Friday, December 24, 2010

The Holiday season is here...

Hi everyone!
The season for celebrating and reminiscing is here. We finally have snow on the ground and the Winter solstice has arrived. I love this time year. Even though this past year was difficult, it was a year of growth and bonding. All of us at the sanctuary feel blessed to have known all the animals that have passed and we carry them in our hearts everyday. We're also so grateful to have each other to lean on during the tough times and laugh together while we work or have a meal together. The Wolves bring out the best in all of us.  

We were donated a truckload of wood chips yesterday and we had a great time. It was hard work but being in Lomasi and Anoki's pen was so relaxing. The Wolves have a way of letting you forget the world around you, it's something one has to experience to understand. It's so hard to describe. To me, it's because they accept you no matter how you look or feel. There is no judgement. Just unconditional love...

Wishing all of you a peaceful and joyous Holiday season!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tough year...

Hi all!
This time of year is a very special time, but this year has been difficult and I guess that life doesn't always allow for a break. I am determined to enjoy the coming months but lately my heart has been so broken by the losses we have experienced at the sanctuary. A month to the day that we lost our sweet Timber, Spirit decided that it was her time to join her soulmate Denali.

The idea of a soulmate to some may seem silly, but to a Wolf it's part of their existence and how they maintain the strength of their kind. A soulmate is the other half of their being and what gives them strength. Wolves are amazing animals. They have a magical, secret side that only can be seen by those they let get close to them. The day that Timber left us, he and Spirit had a conversation that was touching and obviously had more meaning then we knew. We do believe that Spirit told Timber to wait for her and that she would be joining him and Denali soon. I believe that she knew one day her and Denali would be together again and she would make the best of her time with us.

Spirit was a lively, special Wolf that never let anything bother her. She was a pillar of strength, even at her age of 14. She loved having visitors in her pen. The chance to give kisses, get a neck rub were all important parts of her day. My favorite times were sitting on the straw in front of her house and watching her. She watched over the sanctuary and didn't miss anything. Especially when it was time for treats...she knew it was time before we did!

We knew that one day she would be with Denali again and now they can run free, without boundaries and have the warmth of the sun whereever they go...

Spirit and Denali...We Love You....

This past year has brought a lot of sorrow but in all of this sadness we have to look at how we are so fortunate to have known these amazing animals and the gifts they have given us. I feel blessed that they accepted me into their pack. I hope someday to be able to howl with them again...

I want to Thank all of you that read my blog...I wanted this blog to introduce these wonderful animals and unfortunately life isn't always what you expect. But I feel that sharing even the difficult times is all part of the life that we share with Wolves. I plan for future postings to talk more about the Wolf and their very unique social structure and of course talk about our pack.

Take care everyone!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another Winter...

Hi everyone,
Hope your weekends were great. We had some small snow squalls yesterday that left us with a coating of snow. It was like having small snowstorms...which I didn't care - I had a glass of wine and was all cozy. But it was a reminder that Winter has begun.

I went to see the Wolves today and get my fill of kisses. The ground wasn't completely covered but it was still pretty. The Wolves did not seem to mind at all. Tazlina's coat is so full and smells like the outdoors...I wanted to bury my face in her fur...I'm sure she wouldn't mind, for a few minutes. Spirit was happy and cozy in her little house. I'm thinking that at her age the wind can bother her but the thickness of her fur proves that she is ready for the cold. She's a tough girl!

Lomasi and Anoki are in their glory with this cold weather. They were so happy to have me visit them...and I was just as happy! When I first walk into the pen, Anoki jumps up and almost knocks me over...which is why I just keep walking and putting my arms up to keep them off. Wolves can only express themselves by body language or verbal noises, which is why they jump and try to get your attention. After I have ignored their attempts, they both go back to the front of the pen until they see me turnaround and then they come back more submissive and calm, usually Anoki is first. This is how an Alpha Wolf acts with the pack. It's also a lot safer for me to respond to their attention after they are calm. I've gotten hit in the jaw, lip and on the back, but none of these were intentional or meant to hurt me. The best part after they calm down is to feel their fur and look into their beautiful eyes. Both have the clean smell of the outdoors and their fur is so thick and warm. My hands were cold even with gloves but after petting them - I was toasty!! Anoki did his usual flopping to the ground on his back for his belly to be rubbed. Total submission...Lomasi waits until Anoki has had his fill and then she comes over to me with her head lowered and tail wagging, she's so pretty. It was a great day of bonding, howling and adapting to the cold weather.

So as another Winter begins and the snow starts to pile on the ground, I know that the Wolves are ready. To them this is just the cycle of life, the rotation of the seasons.

Hope all of you have a great week!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Timber - More than a Wolf

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are all having a good week. It's been over a month since I have posted and I apologize. We had a few weeks in October that were very traumatic and so much going on before that. But the healing process for all of us at the sanctuary is a slow process and will take time. And finally, I feel that I am ready to share...

If you have seen the sanctuary's web site you know that we lost a very precious animal that held so many hearts. His name was Timber...

I want to celebrate his life in this posting and try to explain the many reasons why everyone loved him. I have introduced Timber before in another posting but I want to take you a step further into his life looking through his eyes.

Timber's life started out more as a domestic dog that lived inside rather than running free as a Wolf. There were several times before he came to the sanctuary that he escaped to taste freedom. He was a large, over 100lb, Wolf that wanted nothing more but to be loved, and he found just that at the sanctuary. Being at the sanctuary allowed him to be around other Wolves or hybrids, which meant he was now part of a pack. He could speak their language and belong.
But Timber was not an ordinary Wolf...

The sanctaury tried introducing Timber to living in one of the pens outside so he could be in the wilderness and enjoy the pack's company. Timber had different ideas...He attempted to escape the pen as well, which is dangerous. It was decided that he would live in the house with the sanctuary's owner. He was used to being indoors and probably felt more secure, which is very unusual.

Life for Timber was casual and full of people that thought the world of him. Everytime someone came to the sanctuary there was Timber's ears and eyes checking out who was visiting. I guess you could say that he had a very large social calendar. He greeted you at the door with the sweetest look of gratitude that you came to see him and if you were lucky, you got a kiss from him. He was very selective who received kisses. He also acted like a Wolf by greeting you and then going back to what he was doing before - unless he needed to go out. Timber loved to go out, on a strong leash, he would sniff the ground, visit the other Wolves and definitely have to lay in the grass soaking up the sun. Many belly rubs were given while he felt the warm ground beneath him. When he wasn't outside you could find him in one of his favorite spots in the living room, which was either his bed or the couch. The couch was the ultimate place if he was allowed, many times asking with his eyes if he could stay there...How do you say no?

Timber was a gentle soul that gave love and acceptance to those he felt comfortable with. He had the ability to sense those that where true and real. Like most Wolves, he could read a person's body language and would be cautious, even if they had a treat. We always knew to trust his instinct and learn. He taught all of us many things, many things that we forget with our busy lives.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him and his soft, warm amber eyes. His eyes spoke more words to us than most people can say. He always let you know what he was thinking and never hesitated if he wanted your attention. His eyes always lite up whenever I brought a toy for him. The toy wasn't out of the bag and he knew it was his. Of course, you have to understand that he was still a Wolf and his instinct was to tear apart the toy. The pride on his face was priceless after he pulled out all the stuffing.

There were so many things that Timber offered to those that loved him. He loved life and enjoyed it with ease. He was happiest lounging on the floor surrounded by all of his human pack members and ignoring his buddy Scout.  

Timber was a Wolf. A Wolf that carried wisdom, honesty, and love. But he was more than a Wolf by living in the house, being close to those that meant a lot to him and watching over them.

Timber's spirit will always be at the sanctuary. Everytime the pack howls, we know that Timber is howling with us. He will continue to watch over us, his family, his pack.

We love you Timber...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Wolf's Soul

Hi all!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! The whole weekend was perfect Autumn weather - I actually wore a coat today! I had a wonderful visit today at the sanctuary. We had a tour, a visit from a special friend and lots of Wolf time. There's always something to do on any visit - today Lomasi and Anoki's pen was very muddy near the entrance so we took hay to help soak up some of the mud.
During the tour and enjoying all the company, I took a lot of notice at all of the Wolves eyes and their expressions. Maybe it was because of our friend trying to get photos of their eyes for her to use for reference in her paintings. But I have been paying close attention to them for a while.
A Wolf is a very social animal and loves to be next to their pack, 4-legged or 2-legged (Lucky us!). When I'm near any of them and look into their eyes, I feel that they are letting me into their soul and into their world. A world that is pure and honest. A world that you can be yourself and not have any defenses. A world that you are accepted as who you are - simple and real. Lomasi and I sat together for a little while and her eyes carry a kind, peaceful message. While, the eyes of Anoki and Tazlina show a more wild spirit and it's very intense. I've said before that it took me a long time to look into Tazlina's eyes because I didn't feel worthy.
A Wolf has to trust you to let you see their soul, let you be a part of their world but you also have to give that trust back to be accepted. It's a very grounding experience that makes you aware of your own soul and who you are. 
Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wolf Therapy

Hope everyone is having a good week. This is my "Birthday" week, so I took yesterday and today as vacation days to relax. Of course, I still did many things, but it was at a slower pace. This also gave me the opportunity to go to the sanctuary both days and soak in as much Wolf time as I could.
My life is not as hectic and stressed as others but there are days that just never seem to end or at least feel that way. I'm very grateful for everything I have and try to have a positive outlook, even with the world as crazy as it is. A lot of my positive energy is definitely from the Wolves and being in their precense. I spent a good amount of time with Lomasi and Anoki, Spirit and Taz. Being around all of them is something one has to experience to fully appreciate their gifts. My Mom came with me yesterday and she now understands why I have a hard time leaving them at the end of my visit. She felt more at ease and relaxed after our visit. The feeling of being accepted by a Wolf is uncomparable to anything else. They help you feel more grounded and realize what really matters...

Everytime I visit Lomasi and Anoki, they look and act more like the Wolves they should be. While I was giving Lomasi a belly rub, Anoki thought he would come and interrupt. Well, Lomasi made it very clear by bearing her teeth that she was not letting him. It was a little intimidating for me but also a clear reminder that even though they are at the sanctuary, this is their territory. The constant growling, showing their teeth, holding each other's mouth, is the way they communicate to each other who is in charge. Usually I walk away until they make a decision. Just being around them while all this is taking place helps me forget about any problems or worries. It's an honor to me that they are comfortable enough in my precense to argue over who gets the hug or belly rub. How lucky am I!!?

So it's back to the real world tomorrow...but it's OK...I'll have more Wolf therapy this weekend!! And maybe even a nap with them...

 Take care!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lomasi and Anoki

Hi Everyone!!
It's hard to believe that it's September 1st and 90 degrees...I'm ready for Autumn!! It's also unbelievable that it's been over a month since we rescued the newest pack members. They are both doing so well. Their fur is really filling in and they are starting to have the scruffs around their necks. We can't wait to see their Winter coats.
And...we finally decided on names. Even though "Newbies" is cute, we felt they needed Native American names. So we looked up some names, made a list of our favorites and voted. I think the choices are perfect. Unknowingly, another board member and I were looking at the same web site and chose both these names...and they got the votes.
Her name: Lomasi (Lo-Ma-See) - means Pretty Flower (She is very much a lady)
His name: Anoki (A-No-Ky) - means Actor ( He is a goofball)
I'm hoping to spend more time with them this month. My birthday present to me, later this month, is to spend the whole day with all of them. Maybe even join them for a nap...
Hope everyone is having a great week! Take care!
Here are more pics from the rescue day...