Laurel - sweetest wolfdog ever :)
Picture by Eve’s Nature
Luna at International Wolf Center, Ely, MN.
Picture by Samuel Maglione
Maggie went home, all the way to southern CA. Going to miss this baby, but couldn’t be happier to see her in a forever home with a very dedicated owner. Pictures are of her first few weeks here when she wouldn’t stop pacing at a sprinting speed, wouldn’t eat because she was so scared, and constantly fear poo’d all over. Picture of me walking her after months of socialization and training in a public park with a large group of deer in front of her -notice she isn’t even looking at them! That was after MONTHS of spending hours with her and working step by step. The last picture is her second day in her new home, peacefully laying down and already let her owner pet her after two days which is AMAZING news!!
The biggest reward that no dollar amount can bring is seeing a broken spirit heal. All those small steps and little accomplishments that held such a high significance are just unbelievable to recall in comparison to how she acts now. The first time she actually ate her food when someone was in her pen was ground breaking! We sat in her pen for weeks before she was comfortable to eat a piece of chicken 30 ft away.
I remember the first time she’s ever let me pet her on her terms, it was the first time she had let anyone pet her since she arrived. It was a turning point in her journey of adjusting. Took months for her to step out on a limb and take a chance at being touched. Just a short stop in her worn track of pacing to be pet, and then continue after a few seconds. It’s so small, and so easily overlooked - but it was visible progress that we were doing something right ( and proof that we aren’t just crazy people sitting around in a pen wasting time! Lol).
Now she’s on her way and all the time and energy we dedicated to her is paying off. After only two days of a VERY long flight from NJ to CA, in a new environment and surrounded by new people and things, she has already allowed her owner to lay with her and pet her. Compared to the months (I really cannot stress that point enough!) it took me! Please always consider rescue - if you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, volunteer. If you cant volunteer, donate. And if you can’t donate, network! There is always a need for an extra set of hands - save a life, make a difference.
Just felt like throwing some big bad wolf photos out all your way <3 with love from NJ
pictures from a wolf rescue in NJ