Pat Parker9 December 2012 at 6:03pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
This is non-PG related, has nothing at all to do with PG and although I know there is a subsection for Miscellaneous things, I'm not sure how often it gets read. Hell, I'm not sure how often anything gets read here lately, but there was a time when any of us could come and share some things that were going on in the world -- things that we had an interest in and we'd share the stories.
Many of you know that I love wolves, everything about them and all they stand for -- they are my absolute favorite wild animal. It is a topic that I have always enjoyed learning more about. I've taken a vacation in which I was able to learn lots by a really great staff and I had the experience of being able to go in with a pack of wolves (it was all monitored for safety, etc.,).
As much as I loved the idea of doing all that, I was a bit apprehensive at first when it actually came time to go inside with the wolves (and Wolf Park staff). Immediately, I felt at ease and was not worried (although I'm not saying that's a good thing, because wolves are wild animals and unpredictable). I loved the experience and would love to return again someday.
Seeing wolves is one of those things that is permanently written on my bucket list, just like seeing PG. In fact, seeing wolves would be listed first, simply because it's more likely that I can see them at any time (if well planned), whereas, with PG, he's on my list, of course, but I have to work with his schedule also.
So, any time that I read or hear something wolf-related, I am drawn to it -- want to learn all I can about them.
Today, I was so saddened to read the following news about a world famous wolf. I wanted to share the story here with the hope that some of you might read it and allow yourself to learn just a little bit about wolves, wolf conservation and most of all -- wolf killings/hunts. It's never too late to learn something new; it's never too late to change an opinion or attitude. Go ahead, give it a try . . . you've
nothing to lose.
Thanks for reading me here.
Kind regards to all.
Page9 December 2012 at 6:13pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
Pat do you think that your animal guide is the wolf? I haven't found my animal guide yet, it's probably a weasel
I read somewhere that if you have a close encounter with an animal it could be your animal guide - when my daughter was small I took her to a petting zoo - I was wearing sandals, and was looking at a small pig - it came up to me and bit me on the toe lol so does that mean my animal guide is a pig? sigh
Having a wolf as your animal guide would be cool - but not for me - still looking
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Pat Parker9 December 2012 at 6:33pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Not sure about the wolf being my animal guide -- I honestly have never looked into that or studied that sort of thing, so who knows, it might be. When I was at Wolf Park, there was a woman there who believed that and she had said that the wolf was her "totem" animal. (Not even sure of the lingo here for it).
Anyway, when we went into the pack, there were @ 10 of us, 6-7 staff, and there were 6 wolves in the main pack at the time. We had all been taught what to do, how to stand, how to let them greet us, etc., and of course, the staff were there to guide us through it all. (I should also mention that previous to going to Wolf Park for this seminar, I had received a book/manual/guide which we were asked to read before attending -- it taught us much about wolf behavior and thinks that we needed to know before going in with wolves. The first day of the seminar reviewed all of that material with some show 'n' tell parts so that we had some idea as to what to do if needed).
Anyway, we had already been told the Tristan, the 9 year old Alpha male at the time was not all that friendly in that he might or might not come up to check you out and most definitely, he did not like being petted by any stranger until he indicated it (the staff were well aware of his behavior, so they could guide us). The most that Tristan might do is stand near you, but he certainly was not going to try to greet you, show you any affection that the other wolves might do.
We all went inside the enclosure. The wolves came out from way in the back, led by Tristan, who was carrying a dead feral cat that he apparently had just caught. (It was upsetting to the staff to see him with this cat, who had been living on the grounds of the park. Apparently, the cat had a mishap and Tristan caught it, killing it instantly (because that is what they instinctively do, as predators) and he was just carrying it with him for the time.
As all the wolves separated and greeted the group of us, Tristan dropped the cat (which a staff person took to discard later) and he simply worked the crowd without actually getting very close to any of us.
Everyone was amazed (especially the staff) when Tristan not only went to this woman's side, but he actually stayed with her and the staff told her she could pet him, which he allowed. He was very happy to meet her and for the remainder of the weekend, at each encounter we had in the enclosure, Tristan was by her side. So, I guess in this case, this woman was correct in saying that she believed the wolf to be her totem animal.
I could go on and on all day about wolves. For now, I'll leave with that story and will find my way back to my housework and Christmas decorating . . .
Pat Parker10 December 2012 at 6:32pmPosts: 2683 (0 today)Status: offline
Just bumping this to the front because I feel like it.
Wolf Park celebrated Christmas this past weekend and the wolves were visited by Santa, who gave them lots of toys (well, boxes filled with treats -- this is a very good thing for the wolves to "work" on the packages).
Page11 December 2012 at 3:32amPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline