BIO ~ Lakota was a neutered male low-content wolf-dog. That means he looked and acted mostly like a dog, but had some wolf traits. He came to WSWS in 2003 when he was about 1 year old.  Our Assistant Director, Crystal, helped him join the Big Pack in the Sky on August 26th 2017.

PERSONALITY ~ Although he learned to love and trust the woman who saved him, Lakota remained one of our shyest rescues. He kept to himself and moved away from anyone new.  In his older age, Lakota became a bit less worried by people, but he still wouldn’t let anyone touch him.

RELATIONSHIP ~  Lakota lived alone in his last years. He had several different companions throughout his life. He first lived with an older wolf named Natasha. After she passed, he had a longtime shy companion named Waya.  He had a nice relationship with our late Sassy (pictured), who passed away due to cancer in 2015. Unfortunately, he and Nymeria weren’t a great match. Lakota moved to the intensive care habitat in his older years so we could best care for him.

LIKES ~ Lakota was a peaceful guy, and he liked letting the ravens hang out in his habitat and pick scraps out of his food bowl. He loved when other rescues walk by. He also liked coming up to the fence to meet the dogs of our staff and volunteers.

LIKES ~ Lakota was one of our pickiest eaters. He ignored food he didn’t like, so we tried to find things he would eat. He also didn’t like when we tried to sneak medication into his food or into a med-ball!

FUN FACTS ~ Our gentle Lakota is always so tolerant during vaccines and veterinary exams. He was so shy and submissive that he just laid down when he needed to be “captured.”  However, when all the humans were safely out of his habitat, he would get up and loudly alarm howl as they walked away, letting everyone know he didn’t appreciate his treatment!

LAKOTA’S HISTORY ~ Lakota came to live at Wild Spirit in 2003. We think he was about one year old at the time. He was originally rescued by a caring woman who had noticed him suffering shocking conditions in a “high-kill” animal shelter. She had received an email from the “high-kill” shelter asking for help in placing many of their animals. When she went in to help, she was heartbroken to discover Lakota and see how he was living. The workers at the shelter were afraid of Lakota because they thought he was a wolf. He was incredibly shy, and they assumed he would be dangerous, so they refused to go in and clean his cage. He was covered in his own urine and feces, and he weighed about 40 pounds. She could not stand to leave Lakota to suffer and stepped up to rescue him.

The kind lady took Lakota home and vowed to restore him to good health, and then transport him to a wolf rescue. She took excellent care of Lakota, and over the next month, Lakota was able to build a relationship with both her and her 16-year-old daughter. When Lakota was finally healthy enough to move to a permanent sanctuary, the woman contacted Wild Spirit and we were able to offer a forever home to this most deserving boy. We categorize him as a low-content wolf-dog, which means he was mostly dog but had some wolf in his background.

Over the years, Lakota lived with four other rescues. He always got along well with his companions. Over time, we discovered that pairing young rescues with older rescues seems to work best. Of course, the younger rescues usually loses his/her older companion eventually. Lakota’s first “cougar” girlfriend was a wolf named Nashoba. After she passed away, he moved off of our tour path to live with an equally shy wolf-dog named Waya. They lived together for many years until Waya passed away. His next companion was a high-content wolf-dog named Sassy who was closer to his age, but who sadly passed away with cancer when she was ten. In 2016, we tried out Nymeria of our Westeros Pack as his next friend. She was removed from her original pack due to fighting, and she could no longer safely live with her old pack. Unfortunately, Nymeria never settled down with Lakota and her anxiety and the stress motivated her to bite off a large chunk of his fur. We were worried about his safety and overall health, so we placed Nymeria with another wolf-dog named Lucian who seemed to suit her better. In his last years, Lakota has moved down to the smaller habitat by our animal care office so we could give him more specialized care and keep close watch over our gentle boy until we gently helped him along with no stress of a vet trip.