Midnight Journey is a big and extra-intense, extra high-energy wolf; rangy, long legged and active. His emotions are filtered through a strong masculinity and dignity – he does not wear them on his sleeve, entirely unlike that passionate little wolf Cucumber for example. He is go go go go go go go, looking about, looking for food; restless unless he is moving, searching . . . exploring. He is so handsome that he was selected to be in a photo shoot. We are glad for these opportunities as they help feed the animals. The set up took forever from our point of view and even longer from Midnight’s. Wolves are not the most patient beings and he was pacing back and forth in frustration as...

We were never able to handle Uintah. We couldn’t overcome the hard wiring of fear of humans. Some wolf-dogs have it more than others. He was afraid. He was afraid of humans; afraid of being touched; afraid of any fast movement, especially afraid of having a leash put on him, and despite all our efforts he remained that way. We asked an animal communicator if perhaps she could find a way to connect with him. She said he got a glimmering that humans might be a source of companionship – that had never occurred to him before. But whether that glimmer was too brief; or that through the unhappy reality of not having enough time to take advantage of that brief opening, I don’t know, but...

Listening to animal voices can mean many things. Here is an interesting version: I was visiting with a friend recently, Penelope Smith. She is the internationally respected founder of the field of telepathic communication between species. We were talking about “listening” to the animals. The conversation took an interesting turn when Penelope suggested that animals want to communicate to humans about the state of the world and to help. That they really want us to listen; to hear. Penelope suggested we invite Earthfire animals to share what they would like to say to us and that I give her some questions to ask. She asked those who wanted to participate to come forth. Several did. Here...

Gray wolf standing by bushes and tall grass

On our third day in residence at Earthfire, Jean and Susan brought Apricot out to the Wildlife Garden to visit with us. She walked through the grasses, her head low, sniffing the ground and slowly eyeing us with side-glances. This, Jean had taught us, was the wolf’s way of assessing who is in her midst. We, for this moment, were her pack: three artists, with Susan and Jean. Compared to the spritely Nightstar we met the day before, Apricot took her time connecting with us. In our first days, I was struck by many of the animals we had met—each their own being—but I had not yet had a deep connection with any animal in particular. We sat in the grass and listened to Susan tell stories...

Animals want our help, we just have to listen. The following video is of a raven who went to humans for help after being quilled by a porcupine. It is pretty amazing how the raven just sits there, allowing the humans to pull the embedded quills from its face. We asked animal communicator Penelope Smith what she thought about this video and this is what she said: On watching the video, it is clear from the raven’s actions and thoughts that he came for help. It hurt to have the quills pulled even though he knew it had to be done, so he squawked and struck out a bit. He had been hurting for a few days when he came to people he assessed as safe to solicit their help. Yes, people could...

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