Zoey even tried stealing items being worn by people, grabbing a collar or sleeve or shoe, and trying to walk away with it. "She quickly realized it was more fun to take items that weren't attached to people," Proulx says. "She loved to be chased and play 'keep away' and she was very, very good at it. If staff didn't chase her, she'd take the treasure to a spot a short distance away, lie down and chew on it until she got bored. Zoey liked the game because she got a positive reward - the chase, the chewing and the attention."
Zoey's game is pure fun. As her caretakers explain, Zoey doesn't steal things in an aggressive way - she's initiating play. "Tug, steal and 'keep away' are games that wolf pups play with each other," Proulx explains.