A howling visit

A howling visit

By Lloyd W. Alexander

In January I was told of a place in E. Chatham New Hampshire that took in wolf dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. I was immediately curious about the place and what was a wolf dog anyway.

I searched for Loki Clan Wolf Refuge on the internet and was soon surfing their site. Btw the site is Loki site and worth a visit. The site provides you with all the information about the place and even what a wolf dog is all about. Check it out.

I contacted Fred Keating and asked for permission to visit and photograph the facility. After a fun back and forth with Fred I was granted permission. The road to the facility is rough and that was the main State maintained road. The final road to the Loki Clan was a bit slick as while it is plowed by Fred it is not salted. It is a mile or so in on a dirt road that climbs a hill.

Soon I was there and my Explorer did the job nicely. I stepped out and was greeted by Fred and a couple people there helping him. We chatted and we laughed. It was almost time for them to feed the wolf dogs. I noticed a pen away from most of the rest and asked what it was for and was saddened when told. In that pen was where the new dogs went. The one in there had been treated very poorly and it is a shame that there are humans that could be so merciless and uncaring. It was rescued from a home where it had been chained outside since the people had gotten the dog. He was too much to handle and they tossed food to him. They never bothered to fix his chain and his body grew around it. At Loki he will get the love and care every living being deserves. I was wondering if I truly wanted to walk thru the gates and into main area where large one acre plus pens waited for me.

I did go but with trepidation. Soon though that changed to joy as I saw these animals were treated very, very well and the pens were not some wide open spaces but each had some openness but also included wooded parts for the wolf dogs to act naturally. There was no doubt their wolf instincts still exists within them no matter how much like a dog some may have looked.

As we went from pen to pen some where shy and some were friendly. Some hid and some came to the fence. Some let me know their displeasure with my presence and others wanted to be scratched. A mix and match of personalities and a hierarchy within each enclosure was evident.

The treat of the visit came when Danny started the snowmobile that towed the food cart which brought the animals to howling. A truly unique and moving experience to hear some 80 plus wolf dogs howling. The hair on my arms stood. A moment I will never forget.
Before leaving we chatted more and I was treated to flyovers by eagles. I enjoyed my experience and will be going back soon.

I have donated a percentage of any photo sales of photographs from that day back to the Loki Wolf Clan Refuge. So far that has totaled one $25 check sent and another $20 about to be sent. Here are the links to the albums containing shots from that day.

unedited shots on my site

selected bordered shots on my site

I also will be adding post cards, t-shirts, and more at

this site within the next week.

Buy something if you want from me and I will continue to send donation from sales to the Loki Wolf Clan Refuge or make a direct donation if you do not like what I have for shots. Mention me if you would be so kind. I am sure it will help for greater access and stories.

Either way the mission Fred has undertaken is worthy and deserving.

A howling visit


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