DISLIKES ~ Rayne dislikes seeing everyone else receive their food while he’s still waiting for his. He also doesn’t like when a group of strangers enters his habitat. He’ll try to get as far away from them as possible.
Josh had formed a wonderful bond with Rayne while he was here at our sanctuary and had worked at other sanctuaries, too. He not only had the experience required, but he loved Rayne and the two were a great match. So, Rayne went home with Josh to build a life in the city.
Josh spent nearly 6 years with Rayne, and though he was only a low-content wolf-dog, he still inherited enough wild instincts to make him more challenging than a domestic dog. Like most wolves and wolf-dogs, Rayne was painfully shy of most people and new things, and he found it difficult to be truly comfortable in the uncontrolled environment of city life. He also had a strong desire to be free rather than contained in a yard or on a leash, but he couldn’t be counted on to listen to recall commands which limited his free time. So Josh would take him to the dog park on a daily basis for exercise and allow him to interact with other canines. He met dozens of dogs a day, some big and some small, without any issues. However, like most wild canids, Rayne also inherited a prey drive, and one day he grabbed and shook a small dog. The dog was unhurt, but Josh knew this was a larger problem.
In Josh’s own words, “I feared that the next time he got out, something worse was going to happen. Rayne, being scared of people, would probably be shot instead or terminated if he bit someone. One or more lives could be abruptly ended and I really don’t know how I’d handle all of that guilt and grief. The only choice that felt right was taking Rayne back to Wild Spirit.” Essentially, keeping Rayne safe meant eliminating his potential to injure others, even if without meaning to. So Rayne came back to Wild Spirit and soon settled right in. Although Rayne may look intimidating with his pitch black coat, piercing yellow eyes, and thunderous bark, he is one of the most gentle-hearted animals we have at our sanctuary.
In the summer of 2015, Rayne began to lose the beautiful luster in his thick, black coat and started to show extreme, rapid weight loss despite increased meal sizes. A visit to our vet revealed he was suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or E.P.I.; a gastrointestinal disorder that, if left untreated, is always fatal. Fortunately, there is a treatment for it, and Rayne has rebounded beautifully thanks to daily medication and a high-quality diet. His care is pricey though, and we are grateful for the supporters and sponsors who allow us to afford Rayne’s very important care, and in turn provide him with a happy, healthy life.