Yesterday turned into a great day for a walk, and there were two packs taking part from our community. There was, of course, Pack Laughing Wolf filled out by LL (Loopy Libertarian/LL from the comments) and her children. Then, we were delighted to have Pack Down-Is-Up.com join in (often seen here in comments as Mr. Chris), with Chris, his lovely wife, and highly competitive daughter (who, skipping, left us all in the dust in pursuit of the most laps). It was also a delight to introduce them to a dear friend at the park, a fellow-traveller of sorts who lurks here every now and then.
While neither pack won for most laps (despite the strong efforts of one member of the party), the youth in the set did get to meet the wolf chosen to come out and do a lap (two even!) with the crowd. Tilly is a puppy at just about five months of age, but did a great job meeting, greeting, and setting a somewhat interesting pace. She replaced Renki, who the day before had been benched for use of profanity aimed at the members of his former pack during a practice lap.
I had just taken the younger members of our packs over to meet one of the researchers who has been studying the pups (an interesting young lady), when Tilly decided to come by and greeted the kids. Despite a one flinch from a "kiss" ("Squirrel!"), all were delighted and got to see a real wolf up close.
All got to see other wolves fairly close, but through a fence. The walk also serves as environmental enrichment for the main pack and those in the retirement community (at least one of whom I suspect was amused at all the walking in circles). The participants also got to see the other canids at the park (coyotes and foxes), though the bison were mostly bedded down out of sight (they tend to ignore such things). Afterwards, we repaired to a nearby tavern for food and drink, and some wonderful conversation.
It was great to get to see LL again, and to meet Chris and his family. We are already talking about next year, and we might just try to put together a mini-blog meet sometime between now and then as well. Hope more of you might join us.