BIO ~ Goldie is a spayed female domestic dog, most likely a malamute and German Shepherd mix. She was born in 2007, misidentified as a wolf-dog, and arrived at Wild Spirit in 2009.

PERSONALITY ~ Goldie is much shyer than her brother and sisters. She keeps her distance when larger tours come by or if caretakers she does not know come into her habitat. But when she does feel comfortable with someone, she will sneak up and give a quick kiss before running away again! Sometimes she gets picked on by her siblings, but never enough to cause injury.

RELATIONSHIP ~ Goldie is part of our Nola Pack. She lives with her brother Saint, and her sisters Azteca, Katrina and Juno. They are in a smaller habitat by our animal care office because of their weak knee joints. Their habitat is on our tour path, so you can stop by to say hello.

LIKES ~ Goldie enjoys lying belly-up and soaking up the sun! She’s also excellent at sneaking up on caretakers she likes and giving them a quick sloppy kiss, but only when her siblings have already gotten some love and shown her it’s safe.

DISLIKES ~ Our shy girl dislikes when people really want to pet her, and she hates to be contained or feel cornered. Goldie hates when her siblings pick on her when they’re excited about something, like breakfast time or someone entering their enclosure.

FUN FACTS ~ Goldie’s appearance is one of the main reasons she and her siblings were mistaken for wolf-dogs. To many people, her color pattern resembles that of a Timber wolf. She is also very shy, which is a wolfy trait. However, Goldie is a dog, and her shyness is simply due to minimal socialization early in life.

WISH LIST ~ Goldie’s siblings, Saint, Azteca, and Katrina, take high-quality joint supplements, to help with their bad knees. She would love a donation of more so they can continue to play with her!

GOLDIE’S HISTORY ~ Our precious Goldie was one of five domestic dogs who was taken to a shelter in Louisiana when she was only 7-weeks-old. They were mistaken as wolf-dogs. Like many dogs sold as wolf-dogs, we think they are most likely a mix of malamute, German shepherd, and husky. Because they were labeled as wolf-dogs, it was almost impossible to adopt them out.  Goldie, her sisters AztecaKatrina, and Juno, and her brother, Saint were all placed together in a 10 x 10-foot cage with a concrete floor and became completely unsocialized.

While at the shelter, someone would occasionally try to adopt one of the dogs, but they were always returned. The shelter called Wild Spirit in August of 2009. One of our staff members was on vacation in the area so she stopped by to see them. They were kept clean and fed but had spent two years together in that awful 10 x 10 cage, which caused permanent damage to their knees. They had learned to all moved together as a pack in their tiny space. We couldn’t stand to see them spend the rest of their lives there. We made arrangements to accept them at Wild Spirit and they became our Nola Pack.

Despite still being shy, our Nolas are very sweet and loving dogs. For the sake of keeping the closely-knit family together, we decided against adopting them out. We have given them the best possible care, including knee surgeries for Saint, AztecaKatrina and 14 weeks of physical therapy after each surgery. This precious family does a great job helping us educate folks on our tours. Their story is the perfect example of the fact that many of the canines sold as wolf-dogs are just domestic dogs. Incorrectly labeling a domestic dog as a wolf-dog, or even worse, a wolf, is a horrible disservice to both dogs and wolves. People get the impression that wolves and wolf-dogs are just like domestic dogs and will act accordingly. Sadly, most people who actually buy a wolf-dog or wolf very quickly realize they are not at all like domestic dogs. Sanctuary and rescue spaces are very limited. Most shelters will not adopt out wolf-dogs so they end up being euthanized. Goldie and her family help us demonstrate how the wolf and wolf-dog breeding industry hurts everyone, even those who are not truly part of it.