Born: August 16, 1999
Rescued From: Wisconsin
Given Sanctuary: June 1, 2006
Returned to Spirit: March 24, 2013
Testing revealed that fifteen out of the eighteen animals saved, including Boots, were heart-worm positive. A multi-year treatment plan was developed and begun for these animals. Boots was paired with Lena, another wolf dog from the rescue, and although neither animal became totally comfortable with humans, they seemed to enjoy hanging out at the top of their large enclosure watching the world go by.
In October of 2008, Boots and Lena were finally able to come to the Sanctuary and were placed in a large enclosure together. With the added space, Boots became more reclusive but at the same time less stressed about humans. Over the years, he even began to trust a few lucky volunteers and wouldn’t pace or run away when they entered the enclosure to do chores.
On the morning of March 24, 2013, Boots was discovered dead in his enclosure. Every one was in shock. Boots had been fine the day before! His body was taken to CSU for a full necropsy before cremation and it was determined that he passed of GDV, a common condition in large breeds that veterinarians, unfortunately, have no idea the causes or how to prevent it.