Wednesday’s Wolves

We are already running late when Liam runs up the stairs shouting, “Mom, there are wolves outside our door! Wolves, Mom!”

Now, we love Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Wall as much as anyone (for obvious reasons), so I’m *sure* he’s kidding. I’m certain that when I go downstairs I will encounter playdough animals stuck to the window or sock puppets hanging from doorknobs or drawings of giant paws on the wall…or something equally creative but slightly taxing on an already late morning. Wolves
I did NOT expect to actually see two giant beautiful furry animals with sad eyes peering into my foyer.

Not wolves, but pretty close. 🙂

The kids walked to school, and I called numbers from Alice’s (the lovely gray one is named Alice) tag, and eventually their person came to happily collect them. (Apparently their foreign exchange student left the gate open.)

Now it’s time for coffee.

A good reminder, that just when you think you know what the day is going to look like…sometimes you get wolves. #happywednesday

And the wolf behowls the moon

As many of you know, wolves are animals dear to my heart.


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The rush to hunt wolves: what is this about?

Photo: Flickr, Richard Bolt

3,500 wolf tags sold in Idaho in three hours yesterday (that’s nearly 20 every second) after the Idaho Fish and Game Department began issuing permits. At $11.75 a pop, that tells volumes about what wolves are worth to the state. Are these people competing with Governor Butch Otter, who roughly two years ago, claimed he wanted to be the first in line to shoot a wolf? By next Tuesday, September 1st, when Idaho’s hunt starts, how many more thousands of tags will be issued to kill 220 wolves in the state-sponsored hunt? (The Nez Perce Tribe has an additional 35 permits-and maybe many more-in a separate tribe-sponsored hunt in Idaho).

Why? How sporting is it to kill a wolf, which looks a lot like a malamute? And why now, since the Northern Rockies population is still just rebounding, after being wiped out (for all intents and purposes) from the landscape until 1995? After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on one of the most successful endangered species recovery efforts in the country, why do we need to kill them now-before they are fully recovered? What’s the rush?

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Wolves, Graveyards, and the name Lupescu

For those who don’t know, Lupescu comes from the Latin lupus, meaning wolf; and so it means of the wolf in Romanian, mothertongue of my husband’s ancestors. Yes, Romania, land of werewoves, vampires, and Magda Lupescu; I married into quite a history and legacy.
*devilish grin*
Is it any surprise that my husband is allergic to large amounts of garlic?

Our ancestry being what it is, our family is fascinated with wolves. Truth be told, I loved wolves before I met and married my husband, and our oldest daughter has been drawn to wolves and other furry animals since birth, but those are stories for another day.

Interesting that Neil Gaiman’s 2009 Newbery Medal winner, The Graveyard Book, features a character names Miss Lupescu. I won’t give anything away, but let’s say that she lives up to her ancestry and etymology. (Perhaps someday I’ll return the favor.)

And speaking of wolves and children’s books, a writer-friend has written a lovely children’s book about wolves. Scotti Cohn, another Illinois native, has written One Wolf Howls available at Sylvandell Publishing:

This from Scotti’s website:

Spend a year with Scotti Cohn in the world of wolves in One Wolf Howls. This adventurous children’s book uses the months of the year and the numbers 1 through 12 to introduce children to the behavior of wolves in natural settings. The lively illustrations of Susan Detwiler complement the rhyming text and bring each month to life. From January to December, howl, frolic, and dance — while learning important lessons page-by-page!

Support an emerging writer and a small press, while getting a fantastic book to share with the wee ones (or wolf-lovers) in your life. It is a beautifully written and illustrated book, and I hope that it is well-read and well-loved. I know it shall be in our home.