Established in 2005, Zoey considered herself a bit of a loner. She tended to think of herself as a one-dog wolf pack. But when Kathy and I brought Dot home in 2010, Zoey knew Dot was one of her own and her wolf pack… it grew by one. So there… there were two dogs in the wolf pack… Zoey was alone first in the pack, and then Dot joined in later. Three years later, Bettis was introduced to the wolf pack and four years after that, on May 26th, 2017, Kara joined the pack. Zoey thought, “Wait a second, could it be?” And then she knew for sure, she had gradually grown her pack to four badass ‘wolves’. All four wolves run wild in the Stafford House, intimidating the humans for treats and always on the search for more kibble and bits… (Heavily modified quote from the Hangover).
Meet the Wolf Pack
- Zoey is a 12-year-old, redhead, 4 pound, Pomeranian/Miniature Poodle mix and she is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet. I purchased her December 17th, 2005 when she was a very young puppy. Although she is getting old, she still acts very much like a toddler. Zoey is very curious to what’s going on in the world outside the boundaries of our yard and is very quick to wander off if she notices our attention is focused elsewhere. Zoey loves to flirt and try to play with Bettis but he’s worried that he might hurt her due to the vast size difference.
- Dot is almost 7 years old. She’s a 5 pound, purebred Chihuahua with a feisty personality. We rescued her when she was a puppy around July 2010. She was the runt of her litter and no one seemed to want to take her home. We were happy to get her and bring her home to be Zoey’s friend. Dot has a Napoleon complex and believes she’s the alpha of this pack and Bettis allows it up to a point. She is often oblivious to the outside world and requires little supervision when we are outside. Dot is content on sniffing and chewing the grass, rolling around or laying in the warm sun. Dot and Zoey are best friends and she pretends to dislike Bettis, but she often cuddles up to him and uses him for warmth. After all these years, it still makes us laugh when she is affectionate towards the big guy.
- Bettis is a big mama’s boy. Kathy, my wife, rescued him from the Humane Society in October 2013 and he has been devoted to her ever since. When Kathy rescued him, Bettis was believed to be around 2 years old, but after the vet gave him a checkup, the vet determined Bettis was still a young pup and likely under a year old. A couple years back, we decided to purchase a Pet DNA kit and we discovered Bettis is a Husky/Italian Spinone mix. He’s very vocal and likes to talk to us even though we don’t understand or speak his language. Bettis can sometimes be overly aggressive with new dogs when he’s attached to his dog run, but when introduced in a proper manner he quickly makes friends. He’s a big baby and has a big heart.
- Kara, named after Supergirl, is the newest member of the Stafford wolf pack. She’s a Border Collie, born March 21th, 2017 and she seems to be super sweet, but give it time…
Update – 7/21/2017: PetSmart thought Kara’s mother was a Border Collie. Turns out her mother was an Australian Shepherd and Retriever mix. PetSmart wasn’t sure what breed Kara’s father’s was, so Kathy and I decided to get her DNA analyzed. Click here to see the results.