Because of the more-recent wolf inheritance of our furry companions, 'owners' are often asked "why wolfdogs?". In an effort to help others to better understand both wolfdogs and their humans... below are just a few examples of the very special nature of our relationships, and role in community. We hope you enjoy !Dick Thayer and his wolfdog Mahkwayi (Mackie) visit the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Acting as an ambassador and therapy animal, Mackie enjoys meeting patients and boosting their spirits. Also included are photos of Mackie with school children.
Noreen and working wolfdogs in competition and for-fun events. Wolfdogs are used in every imaginable working activities, including weight pull and agility competitions, obedience work, carting, and sledding. Most major dog clubs have a no-wolfdogs-allowed policy, but that certainly doesn't stop 'owners' from entering!
Abandoned to wander the streets, Tacoma was unapproachable when first rescued. But with Donna
and Mark's loving care he's now a gentle, sweet ambassador in wolf/wolfdog educational
programs, touching the heart and soul of everyone he meets.
Bounced around from one abusive owner to another, Malachi endured horrendous treatment for
the first 8 years of his life. Miraculously, when rescued by Donna and Mark, Malachi's
spirit was not broken. He now serves as a wolf/wolfdog ambassador in their educational
Kath and her two wolf-dog crosses. Acting as therapy animals, Cheyenne and Orion visit with very ill and dying AIDS patients. Feeling a spiritual connection with the wolf; interacting with these wolfdogs brings people comfort and happiness.
Dieta Decker and Storm. In her role as a therapy animal with 'Caring Canines', Storm regularly visits a psychiatric hospital, bringing gentle comfort and a welcomed furry cuddle to deeply depressed or disturbed patients.
David White and his wolfdog Shodn. As valued member of the K9 SAR General Civilan unit in the North of BC, Canada, David writes, "...he was a very capable and competant partner... he was a one of a kind... he was as good as I could have hoped for... and the wolf in him was what made him unique."
Tom Beeker and his wolfdog Makuya. Originally intended as a SAR dog (search and rescue), Makuya didn't quite make the grade. With humor Tom explains why his boy excells in a different type of 'rescue' of "lost" things.
Emma Kemmerer shares her story, Disabled with Wolves, of how despite being born with a disability requiring her to walk with crutches her entire life, her wolfdog has touched her heart in such a way that gave her the will-power to be strong.
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