LIKES ~ It’s safe to say that Dakota loves food. He eats in a sub-enclosure, so he can’t steal Powder and Sugar‘s meals. He also loves tearing apart his enrichment treats. He is one of our most social rescues, and loves meeting new people, unlike most high-content wolf-dogs who are often shy.
DISLIKES ~ Dakota dislikes when it’s time to remove the old enrichment bones from his habitat. Dakota also dislikes when Powder and Sugar gang up on him and put him in his place, but sometimes his enthusiasm is just too much for his pack-mates!
As the Arctic-Timber puppies grew up, it became clear from their behavior and appearance that they were not pure wolves, but rather high-content wolf-dogs, meaning they are mostly wolf but do have a bit of dog in their genetic history. Despite this difference, they lived happily with the Arctic wolves, and they eventually all divided into independent packs, each made of a combination of the two litters. Although our Arctic-Timber wolf-dogs tend to be a bit more outgoing than our Arctic wolves, they are still just as innately wild and prefer to live in a pack with their own kind than in a home as someone’s pet.
As they divided, Dakota chose to live with Powder, Sugar, and Sabine, and they became known as Powder Pack. Despite growing up together, this pack has had some drama over the years; Nimoy lived with them briefly before they kicked him out, and Sabine was also forced to leave in 2014. After Sabine’s removal, things were peaceful for this group of three, but we always keep an eye out for shifting pack dynamics that may lead to a conflict. As the lowest ranking in the pack, Dakota is sometimes bullied by Powder and Sugar, so we always observe carefully to be sure this doesn’t escalate into a larger problem.