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If you want to have a pet, adopting stray or rescued dogs could be an ideal option. But sometimes the sweet stray you adopt may end up being something beyond your imagination. What happened to this young Arizona boy is just such an interesting case.
Early in the morning, the 17-year-old teenager spotted a free puppy sign on a door. In curiosity, he knocked on the door and fell in love with the adorable fluffy puppies at first sight. Looking a bit like German Shepherds, they were available for adoption for a good reason.
The man who gave these little puppies away was a firefighter. He rescued them from a storm sewer that very morning but did not know what to do with the tiny pups. So he set a 'free puppy' sign outside his house, hoping that someone would like to adopt them.
Thinking that he hit the jackpot, the young boy decided to take one of the adorable fluffs home. But the sweet puppy was actually not a regular dog, and the teenager would soon learn the truth the hard way.
The boy's parents were delighted and agreed to keep the cute dog as it was indeed adorable with beautiful eyes and ears perked up like a German shepherd's. No one had expected the little puppy would turn out to be not a dog at all.
The pup looked almost exactly like a German Shepherd except that his ears were kind of too pointy, and his tail was longer than normal dogs. In addition to his strange appearance, his same strange behavior was what made the family realize something was not right.
The pup now called Neo was always a bit skittish and nervous. He hated trips in the car, and as a result, he peed and pooped all over the vehicle. While you might say that's just normal puppy stuff, wait until you learn more.
Neo loved to spend time with his owner so much that he became extremely sad when the teenager had to leave for school or to his part-time job. Nonetheless, the boy was responsible and asked someone to be the dog-sitter. Would that work for Neo?
Whenever left alone with someone else, Neo would turn moody and antisocial. He wouldn't even make eye contact with others but his owner. However, Neo figured out a way to socialize with the dogs of neighbors'.
Think about all the funny photos of people getting new neighbors, and then getting greeted by their neighbors' dogs? Well, these two huskies might be adorable, but Neo seemed no(t) to be interested in his neighbors. Maybe he wanted to meet their German Shepherds. How did that turn out for Neo?
In the beginning, the neighbors were surprised and amused to see Neo visit them. A few days later, they realized that Neo was a bit strange. He avoided the neighbors and only hung out with their dogs. What was wrong with this puppy?
Whenever the neighbors walked closer to Neo, he would run in their houses and cower in their bathrooms. This pup wasn't interested in human contact, and he didn't even like to be a pet. Something was very strange about this dog.
What was even weirder was that the neighbors could not get to convince Neo that they were friendly. They handed him treats, but he ignored them all! Neo only played with their dogs, even though the fence was made higher. How did he get into the neighbors' yard this time? This pup is quite the escape artist!
Next time when you look at a dog through the fence, think again! These pooches would even chew through it to achieve their goal, and that's what Neo did! When he wanted to hang out with the other dogs while his owner was not at home, he would chew the fence. One day, the neighbors finally had enough.
Feeling stressed to see Neo all day long in their yard, the neighbors decided to take Neo to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona until his owner gets home and finds a solution to stop Neo's escapades. But what they didn't know was that Neo's fate would be different.
In an interview, Maureen O'Nell, the former CEO of the Humane Society, recalls the morning when Neo was brought to the shelter: "One morning, before our animal welfare campus opened to the public, I was outside with another staff member. I saw a couple walking a long-legged canine to the front door. It wasn't his body composition that made me notice, but his behavior." What did she see?
"Neo was completely avoidant of human interaction. The couple walking him seemed, as best as I can describe it, perplexed," said O'Nell. What was wrong with Neo? She then added that she came to the couple and told them: "You know that isn't a dog, right?" The couple's response was: "We were wondering." So what was Neo? Your guess was probably right.
Neo's fur, amber eyes, and long lanky body were the markings of a wolf dog. His behavior was that of a high content wolf dog. It means that the wolf genes impacted most of Neo's behavior. Then what happened to Neo after this discovery? Things became more complicated!
Neo was only loyal to his owner as he considered him as his pack. When he was alone in the yard, he'd escape to be with other members of the pack, the neighbors' dogs. O'Nell checked the Arizona law and learned that only those with special permits were allowed to own a wolf dog. She had to alert the authorities, but then O'Nell came up with a great idea!
O'Nell called a wolf dog rescue center, and sanctuary from California called Wolf Connection. Luckily, they agreed to take Neo and look after him. The shelter's CEO then called Neo’s owner and told him all about his pup and that Neo would be much better off at the sanctuary, among his kind. Wait until you see what happened to Neo when he got to the sanctuary!
Neo's owner agreed when O'Nell told him that "his boy had a wonderful life ahead of him at Wolf Connection." Neo was sent to the sanctuary and was in excellent condition, meaning that his owner took good care of him. Despite all this, the wolf had to get his medical clearance and wait one night before joining his pack. What did this escape artist do?
"Neo decided that he didn't like being kept so far away from the rest of the pack, off in the isolated area of the compound," Salansky at Wolf Connection said, adding that "he escaped the isolation kennel and went straight to the habitat of Wolf Connection's alpha female, Maya."
Thanks to the shelter's CEO and the sanctuary, Neo is now living happily with his pack. On his first night at Wolf Connection, Neo joined the "nightly howl," a habit the wolves have when the pack care team leaves the sanctuary at the end of the day.
"He didn't wait to see where he fit in with the pack. He knew he belonged." O'Nell concluded. Neo eventually found his pack! It's so great to see that this puppy has a much better life with his kind, free to run and play all day long!
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