Available Wolfdogs - Virginia

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Wylie Wylie Gender: Female
Age: 1 yr old
Loc: Virginia
Status: Available
Assistance with transportation if its the right home, distance may not have a max. If its for a meeting to see if it may be a match, probably about 6 hour driving. Wylie is fostered through the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue and VGSR requires a home visit and thus they generally do not adopt outside VA/MD/DC/NC area. Exceptions can be made for the right home and assuming they can get a local rescue to help with the home visit.
Wylie was in a VA animal shelter as a stray. She looked to be about 8-9 months old at the time and she appeared to have a broken leg that was never taken care of properly. The Virginia German Shepherd Rescue sent out a plea to see if anyone would foster her so she would not be euthanized by the shelter. Her foster parents volunteered to foster her thinking she was a husky/shepherd mix. They never had any intentions of keeping her. The goal had always been get medical attention for her leg (which ended up having to be amputated), and then to find her a good home.
Wylie is about 60 lbs (ish). Black/gray/white. Striking markings. Beautiful.
Tri-pod - missing front right leg but no physical limitations at this time. Can run, jump, dig, and do stairs just as good or better than a dog with 4 legs. Long term will need to watch her other front leg and diagonal back leg for wear and tear.
Wylie is about 1 year old; low content (based on personality and physical attributes is she is mostly husky with maybe a little shepherd and a little wolf); 55-60lbs - ideal weight; spayed - Oct. 2014. She is fully vaccinated and no medical needs at this time.
Known history - A man dropped her off at the VA shelter and said she was a stray but the shelter had reported that she seemed attached to the man. Several WD breeders in the area were contacted, and one specifically said she might be one of theirs but they didn't seem interested in helping her.
Wylie is: Fun and very playful (almost cat like in many ways). Loving and affectionate. High energy. Mischievous and can be destructive. Needs high amounts of stimulation and engagement. Loves to climb.
When meeting new people she generally is nervous at first but then warms up quickly and can be very affectionate. When they take her to places like Petsmart and Petco for adoption days she needs about 15-20 minutes to warm up (her hackles will go up at first and she is nervous), but then she settles in and takes treats nicely from visitors and does very well. However when foster family had a maintenance man come to their home Wylie was growling some and her hackles were up. She seems to take cues from the German shepherds in the foster home. If they are comfortable with the visitor, so is she, but if they are nervous of the visitor, so it she.
She absolutely loves other dogs. She plays very rough though so needs dogs that can handle her exuberance. At daycare she plays with dogs about 40lbs and up.
Wylie is unknown with cats. She shows interest but doesn't seem aggressive. Its very hard to tell if she'd have prey drive with a cat if left unattended. She's met a few 15 lbs dogs and she did fine at first but then when they tried to play with her she played too rough and the small dogs would snap at her. She is pretty good at having another dog put her in her place but it doesn't stop her from trying again (she'll pause when she is corrected, but then will instigate the other dog again - its a game and fun to her). She does best with dogs close to her size or larger.
When supervised and on-leash Wylie did very well with children, but shouldn't trust her in a home with children though yet as she can be destructive with anything she decides looks like fun to chew up and destroy. She also has some resource guarding issues. If she took a child's toy or stuffed animal, she could likely "claim it" and show aggression when someone goes to take it from her. She is doing well working on this with her foster parents and trainer but she needs firm leadership and consistency.
She does like to dig but not excessively. If she had a lot of pent of energy and was bored she may dig even more. In her foster home she gets 2 long walks a day for about 2-2.5 miles each. She has not destroyed any furniture but could if left in a house unattended. She has destroyed some blinds and a rug (in addition to dozens of dog toys, socks, and things like that). She was much worse with no house manners when she was first brought to her foster home, and after the past couple months of consistency and reinforcement, she is doing better and learning to respond to correction. They also keep a leash on her in the house. She drags the leash around so they can easily get a hold of her if she gets into something she shouldn't be doing.
She definitely resource guards. If she gets a sock from the hamper but you get to her quickly, she may protest a bit but she is doing better with "drop" especially if you pull up on the leash a bit while you firmly command "drop". Foster parents have been working on her food bowl for months and she is 95% better with the food bowl for her foster parents. They have trained her that their hands going into her food bowl are a good thing and they are giving her more food or something even more yummy than food. When they first brought her home she would have bitten if you got to close to her food but she is much better with her foster parents now and doesn't show any aggression but she is still obsessive about her food. She is still bad with a high value item like a kong filled with yummy treats. The longer she has it and the more frustrated she gets that she can't get a treat out, the worse her intensity is when you go to take it from her. This is similar with anything she is chewing up/destroying. The sooner you get to her to take it the less resistance. The longer she has it, the more she has claimed it and the worse her guarding. She has come a long way in the
4 months but she still has a long way to go and she will need constant reinforcement.
4.5-5 foot 4 board paddock fencing with chicken wire has contained her just fine but she is never left outside completely unattended for very long without other things in the yard to engage her. If she was extremely bored and there was something outside the fence she wanted, she might try to dig or climb out. Contact Debbie at dak0717@hotmail.com
Contact: Debbie K
1 week ago
Denali Denali Gender: Female
Age: adult
Loc: Virginia
Status: Available
Denali (her real name) was in a separate enclosure. This pretty girl is very curious about visitors, and dances all around you, but won't come close enough to touch. (Pretty sure that in a small pen with daily treats and leash walks, she will come around in no time. Unlike the others, she is social with some people besides the owner.) She is younger than those in the other pack, at about 5-6 years old.
After 20 years of raising them, these animals' owner developed an aggressive cancer and passed away suddenly--leaving the last of his seniors without a safe place to call home. They are a lovely bunch, quiet and gentle, and the whole pack seems to get along peacefully. I'm sure they would like to go in pairs or small groups, as opposed to by themselves, since all they've ever had is *each other* and the large wooded enclosure that they are about to lose--although all offers would be considered.
They're not escape artists, so the standard (sturdy) 6' enclosure with some dig guard would be sufficient. (A high security lockdown is best for the first few days, with more freedom after they've acclimated to their new surroundings.) Once they've all been relocated, the owner's family is also willing to send along their heavy-gauge fencing to help build them nice, new yards to play in.
All of the animals have clearly been much loved and handled, but ONLY by their owner, so they are shy of new people and will take some time to warm up.
Assistance is available to catch them up and get them moved, within a reasonable distance of their location (central Virginia). Offers from further away would also be considered, if transport is available, although a home visit is still required to ensure their safety.
All of them are aged approximately 7 to 10 years. They have been outside companions and don't know anything about leashes, cars, or housebreaking; that doesn't mean they can't learn, over time, but they are definitely not "instant pets". (Small children and smaller pets are NOT things they could adapt to. They really need their own space.)
Ideally, they would like a quiet environment with a secure enclosure, and someone to come sit with them each day and build their trust. *I would also be willing to mentor a conscientious first-time owner who wanted to learn what living with wolfdogs is like, by giving a pair of these kids a place to live out the remainder of their lives.
If you can offer an appropriate adoptive home to any of these sweet furkids, please contact Sue Bowers at solowolf_93@yahoo.com. Thanks for caring.
Contact: See description
1 year ago
Cinnamon Cinnamon Gender: Female
Age: adult
Loc: Virginia
Status: Available
Cinnamon, and her almost-identical sister, are more timid. They are also very hard to tell apart! Both paced more nervously than the others, and really did not want to be touched--although once I had them, they weren't overly tense or panicked. I stroked their wonderfully soft and fluffy coats, and they lay there and watched me uncertainly with wide golden eyes, hoping I wouldn't hurt them. They may take longer to come around, but would be good project dogs for a gentle person with some canine experience.
After 20 years of raising them, these animals' owner developed an aggressive cancer and passed away suddenly--leaving the last of his seniors without a safe place to call home. They are a lovely bunch, quiet and gentle, and the whole pack seems to get along peacefully. I'm sure they would like to go in pairs or small groups, as opposed to by themselves, since all they've ever had is *each other* and the large wooded enclosure that they are about to lose--although all offers would be considered.
They're not escape artists, so the standard (sturdy) 6' enclosure with some dig guard would be sufficient. (A high security lockdown is best for the first few days, with more freedom after they've acclimated to their new surroundings.) Once they've all been relocated, the owner's family is also willing to send along their heavy-gauge fencing to help build them nice, new yards to play in.
All of the animals have clearly been much loved and handled, but ONLY by their owner, so they are shy of new people and will take some time to warm up.
Assistance is available to catch them up and get them moved, within a reasonable distance of their location (central Virginia). Offers from further away would also be considered, if transport is available, although a home visit is still required to ensure their safety.
All of them are aged approximately 7 to 10 years. They have been outside companions and don't know anything about leashes, cars, or housebreaking; that doesn't mean they can't learn, over time, but they are definitely not "instant pets". (Small children and smaller pets are NOT things they could adapt to. They really need their own space.)
Ideally, they would like a quiet environment with a secure enclosure, and someone to come sit with them each day and build their trust. *I would also be willing to mentor a conscientious first-time owner who wanted to learn what living with wolfdogs is like, by giving a pair of these kids a place to live out the remainder of their lives.
If you can offer an appropriate adoptive home to any of these sweet furkids, please contact Sue Bowers at solowolf_93@yahoo.com. Thanks for caring.
Contact: See description
1 year ago
King King Gender: Male
Age: adult
Loc: Virginia
Status: Available
King (his real name), the only boy. He is the biggest one, has a very classic and handsome wolfdog appearance, and a soulful air about him. He spent most of my visits hiding in his doghouse. When I sat beside him and stroked him, he watched me with a worried look but otherwise did not react. He appears to have arthritis pretty badly, as he has a definite stiffness in his hindquarters when he trots or runs.
After 20 years of raising them, these animals' owner developed an aggressive cancer and passed away suddenly--leaving the last of his seniors without a safe place to call home. They are a lovely bunch, quiet and gentle, and the whole pack seems to get along peacefully. I'm sure they would like to go in pairs or small groups, as opposed to by themselves, since all they've ever had is *each other* and the large wooded enclosure that they are about to lose--although all offers would be considered.
They're not escape artists, so the standard (sturdy) 6' enclosure with some dig guard would be sufficient. (A high security lockdown is best for the first few days, with more freedom after they've acclimated to their new surroundings.) Once they've all been relocated, the owner's family is also willing to send along their heavy-gauge fencing to help build them nice, new yards to play in.
All of the animals have clearly been much loved and handled, but ONLY by their owner, so they are shy of new people and will take some time to warm up.

Assistance is available to catch them up and get them moved, within a reasonable distance of their location (central Virginia). Offers from further away would also be considered, if transport is available, although a home visit is still required to ensure their safety.
All of them are aged approximately 7 to 10 years. They have been outside companions and don't know anything about leashes, cars, or housebreaking; that doesn't mean they can't learn, over time, but they are definitely not "instant pets". (Small children and smaller pets are NOT things they could adapt to. They really need their own space.)
Ideally, they would like a quiet environment with a secure enclosure, and someone to come sit with them each day and build their trust. *I would also be willing to mentor a conscientious first-time owner who wanted to learn what living with wolfdogs is like, by giving a pair of these kids a place to live out the remainder of their lives.
If you can offer an appropriate adoptive home to any of these sweet furkids, please contact Sue Bowers at solowolf_93@yahoo.com. Thanks for caring.

Contact: See description
1 year ago
Tundra Tundra Gender: Female
Age: 12 years
Loc: Virginia
Status: Available, Unknown

VA – Tundra – (12yo) spayed female. She is friendly but skittish with strangers. She loves children, but not other dogs or animals. She is a malamute/wolf mix. Must be supervised indoors; prefers to be outdoors. She loves to walk, easy to handle and ride in cars well. Owners have divorced, in a temporary home. Contact Debbie at dak0717@hotmail.com

Contact: Debbie K
1 year ago