Wa-ya in Cherokee means “wolf” and, we’ve since found, is a fairly common name for wolfdogs. Our Waya came to us at 8 weeks of age when he was sold with Kawani to a couple from Georgia (an illegal state for wolfdogs). The people who bought him discovered this fact, no thanks to the breeder, prior to taking the pups home and they searched for a safe haven.
The two pups were socialized and handled by everyone that came through the sanctuary and taken to schools. This pair is proof that even animals who should be “adoptable” cannot be forced into being pets.
Do his eyes give him away? Waya has an aptitude for sensing the least bit insecurity or hesitation in someone and is a “sneak attacker”. An Omega in his pack, he will wait until you are leaving an enclosure and run up to try and nip from behind… There are some volunteers who can safely interact with Waya and who he will not challenge. Volunteers cannot assume, however, that he will not seize an opportunity to challenge them.
Waya has experienced no abuse or neglect. There is no known reason for Waya to attack or challenge someone and, yet, he does. Since we’ve started taking Waya for walks around the perimeter of the property, he seems to have gained some confidence and even mellowed a bit. He accepts more volunteers in his area and interacting with him.