Katrina 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 Wolf Sanctuary in 2009.
Katrina is one of the more social members of her pack, although she is not as brave as her brother, Saint was, or as brave as her sister, Azteca is. She is extremely playful, often to the point where she will irritate her siblings with her energy and persistence.
Katrina is easily identified by the lovely circles on her cheeks and her short tail. Azteca, the alpha female in our Nola Pack, bit it during a disagreement. Fortunately, injuries like this aren’t serious, and Katrina recovered easily after a vet visit. She still likes to annoy Azteca though, so we don’t think she learned her lesson!
Likes & Dislikes
Katrina really doesn’t like it when Azteca bosses her around, but she also knows that Azteca is in charge. She also doesn’t like walking with unfamiliar caretakers or when she wasn’t with her brother, Saint.
Our lovably goofy Katrina 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. Katrina, her sisters Goldie, Azteca, 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 all had learned to move 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, Azteca, Katrina 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. Katrina 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.