Zeus joined the Big Pack in the Sky on July 26th, 2022.
He was assisted at 11 years old due to mobility/quality of life.
Zeus was born in June of 2011, and arrived at Wild Spirit in July of 2015. We wish we could tell you the full story of our handsome rescue, Zeus, but sadly, we knew very little about him. We were told he was a Tundra wolf taken as a pup from a den in Alaska, but he phenotyped closer to a mid-high content wolfdog. In other words, his observable characteristics did not resemble that of a pure wolf, but rather, a wolfdog with ~50-84.9% wolf in their genetics.
Zeus was brought to us by a friend of his previous owner. Unfortunately, this man wasn’t able to tell us much about Zeus’ previous life. We were told he had had a female companion who was also taken from the wild, but although we hoped to rescue her, too, it never came to be. Sadly, she was killed the night before their trip to WSWS for reasons that are still unclear. Zeus arrived alone, with an erratic limp and several cuts on his face. We’re not sure what his life had been like before he made it to us, but we took comfort in the fact that from that point forward, he’d have excellent, loving care for the rest of his life.
Zeus was always paying attention to what was happening around the Sanctuary, and it was incredibly rewarding to see him become more comfortable enough to join in the group howls. He was able to be leashed, which helped us introduce him to some possible companions. Unfortunately, there were no good matches available and Zeus lived alone for several months. Finally, mid-content wolfdog, Oni, became available. She and Zeus weren’t necessarily a match made in heaven, but after a few days of figuring each other out, they settled in together.
Zeus was a shy, quiet, and slow-moving gentleman. He liked to act aloof, but he was actually very interested in people, and was an excellent communicator! It was easy to tell where Zeus set his boundaries, and he appreciated anyone who put in the effort to accommodate his comfort level. Patience was the key with this fellow, and the lucky few who built rapport would be granted the priveledge of petting him.
Likes & Dislikes
Zeus liked breakfast time, and hanging out near his pond. He also enjoyed scentrolling in the smelliest things he could find.
Zeus disliked when his caretaker was slow about delivering his breakfast.
When a caretaker approached his habitat with his medball, Zeus would “hide” in plain sight in the corner of his habitat. Just as the caretaker reached the fence, he would sprint up and grab his medball, very pleased with himself for being such a talented hunter. He also had the cutest pouty bottom lip.