Some Facts About The Wolf And Personal Short Story

I've been fortunate to not only be companions with dogs that were part wolf, but also sit and watch them in the wild...up close and personal! The Timber Wolf is surprisingly bigger than you might think, very tall and lean, and look much like their close relative, the Siberian Husky. I had a Siberian Husky named "Rowdy"...and he was! An extremely playful and overly rambunctious 120 lb dog with plenty of muscle to throw you to the ground. We used to wrestle in the yard, but I always knew that if Rowdy wanted to, he could eat me for lunch. He could stand on his hind legs in front me and put his legs across my shoulders, and look down at me. He was a wonderful mate!

Some facts about the Wolf:

The wolf is generally believed to be an ancestor of the domestic dog. Wolves belong to the dog family Canidae, which also includes the coyote (Canis latrons) and the jackals. There are only two remaining species of wolves today; the gray or timber wolf (Canis lupus), and the red wolf (Canisrufus). These two species consist of thirty-two subspecies, twenty-four of which live in North America. Sadly, between six to eight of these may already be extinct. The timber wolf is the largest member of the dog family, measuring up to 6.5 feet in length from nose to tail and from 26 to 36 inches in height at the shoulders. An adult timber wolf can weigh up to 175 lbs. while its counterpart, the red wolf, is generally much smaller and usually weighs no more than 66 lbs.

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What a lovely bit of information. In Aus we have our own decendant of the wolf - the Dingo :)

I love wolves and some dogs, I have had several.

I just found out that by my birth date, in Native American lore, I am a wolf. haha<br />
*cowers* Where should I hide?<br />
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my Dad was a dog whisperer , he was amazing to watch with his "friends", being the alpha male of the pack , they took the pecking order as naturally as they would with an alpha-male dog . With a nod of his head or a gesture , he could send them to round up sheep , cattle , horses. And oh my , he could stop all of them barking with one whistle ~ you didn't want to be too close to him when he did that..<br />
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Strangely enough , I met my (now ex) boyfriend , and found out that he too , has this same enviable gift ~ he's a quiet , unassuming person , whom everyone talks over and dismisses offhand , indeed , they don't really know him very well at all , so busy wrapped up in themselves to really notice ~ but I've seen him in action too , and it's nothing short of amazing.<br />
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I visited him once , and he had seven , six week old pups , sitting in a line in front of him on the floor , waiting on his every command , I kid you not. They sat , while he went to get their food , laid it out in front of them and stepped away from it ~ then told them they could eat ~ and meek as kittens , they ate , not wolfing the food , but rather good mannered! , and when they were tired he told them to get in their bed , and they dutifully hopped into their box , curled up and went to sleep..!!<br />
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thank you for allowing me to read your story , it reminded me so of my friends and their amazing talents ~ I'm lucky to still live in a country where I'm five minutes from the "bush" , and my own four legged friends..:))

Wow, the timberwolf is huge. 6.5 feet long, that's taller than me. I've never seen a wolf in person, only their ancestors (dogs).

Thanks for sharing all this informations, you were very fortunate indeed to have had this wonderful experience...they really are amazing animals!

Living in Minnesota and spending time Up North I've had some great moments watching wolves in the wild (not too close tho). I hope to soon again in Feb when I'll be dog sledding out in the wild just outside of Ely, MN. Ely is home to the International Wolf Center where I have spent a few occations visiting the pack. Their amazing creatures.

I learned a lot from that, and your comments, very informative. I grew up with coyotes, which as you said, are much the same. They are family oriented, I have watched a mother with her pups.<br />
I am always saying I am the same, the same, as people I meet here, but it's true. I had a Husky/Collie! <br />
He was wonderful with kids but protective when he needed to be. Shared his bowl with a cat. That's how gentle he really was...took himself for walks, down the sidewalk and back. <br />
Boy, did he get embarrassed if you caught him, he knew he wasn't supposed to leave the yard.<br />
I don't have a dog right now...I feel a bit lonesome for one...even watching wolves would be quite grounding at this moment. <br />
I was not aware the wolves were actually back in this plight in the NW. I live in the NW, but haven't seen any action around here. We have more cougars than wolves...and lots of deer.<br />
I think I need to get a bit more active in wildlife preservation-I have been procrastinating too long.<br />
Glad I came to your page, MusicMouse!

yeah....sorry I am too sick to say more but just wanted you to know that i was here

Bears- definetly would make me think twice. They say to lay still and pretend your dead - I am not sure I would be pretending:) -It must have been an awesome time

Is it true that Wolves generally don't attack humans? I love wolves - but I believe I definetly would be afraid to run into one in the wild - especially if it were meal time. I love dogs - very much a dog lover -I have a small pack right now - 5 of them. Love them - can't say it enough

Lucky you, I mean hair will protect you from the winter cold. You're just recovering from your latest trip, then. We had a full moon a few days ago....

It's funny though I am under the impression that more and more people are no longer under the spell of city charms, advertisements are more and more considered a nuisance, personally I feel pretty miserable in malls or night clubs where people can't talk or think or feel because of the noise.

I don't know about wolves, but I know there are animals and humans with whom we click. When it's happening with humans there's something instinctual in it.<br />
You are probably an alert person whose senses haven't been dulled by an urban modern lifestyle.

I had a pet coyote when I was a child. About a year ago, a Timber Wolf was in my yard. My neighbor has a grown son who has pet wolves that he brings to visit....I don't expect people to believe this but, I spoke to his wolves in a normal tone of voice--telling them to not visit some of the was uncanny. They stopped, looked at me, then went to the part of the complex where I told them they'd be welcome. I have an old dear friend who has a dog that is part wolf---I think the wolf has an intelligence that surpasses most domestic dogs. Plants and animals all have a kind of consciousness. When one is privileged to live where the wild animals are--there is so much wonder --- I can understand why the older cultures believed in magic. :)

You know my partiality might be subjective - because I always think wolves are beautiful but I hope it doesn't negate the outrage I feel for those people you mentioned.<br />
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True, my personal belief is for people to use the resources of the land but what you described has gone beyond indulgence. To let cattle roam into wolves territory and then kill the wolves for doing what any animal would do... just because they can and the wolves can not fight the bullets.<br />
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I applaud you in your fight, MM :)

Your posts are very interesting, i love wolves, admittedly i do not know a lot about them at the moment, but i have been wanting to learn more about them for a long time ^^ There is definitely something comforting and powerful about them. I have had a border collie as a pet for around 12 years, they are very faithful, compassionate and adventurous.

I find wolves to be very interesting and beautiful.Thanks so much for the facts,I learnt something new today.

Watching wolves must be like circling round the mystery of our own human nature, trying to get back in touch with natural perceptions, but feeling our minds have been educated differently. <br />
Wolves are said to be both solitary and gregarious, and we certainly feel like we can connect with that.

Hahahaha.. they are extremely loyal indeed.<br />
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Cindy (I didn't name her, I swear!) would jump up my knee (that's the highest she could get, lol) and literally hugged my leg, putting her head on my thigh whenever I came home from my frequent week-long jaunts.

Wow. You're lucky. I have always been fascinated by wolves but I don't think I'd ever have to nerve to observe them up close and personal as you say.<br />
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LOL. Rowdy. I can imagine. I used to have a Border Collie (no comparing the size of course) who acted exactly like that. She's amazing also because she had to idea how small she really was!