Rogue is a gorgeous, sweet, gentle white husky that should have never been sent to the Olympic Animal Sanctuary. He was sent there for supposedly killing a Shih Tzu but no one witnessed the attack. His owner was heartbroken when he was taken by Animal Control, which sent him to OAS in the summer of 2008.
Pati Winn, a former OAS volunteer whose documentation of the dogs’ treatment there was a major factor in shutting it down, had this to say about Rogue: “Rogue was always a quiet, gentle boy, who sought out attention whenever he could. We fed him in a crate, and he refused to go back in his kennel until we gave him lots of pets and attention.”
Soon after Guardians of Rescue took custody of the former OAS dogs in Arizona, Nikki Delp Boyd,who runs Wolf Spirit Sled Dog Rescue in Virginia, took Rogue and 2 other OAS dogs, Hercules, and Pixie. She has had Rogue for almost a year (his anniversary is in 2 days).
I asked Nikki to tell me about her year with Rogue. Here’s what she wrote:
“Rogue came to me on Jan. 10, 2014. Robin Budin of Dogs Deserve Better is the one who told me about him. Taking him was the best decision of my life.
From the moment he got off the transport I knew he was special. I was bawling. Pat said, ‘let him come to you’ and he headed straight for me. Our bond has only strengthened since then. From talking to other people that rescued OAS dogs I knew they needed some time to adjust to their new surroundings, so I let Rogue stay at our hospital for a month to decompress.
He seemed ok but I could tell he had been thru hell. He was sorta depressed the first few days. We would go outside together and it was good to see him checking out the grass. He acted like it was the first time he’d ever seen it.
As days went on it seemed like he was getting more depressed because he had shown some signs of anxiety like pacing back and forth. I worked with a girl that did Reiki massage on all my rescues. After his first session she was bawling. I’ve seen her do lots of Reiki massages on my dogs but I had never seen her cry after a session.
She said Rogue ‘showed her stuff ,’ but she wouldn’t go into detail because she didn’t really want to talk about it. She did say ‘he didn’t know what he did wrong but promised to be a good boy’ and that he felt he was already in a mansion. His anxiety got much better after a few more sessions.
I wanted to bring him home from our hospital before a month passed but she told me he wasn’t ready. I ended up bringing him home on February 3.
Rogue seemed worried on the car ride and when we got to the house. I had him all set up with a huge wire crate with lots of blankets and toys. I didn’t want to put him in a travel crate because I was afraid it would bring back too many frightening memories for him and he would think that I took him back to that awful place (OAS).
At first he would only go out to use the bathroom, come back, and go straight to his crate. He wouldn’t him to eat much – only a nibble or 2. I was so scared that he didn’t like it here because me and my husband had already decided he belonged with us since he had been thru so much. I was afraid I was gonna have to find him a home without all the chaos of my dogs and the rescues.
After a few weeks he gradually started eating, not a lot but more than when he arrived here. He has made progress everyday and today he is a normal dog. He has started having breathing problems so we have him on bronchial dilators and joint supplements because he drags one of his legs a bit. But he has fit in with the pack now, and we would not give him up for anything.
I feel for his previous owner. She did love him and his case with animal control went on for about 8 months.
Rogue will be 14 in February and I thank God each day he is here.”
Thanks to Nikki and her husband for giving Rogue the home he has always deserved. It’s gratifying to know that he will be spending his last few years with people who love him so much.