A cute puppy with beautiful amber eyes and thick, all-white fur has been a nightmare for his former owner.
Trigger had been described as a “super-socialized” pup by an advertisement in a local paper. But he was also labeled “extremely high content,” meaning, he is more wolf than dog and is physically comparable to a full wolf. However, that didn’t stop Trigger’s former owner from adopting him, according to The Dodo.
Advertised for sale, $300 each, as wolf hybrids, he and a litter mate sat in the grass in the photo.
Although normal puppies can be a handful, by the time Trigger was 5 months old, his owner felt the consequences of her impulsive decision. She soon came to realize he was not an appropriate family pet.
Trigger dominated his owner’s other dog and she was worried he may start a fight down the line. She also feared that he would chew his way out of his kennel.
So she reached out to the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Colorado in August 2014 about placing Trigger in their care.
"She loved the little pup and had a very strong bond with him; however, after doing extensive research on wolf dogs, she realized that Trigger would never be happy or healthy in her home," Colorado’s W.O.L.F. sanctuary wrote on its website. "Trigger had already eaten part of a wall and she was forced to keep him in a wire kennel in her bedroom while she was at work."
Nevertheless, Trigger had a difficult time settling in at the sanctuary. The wolf dog was paired with two other wolf dogs, but had problems warming up to them.
"Trigger was such a sweet, shy little boy in desperate need of a friend and playmate," the sanctuary wrote.
Eventually, Trigger’s perfect match came in the form of a new rescue named Spartacus. Now the two pups are inseparable -- sleeping together, wrestling, and chasing each other.
The two closure-mates have helped each other out with their own issues. Trigger, who is now 2 years old, is no longer an obsessive howler, and Spartacus is more trusting of his caretakers.