Nos arrived at Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary along with Achilles and Echo, from the same owner. Nos was actually Echo’s daughter, and helped to raise Achilles, but eventually she and Echo stopped liking one another and had to be separated. This is pretty normal behavior for wolves and wolfdogs. In the wild, wolves leave their birth pack once they reach maturity, and if they don’t, parents sometimes harass children in order to make them leave. In captivity, where long-distance dispersal from the “birth pack” is impossible, same-sex relatives often develop significant aggression and have to be separated.
Nos was definitely shier, more skittish, and more aloof than either Achilles or Echo, and preferred being left alone — although she would come up to the fence to take treats from people. But it’s not at all unusual for wolfdogs to be uncomfortable of human contact. In fact, this is the norm, especially for wolfdogs like Nos that have a lot of wolf content.
Just three months after arriving at SFWS, Nos unexpectedly passed away during a routine spay operation. Although she was only a part of our lives for a short time, we had quickly grown to love her and her combination of sweetness and independence. We were devastated by the loss, and sad that Nos didn’t have the opportunity to fully adapt to her new home. We’re comforted that she lived a good life, and now gets to run free and happy.