Wowsers! The show was absolutely fantastic! I learned so much and was completely taken with the process Peggy Callahan uses to make things work in the preserve. The pups, especially Growly Pants and Truck, were adorable. Will Growly Pants be the new Alpha Female after Roselyn has passed on? How fascinating to watch Ms. Callahan's German Shepherds be the surrogate moms to the wolf pups, keeping them in line. Apparently using artificial insemination in a preserve is a new technique, and the news is good as Mariah had 2 pups using a process which used to fail. I learned so much from this show--didn't realize other dogs would act as surrogate moms or about the artificial insemnation attempts.
It was, however, so sad to watch Mariah as her two pups were taken away for 2 months for the human socialization process. I understood the need to have the pups bonded to humans as well as wolf, but poor Mariah spent 2 months searching for her babies....such anxiety and upset for her. I wish there would be a way that Mariah could have been taken for socialization as well as her pups--did you see how thrilled she was to see her two pups again??!! And wasn't it interesting how Peggy Callahan howled a "reintroduction" howl as the pups and adults were brought together again??!
Then my heart broke again as the Alpha Female, which surprisingly took in all the newly introduced pups, became the "mom". Mariah was forced by the rule of the pack to snarl at her newly-returned pups and show rejection, as this was her position in the pack. Fascinating look at nature. Luckily, as time went by, Roselyn softened a bit, and Mariah was able to reconnect with her young pups. Also interesting to see how it was learned that Roselyn accepted the reintroduced pups--she regurgiated her food for them. That was new to me.
Interesting, too, that the pups were fed road kill once their teeth were developed--it seemed to go from formula to road kill. At the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, I noticed bits of road kill were introduced with Eukanuba food, then the road kill alone.
Peggy Callahan seemed so very sure of her methods and way of handling the pups and packs. Even her young daughter was part of the process--will she take over for her mom at some point? Nakoowolf, I can see you doing the same at Wolf Howl!! What an excellent documentary--it was a real highlight watching and learning and admiring the heck out of Ms. Callahan and her husband. Wow, bringing the pups home...having to feed 6 of them formula, each every 4 hours....amazing. And they have 26 of their own dogs to care for at home!! I love people who make a difference in the world--hats of to them!
For those of you who haven't seen the show, tape it, as it will be shown several more times. It's not to be missed!
Would love to hear others' reactions to the show!