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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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May. 9th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
She's beautiful... what a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for sharing.
May. 9th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I'm glad you were able to share time together. :) Wolves are just so beautiful.
May. 9th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Zoops, I wasn't logged in; no wonder I had to do a captcha.
May. 9th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Sat through to read your whole icon. Very cool.
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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.
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.)
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.
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May. 10th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Great pictures. Let me know next time she comes visiting. Please...
May. 10th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
She's gorgeous!
May. 10th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Those are beautiful pictures.

And she looks scarily intelligent...
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. :)
May. 10th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Absolutely stunning!
May. 10th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
So that's the gene line that produced my German Shepherd's lovely coloration!
May. 10th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Lovely! Hug a wolf for me!
May. 10th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
wow, that wolf is so beautiful!
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:)
May. 10th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Wish you were visiting too!
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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/
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.
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