You can see him on the Tour Path!
Bowie’s story begins with a Pennsylvania man who bought a breeding pair of New Guinea singing dogs from a flea market. That same year, he obtained another pair from a kennel that had been shut down by his state. By October of 2010, he had over 80 Singers. They endured unsanitary, makeshift living conditions, including a half dozen adults housed in travel crates stacked on top of one another. The press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said that, aside from not holding the proper licenses and not vaccinating his Singers for rabies, she thought the animals seemed loved and fed. However, it was clear that their owner was overwhelmed, and she considered him to be a hoarder. Pennsylvania animal officials decided it would be best for all but 10 of his Singers to be placed in other homes or sanctuaries, and their owner cooperated fully. We are thankful for James McIntyre from New Guinea Singing Dogs Conservation Society who went to assist, and Tom Wendt from New Guinea Singing Dog International who went to the rescue and found refuge for 62 of the 88 animals. We send huge thanks to Samantha Burleson from Tom’s organization who called us several months later, after five of the Singers who had gone to Arizona needed to be relocated again.
After all the details were arranged, the Singers made the trip to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. We were elated to welcome three girls, Foxy, Reba, and Princess, and two boys, Bono and Bowie. They all had the unusual luxury of being examined by Silje, the celebrity “Wildlife Vet” from Norway only moments after they arrived. We have done no official research so far, but in our professional opinion, Singers are capable of giving you an extreme case of “Too Cute-itis.” They will steal your heart in approximately 18 seconds.
Bowie is certainly one of the most adorable Singers in our care, and certainly one of the most social! He is incredibly trusting of people and is usually one of the first animals we introduce new staff and interns to, as he always makes a memorable impression! Bowie shares his life at Wild Spirit with female New Guinea singing dog Reba, who was also a part of this massive rescue effort.