Spring is a time of
newness and wonder. The buds on the trees bring forth leaves and
the scent of flowers is everywhere. You feel the urge to slip off
your socks and run barefoot through the grass. Here at Wolf Timbers,
Keeley runs barefoot 365 days a year. "Miss Keeley" as
she is occasionally referred too, is having a great spring season.
Unlike the boys, she is shedding her fur gracefully. Keeley always
seems to be the last one to shed her fur, and looks the best doing
so. She tends to be a little itchier at this time of year, but she
has plenty of helping hands to get to those hard to reach "itchy"
spots. There is still some thickness to her coat, but within the
next few weeks she will display her streamlined summer look. Keeley
is our Alpha female, being the only female in the Wolf Timbers pack.
Although she is the Alpha female, she still is usually the last
of the three wolves to eat. This doesn't seem to bother her, and
she never goes away hungry. Her favorite thing to do with a new
deer carcass is to run over, snatch off the tail and retreat to
a quite corner to chew on her prize. She is a very shy and reserved
wolf, especially to those new to her. But, once a human has gained
her trust, she is a very generous giver of wolfie kisses and tongue
baths. She is in excellent health, weighing in at around 85 pounds
at her last checkup. She is currently up to date on all her vaccinations.
As Keeley gets older, she seems calmer and more confident. A few
years ago, with each open day or program, Keeley would often hide
towards the back of the enclosure, unsure of the new people. It
is a wonderful thing to see her now, perched upon "her"
platform, calmly surveying the visitors who have come to see her.
Recently, the wolves at Wolf Timbers celebrated their birthdays
with a party. All the wolves were born in April. Keeley was born
on April 21st, 1997. Wolf Timbers invited all wolf sponsors and
the general public to come party with the wolves. Each wolf was
presented with a frozen birthday "cake". This consisted
of chicken broth and ground, cooked deer meat frozen into a circular
form. Topped off with softened vanilla ice cream and hot dog for
candles, it was the highlight to the day. Keeley relished hers,
and made sure the boys didn't bother her while she was eating. Ingo
will occasionally make off with a Keeley treat, such as a cantaloupe,
sardine etc. There are a few treats that she will stake her claim
too, one of these being apples. She loves her apples and makes it
clear to both Nira and Ingo. Wolf Timbers has had a very busy 2001-year
to date. During the earlier part of the year, we hosted several
school groups who came to visit Keeley and the boys. Keeley will
still, at times, hold back at the beginning of a program. By the
end, she will be participating in scent rolling or howling with
Nira and Ingo. Keeley is all that the spirit of the wolf embodies.
She is beautiful, graceful, soulful and wild. As her sponsor, you
help us care for her and keep her content in body and spirit. We
invite you to visit her and create your own Keeley experience.