Azteca joined the Big Pack in the Sky on August 3rd, 2022.
She was assisted at 15 years old, having ruptured both CCLs.
Azteca was born in August of 2007, and came to Wild Spirit in December, 2009. Beautiful Azteca was one of five siblings who were taken to a shelter in Louisiana when she was only 7-weeks-old. They were suspected to be wolfdogs, but due to the unreliability of genetic tests in 2007, it couldn’t be confirmed if they were or not. Because they were labelled as wolfdogs, it was almost impossible to adopt them out. Azteca, her sisters Goldie, Katrina, and Juno, and her brother, Saint were all placed together in a 10 x 10-foot cage with a concrete floor and socially digressed.
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 10 x 10 cage, which caused permanent damage to their knees. Despite our uncertainty of their content level, we couldn’t stand to see them spend the rest of their lives there, and made arrangements to accept them at Wild Spirit. They soon became known as our NOLA Pack, in reference to their origins in New Orleans.
The Nola’s were very sweet rescues, who eventually came out of their shells to show us all the love they could offer. Their rough upbringing resulted in multiple health issues over the years that required intensive care, including knee surgeries for Saint, Azteca, Katrina and 14 weeks of physical therapy after each surgery. In spite of this, they each lived fulfilling lives, well into their senior years. Each one had a special place in our hearts, and will never be forgotten.
Azteca was a very affectionate girl with people she learned to trust, and was usually the first in her enclosure to come say, “Hello!”. She was loved and respected by her family, and was usually involved in most play that occurred.
Azteca lived with her 5 siblings, whom we affectionately called our NOLA Pack. Over the years, 3 of her siblings — Goldie, Katrina, and Saint — moved on to the Big Pack in the Sky. She passed in the company of Juno, her last remaining sister, who were often seen laying with each other, or running laps together in excitement before meals.
Likes & Dislikes
Much like her sisters in our NOLA Pack, Azteca absolutely loved her brother, Saint! She loved to go for enrichment walks, treats, and belly rubs from Caretakers she was very comfortable with.
Azteca was a pretty happy girl who didn’t dislike much! She was never fond when any of her siblings would go on walks without her.