Living with a wolf

Once again scientists have caught up with what I and many others knew without sampling DNA; all samples they took from disparate breeds of dogs, from large to small, were all 98% grey wolf.

This is my wolf

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He’s only grey round his bum where his second coat shows. This undercoat is the same as a grey wolf’s, it is insulation and never gets wet, even in heavy rain, a fast shake and the top coat is damp, the undercoat dry. He’s an all weather animal, but really in his element in snow.

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This official scientific news should dispel once and for all the claims by some that wolves can never be domesticated or live with humans, that even if reared from pup, the ‘true nature of the wolf’ will always surface. Such is the deep buried fear of wolves in many people, that they are eager to be convinced and will believe any stories, however far-fetched.

Yet early humans obviously had to start with pups to breed dogs, and these pups had to be taken from wolves. Native Americans say that in the old days before wolves learned to be scared of men, they allowed humans to play with the pups outside the den, together with the crows who held a special place with the wolf pack, signalling where the herds were from on high. They tell of the parents, leaders of every pack, watching relaxed while this went on. Perhaps one pup went missing now and then. The humans might have thought they had been sly, but the wolves would know, and would meet their offspring again one day.

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All the extremes of shape, size and colouring humans have achieved from the spectacularly beautiful grey wolf, still contain 98% of their ancestors’ DNA, despite looking like several other species. No wonder when wolves meet dogs for the first time they are shocked and perhaps amazed; ‘smells like a wolf sure don’t look like one’.

dogwagΒ Β Β  Kai delays the pleasure of eating his supper treats by thanking me with a loving grip of my arm in his jaws, and a grin of pleasure before setting to. His time keeping, or rather Earth clock awareness, is always spot on, he knows when meal times are to within a couple of our minutes.

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I met this female wolf [below] at a wolf sanctuary and rescue in Wales. She behaved exactly like a shy dog meeting lots of strangers. We made eye contact and I smiled. She leaned forward and touched my lips with her tongue, a wolf kiss. I felt honoured. He bright amber eyes were so full of intelligence.

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Biologists have now agreed that humans and woloves evolved together. They taught us how to hunt, and we hunted together for mutual advantage. They may have even been key to our survival as hunters; away from the safety of the trees, and lacking the speed of most prey animals, our early ancestors would not have found survival easy and might have returned to the forest and stuck with killing monkeys if not for wolves.

My wolf keeps me in the moment, makes me laugh every day, and is a constantly willing companion to go anywhere. Non judgemental and loyal, he is simply my friend.

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