Punching the Clock: Running with wolves

Katherine Waters

Sun Staff Intern

It was a mistake for my parents to bring me to a pet store and expect me to walk out without a puppy. Who could possibly resist two brown eyes, a wagging tail and wet nose? I certainly could not manage. That is the reason why I currently own the cutest dog on the face of the earth. But doesn’t every dog owner say that?

My ability to resist temptation was once again tested Tuesday evening, and, to my surprise, I passed. This time, instead of staring into the brown eyes of a very domesticated puppy, I was staring into the golden eyes of a Mackenzie Valley Alaskan Timber Wolf. Actually, I met five Alaskan Timber wolves. Nakoa, Natani, Tala, Tashina, and Dancing Turtle all live in the Wolf Mountain Nature Center in Smyrna with their guardian, Will Pryor.

If it weren’t for a well-timed reminder from Pryor that they were not tame, I might have, like so many, been tempted to stick my fingers in, just to feel the texture of what seemed to be the most soft, plush fur, But as I said, I resisted the urge and instead sat within a foot of the three wolf puppies watching them “play.”

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