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Sioux
Male High-Content Wolfdog
Zeebie
Sioux joined the Big Pack in the Sky in April of 2020.
He was assisted at 16 years old due to oral melanema (cancer).

Sioux’s exact date of birth is unknown, but his birth year is 2004, and he arrived at Wild Spirit in April of 2018. His story is a very controversial one with many different versions, depending on who is telling the story. The one thing we know for certain is that Sioux was bred in captivity to make money for his owner. He was born at a working animal fur farm/petting zoo, where the owner charged visitors different fees to interact with a large variety of wild animals. A DNA test revealed that her wolves were high-content wolfdogs, which means they were 85-95% wolf. Some of the people who visited the farm gave it good reviews citing kind staff and well-cared for animals, while others gave it completely opposite reviews, citing small cages and horrible conditions. The owner faced controversy and court battles for many years. She was shut down at one time but re-opened in 2016.

The owner made no secret about breeding and selling wolfdogs for profit and also selling wolf pelts. Publicly, her story was that she only sold pelts that she made after a wolfdog on her farm died of natural causes. Several articles about her farm quote her saying the opposite in her deposition for her court case. In the quotes, she admitted that she waited until winter when the wolfdog coats are at their most beautiful and slaughtered as many as the fur market dictated. Answering the question of how many wolfdogs she would slaughter, she admitted she had already slaughtered two and was going to slaughter a total twenty-seven more over three weeks.

In 2018, the farm was again facing time in court with more nuisance complaints, and rezoning issues. We received reports about the highly-contested court battle and the possibility of all her animals needing places to go. We made contact with the owner to get more information, try to clear up some of the controversies and finalize plans to rescue some of her wolfdogs if she had to close. Ultimately, she lost her case and we were able to offer permanent homes for four of her male wolfdogs: Walking Bear, Sioux, Crow, and Chiracowa. We also offered to rescue four Arctic foxes, but we did not have the proper license. We were grateful to offer a permanent home.

Fortunately for all involved, the four boys were extremely social and comfortable around people. Loading them into our rescue van was much easier than usual. The boys had never left their enclosures or been on a leash, so they were simply picked up and tossed over their caretaker’s shoulders! The owner was very cooperative, although seemed truly devastated by the loss of her animals.

Zeebie

Personality

Sioux was an old gentlemen who loved attention from his companion, Savannah, and his Caretakers, all of which adored him. He spent many of his days relaxing, sharing space comfortably, or demanding affection from any human who entered his habitat. He was as gentle as could be, and had the utmost respect for any who offered him pets.

Relationships

Sioux spent his time at Wild Spirit with an older gal from our Arctic-Timber litter that had been with us since June of 2006: Savannah.

Likes & Dislikes

Sioux enjoyed scentrolling on anything that piqued his interest! He also liked his Caretakers, spending time with Savannah, and finding a cozy place to rest.

Sioux disliked when it was time for his Caretakers to leave, and would often follow them to the door in pursuit of more pets.

Fun Facts

Sioux’s guilty pleasure was . . . aspen wood shavings! We used them for bedding in his cave-house, but more often then not, we would return to find them scattered throughout the enclosure from Sioux scentrolling in them and tossing them about!

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