Not Quite What He Was Expecting!
A young college student in Tuscon, Arizona noticed a sign on a house offering a free puppy. He thought a room mate would be nice so he stopped to check it out. Once he saw the cute little puppy he just had to have it.
It didn’t take long before he noticed his new dog, Neo, acted a little strange. He was very needy and extremely nervous. The only one he seemed comfortable around was his new owner and he needed his attention constantly.
One problem with that is the young man had to go to classes so the dog was left in the back yard quite a bit. Before long, he found out his new puppy was quite an escape artist. Everyday Neo was jumping the fence to play with the German shepherds next door. Finally he built a taller fence to keep his new dog in, but then Neo started digging under the fence to escape.
At first the neighbors thought it was cute that the new puppy next door wanted to play with their dogs, but after a while it got old having him in their yard every day. So finally, they loaded Neo up and took him to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
What the owner didn’t realize was that Neo wasn’t exactly a dog — he was what you’d consider a “high content” wolf dog. Neo had the physical markings of a wolf — amber eyes, coarse coat and a long, lanky body — but he also displayed behavioral characteristics of a wolf. Escaping to interact with the neighbors’ dogs wasn’t just a playful puppy trait — it came down to Neo’s urge to find his pack.
Maureen O’Nell, the former CEO of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, remembers Neo’s arrival. “One morning, before our animal welfare campus opened to the public, I was outside with another staff member,” O’Nell told The Dodo. “I saw a couple walking a long-legged canine to the front door. It wasn’t his body composition that made me notice, but his behavior. Neo was completely avoidant of human interaction. The couple walking him seemed, as best as I can describe it, perplexed.”
O’Nell soon realized this wasn’t going to be a typical drop-off. “I approached the couple and asked, ‘You know that isn’t a dog, right?'” O’Nell said. “They responded, ‘we were wondering.'”
O’Nell quickly researched the laws in Arizona regarding wolf dog ownership. Unless you’re a Native American, or you have a special permit, you can’t own a wolf dog in the state. If the shelter accepted Neo, they might be under a legal obligation to report him to the authorities.
O’Nell got in touch with Wolf Connection, a wolf dog rescue center and sanctuary in California, and asked if they’d take Neo — they said they would. Then O’Nell got in touch with the original owner and asked what he’d like to do. Ultimately, he agreed that Neo should go to the sanctuary. “I told him I was proud of his decision,” O’Nell said. “His boy had a wonderful life ahead of him at Wolf Connection.”
Although Neo appeared to be in perfect health they had to get him checked out by the vet before they released him into the wolf population at the sanctuary. So they isolated Neo until he had his physical. Well Neo had different plans. He quickly escaped and joined the rest of his new pack.
Neo is loving his new home and is much better off there than in a home.
Check out the video below to see Neo with one of his new buddies, and then please use the buttons on this page to share this article with all your dog (and wolf) loving friends.
Article source: Dodo
Image source: Wolf Connection