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Volunteer Rick May’s Birthday Celebrated

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Volunteer Rick May’s Birthday Celebrated

Since Rick May’s birthday falls in the month of June, his was one of two birthdays recognized by Stephanie during this event.  She surprised Rick by presenting him with a token of her appreciation.  (No word on how many birthdays this makes for Rick!)

 

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Thank You to the Staff Members of “Bookworks”

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Thank You to the Staff Members of “Bookworks”

Members of Bookworks’ staff pose with Stephanie and Hokshila at the end of the visit.  (Bindi lies on the floor to the left while volunteer Rob Shackleton holds his leash.)  From Stephanie, the wolf pack, and all the Wanagi volunteers:  Thank you, Bookworks, for hosting this event and for making us all feel so welcome!

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Children of All Ages Gather to See the Wolves

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Children of All Ages Gather to See the Wolves

It doesn’t seem to matter how old or how young audience members are, they all love getting to know Hokshila and Bindi.  This includes Stephanie’s father, Cappy (seated in the background), some of the youngest members of the audience, and Wanagi volunteers Morgan O’Mahony and Rob Shackleton (who are both giving Bindi belly-rubs!).

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“Frank Sinatra, Jr.” Gives Bindi a Hug

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“Frank Sinatra, Jr.” Gives Bindi a Hug

This Little Guy, who was described by his mother as thinking he was Frank Sinatra when he wears his special hat, just couldn’t get enough of the wolves.  Despite his young age, he was as comfortable and confident with the wolves as they were with him.

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Birthday Greetings for Volunteer Shay Ramos

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Birthday Greetings for Volunteer Shay Ramos

In acknowledgement of volunteer Shay Ramos’ 40th birthday on June 17th, Stephanie surprised Shay with recognition and a special gift.  Shay attends almost all Wanagi events, and typically manages photo requests and Wanagi gift sales during events.

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Hokshila, Wanagi’s Wolf Ambassador

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Hokshila, Wanagi’s Wolf Ambassador

Hokshila, whose name means “a young man who has proven himself” (in the Lakota language) truly lives up to his name. He is Wanagi’s wolf ambassador, and as such, has participated in all public events since his arrival at the refuge in 2003. Hokshila is a magnificent male timber wolf that stands more than six feet tall on his hind legs.

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Bindi Relaxing in the Midst of Everything

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Bindi Relaxing in the Midst of Everything

During outings and presentations, Wanagi’s Ambassador Wolf-dog, Bindi often simply lies down in the midst of all the commotion — that’s how relaxed and comfortable he is!  While he’s lying around, he loves to either sleep or (better yet) have his tummy rubbed by just about anyone!

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Wanagi CEO Stephanie Kaylan Teaching Comanche Elementary School Students

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Wanagi CEO Stephanie Kaylan Teaching Comanche Elementary School Students

In her unending quest to engage students in the discussion about wolves and wolf-dogs, Stephanie encourages and invites questions from her audience of 4th-graders.  She has found that children often ask some of the most interesting and thought-provoking questions . . . and she has answers for almost all of them.

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Wanagi CEO Stephanie Kaylan with Hokshila

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Wanagi CEO Stephanie Kaylan with Hokshila

During the discussion about wolves and their characteristics, Hokshila allowed Stephanie to show the audience of 4th-graders his formidable teeth.  This photo is testament to the mellow, trusting temperament of this amazing wolf ambassador, Hokshila (who truly has proven himself).

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Wanagi Volunteer Rob Shackleton and Student Volunteers with Bindi

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Wanagi Volunteer Rob Shackleton and Student Volunteers with Bindi

Wanagi volunteer Rob Shackleton sits with Bindi and the two 4th-grade student volunteers during the presentation.  The relaxed, mutually-respectful and trusting dynamic among adult, children, and canine is evident in this photo.

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