Stryker was a 7 year old Wolf/Husky. My daughter needed a soul mate and, in AZ, there came this glorious wolf/dog who understood her. He was there before her marriage and children, and she understood him just as well. At some point someone who had owned Stryker had abused him; using him for dog fighting. My daughter knew his pain and tamed him with her love.
He was there when Ricky was born, and there when Nathan was born. As toddlers and little boys, they sat on him, pulled his huge bushy tail, and laid on top of him. He never once bit them.
Stryker knew how to speak, and say "I'm Hungry" in a deep wolf voice. And he could say "Mama". He would say about anything for a piece of cheese. And if you mentioned a walk, you better spell it out, because he wouldn't stop bugging you until you took him for the walk. He loves cheese and to down to the creek and eat mud.
When I met him, he growled at me like a wolf. I spoke gently to him. My daughter said, "Stryker, this is Gramma!" He loved me from that point on. When I was bending over that first day, he got behind me and pinched my butt playfully. He never hurt me or broke skin. After he pinched my butt, he took off racing around in circles and had this huge grin on his face.
My daughter's family moved from Arizona, to Oregon on a tree farm. It was then that he thought he had gone to heaven. He liked to pee on trees on the Christmas Tree farm, and to help keep the coyotes and the deer away. Christmas trees all over the nation had Stryker's scent on them, because he thought it was his solemn duty to mark as many as he could.
This photo was taken on the last month of his life. We drove an hour to the ocean. He was sick. but even then he was a magnificent looking animal. He laid down on the beach, and this horse and rider went by. I was fortunate enough to get this photo. What a memory! I have another photo of him in the car, smiling on the way to the ocean. He was so happy that day! He was magnificent and a wonder family member, a wolf/dog!
By Songbirdcindy from Oregon Coast
This is such a beautiful story. What a beautiful life! Thanks for sharing this story, he is at the rainbow bridge waiting for you like all our pets who have passed on are you made him a very happy dog, and that happiness lives on forever!
Your story hit home for me as my college age daughter adopted a wolf/husky mix from the shelter that she volunteered at (they didn't list the wolf part, but it's very apparent). He was 10 years old at the time and had been abused and run away from his owners many times. They finally stopped coming to pick him up at the humane society and so he came up for adoption. His name is Luke and he is an amazing dog. He's smart, playful (everyone thinks he's a pup, not 11 yrs old) and has been the best thing for her while she's away at school. While she' very much aware of the challenges that come with adopting an older dog, he has already brought to them so much happiness (and visa-versa). Thanks for sharing your beautiful story and remember, even though the Package may be gone, the Gift is still within you~
Your story sure brought a flood of tears for me. Our youngest daughter adopted a Wolf/Shepherd Mix, and he was beautiful and so very smart.
Thunder (ThunderStomper) was her constant companion for 8 years, and that's been 20 years ago. Our entire family still misses that precious spirit who livened up and enriched all our lives with his endearing playfulness and love.
Each of us has a special spot in our hearts that is filled with memories
of seeing him running and laughing with all the children and other animals. He was almost black and had a graying face as he aged, but he never stopped smiling with his eyes all lit up when our daughter walked into the room.
Thank you for sharing Stryker with us. His story brought back a bunch of sweet memories for me along with the tears.
What a precious story ! There is nothing better than a loving dog or cat. They just give you unconditional love. I am so glad he lived a long loving life with your family after being mistreated. They are like our children, not just animals. And he was a beautiful one as well!
Awwwww! this so sad,we had put out little dog down yrs. back & it like killed me. Said never get another, too heart breaking.You had a great dog there & I know he will never be forgotten. Cookie in Va.
Such a beautiful story! Reminds me of a Samoyed Husky (Chinook) we had when I was a little girl. No wolf in him, but he had the same personality you describe in your Stryker & he was an absolutely amazing dog!
Sometimes, if we are lucky, a pet comes into our lives & touches us so deeply & completely in a way that no other pet ever will. It hurts so bad to lose them, but we were so fortunate to know them!
Thanks for sharing Stryker with us. Thumbs up to you.
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