The next of the eight 2015 Howl-Ins at the Full Moon Farm (FMF) wolfdog sanctuary in Black Mountain will be on Saturday, September 5, from 3 to 5pm. FMF is a federally recognized 5013(c)(3) not-for-profit currently caring for 60 resident wolfdogs.
Participation in the Howl-Ins is free, and includes a tour of the 17 acre sanctuary, a chance to meet wolfdogs, hear their howls, and learn about the breed and the obstacles it faces. Following the tour, visitors can opt to stay for a potluck dinner at $5 per person. Meat and drinks will be provided, visitors are asked to bring a side dish.
Howl-Ins are one of the major ways FMF uses to educate people about the greatly misunderstood wolfdog breed. Visitors get to see and interact with wolfdogs from all across the country that have been rescued from bad situations. In the process, visitors learn that all domestic dogs, (canis lupus familiaris), from toy poodles to Great Danes, are descended from gray wolves (canis lupus). The “motto” at FMF is “Without wolves, there would be no dogs”.
According to the Full Moon Farm website, wolfdogs are most commonly a cross of wolf and German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and/or Siberian Husky. But regardless of common parentage, no two wolfdogs in a litter will be identical in looks and behavior. One might be very much like a domestic dog, fitting right in with family pets and children, while another might be much more like a wolf in the wild. In either case, the prey instinct will be strong.
As the website says: “If it’s small, fast and squeaky, your wolfdog will want it.” Responsible parents should not leave a wolfdog, or any dog for that matter, alone with small children or infants.
The last two 2015 Howl-Ins are scheduled for Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, November 7. To find out more about wolfdogs, Howl-Ins, FMF, and ways to support its efforts, go to www.FullMoonFarm.org., call Nancy Brown at 828 664-9818, or write to Full Moon Farm, PO Box 1374, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Caption: Cyrus, one of 60 wolfdog residents at Full Moon Farm