Sapphire was rescued from a back yard breeder as a young pup by a woman who loved wolf dogs and knew that Sapphire needed her help. Bringing Sapphire to live with her at the animal facility she worked in the Southwest, the woman worked diligently with Sapphire to give her the best life possible. It was soon discovered that Sapphire had a hernia that required immediate corrective surgery. Her owner arranged for the medical care, and Sapphire’s hernia was corrected.
However, when Sapphire returned to the facility after her surgery, she became more fearful of people despite her owner’s attempts to help her adjust to life at the animal facility. Sapphire also longed for another wolf dog as a playmate since her only animal companion was a small dog who would not be able to stay outside with her as the weather became colder. Additionally, Sapphire’s enclosure presented numerous potential escape routes that a high content wolf dog could easily exploit.
Sapphire’s owner realized that she needed to make the very difficult decision to find Sapphire a place where she could live her best life. When W.O.L.F. Sanctuary had an opening, it was a dream come true for Sapphire. She would be able to have a forever home at W.O.L.F.’s mountain sanctuary, and she would have the wolf dog companionship that she desperately needed.
When the time came to bring Sapphire to the Sanctuary, her owner accompanied the transport team on the drive. After arriving in Colorado, the first stop was at the Sanctuary’s veterinarian to give Sapphire a physical exam and update her vaccinations. Our veterinarian became very concerned for Sapphire’s health as she analyzed the bloodwork and other test results, as Sapphire had dangerously elevated liver and kidney values that were completely abnormal for an otherwise young and healthy wolf dog. Sapphire needed to be hospitalized overnight. A specialist was called in to conduct an ultrasound examination on Sapphire’s kidneys and liver. Though the values were still dangerously high, the ultrasound fortunately showed no lasting damage to her liver or kidneys. With fluids and supportive care, she would make a full recovery.
The next day, Sapphire was deemed healthy enough to be brought up to the Sanctuary and released into a habitat. Still mindful of her still fragile health condition, she was placed near the office where staff could keep a close eye on her. Because Sapphire was extremely nervous around her caretakers in her new environment and still on medications to help with her recovery, it was decided that she would spend a few days on her own to adjust to her environment before introducing her to her new companion Topaz. After five days, Sapphire had finished her antibiotics and had settled in enough that staff decided to try an introduction with Topaz.
At first, both animals were preoccupied exploring the new space where they were introduced, but it did not take long for Topaz to realize Sapphire was in the habitat with him. He desperately tried to get her to play, but his energy and enthusiasm overwhelmed Sapphire. She did not want him to interact with her and actively worked to discourage his attention. Luckily, Topaz, though pushy, was ultimately respectful of her space.
While Sapphire and Topaz’s relationship wasn’t one of love at first sight, they soon grew more comfortable around one another. Over the next few weeks, Sapphire became accustomed to Topaz’s puppy energy and let her guard down enough to enjoy roughhousing with the pup. We hope that the bond between these two will continue to strengthen and that they will enjoy many happy years as companions.