GRAND PRAIRIE — In a wooded section of Grand Prairie near Mountain Creek Lake, a white canine lopes along, with elongated legs and a gangly gait.
She is part wolf, part dog, and more than a little bit wild.
“She just wandered up,” said homeowner Audrey Barkley. “She was starving to death. I started feeding her, she started to trust me a little.”
Barkley named the wolf dog "Gypsy," and spent six months, trying to gain her trust.
“She let me touch her one time, and that was it,” she said.
Gypsy seems a gentle soul, but with wolf-dog mixes, animal experts say it can be hard to predict when the wolf side will break through.
Normally,Gypsy will wander into the yard, and sometimes into Barkley's home.
When the wolf dog had puppies, Barkley took them in, too, and realized that nine wolf dogs was a bit more than she could handle.
“I am worried because animal control would catch her and put her down," Barkley said. "She's just too wild.”
So, Barkley consulted the Internet and found Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in New Mexico. Executive Director Leyton Cougar and assistant Allison Bailey drove to Grand Prairie to try and capture Gypsy.
They mixed a sedative in with some hamburger Gypsy ate and waited for her to fall asleep. Instead, she went into hiding under the house.
Then — without warning — the wolf dog leaped out from her hiding place, past the waiting capture nets, over the fence and down the street toward the lake.
Now they have to wait until she calms down again for another try.
Cougar thinks that one day Gypsy she might be adoptable. “If, over a period of time, we can socialize her to be a pet, we'll do that," he said. "If not, she'll spend her whole life in our sanctuary.”
That is, after they can capture her.
At last check, they were still trying.