It is with extreme sadness that the U.S. Wolf Refuge staff announces the passing of one of our favorite pack members, TULLY. He passed quietly on the morning of January 3rd, 2016 at the age of 12 years old.
We will always hold the memories of this big, lovable, energetic animal in our hearts. Tully was very special to each and every one of us, as well as a friend and close companion to his pack member Bandit. These two very large males shared a wonderful, sometimes complicated bond and were very, very close from the day that they met until the day that Tully crossed the Rainbow Bridge. They would sometimes get carried away play fighting and need to be separated but their "time-out" would quickly end when they both made it evident that they could not stand being away from each other. Tully will be sorely missed by all ~ human and Wolf.
Tully joined the U.S. Wolf Refuge pack on September 23, 2009 from a ranch in Madera, CA. He loved to play and wrestle with Bill Chamberlain but especially with his pen mates Bandit and Lycoan (and sometimes Keoke), making a pack of the largest, strongest and very impressive male wolf-dogs residing at our facility. They shared one of our beautiful three acre mountain enclosures.
The snow at our beautiful refuge has lightened up. This photo was taken from Bill Chamberlain's living room window on January 19th.
There's most likely more to come but in between the snowing are periods of snow melting creating a lot of mud. Our pack members couldn't be happier!!!!
Pack Member of the Month
When we lose an older Senior pack member like Tully it makes us reflect on others that are also getting up there in age. Cherokee has been at our refuge since August 13, 2007 and is now 13 years old. Lobo is now 12 and many of our other animals are or will be 10 years old. Wolves in the wild only live to be about 7 to 8 years old but our animals that have been raised in homes like dogs and sometimes enjoy a longer life much like that of a large dog - 12 to 15 years old is not uncommon. Our former ambassador Temerity was relatively healthy until she turned 16. This month we'd like to celebrate one of our other Senior animals, Cherokee, making his Adopt-a-Wolf packet available for a reduced price the entire month of February.
Cherokee came to us with two other animals from Pahrump Nevada when he was about 4 years old. You can read his entire story on his "The Wolves" page of our website.
At 13 years old Cherokee is a lot slower, but still a pretty healthy animal. He currently enjoys the companionship of Shadow and Nala in their three acre mountain enclosure. He strolls around with the others when he wishes and kicks back under the juniper trees enjoying nature when he pleases. Since he has been moved in with these two wonderful animals, he seems to be thoroughly happy and content.