WOLF CONNECTION ANCESTORS
(These are beloved pack members who have passed away)
“Little One” in Cheyenne, Ayasha was one of our main program animals and loved to interact with people. She survived the snowy mountains of Northern California for 2 weeks alone before animal control was able to lure her with a piece of pizza! Being the sweetheart that she was, she won the hearts of the shelter employees there who made every attempt to save her life and eventually found Wolf Connection®. Small but mighty, Ayasha’s lesson is authentic self-expression. She had such a big voice that couldn’t be ignored and totally captivated her audience with her howl!
Buddy arrived with his packmates, Mia and Theo, in early 2019 at about eight years old. The trio were owned by a man who loved them very much. He attempted to hide their existence when animal control heard about 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 Fearful of their discovery and confiscation, he eventually rescinded the three to Wolf Connection where their safety was solidified.
Buddy’s presence was wise, grounded and he had somewhat of a reserved confidence. However, while out on enrichment walks, this confident male would roll around on plants and bushes, laying down like a puppy, while softly chewing on the greenery. Buddy chose to connect with others by showing great strength in being vulnerable.
Shadow joined Wolf Connection® after her owner passed away and her caretaker searched for a home for she and her then pack mate, Sissy. Shadow was learning to trust people more and is will slowly open up and allow new people to interact with her through the fence. She was actively bonding with volunteers more and more each day. Shadow taught stillness and healing by moving forward from the past, while discovering the authentic self.
Beau was our gentle giant, who displays behavior of an Omega. He was very intelligent and playful; the clown of the pack, knowing how to win the approval of the more dominant members. Beau belonged to a family that experienced difficulty in giving him what he needed to be a healthy, happy wolf dog. No longer feeling they were able to care for him, they called Wolf Connection®. When the team arrived to pick up Beau he was emaciated and had a neck wound as a result of having been tied to a tree with a wire. Needless to say, he was extremely timid, but when the team opened the truck door, he flew in faster than the speed of light. With the love and care from his human pack, Beau blossomed into the incredible beauty he was.
Ryder joined Wolf Connection® at the age of just a year old. A young woman adopted him after seeing a post on Facebook that someone was going to take him to the shelter. Knowing that he would be euthanized, the young woman took him despite warnings that she would not be able to contain him. Ryder escaped many times and walked the neighborhood until the neighbors began complaining. After threats from neighbors and complaints from Animal Control, the woman asked Wolf Connection® to take him in. Ryder was young and spunky. He had a very sweet way of gently jumping up and placing his paws on staff! He has a way of doing so without much impact and he gives sweet kisses. When he was not acting that way…he was generally pushing boundaries and inciting mayhem with his habitat-mate.
Omak was a gentle giant and Alpha of the pack until March 2019. He was abandoned by his owner and taken in by a neighbor. Unfortunately, Omak escaped and roamed the neighborhood and hillside for a few months despite animal control’s efforts to catch him. Eventually, Animal Control did confiscate him and wanted to euthanize him because they feared he was too aggressive. Omak was darted, caught, placed in a metal box and driven five hundred miles to reach Wolf Connection®. Needless to say he was not very happy when he arrived…..After a few weeks, he began to trust. There seemed to be an overwhelming sense of loneliness about him….Staff soon realized that Omak was not accustomed to receiving loving touch. Slowly and surely, he began giving and receiving loving nuzzles and became an amazing Leader to the pack. Omak’s cancer diagnosis in 2018 resulted in an amputation of his front, left leg and gave his pack the gift of 5 healthy months with our beloved Alpha. During this time, Omak and rising Alpha, Kenai, spent much time communing through their habitats and mirroring each other in howl. A good Alpha knows that the health of the pack depends on his ability to prepare the future Alpha for the challenge.
Maya, an original pack member, was the quintessential alpha female: She was the wise teacher. Maya spent her first few years reared by her mother ensuring that she would learn the way of the wolf. As a result, one of her gifts was to nurture new pack members when they join Wolf Connection. Several of the younger males were kenneled with Maya who quickly instructed them in proper wolf etiquette. Maya also exhibited true alpha behavior: she simply WAS alpha. She didn’t have to prove it. Her presence was as serene and expansive as one might imagine the silence of the Arctic to be. During the summer of 2012, while visiting the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers in Lame Deer, Montana, her sacred spirit joined the festivities as she was heard to howl, often alone, during times of prayer and ritual. Her howl, and the rest of the pack that joined her is said to have inspired the return of the wild wolf to the Cheyenne people.
Chance and his brother Koda joined Wolf Connection after having been rescued from a roadside attraction in Alaska. The state of Alaska condemned the attraction and criminally charged the owner and ordered the twenty-six wolves to be euthanized. Chance suffered from anxiety after enduring years of life literally tied to a post with a chain around his neck so that people could pay money to drive by and throw treats. During wintertime, the chain froze into his fur and eventually grew into the skin of his neck rendering him sentenced to walking in one direction so as not to rip the chain through his skin. Despite Chance’s fear at the sight of man-made objects and the physical neglect and abuse he endured, he learned to walk on leash. He was so full of love and he shared it with everyone. In fact, Chance was affectionately known as the ‘Linebacker of Love’! He used to tackle staff with playful kisses and liked to boss around his younger sibling, Koda, as big brothers do.
Logan was the Grandfather of the pack. Living a full life up to age of 18, Logan was original pack member who was well-balanced and loved by all. After the passing of his kennel mate Lucas in 2013, who demanded all the attention…Logan was able to come into the spotlight! He freely gave love and snuggles, but when it was time for a meal, he was very outspoken as if seniority warrants being fed first! When Logan went to visit children at a school, and even though it was a challenge for him, he would carefully walk across a tile floor just to greet them. In his later years, Logan was no longer able to go on hikes as far as his pack mates, but he would love to go for short romps to the creek to get his paws wet. Thank you for all of the lessons you have taught us and the love you so freely gave, Ancestor Logan…
Sissy joined Wolf Connection along with Shadow following the passing of her owner. When she arrived, she was obese and could barely walk. After starting a diet catered to her needs, she lost about 90 pounds and was a vibrant elder over the age of 14 years. She had quite a loving and feisty spirit that kept her going strong.