Living With Wolves
On January 1, 2015, we left our lives in Boston behind to spend two years living and working at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in the high desert mountains of rural New Mexico. We worked hands on with wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes and other wild canines every day, most of which were rescued from the exotic pet trade. All are afforded lifetime sanctuary at Wild Spirit. We got to know each of the 70 rescues personally, worked alongside dedicated staff and volunteers from all over the world, gave educational tours, and connected with thousands of visitors.
Here we'll post articles, videos and photos documenting our experience and insights, as well as poignant information about wolves and their importance in nature.
After giving and receiving gifts, nothing says “Christmas” quite like sitting down to a delicious feast with those you love. What will you be cooking up this holiday? At Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a refuge for wild canines rescued from the exotic pet trade, employees get into the spirit by serving up hundreds of pounds of raw meat to animals in need.
“The more we are concerned about the happiness of others, the more we are building our own happiness at the same time.”
– The Dalai Lama, Daily Advice From The Heart
Halloween is a special holiday for many. For some, it’s even the most loved of the year! At Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary in rural New Mexico, an annual Howl-O-Ween party marks this spooky October date. What better way to spend a Saturday around Halloween than with wolves in the crisp autumn high desert sunshine? Added bonus: each ticket directly supports the wolves and Wild Spirit’s mission of rescue, sanctuary and education.
We spent two beautiful years living and working at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary in rural New Mexico that rescues wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes, Australian Dingoes, New Guinea Singing Dogs and foxes from the exotic pet trade. The sanctuary is open to visitors all year round and sees thousands of international guests annually. This post describes daily life at Wild Spirit.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Nature is not only ruthlessly beautiful, but unapologetically fierce, and so is the place where humans dwell with wolves. Living in the wilderness brings you infinitely closer to the wild and therefore your wildish self, because in nature the life cycle is ever present. Sometimes, it is brutal, other times breathtaking, awe-inspiring. In all of its facets, it is raw...
“Domestication is the system of control in the Dream of the Planet; it is the way we learn conditional love. Starting when we are very young, we are presented with either a reward or a punishment for adopting the beliefs and behaviors of others in the Dream. This system of reward and punishment, or domestication, is used to control our behavior. The result of domestication is that many of us give up who we really are in exchange for who we think we should be, and consequently we end up living a life that is not our own.”
– Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., The Mastery of Self
“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.”
– Ancient Chinese Proverb
It was just before 8AM on a Sunday when I received a radio call that Nymeria, a member of Ghost Pack, a pack of four high-content wolf-dogs, had been in a fight and required attention. Nymeria was bloodied. The vast majority of the right side of her bottom lip was torn off, and her paws were bleeding...
“We don’t produce thought inside of our minds – thought exists independently of our minds. We attune ourselves to currents of thought that exist apart from us, and only receive them in our minds, as when we tune a radio to a particular station. Our mind is the radio and thoughts are the myriad ‘stations’ we can ‘tune into.’”
– Joseph Selbie & David Steinmetz, The Yugas