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Wolves at Our Door: The Extraordinary Story of the Couple Who Lived with Wolves Paperback – February 11, 2003
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Weighing in at a mere 300 pages, the lucid, evocative writing makes it seem half as long. I came home from work to find my copy waiting for me. I immediately took it to my... um, "private reading room", with the intention of looking at the glorious, full color photographs and rejoining my family. But then I decided to just read the introduction. Next thing I knew, I was 100 pages into it and didn't want to stop.
The book is at once a heartwarming story of two people, their relationship with each other, and their struggle to bring a dream of filming a pack of "wild" wolves to fruition, and a real life drama of the lives (and occasionally deaths) of the members of that pack.
I can't recommend this book enough. Dog lovers will gain insights into the behavior of their beloved companions; wolf and nature lovers will see a magnificent animal in all its glory; and everyone else will find an eye-opening study of a misunderstood and wrongfully persecuted creature. All wrapped with a perfect blend of humor and suffering.
Do yourself a favor and let the Dutchers and their beloved wolves into your life. It will be richer for the addition.
First, the bad. Dutcher falls into the common trap of inserting himself into the story when unnecessary; or, to be more precise, inserting his opinions into the story. On the one hand, the author should be able to express his ideas; he's the author, after all. But on the other hand, he's disparaging a group of colleagues who share responsibility for the wolves, and he's not making enough of an effort to give their side of things fair play, in my opinion. He does articulate their position on wolf welfare in general terms at times, but only to give him a vague idea to refute in detail. Also, every time he mentions his wife, I can practically hear her breathing as she reads over his shoulder.Read more ›
First of all, there is a rift between WERC and Jim Dutcher. Each side has its own version of what has happened and what is happening, and, obviously, if you listen only to Jim, you're going to have a very one-sided piece of information. If you have never been to WERC, then don't criticize its care of the wolves.
I had the opportunity to work at WERC as a summer intern after my sophomore year of college. The relationships between the handlers and the wolves was unbelievable. These people care so much about the wolves there, and from what the current handlers have told me, so did the past caretakers. I can assure that there was no "abandonment" of the wolves by the caretakers. If they were being fed over the fence (and I have no idea whether or not this is true), then at least they were being fed. And the only thing I can think of that would result in a short period of severely limited socialization would be a policy change of the board of directors, which, I can assure you, would be backed with plenty of justification and probably very much disliked by the caretakers (believe me, they WANT to be with the wolves).
Jim, on the other hand, did abandon the wolves. I disagree with the whole notion of purchasing wolf pups, for whatever project, as this encourages the captive breeding of wolves for pets or hybridization or other purposes. He knew this project wasn't going to last forever, and surely he had to know the complexity of the relationships he was forming with the wolves, and yet he continued with the project anyway.Read more ›
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I love it . I new about the wolfs for years. I adopted Lakota. He was my favoritePublished 3 months ago by Rosie Mills
If your interested in learning about wolves this is it sad as it is as we try to preserve these extraordinary species.Published 11 months ago by Skye
My friend loved this as a gift. she said the book has awesome photos, and a wonderful account of a couple that lives and documents wolves and the clans they live in.Published 13 months ago by 4fabfelines
Jim & Jamie Dutcher were able to bond with wolves as friends and because of this bond they were able to understand more about the culture of the wolf. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sir Roberts
I WATCHED THE DOCUMENTARY ON YOUTUBE A MONTH AGO-WHICH INSPIRED ME TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK!
IT WILL BE AWESOME!!!!
Another incredible book by Jim Dutcher about the Sawtooth wolves. A must read. I love this book...absolutely love it.Published 19 months ago by Donna R. Walters
If you love animals, this book is a must. It is well written and an easy read. You'll enjoy yourself!Published 22 months ago by Coffee Lover