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  • The last four months of my life, I chose to spend volunteering at a wolf sanctuary in the remote Sangre de Cristo mountains of Colorado.
    I learnt so much from these beautiful animals:

    You can never be too wary of a strange face. But don't hold back if you decide they're ok.
    Look someone in the eye, if you really want to know who they are. If they won't look you back in the eye, keep trying. Nibble gently on their face if you need to.
    Eat when there is food in front of you.
    There is nothing more powerful that you can know about someone than their intent.
    There is nothing more powerful that you can do to change someone's mind about something than to let them feel it: let them look it in the eye, feel its breath on their cheek; let them sense its wisdom.

    These creatures are the ultimate outsiders. Elusive, silent, almost omniscient souls watching from the shadows. Watching as we work hard to destroy the beautiful natural order of things they helped create. Watching as we slowly, feebly try to undo the damage wrought.

    But if there was ever a well of compassion, of patience, and of hope - it can be found looking into the golden-yellow eyes of a wolf.
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