil and grounded presence. Her youthful energy and love of making friends makes it so that she enjoys her socialization hikes. Within the first month of arriving at Wolf Connection, Gemma began “training” with the current pack nannies, Nova and Luna. Her demeanor and sweetness make her open to supporting other animals who could benefit from her natural poise, so she is learning these skills from the nannies of the pack. Gemma, like many of the young program students, seems to call for boundaries, structure and guidance to support her in finding her own path and voice.
Koda was raised at a roadside attraction in Alaska. In his young years, Koda only knew life with a chain around his neck, the constant barrage of strange humans in loud cars, and the inability to hide and protect himself. When the roadside attraction was exposed and prosecuted, a rescue mission involving the efforts of multiple wolf rescues saved Koda and his pack mates from euthanization by helicoptering the entire pack to Southern California where they all now live in sanctuary. Wolf Connection was honored to receive Koda and his older brother, Chance, in 2012 as part of this rescue. After the loss of his brother in December 2016, Koda has learned how to meet other wolves and has continued to individuate in a way that has reflected his brother Chance’s way of being beautifully. The process of moving on, subsequent to significant life change, is the path of surrender. Koda adds a flavor of demonstrative wolf style which resembles great love and affection in human terms. Wolf Connection staff was fortunate to have witnessed the incredible bond between brothers Chance and Koda. It will never be forgotten.
Mia arrived with her packmates, Buddy and Theo, early 2019 at six years old. The trio were owned by a man who loved them very much. So much so that he attempted to hide their existence when Animal Control caught wind of 3 high content wolfdogs living in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Fearful of their discovery and confiscation, he eventually rescinded the three to Wolf Connection where their safety is solidified. Mia is a gentle female who is very precise with her focus and attention. With an overall fierce presence, getting to know Mia is a process taken slowly with patience and respect for sacred timing. Once she is bonded, she melts her body next to her handler. Mia shares her playful spirit in subtle ways like being witnessed laying in the creek with her mouth open and allowing water to rush in and out as she splashes around.
Theo arrived with his packmates, Buddy and Mia, early 2019 at five years old. The trio were owned by a man who loved them very much. So much so that he attempted to hide their existence when Animal Control caught wind of 3 high content wolfdogs living in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Fearful of their discovery and confiscation, he eventually rescinded the three to Wolf Connection where their safety is solidified. Theo is an open and playful animal who trots around his habitat with a smile. He happily greets guests with relaxed ears and soft eyes. Sometimes at feeding time he seems to thank handlers with a softly audible howl. Theo enjoys his enrichment walks and is getting stronger and healthier on a regular basis.
We were lucky enough to be contacted by the San Diego Humane Society one day informing us that someone had very recently surrendered Wylie. He lived with a woman whose son had bought Wylie for her as a birthday gift. It seems that he was well loved, but as her health was failing she realized that she could not give Wylie the life he deserved. She brought him to the SDHS and they knew they had something special in their presence! Wylie is friendly, lovable, and has a very spunky personality. We are truly honored to have Wylie as one of our ambassador wolves as we witness him become a wonderful Nanny.
When we came across Wynter’s photo online at the West Valley Animal Shelter, we knew we just had to go and meet this sweet girl! Not much is known about Wynter since she came in as a stray, and nobody came to claim her during the allotted waiting period. She’s about 2 years old and has been integrating very well with the female pack nannies, Luna and Nova. She has a very similar look to our other nanny, Wylie, and they have all been getting along so beautifully! The team is excited to see how Wynter blossoms here at her forever home at Wolf Connection!