BIO ~ Ghost was a neutered male high-content wolf-dog which means he looked and acted like a wolf, but he had some dog in his history. We don’t know exactly how old he was but we rescued him in 2012 when he was at least 4 years-old.
PERSONALITY ~ Ghost was the most social of all the rescues now known as our Westeros Pack. He was the only one who liked to be touched and made his pack-mates braver. He was quite protective of his habitat-mates but quickly learned to trust new caretakers.
LIKES ~ Ghost loves affection from women he knows well. He’ll often seek out attention and ask for some pets. He also enjoys enrichments, especially meaty bones, and keeping these treats away from Arya.
DISLIKES ~ Ghost does not like men, and he does not like w hen people try to pet him when he didn’t ask them to. He’s pretty laid-back, and he doesn’t seem to like fence fighting or roughhousing.
FUN FACTS ~ When Ghost was rescued, the breeder’s family only remembered the names of 2 of the 11 animals. His name was Alfie. George R.R. Martin’s wife, Parris McBride Martin, named all of our Westeros Pack as a gift to her husband and is now their “Pack Mama.” The Martin’s have come to visit twice and been fantastic supporters of WSWS. Ghost had a very distinctive look – his ears were very close together and he almost always looked like he was smiling.
GHOST’S HISTORY ~ Ghost was born into horrible conditions at a breeding facility in Iowa. The original owner/breeder had passed away after a lengthy illness, and her surviving family was having a difficult time caring for the 12 high-content wolf-dogs that she left behind. The breeder kept her wolf-dogs in 10′ x 20′ cages, some with up to three animals. The cages had either cement or plywood floors, were only 6 feet high and had wire ceilings. Sadly, this is the typical conditions for wolves or high-content wolf-dogs who can dig or climb out of normal fenced-in areas.
After the owner died, no one ever went into the cages, and the poor wolf-dogs never went outside their cages. They were cleaned by spraying them out with a water hose. Their waste had been left on the side of their cages in a pile. No one remembered their names or how they were related. They were not spayed and neutered, so each year, puppies were born but none of them ever survived.
A family friend stepped in to try to help take care of the animals and began calling everyone he thought could help, but no one was willing or able. Thankfully, he didn’t give up and finally called Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Before WSWS made the first assessment trip to Iowa, one of the oldest males of the Iowa 12 had passed away.
During the assessment trip, the family generously offered all of their chain link fencing and hardware to help with the building of the Iowa Rescue habitats. And it was at this time that Cassie, the oldest female of the Iowa rescue, was loaded into the van and taken to Canyon Crossroad Vet Hospital, where she received an extensive exam. Afterward, she came home to rest at WSWS. She passed away in the winter of 2012.
In September of 2012, WSWS staff went back to Iowa to rescue the remaining ten wolf-dogs. At midnight, on September 17th, the Iowa 10 stepped foot onto the soil in their new habitats at WSWS. It was the first time they had felt the earth beneath their feet in at least three years! Vet visits revealed they were malnourished, heartworm positive, and had brittle bones and teeth. They were then spayed and neutered, given proper medication, and finally received the care they needed. After 3 years with no space to run, they all ran a bit oddly, but with time they’ve adjusted to their new life and home. They have all become much stronger and healthier, although they have had more drama due to shifting pack dynamics and further health issues.
In the summer of 2013, George R. R. Martin’s wife, Parris McBride-Martin, named all of the Iowa kids after GRRM’s characters from Game of Thrones. The Iowa 10 are now all known as The Westeros Pack. They have come to visit them and Mr. Martin loaned his star powers to a fund-raiser to build them a brand new habitat! With Mr. Martin’s help, we’ve raised $150,000 to build larger habitats for this deserving family.