WOLF CONNECTION ANCESTORS
(These are beloved pack members who have passed away)
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 is young and spunky. He has 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 is not acting that way…he is generally pushing boundaries and inciting mayhem with his habitat-mate.
Once her body had healed enough to be spayed, unfortunate circumstances occurred during the procedure that could not be prevented and she needed an emergency blood transfusion. Her recovery was very difficult and ultimately her body could not survive a serious infection that developed. Many thanks to all of Shima‘s sponsors and supporters who helped us undergo all of her emergency surgeries and transfusions. We couldn’t have given her so many fighting chances without your love and support.
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 are high content wolf dogs that 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 suffers with 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 winter 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 has learned to walk on leash. He is full of love and he shares it. In fact, the very strong-bodied Chance is affectionately known as the Linebacker of Love! He tackles staff with playful kisses and bosses 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 released about 90 pounds and is now a vibrant elder over the age of 14 years. She has quite a loving and feisty spirit that keeps her going strong.