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In 2006, Thunder, Alice, Powder, Sugar, Sabine and Storm had come from a breeder in Oregon. When they were picked up, arrangements were also made to accept their parents, Sierra and Yukon. It wasn't until March of 2007 that our team was able to make the trek to pick up the parents, as well as another male named Axel. While Yukon and Axel were neutered before ever setting foot on Sanctuary property, Sierra was already pregnant, and so that May, she gave birth to a litter of five pups; Teton, Shasta, Frost, Flurry and Trinity. Flurry and his brother, Frost, were taken from Sierra when they were 14 days old and then bottle-raised by the staff of WSWS, while Teton, Shasta and Trinity were left to be raised by their parents, Sierra and Yukon.

In September of 2007, Sierra began acting ill. Teton also showed signs of an illness, so he was brought to the vet with Sierra. Unfortunately, both of their conditions worsened without a diagnosis. It wasn't until a week after first showing symptoms that it was discovered that they both had a common fungus called Cryptococcus.

Sadly, Sierra had to be euthanized. Shasta however, never showed any symptoms, while her siblings, Teton and Trinity, had to remain in quarantine. Unfortunately, in November of 2008, Shasta's sister, Trinity, passed away. When Shasta was almost two-and-a-half years old, her father, Yukon, also passed away from unknown reasons on a trip back from a vet visit.

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