Adding a dog to your family can be incredibly expensive, especially if you choose a popular or rare breed. So when one Arizona young man saw a sign for a free husky mix pup, he jumped at the chance.
Quickly after bringing the pup, who he named Neo, home, however, the college student realized Neo had some behavior issues. The puppy was extremely anxious, was extremely difficult to house train, and only wanted his owner’s companionship.
The young man took care of Neo the best he could, but the pup was often left on his own in the fenced-in backyard while he was in class or at work. “According to his owner, Neo would dig out or jump the fence to play with the neighbors’ dogs,” Wolf Connection’s Cate Salansky said. “He built a higher fence to help contain him, but Neo chewed through it and continued to escape.”
At first, the neighbors were happy to let Neo play with their dogs, but quickly noticed Neo wasn’t a normal dog when he refused to eat normal dog foods like treats and wouldn’t interact with them or even make eye contact with them. And when Neo kept hopping the fence, the neighbors had enough and brought Neo to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona so that they could help Neo’s owner find a solution.
When Maureen O’Nell, the former CEO of the Humane Society, took one look at Neo, she knew immediately by his physical features and behavior that he was a high content wolf dog. Yet owning a wolf dog in Arizona is illegal if you’re not a Native American or have a permit, and contacted Neo’s owner and helped him find a good home with Wolf Connection, a wolf dog rescue center and sanctuary in California.
And on Neo’s first night at the sanctuary, the staff tried to keep him isolated until a vet cleared his health, but he quickly escaped and made himself at home with the pack by joining in on the nightly howl. “He didn’t wait to see where he fit in with the pack,” O’Nell said. “He knew he belonged.”
Can you believe how long it took Neo’s owner to realize he was actually a wolf dog? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and please SHARE this with friends on Facebook.
[Featured image: Wolf Connection]