I kissed a wolf....and liked it!

By
Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group

I kissed a wolf and liked it!....or more accurately, a wolf kissed me.

    One of the amazing benefits of living in a place like Colorado is the number of incredible opportunities to experience nature, outdoors and its creatures.  Recently, I traveled to the small mountain community of Guffey where I joined 20 other photographers at the Wolf Sanctuary to have the unique opportunity to shoot (with a camera) wolves.

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    There were approximately 20 wolves separated into pens housing 1 or 2 animals each.  Our large group was broken down into 4 smaller groups so we could enter the different pens and get up close and personal with the animals.  Each group had a sanctuary volunteer who gave us explicit instructions on how we should behave around these wild animals....stay close to the fence when you first enter, no sudden movements....let the wolves approach you.

approaching wolf

   The guides suggested we might want to sit on a rock, watch and wait as the animals approached.  Of course, we all had our cameras and were trying to take photographs....I was amazed how some of these animals were so quick to check us out and proceed to rub up against us to get a better sniff.

closeup of wolf

   Soon, the wolves were wanting their ears scratched and bellies rubbed and they showed their gratitude by giving kisses (whether wanted or not).  One wolf kissed my camera lens as I was trying to get a close-up....

   One of my friends, seen below, was caught off guard by a big lick up the side of her face.

lickA few minutes later as I was taking another close up, a 125 lb. wolf came right up to me and gave me a very long and wet kiss right smack on my mouth and nose!  He then he rolled over and asked for a belly rub which I was happy to oblige.

     One of my favorite shots is the last one I will share.  This wolf was very possessive of his bone....such a magnificent animal.  I would encourage all of you to visit a wolf refuge or sanctuary and I will return again to enjoy their company.

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Comments (5)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Loved the title and I am glad I took the time to read your blog post Emelyn Morris-Sayre 

Mar 08, 2016 04:35 PM
Emelyn Morris-Sayre

Thank you Paul.  It was an extraordinary experience being so close to these animals.....and a great photo opportunity as well!

Mar 08, 2016 07:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime, Emelyn!  I would love being able to do something like that!

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Mar 09, 2016 02:25 AM
Dale Poll
Dale Poll Photography - Colorado Springs, CO

Such a terrific post. I've been to the wolf sanctuary and it's a wonderful place. Your photography is spot on. I particularly like the wolf with the bone hanging from his mouth.

Mar 09, 2016 03:18 AM
Emelyn Morris-Sayre

That is my favorite image too!  I love how the hair on his back is standing up......wouldn't want to mess with him!

Mar 10, 2016 12:31 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Emely, your wolves are just amazing!  You did a great job of capturing their spirits in the pictures.

Mar 11, 2016 02:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Beautiful animals, I am always amazed at how much my dog Jack looks and acts like a wolf. 

Yet on our frequent trips to the wolf country of MN, WI, and MI; I keep a close leash on him for fear that a real wolf will come after him.

Mar 20, 2016 05:38 AM