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Awilix
Female Mid-Content Wolfdog
Awilix
Awilix joined the Big Pack in the Sky on July 20th, 2023.
She passed at 2 years old due to a cardiac arrhythmia.

Awilix was born on January 31st, 2021, and arrived at Wild Spirit in October of 2022. Over the years, Wild Spirit has been open in sharing that not all rescues come to us with histories of neglect or abuse. In fact, many of our animals received love beyond measure while sharing their lives with their owners; in return, these people often say their animals taught them things about themselves they’ll never be able to repay them for. Lessons about love, patience, sacrifice, work, and boundaries are often quoted among owners, and as Animal Caretakers here at Wild Spirit, we find ourselves relating heavily, as people who also share our lives with these incredible creatures.

Unfortunately, all the love in the world isn’t always enough to combat the harsh realities that life sometimes throws at us, forcing people to divert from their paths in ways they never imagined or anticipated. Of course, this isn’t a fact of life that’s unique to only wolfdogs, or to pets in general. The roller-coaster of life can impact pets, jobs, relationships, and even where we live. But when it comes to wolfdogs, we’ve found that it’s often owners like those mentioned above — those that seek to give all of themselves to their animals, and who understand and respect them for what they are — that seem to struggle the most with life changes that force them to give up their pets, but at the same time, are most ready to accept that doing so might be the most unselfish thing they could possibly do for the creatures they love so much.

The story below is no different.

Awilix was a mid-content wolfdog that was born in the southern part of the United States, where she was kept in horrendous conditions alongside her mother, father, and littermates. Fortunately, at around 7-weeks-old she found herself in a new world after being rescued by her owners and moving to Mexico.

After seeing the conditions Awilix was forced to live in on her breeder’s property, her new owners sought to ensure she would never experience such suffering again. Instead, they raised her in the comforts of their home, which they shared with several German shepherd rescues. Naturally, Awilix often preferred time spent outdoors, but never had any issues inside the house, which is often not the case for higher-content wolfdogs.

In addition, her owners worked to provide her with ample socialization, taking her to structured training classes, dog parks, and out for walks around their hometown. Slowly but surely, their patience and dedication paid off, and Awilix transformed from an under-socialized (and potentially traumatized) puppy, into a more confident version of herself, and with plenty of room left to grow.

However, when life threw her owner’s a curve-ball — one that involved a move from Mexico to a place in the United States in which wolfdog ownership is illegal — they found themselves heartbroken thinking about what their new path would mean for their girl, and wondering if maybe they had failed her…

In the end, they came to the realization that as much as they loved Awilix and had never anticipated being without her, this new path didn’t allow the option to keep her, and no amount of wishing could change that. So even though they couldn’t make Awilix fit into the future life had handed them, they could still do everything in their power to ensure that her future was one filled with the same love and care they had always provided her.

When Wild Spirit received an e-mail in October of 2022 explaining Awilix’s story, we were incredibly fortunate to have an open enclosure available, and a number of single male wolfdogs (all around her age) in need of a companion, so we immediately agreed to her intake. We were further blessed when her owners offered to bring her to the sanctuary, rather than having us go get her, allowing us to save time and funding, and providing them with the opportunity to see (and approve of) her new home. Naturally, we had to ask about the name they had chosen for her, and learned that it’s the name of the Mayan goddess of the moon, and queen of the night!

After a few days of decompression, Awilix was introduced to mid-content wolfdog, Zion. The two were an immediate match, and with him by her side, she was slowly gaining trust for her human Caretakers. She spent 9 months in our care, before the unimaginable happened: Awilix suddenly passed the morning after a routine vet visit.

Given the inconclusive nature of her death, we brought her body to be necropsied in Albuquerque to gain clarity on what exactly happened. Her official cause of death was a cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat or blood flow — that caused her heart to give out. Such a condition could have been caused by stress, or related to Awilix’s genetics, as she was also a carrier for Von Willebrand’s Disease, which inhibits the blood from properly clotting. Though the necropsy did not provide us with the concrete answers we had hoped for, it provided some closure for Awilix’s untimely passing. We carry on our work in her honor, and she will always be a part of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

Awilix

Personality

Awilix was one of our shyer rescues, but she showed a lot of potential. Though she spent much of her time in the back of her enclosure–watching from afar–we received glimpses of her playful and curious nature. We were confident that once she fully habituated, she would have come out of her shell.

Relationships

Awilix spent her time at Wild Spirit with her companion, Zion. The two enjoyed sharing space with one another, playing, and even interacting with neighbors. Zion was the more confident of the two, demonstrating that she could trust her Caretakers by promptly flopping over for belly rubs.

Likes & Dislikes

Awilix liked playing with toys, though she loved to pretend to be regal and uninterested in them. She also greatly enjoyed sampling various treats.

Awilix disliked being away from Zion, especially when he went for a walk.

Fun Facts

Awilix’s favorite treat to partake in were blueberries! They are an excellent low-calorie snack for canines, and in Awilix’s case, the best thing she ever devoured.

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