Hope looking cute

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- Hope, a feral wolf-dog, was caught between two worlds. Not just the wild and the human, but even more, between deeply ingrained hard-wiring for fear and self-preservation, and the need to connect. Once we trapped him it took a very long time for him begin to tentatively trust anything; dog, wolf or human. But he so wanted to! On some level he understood that to connect was to fill a hunger. And in the larger picture, that to connect was to ensure survival. These things, when one considers them, are mysterious. He took a chance; he dared. Why? We humans made an effort. But so did Hope. This wasn’t humans “taming” a wolf dog. He had to participate...

bear-walking-in

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- Usually each year the bears give us clear notice that they are ready to go to bed for the winter. They start to look pathetic; droopy, like a sleepy child before nap time. But this year it was different. It has been warm and they continued to eat. And eat. And eat. Not that they needed to. They had rather well developed layers of fat. Enough for two winters I would say. But the weather apparently just didn’t seem like winter. Plus we got in some mangoes…..and some really good honey crisp apples…... Humble Bumble preparing his den with new hay - Photo by Earthfire Eventually their appetite declined. Finally, the day before our first real snowstorm, they...