Cheyenne joined the Big Pack in the Sky on September 15th, 2020.
She was assisted at 17 years old due to kidney disease.
Cheyenne was born in June of 2003, and arrived at Wild Spirit in January of 2004 when she was just 6 months old. We received a call from a man named Larry who worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fish, Game and Parks in South Dakota. He told us a little wolfdog pup was brought to the park service in a cage. Apparently, she had a few different owners before she was turned over. The park service was going to put her down, but Larry couldn’t sit by and watch that happen. He said he would take care of her until he found a place for her to live.
For a few months, Cheyenne lived in a cage in his garage because she was such a gifted escape artist. At night Larry would take Cheyenne for walks and he and his kids would play with her. Larry met us in Nebraska, and although we had given Cheyenne an over-the-counter sedative, she immediately destroyed the inside of our transport van. The journey was long, but there were frequent walks on the way.
When Cheyenne finally arrived at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, she was overwhelmed by all the other canines. We thought she would be a good match for our rescue, Raven, who had recently lost his companion, Doska. Initially, 6-month-old Cheyenne seemed afraid of Raven. We introduced them on leashes outside of the habitat at first, to see how they would react to each other. All seemed well, so we let them go inside of Raven’s habitat. Very quickly, they got along very well together.
After Raven joined the Big Pack in the Sky in 2009, Cheyenne was introduced to Argo, who she spent the majority of her life with.
Cheyenne was a very social girl who acted like a puppy no matter her age. She loved attention from caretakers, but she was mischievous. If her caretakers let their guard down, she would try to steal personal items from them. She was friendly, but wild-spirited and not afraid to tell anyone that she was in charge.
Likes & Dislikes
Cheyenne liked playing with caretakers, stealing articles of clothing, and fence-fighting with her neighbors. She also liked splashing all the water out of her water bucket, usually right after her caretaker had filled it.
Cheyenne was usually a friendly and happy girl but would let caretakers know if they pet her in the “wrong” spot. She did not like when Argo stole her food and treats.
Cheyenne spent some time with the Arctic and Arctic-Timber rescues when they were very young, helping to teach them manners alongside Raven! She enjoyed all the energy and fun, but had no trouble letting the pups know who was in charge.