I’ve had two wolfdogs since 2008 and 2009, half brother Tristan and his half-sister Tahla. I use to say I rescued these two from being lifelong breeders, but they in fact rescued me. The intelligence, humor, adaptiveness, love, and devotion that poured into my soul over the years taught me so much about wolfdogs and pack behavior.
Tristan, after years of travel, from Maine to Oregon, struggling to keep up with his agile sister, suffered several surgeries, the last of which, ended his walk with the pack, at age 12.
Heartbroken really forever, we thought the best we could do was to rescue. We rescued Moose, a Great Pyrenees from a kill shelter.
But looking at Tahla, I realized she lost her brother and the only other wolfdog in our pack. I wanted to rescue a wolfdog this time, one that needed the care and comfort mine had enjoyed all these years. I reached out to Dr. Lori Lindner, PhD. of LARC for advice and she gave me Dr. Susan Weidel’s information (Plan B and W.O.L.F Sanctuary), which started the search. After spending over $6000 trying to get my old wolfdog to walk, I was not expecting to adopt a wolfdog with a lot of health issues; until we saw Mila.
Seizure, arthritis, trouble seeing and breathing, she was stuck outside in the Mississippi sun for four years, with an 8-foot privacy fence. We knew we had to rescue her now.
Her first checkup was nothing short of shocking; adult heartworms, a severe case. Not only shocked but terrified for this poor girl, now going through an entire life change from one family to ours. We could not address her multitude of issues until she was free of the heartworms.
It wasn’t the cost, although considerable, I feared we were too late in our rescue of her.
I didn’t ask for help, I just vented to my wolfdog community, and they responded with love. Reaching out to Susan Weidel introduced me to Betsy Klein and the big hearts at Plan B.
Plan B immediately offered to cover the heartworm treatments and took great interest in her transition and healing. After several injections and pills, Mila has survived her treatment.
To know that there are people with a heart for wolfdogs, and for the wolfdog community, was overwhelming. But, now as I look back over the years, wolfdog rescue and sanctuary people, are more than just charitable people and dog lovers, they are the Pack, Heart, and Soul.
This unique care, love, and involvement with wolves and wolfdogs is unlike any community I have known. The help, support, and genuine concern are immeasurable.
Love is the Plan, at Plan B.
Thank you, Pack Family.
Matt & Cheryl Goebel
Mila with Tristan in the background.