Category: Wolves

  • Growing old is not for sissies!

    Akela the wolf turned 14 years old yesterday — that’s a venerable 98 in human years!  And she shared her celebratory dinner (pig’s trotters) with Kenya the staffie (14½) and Beezus the pomchi (1½).  For Beezus, it was his first “dedicated” bone, as opposed to dinner left-overs, and his small piece absorbed him totally for […]

  • Wolf Totem, and the intelligence of wolves

    I’ve just started reading Wolf Totem, a million copy Chinese best-seller by Jiang Rong, and was reminded again of just how intelligent wolves are. The book is set in the 1960s, the heyday for the people of the Inner Mongolian grasslands, and celebrates a time when an age-old balance based on culture and tradition maintained…

  • Lessons for a lapdog

    One Sunday, just after lunch, the phone rang and Stephanie said she had to dash off and would explain later.  She arrived back a little later with… a really tiny dog of indeterminate breed.  It was about the size of a small hamster and looked like a cross between a hamster and a rabbit with…

  • For the love of wolves

    [youtube MLTP53WTN9M] Just a reminder of one of the reasons for the travels — Akela the wolf!

  • Happy Birthday Akela!

    Akela is 12 years old today!  That’s a venerable 84 in human years although, in the wild — where wolves are challenged by the elements, illness, starvation and injury — wolves only live an average of 7 years.  In a domestic environment, they live up to 15 years. We’ve been together since she was five…

  • Wolves like apples too!

    Akela running through the orchard with Granny Smith between her teeth! She also likes Top Red and Pink Ladies, but doesn’t care that much for Golden Delicious.  Those are just a few of the apple varieties around here. She picks them up and carries them rather gingerly between her teeth, having discovered that they get…

  • History is made

    In the wild, wolves mate or bond for life and I have become her dominant male and Kenya is part of her pack.  Akela is now 9½ years old and, while she makes friends with women and children (sometimes with embarrassing affections), she has never let men touch her.  She just backs off; even from…