Episode 10: Wolves & Wolfdogs Living Through Natural Disasters – April 15, 2015 – 8:00 PM

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Wolfdog Radio: Your Voice, Your Time would like to thank everyone in the Wolfdog Community for rallying together and donating to Summerfield Farm and Zoo to assist them in rebuilding after they were brutally hit by a tornado last week.

This past Saturday, we aired a special segment to bring awareness to this devastating event and made a promise to Rick Anderson and his family that Wolfdog Radio: Your Voice, Your Time would continue to do whatever we can to raise money and generate supplies to help restore Summerfield Farm and Zoo as quickly as possible.

With that in mind, Wolfdog Radio: Your Voice, Your Time will bring you a special show on Wednesday, April 15 as a way of honoring this promise.

On this episode, we will focus on weather disasters and how they have affected our lives and the lives of our animals. We want to hear from you, the community, and welcome all to call in and share your stories. Among others, we will have Jerry Mills, who has lived through some of the worst hurricanes of our time. Jerry will discuss the effect this has had on his family, animals, and what it is like to have to rebuild from the ground up. Also, John Waller, our friend across the pond, will join us to share his experiences and how they’ve affected and changed his life.

The phone lines will be open throughout the show and we will be taking your calls. We want to hear from anyone and everyone in the community. So please, join Wolfdog Radio: Your Voice, Your Time on Wednesday, April 15, 8pm EST/ 7pm CST/ 6pm MST/ 5pm PST, as we honor our promise to Rick Anderson and the Summerfield Farm and Zoo and share your stories, insights, and help us support this worthy cause.

Episode 9: Summerfield Farm and Zoo

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Summerfield Zoo is home to a large variety of exotic animals, ranging from reindeer and monkeys to camels and mountain lions.  We have everything from A (alligator) to Z (zebra)!!  We are proud to offer an u​p close and personal animal experience.  While at the zoo enjoy our educational and fun animal encounter presentations.

 

From Summerfield Zoo:  We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from this amazing community and the surrounding area today! There are too many to thank individually right now, but we will try to soon. The clean up will continue tomorrow. Please do not arrive until 9 am. We will need a variety of help tomorrow – everything from skilled builders to people to just help scrub things down! If you are coming please bring your own rakes, hammers, etc. We cannot thank everyone enough!!! We feel incredibly blessed after such a disaster. If you want to bring donations tomorrow, the following items are needed (frozen meat, 4×4 8ft long fence posts, 8 foot long 2×6 boards, 6 ft chain link fence, muck buckets, gift cards to building supply stores). We do have plenty of water now that the electric is back on. You can also help via our go fund me page. Again, Thank you all!

 

Episode 8: Canine Training Methods: Off-lead with Lynn Andrade ,Tammy Wald & Richard Vickers ​ 04/06/2015 at 8:00 PM

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On this episode of Wolfdog Radio we’re going to talk about training Wolves and Wolfdogs off-lead. Joining us we have Lynn Andrade, Tammy Wald, and Richard Vickers who will share their techniques, experiences, and tribulations while working with these animals off-lead.

Off-lead work is not for all animals, nor is it for all owners. It is our job as responsible pet owners to protect our animals and use the utmost caution. There are certain steps you can take to safety initiate this type of training but it is essential we take the proper precautions to ensure we are not putting our beloved animals at risk. “No matter how well you have trained your animal, there are always elements that are beyond your control.” Please be safe.

LYNN ANDRADE

Lynn Andrade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with one year of credit hours toward his MBA. As his fifth year at University approached Lynn was drafted to serve in the military during Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential term. Instead, he chose to enlist in the National Guard where he served six years and during this time concurrently began his career in the Hi-Tech industry. In 1980, 10 years after graduation, he founded his own company and continued to work in the Hi-Tech field throughout the remainder of his career; lastly at a Dot-Comspinout of Intel. He says, “I do not remember a life without canines”. Lynn had Black Labs & Goldens for much of his adult life, who were extremely well trained both on-leash & off leash in retrieving and hunting skills. Although they never went hunting, as Lynn does not care for hunting, he does love being in nature with the animals. Additionally he used to take his Black Lab, “Nuppy”, with him on business trips to accounts in forest cities.

Lynn had done a lot with dogs and yearned to know the prototype dog, the way God and nature made it, the wolf. An animal unchanged by the meddling of humans. On a sudden business trip toDenver there was a sign beside the road in the middle of nowhere outside of St John’s, AZ. The sign said, “wolf-hybrid pups for sale”. He had to check it out. There he found a little 5 week old, soon to be first wolfdog. The lady selling the pups had a write up on wolf-hybrids that Lynn was required to read and sleep on the decisions before being allowed to bring Sira home. He spent that evening in a hotel room in a town a ways off and returned the next morning with cash in hand. Lynn named the puppy “Sira”, for Sirius, the Dog (or Wolf) Star. Sira was 75% “on paper”, wolf / husky. Lynn’s brother’s wife got him a video of “Sirius Puppy Training” as a gift to celebrate his new wonder girl. And his eyes were opened!! He had used traditional “military” style training on all of his previous animals prior to this… It worked BUT never seemed right, for reasons he did not understand.

“After learning Positive Reinforcement Training, I fervently wished I could apologize to my old animals and train them over again.”

Sira was a super but complex girl. She was an incredibly intelligent animal. She would take complex instructions and execute them perfectly.  You could tell her, “Sira, go in the bedroom, find X object, bring it back to this room and put it in Y location”. That later came in very well for wrangling his next animal Hammy. Overthefollowingyear he researched extensively into pure wolves and ultra high-content wolfdogs. He settled on 2 choices. His preference was for a Davidson animal which after much negotiation, he got, and named him “Amadeus Wolf”, better known as Hammy. Hammy was the inverse of Sira in that he was a model puppy but a handful after turning a year old. Without Sirius Training, Lynn attests that he doubts he could have well trained either of them. Like the dogs before them, they could do about 20 commands, voice or signal. Lynn was the founder of the “Sirius Training List” with the intent to share all of the research and learning he had done to do justice for Sira to meet her special needs and give her a good life. Later, he had Isis, who was the daughter of Hammy and Tala Nata.  On paper Isis was 99.9999999% triple F1. Lynn also dealt with and helped train several other animals that were not owned by him.

Lynn’s goal is to share the knowledge he has garnered to enable animals to have the best possible and joyful lives with their physical and psychological needs well met. “They are not pets but rather companions, on an equal footing.”

TAMMY WALD

Tammy Wald was born and raised in Southern California. 10 years ago she and her husband bought a 100+ acre ranch in central Texas and then made the culture shocking move from Southern California to Texas. Once in Texas, Tammy was soon interviewed & hired to be a receptionist at a two doctor Veterinary Clinic. Within two months she was promoted to a vet technician to help the doctors in the rooms with the animals and also worked as their office manager. Tammy says she ‘can’t remember a time when she didn’t have all types of animals around’. From early on she remembers wanting to be a veterinarian or a veterinary technician, however Tammy’s life took her down a different path than she had originally had planned. One of her friends introduced her to a rodeo type sport called “team penning”. This was the start of another life long passion, which eventually brought her and her husband together and launched them into their journey with wolfdogs.

While at a team penning event in Arizona one of their friends had a litter of low content Wolfdogs. “Wyzer” was the first puppy she ever picked out and purchased because her family had always taught her to rescue animals or adopt pets from the humane society instead. Wyzer spent a lot of time on the road traveling to team pennings around the country. After losing Wyzer at the tender age of 5 to a inoperable tumor on his heart, this lead her to start looking for another Wolfdog. After many disappointing searches for another animal, Tammy ran across Sky Phoenix’s website and immediately contacted her to ask some questions about her puppies. Even though Sky knew right away she was not experienced with higher content Wolfdogs she could tell Tammy had a certain determination about her, to qualify her as a potential wolfdog parent.

Tammy and her husband flew up to Sky’s place and brought home beautiful little “Moksha” in 2009. She quickly discovered the differences between Wyzer & Moksha. Tammy never believed in or used an e-collar as a training method on Wyzer but wished she had looking back. Wyzer, even though he was only a low content Wolfdog he couldn’t be off leash around any of the other animal; he would chase horses, cattle, cats, other dogs- it didn’t matter what it was… Even deer and coyotes also! He gave Tammy more than one good scare thinking he wasn’t going to make it back. There is nothing worse than the feeling of not knowing what happened to your pet! Tammy trained Moksha with the e-collar at five months of age for recall purposes at the suggestion of Sky and Georgina De Caigny from Yamnuska Wolfdog rescue sanctuary in Canada. Although Tammy was very hesitant to use an eCollar, to say the least, looking back four and a half years later it’s been a very positive tool, and, in turn, has given Moksha so much freedom he could have never experience otherwise. He’s very rarely on leash when he’s on their property. He has full run of their property because he doesn’t chase the horses, cattle, chickens, cats, or other dogs!

Before she ever used the eCollar on Moksha, Tammy put the collar on her bare thigh and shocked herself with all the settings so she knew what the intensity of each settings felt like first-hand. Without knowing what it feels like yourself how can you judge what’s appropriate to use on them? By using the collar for recall purposes only and not discipline Tammy believes you decrease the risk of confusing the animals by what you want or becoming confused and therefore will start ignoring the collar. Tammy believes it is imperative to understand that an eCollar is only going to work if used it properly!!

RICHARD VICKERS

Richard Vickers is a 3rd generation canine trainer and handler. His family traces it’s canine professional and specialized roots back 100 years to his grandfather who bred and trained specialized hunting dogs. In 1978, when he was just 6 years old his parents opened the business known as Dark Forest Kennels in a secluded part of a small town in Southwestern Virginia. At that time, Dark Forest Kennels bred, raised, and trained German Shepherd Dogs as well as provided boarding services and training services to the public. Richard grew up and spent most of his life working in the family business and was handling and training canines of various breeds by the age of 10. From his mid teens until now, Wolfdogs have been a major part of his life and integrated into the family business.

 

Episode 7: Wolfdog Breeders: Jerry Mills, Lynn Savage, & Vicki Spencer – 03/30/2015 at 8:00 PM

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JERRY MILLS – Lone Wolf Kennels:   Jerry Mills is a well respected, highly regarded member and breeder in the Wolfdog Community. He is recognized for his educational abilities on all things relating to wolves and wolfdogs, and his success in breeding social, trainable, well tempered, confident, and extremely loving animals. He has done a great deal of study on the wolves of Isle Royal and has followed them closely for years. Jerry has sat on the advisory board for Phoenix Exotics and on the board of directors for the Florida Lupine Association. He has been greatly involved in rescue work across the board for decades; and especially providing aid to Full Moon Farm wolfdog sanctuary. Jerry Mills is a straight to the point, pull no punches kind of man. He gives it to you straight in either laymen terms or carefully articulated dialogue. Jerry Mills can come across as being biased at times, for that, he has the knowledge and education to afford him his opinions and views and seldom is he wrong. He has a great disposition about him, he’s funny, witty, and would not think twice to help anyone out with any issues concerning wolf dogs.Jerry’s involvement with wolves and wolfdogs started when he one day saw an ad in the paper for a “50% wolfdog puppy”. This animal was originally sold to a college student living in a dorm and when the pup was eight weeks old the owner realized he was too much to handle. Well, Jerry just about tore the dialer of the phone… and then there was Chato! To this day, Jerry credits Chato for the person he is today. He says he taught him more about animals and being wild, and having to live among humans than any other soul he has ever encountered in his life.  Jerry started breeding in 1986 with low contents and slowly graduated to upper-mid content wolfdogs. He now produces some of the most sought after high content wolfdogs being bred today. He is known for selectively breeding for the betterment of the animal. He raises his animals with patience and understanding and they are each encouraged to be what they are and have their own mind about things. They are, however, required to be well mannered, not to jump up, scratch or nip, walk on a leash, and be handled at will. Jerry’s goal in breeding is to provide other people the kind of friend that will complete their lives, not to mention fulfilling their hearts. His goal has always been, and always will be, to breed an animal with a healthy and stable mind and body, with the complete anatomy- and he strongly believes that one cannot exist with out the other. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and a free spirit… That’s what comes from Lone Wolf Kennels.

 

LYNNE SAVAGE: Lynn was raised in Central Texas in Belton. She has two college degrees on a BA and one BS and spent most of her life training horses and teaching Hunt Seat to her students. She has raised many animals including a javalina pig and a cougar. She and husband adopted two wolfdogs during the early 80s and did not start breeding until after her husband’s death in 93.  She started out breeding mids and lows even though some were sold to her as hgih contoents. She  learned a lesion about mispresenetation the hard way. She owns 15+ acres in deep East Texas and rescued a number of wolfdogs over the years and have put myself financially at risk by getting so many animals spayed or neutered and by getting them healthy so that they could go on to new owners. In the last 15 years she has mostly rescued any animals she has  bred to keep them out of rescues. She has been fortunate enough to have owned high contents and a few pures and is  planning to wind down my breeding business in a year or two. At 69 and having some health issues she is  aware I cannot do the things I used to do. Like tracking escaped animals through the forests of East Texas and dealing with very excited wolfdogs who are so glad to see me they knock me down and I have to crawl to the fence to get upright again. All night bottle feeding is another thing that has gotten wearing. She has a  proven lineage on the animals she has bred over the last 10 to 15 years. She has  maintained a good relationship with local law enforcement and animal control by being responsible for all of her animals. Lots of good times during my journey with wolfdogs and some sad times.

 

VICKI SPENCER: Maybe you have dreamed about owning a Wolf, but only in your wildest dreams did you think you really could. A Wolfdog may be what you are looking for.  These animals are so unique and magnificent after you experience the mystical bond with one of these striking creatures, your life will never be the same.  Properly bred and raised, they can be a loyal and wonderful life long pet (provided you deal with a knowledgeable and reputable breeder, who can and will provide you with the information you need to know before obtaining one of these misunderstood canines). At Southern Breeze Wolf Ranch we have been producing fine companion animals since 1982.  We do a very limited amount of breeding.  Much thought goes into what type of offspring a particular sire and dam will produce.  We take pride in every animal we produce and offer a viable alternative to many breeds of dogs often ruined by today’s all to common practice of continued inbreeding.  Our Wolfdogs have a hybrid vigor that have been almost lost in today’s world of “Pump ’em out” puppy mills.  Health and temperament are the number one concerns when we breed any animal.  We also work very hard to match just the right puppy with your family.  We currently have 16 animals and they are all pets (NOT CAGED BREEDING MACHINES). We start taking applications on pups prior to breeding. That way we are assured that people wanting a pup are not just making an impulse decision.  It also gives plenty of time to prepare for the arrival of your new family addition.  Due to this practice, most of our pups are spoken for before birth.

WDR Presents 10/10/2017 at 9:00 PM EST: Alan Lacy, Producer of “Gray Area – Wolves of the Southwest.”

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Official Trailer for Gray Area:  Wolves of the Southwest

Producer: Alan Lacy

Host Rachel  Tilseth will take you on a journey with Alan Lacy and the Mexican Gray Wolf through his stunning documentary “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest” Tuesday October, 10, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EST).

Alan Lacy brings his passion for all things wild to his new film, “Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest”. His fascination with the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, and his desire to do something to help, spurred him on the journey of producing this (his first) film. Since those beginnings in 2011, Alan has tracked the Mexican gray wolf from a captive breeding program through release into the wild, and brought his love of photography and storytelling to document the efforts of men and women dedicated to restoring these magnificent apex predators to their natural habitat. He has furthered the cause with a website devoted to raising awareness of the Mexican gray wolf’s natural history and its endangered status, as well as gathering support for this film and wolf recovery. Alan has a background in aviation, and recently relocated with his wife to Portland, Oregon. They spend their free time exploring the Cascades of Washington and Oregon.

Host: Rachel Tilseth

“I have learned a lot over the course of producing this film, about wolves, about filmmaking, and about people. I believe we all can make a difference, we just have to start doing.”  ~ courtesy http://grayareathefilm.com.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

The Film is finished! Keep an eye out here for upcoming screenings of the multi-award winning film Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest! Our documentary is currently entered into several film festivals, and awaiting decisions from many more!  Stay tuned for future dates to come! 

  • October 18, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Madison, Wisconsin – Wisconsin Wolf Awareness Week
    • Tickets: $10.00 Advance/$12.00 Day Of Show. Advance tickets only available on-line at http://www.barrymorelive.com
      and by phone at (608) 241-8633, with $1.00 convenience charge
  • October 22, 2017 – 8:00 pm – New York, New York – Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3042835
    • Cinema Village Theater
      22 East 12th Street & University Place
      New York, NY 10003
  • October 28, 2017 – 6:15 pm – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
  • October 29, 2017 – 12:45 pm – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam
  • November 9, 2017 – Time TBD – Saint Louis, Missouri – Saint Louis International Film Festival
  • More Dates Coming Soon!…

What People Are Saying…

Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest is a timely and thought provoking film that effectively conveys the critically imperiled status of the Mexican gray wolf and ongoing controversies that continue to impede recovery of Mexican gray wolves to the American Southwest. The film exposes a cultural conflict of human attitudes, values and beliefs regarding management of multi-use public lands and the legally required restoration of an endangered top predator. the science in support of the ecological importance of restoring Mexican wolves and the critical genetic issues that need to be effectively addressed are well presented. Balanced and fairly portrayed, Gray Area raises key questions that must be addressed head-on if long-term recovery of the highly endangered Mexican gray wolf is to succeed.

– Camilla Fox – Project Coyote  courtesy http://grayareathefilm.com.

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Episode 5 – Wolf and Wolfdog Rescue: Full Moon Farm – March 8, 2015 at 8:00

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Join us on  Sunday March 8, 2015 for Wolfdog Radio’s FIRST telethon – Your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and 100% deductible of your donations will go to Full Moon Farms.  Wolfdog Radio will donate the fees assesed by GoFundMe to ENSURE that Full Moon Farm gets 100% of your hard earned Dollars! Please email us at questions@wolfdogradio.com for more details!

NANCY BROWN, PRESIDENT OF FULL MOON FARM 

Nancy became interested in wolfdogs in 1994, when she got her first one. Her love for these special animals has grown to the Presidency of Full Moon Farm, Inc. Ending the cycle of abuse and abandonment of wolfdogs, and all “pets” is first and foremost on her mind and in her heart. By working through Full Moon Farm, she is able to “make a difference” in the lives of the rescues and residents here.

ABOUT FULL MOON FARM

Full Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid).  Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, we operate as a federally recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Type your paragraph here.

Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives.  Our rescued wolfdogs come from animal control agencies, closed breeding situations and occasionally, an owner in crisis.  We evaluate each animal upon intake and work with them at their level of comfort.  Some animals are “hands off” and we respect their choice, as well as that of the animals that crave human interaction.  Our goal is to enrich the lives of the residents, allowing them to reach their highest potential.  Your support by donation or sponsorship makes our task possible.

Though they may be abused or neglected, homeless because of death or divorce, they are all God’s Creatures and worthy of a lifetime of respect. We are here to serve them.

For more info please contact info@fullmoonfarm.org or 828-664-9818

 

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Full Moon Farm
P.O. Box 1374
Black Mountain, NC 28711-1374

CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR A WOLFDOG

 

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Episode 4 – The Ecology of Wild Wolves: Wild Earth Guardians with Bob Brister

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On this episode of Wolfdog Radio we are going to discuss “Wolves in the Wild”. Here are a few topics that will be covered by our guest Bob Brister of Wild Earth Guardians. Why are Wolves important to the environment? How do wolves impact an ecosystem? What challenges do wolves face? Why must wolves be protected? What does Wild Earth Guardians do to ensure that wolves are in our wild places? How can you make a difference for wild wolves? These and many more topics will be discussed during this episode, we also encourage your participation by calling in or sending question by email. We look forward to you joining us for our first show on wild wolves!

Photo courtesy of Wild Earth Guardians

Bob Brister is WildEarth Guardians  Organizer and comes to WildEarth Guardians via a merger with the Utah Environmental Congress, where he served as membership coordinator for almost 5 years and conducted their campaign for wildlife protection and wolf recovery in Utah. A life-long organizer, Bob spent the first 15 years of his career working on international peace and human rights issues, including 12 years in Florida with the American Friends Service Committee. Since 1995, Bob has worked with a variety of Western conservation groups, including seven years doing slide show tours around the U.S. for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. A native of Memphis, TN, Bob has lived in Salt Lake City with his partner Whitney for the last 12 years and loves visiting the wilderness and seeing the wildlife that makes the Interior West such a great place to live. email Bob at: “bbrister@wildearthguardians.org” or call: 801.466.4056.

Photo courtesy of Wild Earth Guardians

These charismatic canids were eradicated from the American West by the mid-1900s at the behest of the livestock industry.  Science now tells us that wolves are critical to the health of the landscapes that they inhabit. WildEarth Guardians uses a variety of tools, including policy advocacy, public education and litigation to advance the cause of weaving wolves back into the heart of the American West.

In the Southern Rocky Mountains (i.e. south central Wyoming, western Colorado and north central New Mexico), we are working to foment the recovery of gray wolves.  Science shows the region could host over 1,000 wolves, but reintroduction may be necessary to jump start recovery. We think that Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding federal lands, totaling about over two million acres, could provide a strong foothold for wolves in the Southern Rockies.

In the Gila Bioregion of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona, we strive to ensure that Mexican wolves flourish, in the face of illegal killings and government removals. Working to rekindle and protect the tiny population of Mexican wolves in the Southwest, WildEarth Guardians has joined with other groups to launch www.mexicanwolves.org.

To make the West safe for wolves, WildEarth Guardians is working to:
1.  Restore an ecologically effective wolf population to the Southern Rockies, through litigation and public outreach.
2.  Obtain full recovery of the Mexican wolf in the Gila, through litigation and voluntary retirement of grazing permits on federal land.
3.  Protect wolves throughout the West from the dangers of trapping, shooting, and predator control devices.
4.  Connect one million people with wolves in a way that engages them in letter writing, rally attending activism.

With a little help from their human friends and freedom from persecution, wolves can once again work their ecological magic in the West.