Big Boy was originally part of an abusive roadside attraction in Alaska, where he and dozens of other wolves and wolfdogs were kept on 8 foot chains and carelessly bred (Big Boy shows a number of signs of inbreeding), with the pups sold to any random tourist who would pay. Luckily, this “attraction” was finally shut down by Alaskan officials in 2013, and all 29 of their animals were rescued by LARC, a sanctuary in California, helped in part by a donation from Bob Barker (of “The Price is Right” fame).
When LARC needed to find new homes for some of those rescues, we were able to take Big Boy to be Mystery’s new companion, and he adjusted well to his new home and new friends. He and Mystery got along fabulously, and loved to roughhouse and play with one another. With the addition of Rose in January of 2015, Big Boy became part of a pack of three. Rose integrated into the pack seamlessly and the three companions lived together happily for years, until Mystery’s passing in April of 2017.
Big Boy rejoined Mystery in July of 2018 at the age of 11, slipping away quietly in his sleep. While it has been difficult losing him, we are confident that the two of them are happy and complete after their reunion.