A white wolf and a dark gray wolf howling together

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — As I walk through the early morning cold, the wolves and coyotes begin their morning howl. I let the beauty of the sound vibrate through me, into me, into every cell of my body until the music of the howls and I become one. 30 March. The melting mounds of snow are forming great puddles on the land, puddles that are apparently irresistible to the multitudes of birds on the property. They are out there indulging wildly, ecstatically, fluttering and splashing and ducking and preening and ducking and splashing and fluttering for a very long time. The ice is gone! Freedom! Spring! The joy and excitement is contagious. Life is good. Hopefully our willow buds...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I took Shota, my sensitive, gentle German Shepherd pup to Sun Valley, Idaho, for an examination by a specialist. He has had a limp for a couple of months now. Our local vet, examining him, had referred us to the Sun Valley vet. She said she could feel something in his shoulder but it needed an expert diagnosis with an advanced CAT scan machine and probable surgery. Speaking on a video call with wildlife vet Linda Bender about a program we were planning, I mentioned that I would be leaving the next day for Shota’s possible surgery. We continued talking and suddenly she blurted out, “He doesn’t want surgery.” A little confused because we had been...

13 August 2016

Pimpernel

Bought from a fur farm, Pimpernel nearly died as an infant from a rare genetic disorder. The intense care needed created a life-long bond, and combined with an outsized personality, she became an unrivaled coyote ambassador.   [gallery size="full" ids="1498,1499,1500,1501,2473"]

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13 August 2016

Faerytale

The opposite of Pimpernel, delicate, shy, sensitive Faerytale the coyote showed the widely various individuality of coyotes. Somehow traumatized before we got her, she showed immense courage in facing her fears.   [gallery size="full" ids="1395,1396,1397,3399,3402,3403,3404,3415,3416,3417"]

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13 August 2016

Skitter

Arriving in a traumatized state with his sister Faerytale, we thought Skitter the coyote wouldn’t make it. But Pimpernel the coyote ordered him to live, and he did.   [gallery size="full" ids="1959,1960"]

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