From W.O.L.F.’s Director of Animal Care Michelle Proulx
When we rescued Skye, we had no idea the extent of her situation and had to make some quick adjustments to our initial plan in order to accommodate her special needs. Luckily, our cabin office at the Sanctuary has a small connected habitat intended for animals recovering from illnesses. Not only that, the office has a bedroom, making it possible to have staff supervise sick animals overnight. Needless to say, as soon as Skye was released from the hospital, she “moved in”.
It quickly became apparent that Skye can see as she successfully navigated around office furniture, through the doggie door and out onto the deck. We just aren’t sure how good her vision is. It also quickly became apparent that Skye prefers to be inside, thank you very much. In the beginning, it was almost impossible to get her to go outside. As soon as you would get her outside to go to the bathroom, she would immediately turn around to come back in. It became a challenge to keep her from going back through the dog door long enough for her to decide to go to the bathroom.
It was an evening a few weeks after she arrived at the Sanctuary when Skye gave us a little better picture about how well she can see. Bob was working the overnight shift when out of nowhere, he heard a short, sharp bark. Looking around, he saw Skye walking toward him from the kitchen area. As is her habit, she continued in a circle around the office and soon ended up back in the kitchen. When she turned to face the oven, she once again let out a short bark, this time kicking at the door. Going to investigate, Bob realized that she was reacting to her reflection in the oven door.
Since then, arguments with what we have come to call “Ovenwulf” have become a daily occurrence. Skye seems particularly concerned that “Ovenwulf” always seems to show up at meal times…