When I determined to discover the language of the dog, little did I realise that I would come to know one of the most beautiful places on our planet so well. With its amazing animals and the wonderful people who live around and care for the natural world that is Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone in Winter
What makes this magical place so special for me is that due to the dedicated research and documentation of the grey wolf packs, that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996, I have been able to understand the world of all dogs, including our domestic companions in more detail that I ever dreamed possible.
Druid Pack Howling
Druid Pack on the Move
Since 2004 I have been able to watch and study so many of the packs that play out their lives throughout the park and I have come to know and learn from the special people who are a part of the wolves return and success story over those years.
The Dog Listeners Spellbound
Project leader Dr Doug Smith told me that he had learnt parenting skills from the wolves, as they had infinite patience and used only positive reinforcement. Researcher and Biologist Dan Staler has kindly supplied me with copies of his detailed research and findings. Dr. James Halfpenny, biologist and author. Dan and Cindy Hartman who use their photographic skills capture the majesty of the park and the animals that make it so special.
Druid Pack Leaders
Where's The Acorn? Courtesy of Bob Landis
My thanks also to Bob Landis the renown film maker who's documentaries gave me so many answers and who's generosity, in giving me hours of footage, furthers my knowledge and helps with the teaching of my courses.
The Big Sky of Yellowstone
Jan, Nathan and Linda
There are two very special friends I want to mention Linda Thurston and Nathan Varley who share, so freely, their knowledge and love of this part of North America.
Alongside them I have experienced and learnt so much as well as having so much fun and what started as my own dream of watching wolf living free, has come about inspirational tours co-ordinated by Linda and Nathan which open up to anyone the opportunity to share the wonder that is Yellowstone National Park.
Bob, George and No. 21
Special 'Dog Listener' Wolf Watching tours offering unique opportunities to experience the magic of Yellowstone and its amazing wildlife during the day with evening presentation by the Naturalists, Researchers, Film-makers and Photographers, who are happy to share their extensive knowledge. For full details of these and other tours please contact our friends Linda and Nathan at www.wolfguides.com