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Wolf Song: A Love Story
ISBN: 10-1598585029
By Paulle Clark
Review by: Nicolette Westfall

01/10

The preservation of the natural world has been pushed to the side to make room for the ever-expanding human population and industrial conveniences. As we manufacture more and more toxic time-savers/distractions to satisfy our appetite, the remaining wild life around the world struggles to sustain itself. The wolves of North America are one element that a small number of people are trying to protect and Paulle Clark is one of them.

She goes beyond donating to charity by adopting a hybrid Mexican gray wolf, Panee. At this point in her life, she is starting to rest after a vigorous career in film, so she has the time and financial stability to invest in caring for wolves. This compact book leads the reader through the journey. The writing is full of life and emotion. Black and white stills provide visuals of the wolves and Clark.

In describing events, she portrays her companions as deeply intelligent and loving. For those of us who are too caught up in the plastic race, it is a reminder that isolation from the earth we came from is suppression of the soul. Clark brings us back to the ground as her furry friends drag her across the New Mexico landscape and back.

While beautiful, her wolves are also more than a handful to take care of. Touching warnings are given about wolf/cat or wolf/toddler cohabitation. Wolves are not like domestic dogs; they're strength is unbelievable and they can snap the neck of a house cat in a flash. What makes them all the more dangerous is their quiet movements and the fact that they don't bark. If you're going to rescue a wolf, do it with open eyes and respect for their true nature.

Wild animals, wolves love to be outdoors-besides, if you try to housetrain them, they'll knock things over. Clark accommodates the wolves by creating a wolf-friendly pen and making sure it's secured, but she still encounters nerve-wracking incidents where the crafty beasts dig their way under the fence to freedom.

The beauty of their howling is haunting, but Clark's neighbours don't always agree. Humorously, she placates them with gifts. Laughs go along with the struggles, as the writing weaves their colourful time together. The ending is bitter sweet, but unavoidable. The wolf is just as complex and important as we humans are, and deserve the same dignity and protection.

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