Born on March 9, 1988 at Mission: Wolf
Passed away on June 10, 2002
Lived with Crimzon, Lakota
Haida and Hopi were two of Mission: Wolf’s most beloved wolf-dog crosses. They spent years living happily together, sharing their wisdom and kind natures with staff and visitors alike.
Hopi, a.k.a. Toad, was born at Mission: Wolf to Crimzon and Lakoda in 1988. His litter was the accidental result of inadequate fencing. The separation fence was not strong enough to keep Lakoda from digging in to mate with Crimzon on that fateful January morning. Growing up at the refuge, Hopi was always the omega (lowest ranking) of the “Hybrid Pack” but managed to maintain his happy-go-lucky nature. His distinctive markings caused many people to believe that he was part Rottweiler or German Shepard, but in fact, Hopi was one quarter wolf and three quarters malamute. Tan spots above his eyes always added a special expressiveness to Hopi’s face. Although he always liked to bark and growl at people when food was around, Hopi was very friendly.
Hopi survived his beloved mate Haida by nearly a year. He fought off the pain and frustration of losing one of his front legs to bone cancer and continued to smile whenever anyone would pass. While it is often very difficult for such an old animal to recover from major surgery, Hopi’s strength and perseverance was a testament to the incredible will and resilience of his species. Even with only three legs, Hopi would still tear the staff kitchen apart whenever we brought him inside for some extra attention. Beating all odds, Hopi survived until June 10, 2002, when he was tearfully relieved from his pain by his friends at Mission: Wolf. That evening, Hopi’s spirit rose above the refuge and we know he is still looking down on us from the wild ridge above.