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The wolf in the back yard

This weekend, some friends decided to host a party. These particular friends have a pet timber wolf, and wanted some place to keep her during the party, so zaiah volunteered to wolf-sit for the weekend.

Wolves are big. Bigger than I thought. This wolf, Raksha, is also such a sweetheart, and curled up at my feet while I worked on the computer. Some days, I feel like I'm just an expensive suit and a volcano lair away from being a supervillain.



















And this one is my own personal favorite. It's amazing how easily such a large animal can vanish into even small amounts of brush. Makes me glad I'm not a prey animal!



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onmyownterms
May. 9th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
She's beautiful... what a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for sharing.
(Anonymous)
May. 9th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I'm glad you were able to share time together. :) Wolves are just so beautiful.
ratkrycek
May. 9th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Zoops, I wasn't logged in; no wonder I had to do a captcha.
bookofmirrors
May. 9th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Sat through to read your whole icon. Very cool.
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minniethemoocha
May. 10th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't get the value of some of these. "I'm a racist so I must be a villain"? A racist doesn't even deserve the term "villain."
tacit
May. 10th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Interesting story: A couple of days ago, we ended up in a long conversation about racism and racial stereotypes with one of the people who works at the Thai food restaurant down the block. Her husband is black, and that apparently was a problem for her mother, at least for a while (and from what she said, her mother still considers her children to be "black" rather than Asian, even though they look more Asian).

There are some people who cling to racist stereotypes who I wouldn't necessarily say rise to the level of "villain," even though those attitudes aren't grounded in reality. It's at least theoretically possible to hold racist beliefs without behaving in a destructive way toward specific individuals because of their race, though I reckon that's probably a fairly uncommon trait.

Not intended as a defense of racist attitudes by any means, just an observation that not all people who hold racist beliefs necessarily want to string people up.
etaoing
May. 9th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
beautiful. such pure energy.
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zaiah
May. 10th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
The difference, from my still-somewhat-limited experience, is training. The human needs to be trained. A sloppy thinking and acting human is not likely to get themselves killed or in a dangerous predicament with a more domesticated canine. Whereas a wolf and many hybrids will out think a poorly disciplined human mind. Also, you have to be more protective of your beast. I can be fairly certain that my black standard poodle, Emma, can be around a mob of humans and not have her feelings hurt by some non-obvious actions/behaviors from the group. (Emma and Raksha are fast friends, btw, and my daughterling is working on a series of children's books on The Poodle and the Wolf.) Raksha, however, was at our house to protect her from obnoxious human behavior.. and not really because her own behavior is that obnoxious.. though she did find the party decorations fun to shred and disassemble.
fallingupthesky
May. 10th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Just curious, but is that a pure wolf, or a specially-bred animal that's like 75-95% wolf? I've heard that keeping a pure wolf as a pet is illegal in most places, but wolf-dog hybrids are generally okay, despite the fact that they're supposedly slightly more dangerous to keep as pets than actual wolves. (At least, that's what my father once said when I was young, but he's never really proven to be especially reliable *or* unreliable about anything, so I have no idea how true any of that actually is.)
tacit
May. 10th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
That's actually a good question. I don't know.

I've heard from several places, including from an online friend of mine who used to breed wolves, that purebred wolves aren't generally dangerous but wolf/dog hybrids can have unpredictable temperaments. I don't know from firsthand experience that it's true, but I believe it probably is.

Here in Oregon, it's my understanding that wolves and wolf/dog hybrids are treated the same way as far as the regulations around possessing them are concerned, and that it's legal to keep a wolf with the appropriate permit.
lance_lake
May. 10th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oregon Wolf Pet Laws
http://www.wolfdogalliance.org/legislation/statelaws.html

I was going to copy the relevant data, but it's to long for a comment.
raindrops
May. 10th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Wolves are pack animals. Give them an alpha, and all will be well. We're just funny-shaped wolves to them (same thing with dogs). They are no more dangerous than the government, and probably have a lot more genuine goodwill.
said_wednesday
May. 10th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Great pictures. Let me know next time she comes visiting. Please...
girlofavalon
May. 10th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
She's gorgeous!
chipuni
May. 10th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Those are beautiful pictures.

And she looks scarily intelligent...
tacit
May. 10th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
She IS scarily intelligent. I suspect she'd probably be able to outsmart some folks I've met. :)
kill_inhibition
May. 10th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Absolutely stunning!
tedeisenstein
May. 10th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
So that's the gene line that produced my German Shepherd's lovely coloration!
delerium3
May. 10th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Lovely! Hug a wolf for me!
libbydabomb
May. 10th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
wow, that wolf is so beautiful!
dayo
May. 10th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Wow, she is absolutely beautiful. Wish we were visiting! :) I'm supposed to tell you that David is sooooo envious:)
zaiah
May. 10th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Wish you were visiting too!
tacit
May. 10th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
I wish you were visiting, too! I miss you fiercely, and it would be awesome to see you.
jennylynn67
May. 10th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Wolves are amazing creatures. If in your travels you ever find yourself near Colorado Springs, I highly suggest visiting The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. It's an amazing place, with wonderful wolves, foxes, and coyotes.

Link: http://www.wolfeducation.org/
tacit
May. 10th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
My sister lives near there, though I doubt I'll find myself out that way any time soon.
zastrazzi
May. 10th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, beautiful wolf! Not often you get pictures of one, never mind one this well groomed :)
fleabear
May. 10th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
She is gorgeous. I love wolves.
winterlady
May. 10th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
oh she's simply gorgeous. Such beautiful expressions, too. :D I'd frame that one of her looking through the trees.
stormkeeper
May. 11th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Those pictures are amazing... I love them :)
arielmorgan
May. 11th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Really gorgeous photos, as already mentioned, gives me a glimpse of my own girl's more wild genetics at work in her husky-hybrid coloring. But also, several of those pictures really capture her emotional intellect, in a way that is easily as relatable as a domesticated dog.. Which is awesome (and kind of surprising! Now I know where that look comes from, haha)
jaime29
May. 11th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
she's absolutely beautiful-- and i'm deeply envious. i've never considered myself a dog person-- not that i dislike them or anything; just not that type of pesonality, and i've had canine friends-- but i think i could be part of a wolf's pack. Provided they accepted me, of course (which i've heard is more the question than if you accept them).
the_failed_poet
May. 11th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Envy! I wish I had a pet wolf to hang out with.
alem
May. 16th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
You say she's big but there's nothing in the pics for scale. Will you tell me how high she was at the top of her shoulder? At the top of her head? how long is she w/o tail? She is quite lovely.
tacit
May. 17th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Idon't know her measurements, but here's a picture of her and my cat Liam together (apologies for the poor quality, it came off my cell phone camera).

Liam was utterly fascinated by her, and followed her around everywhere.

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