Just watching an animal closely can take you out of your mind and bring you into the present moment, which is where the animal lives all the time – surrendered to life.

~Eckhart Tolle

I wanted to write a post about my wolfdogs but I haven’t got the energy….so I’ll just put up this little slideshow I did yesterday and another on our cats that I made the day before. These slideshows can communicate what I would like to say, much better than my words.

More and more I have not felt that I belong in this world…I don’t feel safe and I cannot relate to the horror and the greed that seems to be accepted, even promoted as Life on Earth these days.

I have gotten more and more anxious and nervous…. maybe I always have been to some extent but it’s now debilitating. I used to feel joy in the smallest things but that’s gone. Except for the time I spend with my animals and GREENHOUSE GOOD FRIDAYin my greenhouse.

I hope you enjoy these 2 slideshows…making them took me back to happiness for a little while.


Buy a T-SHIRT and Support a Wolfdog

buy t supprt wdA few years ago, my son and I made a documentary film called ON THE LAND ~Together with the Earth and Taos Pueblo artist, Jonathan Warm Day Coming created a t-shirt which communicates the message of the film.LAND TSHIRT:WALLon the land t back

For the back of the shirt, Jonathan chose his own message: The Earth will bring people from all walks of life togetheron_the_land_tshirt_back

I think we could see this happening recently in Houston as so many people from different cultures and walks of life…..came to help. The Hurricane, Nature, the Earth brought people together and offered a vision that reached around the world..of how life on earth could be.


Last year we rescued 2 wolfdogs, Apollo and Sakina, as companions for our 2 year old wolfdog, Shiloh. We rescued them just a few days before they were scheduled to be killed.




Sakina, Shiloh , Roadie [Belgian Shepherd] and Apollo

Wolfdogs are not dogs, they do not behave like dogs and they require special care so many people who get them as puppies….shiloh-10-weeks because they are so cute

more often than not, find that they are unable to keep them…and so they are sent to a shelter where their life usually ends very quickly

.Wolfdogs are almost immediately put down/killed if they are sent to a shelter.


If you like to help support these most beautiful creatures, Shiloh, Apollo and Sakina–their care and feeding, YOU CAN order an ON THE LAND T-SHIRT HERE And you will not only help support a wolfdog, you will carry a message that is so much needed now: The Earth will bring people from all walks of life t supprt wdshiloh with roadie

*You can also, if you prefer make a donation. It’s been a difficult and challenging 2 years however I think the phoenix is rising.

Below is the story of the rescue of Sakina, our female, very low content, wolfdog. The people who planned to keep her, could not and so she was sent here. Also below is the trailer for our documentary, ON THE LAND ~Together with the Earth

*Featured image photo of Shiloh, photo of ‘the pack’ and photo of Shiloh and Apollo by Karen Yeager

On The Land ~ trailer 1 from Andy Pickard on Vimeo.

on_the_land_DVDYou can order a copy of ON THE LAND here.


The wolf you feed

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.

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SHILOH 13 months old

I’ve written about wolves once already: Little Red Riding Hood Lied  but these last few days I’ve been letting my wolfdog, Shiloh out of the very large pen he shares with my other, lower content wolfdog, Dakota…

shiloh loves dakota


I’ve been letting them both out for a while each day into an even larger fenced space. Watching them run and jump and play, especially Shiloh, who seems to almost soar through the air, has been so beautiful… so I took a few pictures which I liked and wanted to put up….

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Shiloh’s paw print in the snow

and  I’ve also included some wolf related quotes and 2 films: Never Cry Wolf and a documentary about a couple who lived with a pack of wolves for 6 years.

For a very long time, I’ve been fascinated and entranced by wolves without really knowing why. And I still don’t know why except that I find them to have a wild, untamed spirit [which I kind of have and which I think has allowed me to survive a lot of conditioning/brain washing in a not always friendly environment]. And they have a mischievous, ever present, sense of humor and a great caring for their pack members.  To me they are Sacred Beings.shiloh prowls 2

And so they are to many Native American tribes:

It is the wolf that brings the teachings of humbleness. The first thing that the young child sees as he meets the Wolf is that the Wolf will stop and bow its head, which is a reflection of the Wolf showing its humbleness to the presence of the human being.
The teaching of humility is very important in our life. Much of the division we see in today’s world is because people have not understood the spirit of humility: to understand the spirit of humility is to understand that no one is above another human being. No one is greater than another human being in this life; no one is lesser than another human being.
To be humble is to see us equally in the eyes of the Great Spirit through the unconditional love of the Great Spirit. His love is expressed to all of us in the same way that the sun will shine on us. The sun does not choose to shine on any one person alone or any one race of people, it shines on all.

-Anishnabe Elder Dave Courchene from The Seven Sacred Teachings

I was once given a Spirit name, a wolf name by a First Nations Elder in Canada and so my small, vintage trailer is painted with the name I was given and wolf prints and images… name:shining:trailerwolf prints:trailer

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From working with and learning from the First Nations People, I understand that each of us has a guiding spirit around us… to guide us spiritually but we are often so clouded by materialism and hatred that we are unable to hear this guidance which is freely available to us. Our guiding spirit may be an animal presence, an angel, a being of light but the guidance is always there if we will only listen.

For really understanding wolves, this is a great book,  In Praise of Wolves by  RD Lawrence and these 2 movies:  the beautifully filmed, Never CRY WOLF which is based on a true story


and this documentary, Living with Wolves about a couple who lived with a wolf pack for 6 years.

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