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He Thought He Was Adopting A Regular Puppy - He Was Wrong (Photos)

A man was enticed by the offer of a 'free puppy' but quickly discovered pet ownership wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Their pet continued to give him trouble until someone let him in on a secret: that wasn't a dog they adopted.

The man saw a sign that said 'free puppy' in front of a house and couldn't resist. He named his new pet 'Neo' and brought him home. Unfortunately, Neo didn't adapt very well.

Neo was a skittish, shy, nervous dog. When the man tried to bring Neo out for a ride in his car, Neo would urinate and defecate all over it. He shunned everyone except his owner, and wanted to be with his owner all the time. The owner, a full time working college student, could not give his pet the attention it demanded.

Neo ended up being left alone a lot in the back yard. He became good at escaping by jumping fences or digging under them. He seemed obsessed with getting into the neighbor's yard to play with their dog. He wanted nothing to do with the humans - only the dog.

Neo wanted less and less to do with humans as he grew. He'd cower and hide from them, and avoid eye contact. He even refused treats.

The neighbors got tired of Neo breaking into their yard repeatedly, so they drove him to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. They were hoping the shelter would hold the dog until the owner could figure out a way to resolve the issue.

"I saw a couple walking a long-legged canine to the front door," Maureen O'Nell, former Humane Society CEO. "It wasn't his body composition that made me notice, but his behavior. Neo was completely avoidant of human interaction. The couple walking him seemed, as best as I can describe it, perplexed."

"I approached the couple and asked, 'You know that isn't a dog, right?'" said O'Nell.

Neo is a wolf dog; actually, he’s more wolf than dog. In Arizona, only those with a special permit or Native Americans are allowed to own wolf dogs. O'Nell got in touch with a wolf sanctuary in California to see if they would be willing to take Neo. She then called Neo's owner and he agreed to let go of his pet.

Neo was so eager to join the other wolves at Wolf Connect that he escaped the isolation kennel where he was initially placed. He got playful with the other wolves and joined right in with the 'nightly howl.

Neo finally found his pack, and all was right with the world.

Source: The Dodo
Photo: Wolf Connection via The Dodo

Man adopts a puppy, ends up with a wolf.

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