When she saw the puppy’s picture, the woman couldn’t resist getting him, despite the warnings. He was so cute, and he’d made a great companion for her elderly dog. But as the pup started to grow, she knew she should have listened – he wasn’t just an ordinary dog.
The lady in question – who has remained unnamed – is an animal lover and dog owner from Oklahoma. In fact, it was her well-meaning affection for pups that led her to make a rather large mistake. It all started with an advertisement.
To be more precise, an ad in a newspaper caught her eye. The feature showed two beautiful white puppies that were in need of a home. Their current owner was asking for $300 per puppy, and she fell in love with one of them in particular.
According to the ad, Trigger was “super-socialized,” but there was one catch: the puppies were no ordinary dogs. Indeed, their owner advertised them as wolf-dog hybrids, so they shared genetics with both species. Furthermore, Trigger was classed as “high content.”
Essentially, despite being friendly, Trigger had more in common with wolves than he did with dogs. And whether the woman understood the responsibility of a high content dog or not is unclear. However, it didn’t put her off, and she adopted Trigger.
Although Trigger’s new mommy formed an instant bond with him, she underestimated the little pup’s specific needs. And as Trigger grew older, those needs only became more pronounced. Five months later, the woman realized she had had no idea what she was getting herself into.
W.O.L.F. Sanctuary described how the realization dawned on Trigger’s mommy. “She loved the little pup and had a very strong bond with him. … [At] five months old, [though], it was very clear to his owner that [Trigger] was not an appropriate family pet.”
That’s because Trigger had already shown his wild side; he could soon chew his way to freedom. Furthermore, he had displayed dominant wolf characteristics with her elderly dog. Consequently, Trigger might be a danger to the poor pooch in the future.
As a result, Trigger was kept confined when his mommy went out to her day job. “She was forced to keep him in a wire kennel in her bedroom,” W.O.L.F. described. The kennel was only a temporary solution, though; Trigger’s mommy needed a long-term solution.
“She realized that Trigger would never be happy or healthy in her home,” W.O.L.F. sanctuary wrote. “Trigger’s owner made the difficult decision to try to find sanctuary placement for her beloved pup.” That would usually be no easy task, but fortunately, she was in luck.
In August 2014 Trigger’s mom called W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, a place that homes wolf dogs and wolves born in captivity. “As luck would have it, W.O.L.F. did have space to take Trigger,” it said. “W.O.L.F. made the decision to accept [him] into Sanctuary.”
So Trigger got a new forever home, and his mommy got to see him happy. W.O.L.F. even said that she would be able to visit Trigger whenever she could. The only thing that remained was to find the new pup a pack to run with.
Although it sounds like an easy process, it was actually more difficult than it seems. To begin with. Trigger was matched up with a she-wolf called Sasha. However, despite Trigger’s best efforts, Sasha failed to fall for his puppy charms, so the search began anew.
“With that potential pairing scratched off the list,” W.O.L.F. explained, “we moved onto our second choice: Pax. [He] was unsure about what to do with Trigger, but was surprisingly tolerant of Trigger’s puppy antics and pleas.” Sadly, that pairing wasn’t meant to be either.
Contrary to the hopes of W.O.L.F. staff, Pax didn’t make a connection with Trigger. Not only would Pax ignore Trigger, he even went out of his way to avoid the young pup. Needless to say, it broke the handler’s hearts to see Trigger rejected again.
“We were devastated; Trigger was such a sweet, shy little boy in desperate need of a friend and playmate,” W.O.L.F. wrote. Suddenly – just when it seemed like Trigger wouldn’t find a friend – he met another newcomer to the sanctuary. The new wolf’s name was Spartacus.
W.O.L.F. chronicled Trigger’s first meeting with Spartacus on its official website. “When they were introduced, Spartacus and Trigger began to play almost immediately. They chased each other and wrestled, and even slept in the same dog house together! It was truly wonderful to see them.”
Their personalities were complimentary, and each helped smooth out the other’s behavioral issues. Spartacus used to howl compulsively, but he has stopped since he met Trigger. Trigger, on the other hand, has conquered his shyness thanks to Spartacus’ more social approach to life.
Not only do the two get along famously, they have also made a third friend: their neighbor, Tundra. Aside from Spartacus’ activities as Sanctuary ambassador, the three are inseparable. So much, in fact, that W.O.L.F. referred to them as the three musketeers!
“Spartacus, Tundra and Trigger are now the best of friends,” W.O.L.F. Sanctuary reported. “They spend their days playing, exploring their large mountain enclosure, and resting near one another when the day is done. W.O.L.F. believes they will remain a happy trio for the rest of their days.”