We often do not realize that there are more to our dogs than meets the eye, or at least what we already expect. Sometimes letting a dog out into the world to explore and learn his surroundings can turn up surprising results.
Wiley is an example of a dog who actually has a wild side, as he lived in the wild for over a year. He actually lived with a pack of coyotes, believe it or not.
It is assumed that he did not always live with the wild dogs but likely had an owner and ran away or got lost somewhere, eventually making his way into the woods to meet up with the wild pack. He was first seen with these coyotes about 18 months ago, near the city of Kingston, New York.
Nicole Asher, the founder of Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery, told The Dodo, “He was being sighted constantly, playing with them, running with them…How he integrated with them we don’t know; we have no idea. But it’s not unheard of. There are coy-dogs out there, coyote-dog hybrids that happen when dogs and coyotes mate. But it’s rarely seen in person – you know, dogs hanging with coyotes.”
Asher got a call about this dog, and even though it didn’t look like he was in any danger with the coyotes, it was clear to them that he would be better off in a loving and safe home with humans.
Another concern was that this dog might actually belong to someone, and he might have an owner out there who had perhaps given up on ever finding him. She does need it to rescue him to see if he was microchipped or if there was someone out there who was missing him.
They started by setting up a feeding station that was monitored by a trail camera so that they could get the dog to constantly come back to a certain spot.
At this point, it wasn’t long before they spotted the coyotes and the dog, and the trap was set for him after two days. When the rescuers took a good look at him, they saw that he needed much more than the food that they had set out for him. He was also completely covered in ticks, so he needed medical care as well.
Asher then ended up taking him to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge for both an exam and some rest. They gave him the medical attention he needed, and the rescuers realized that he was not microchipped. They did not find any lost dog reports that matched his description in the area.
Even though he lived in the wild, Wiley actually has an incredibly sweet disposition. He is still looking to be adopted by a loving family who can give him the forever home he deserves. Asher believes that he is going to be ready for adoption fairly soon. One thing is for sure – whoever gets him is going to be very lucky, as he has been winning over everyone he has met ever since he has been back with humans.
Hooray for Wiley! We are so thankful that he has a chance to be reacclimated with humans. His story kind of reminds you of Tarzan doesn’t it?
Source: Animal Channel