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It's amazing how much he looked like a domestic puppy.
Awwwwwww. He looks like a little wolf pup doesn't he? They all start out the same I suppose, and then suddenly: ears! tail! He's grown so quickly.
OH MY GOSH...no wonder you fell in love! What a precious baby. In this photo I think he looks like a baby fox.
*explodes from cute*
oh my lord.he is so adorable.
Totally took my breath away when I got to your site this morning.Thank you.
so too much!what a wonderful lil' bundle o' fur.you must be the luckiest girl in the world...oh, & Charlie made out pretty good, too.
I squeeled so loud I scared my cats. I think my head exploded from the sheer cuteness. There's no no way you could have let anything bad happen to that bundle of cuteness!
Awww....Such a little bundle of fluffness!You have no idea how much I want to meet Charlie.....
I'm amazed that he would let himself be held upside down without a struggle... unless coyote instincts are that different from dog instincts. Most dogs will struggle if held that way, because of dominance issues. If it's the same with coyotes, then it explains how easily Charlie fit in with you and Eli - he's not a dominant animal. All that being said - cutecutecutecutecute!!!! I just want to snorgle the little guy's belly!(props on the Q&A - very good!)
Oh. My God. That, has to be the sweetest thing I saw in the year 2007!!!!!!!!!
He is so cute and cuddly! A best friend.
Thank you for saving him...He is beautiful! Thank you for all your documentation and photos.They are amazing and beautiful. I dread the day you must say good-bye because your love for him is so obvious. Best wishes from Los Angeles!
He is so adorable! I cannot believe it, you are so lucky! I would kill for a little thing like Charlie! (not literally) He is so cute! I read your article in the paper this moring and just hadto check it out! He is so cute and sounds really sweet!
You can see the love in his eyes
Your whole Charlie series would be so great to browse on flickr. (But you would need to link back to your blog for your products ...)
Oh, have these pictures been removed, or is the fact that I am in Europe making it impossible for me to see them? Does anyone else have this problem?
I can't see the picture either.
Boy oh boy do I ever need to nuzzle that belly!
I've died of cuteness. This is my ghost leaving this comment. I count you and Charlie amoung my top blessings of 2007. Best to you and good luck on calendar sales- I hope to be more economically prosperous next year and give a bunch as gifts! (Of course, if making a living is challenging now, I suppose the job market for ghosts is even tighter!)Vicki
You have us all hooked on this blog now...keep us posted on Charlie please!
Great write up in the LA Times!Coyotes are a vital part of any ecosystem...even if they have grabbed some of my cats and make off with the cute foxes in town!Thanks for the great blog and be ready for when he discovers GIRLS and slips off to be a coyote.Be sure to tell him thanks for the things he has taught you/us.Jim BaileyCripple Creek, CO
I'm lost for words! He's beyond cute. You are truly blessed to be part of this (and so are we).BTW Im in Europe and I 've got the pictures.
Is there a link to the LA Times article? I'd love to read it.
How could anyone look into those needful eyes and not take care of him? To borrow a great word from Catsquatch, I'd love to "snorgle" him, too.Lilli
ahh, such little ears, just precious! Thanks Shreve! Val
Charlie is stunning, as is your photography.My question: Is Charlie a clean animal? Does he clean himself often? Does he have a peculiar smell?Thanks for sharing him with us!
I can't see the pic either, in Safari, Firefox or Camino. :(
Charlie is so cute....I find this blog and story so hartening. I am also scared to death about what the future holds...
The LA Times has a nice column about you and your beautiful coyote today:http://www.latimes.com/news/columnists/la-oe-daum22dec22,1,3564363.column?coll=la-news-columns&ctrack=1&cset=true
ACHHH!!!I can't see the picture either!I want to explode from the cuteness, too!Please give me an early Christmas gift and send this out to your subscribers!!!Love what you're doing!
What I see is exploitation of an animal for personal gain here. Charlie will never be able to fend for himself in the wild. He has missed months of important survival training from his parents.
I have read the regulations for the Wildlife Department. To keep Charlie legally would require a permit. Do you have one?
How adorable. His ears are so tiny. And look at him now, all ears and long nose. My how they change. At least you have these precious images of him when he was a baby. They grow up so fast.
I have read the regulations for the Wildlife Department. To keep Charlie legally would require a permit. Do you have one?Could you please cite your source. I have been trying very hard with limited success to search for federal regulations and laws regarding the keeping of wild animals. I have found several local, municipal, and regional regulations but am having no luck at all finding any federal regulations at all (assuming, of course, that there are any which considering Coyotes are not on the nation register of endangered animals and Shreve is neither importing, exporting, nor crossing state lines, wouldn't surprise me).In an earlier post, Shreve wrote:"In forthcoming posts, you will hear reference to MC, which stands for My Cowboy, though technically he is not a cowboy at all - he is a coyote expert employed by the federal government, and his experience and proximity (we share a driveway) have been invaluable for me and Charlie."To the extent to which we can take anything on the InterNet at face value, I think we can assume from this that there is federal government employee, expert in coyote, within proximity and with knowledge of Charlie's situation, and with a legal obligation and responsibity to report any unlawful activity.From that, I surmise Shreve is both aware of and complying with the law.Now, admittedly, one can't take anything on the internet at face value, (for all we know there may not be a Charlie and Shreve) and her wording that MC has been valuable doesn't explicitely state that MC actually knows about Charlie or that she is actually obeying or considering any of his legal advise but such misleading is pretty cagy.Short of Shreve, coming here and pointing to the precise and legal code specifically stating caring for a wild animal is not a federal offence (I'm sure wearing green on tuesday is also not a federal offence but I'd be hard pressed to found any legal code stating such) the burden of proof is on the accusers to cite the regulation forbidding it.What I see is exploitation of an animal for personal gain here.What personal gain? And what "exploitation"? What is she doing that is contrary to Charlie's best interests? Charlie will never be able to fend for himself in the wild. He has missed months of important survival training from his parents.His parents were dead. No-one and nothing were available to give Charlie the survival training he missed. Left in the wild Charlie would have been dead within a day.I'm every bit as cynical as the next self-proclaimed pragmatist and I'm not going to hazard whether in the long run, or even for Charlie's sake, whether Shreve did a "good" thing or a "bad" thing but considering she shares a driveway with a federal coyote expert (who, unlike you or me, ought to know what he's talking about) seems to approve, I'm willing to turn off my inner cynic. Which is a good thing because what I really want to do is look at those cwute wittle photos and go "Aw woodgie-woodgie, aw woodgie-woodgie".
Aw woodgie-woodgie, aw woodgie-woodgie.
HAH!!Here we go:WYOMING GAME AND FISH COMMISSIONCHAPTER 10REGULATION FOR IMPORTATION,POSSESSION,CONFINEMENT,TRANSPORTATION, SALE AND DISPOSITION OF LIVE WILDLIFESection 5: Except as exempted in this regulation, a permit from the Department is required prior to importation, possession, confinement, and/or transportation of any living wildlife.(a)The animals listed in this subsection are exempt from this regulation and may be imported, possessed, transported, and/or confined without securing a permit from the Department.(ii)mammals:.predatory animals, excluding wolves and wolf hybrids, as defined in Wyoming Statute §23‑1‑101(a)(viii): coyote (Canis latrans), jackrabbit (Lepus townsendi and Lepus californicus), porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), raccoon (Procyon lotor), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), skunk (Mephitis mephitis and Spilogale putorius). Wolves (Canis lupus) and/or wolf hybrids may not be possessed, imported or sold.There you have it. In Wyoming you do not need a permit to possess a coyote. (or a skunk, or a racoon, or a jackrabbit....)
Like a couple of other Mac (European?) users, the photos on this post aren't showing up. I went into the html-code, and got 404's when I copy-pasted the link found there.A comment to the poster who said, Charlie will never be able to fend for himself in the wild. He has missed months of important survival training from his parents. Charlie's parents were killed. That's how he ended up with a human mother. And a wonderful blog.
Phenomenal! Think that is an adjective that hasn’t been used thus far to describe this beautiful gift you’ve given us. Thanks. It’s a good thing I live far, far away from you, Charlie and Eli, or I would be arrested on stalking charges. One of the testimonials on your site said that Charlie is the Peace Coyote. I agree. P.S. A little commonsense is always a good thing. Thanks Woozy and Keera Ann!
Kudos to Woozy for clearing up the issue of legality. Good work!Now who can clear up the issue of some people just wanting to ruin things for others with their negativity? Anonymous, give it a rest, will ya? (And try to do some research before commenting on things you obviously know nothing about.)Shreve, I hope these nay-sayers don't give you too much grief. Know that there are many of us rooting for both you and Charlie. He may or may not live a long natural coyote life, but he has so far beaten the odds dealt to him as an infant, thanks to you.Lilli
People must be really miserable IRL if they feel obligated to post about what they believe is wrong/illegal about what you do, Shreve. Apparently they never learned the lesson about "If you can't say anything nice then stfu because we don't wanna hear it!" :PKeep up this magnificent piece of humanity and kindness. We all love him vicariously through you, and I thank you for giving us this glimpse into your peaceful existence.
he is such a tiny charmer!
Ooooh, thanks for doing whatever you did so the pics showed up for us Mac users. These were worth the wait!
Now who can clear up the issue of some people just wanting to ruin things for others with their negativity?It's called "trolling." The goal isn't to be negative per se, but to be argumentative in hopes of inspiring argumentative responses. See Wikipedia: "Troll (internet)".
I really do enjoy reading about Charlie and Eli.Thank you for saving this little one from sure death.
What Jen said!And what Woozy said: Aw woodgie-woodgie!
I think Charlie provides an important link to people who have never seen a coyote or cared about one.Coyotes deserve a place in this world no matter how many "ranchers" hate them. The coyotes were there first and while I understand that coyotes kill sheep, I deplore the mass killing of predators because "they might kill someones sheep".Charlie brings out the best in people who care about living things. I wish he could touch the hearts of those who hate coyotes/wolves/etc.
Now who can clear up the issue of some people just wanting to ruin things for others with their negativity?I was kind of wondering about that myself. I don't think it's nescessarily a desire to be negative but ... well, I don't know, maybe a desire to see oneself as pragmatic.I have to confess to having a bit of an inner cynic myself and my first initial thoughts when hearing of this site were (in order and in a course of about three and a half seconds)1) That was one of my lifelong fantasies, having a connection to an animalistic nature of the world. Unfortunately, I'm no longer a 10-year old child full of wonder, but a cynical 45-old full of self-doubt and I'm exceedingly *jealous* and cynical and I bet she's some hippy-dippy soft-head who doesn't know what she's doing. (This is an *exceedingly* unfair and unkind and nasty first thought, I confess, and really motivated by jealousy more than anything else but it was automatic by 45-years of cynacism. Cynacism not always a bad thing but in this case it was and is something I really regret.)2) Can coyotes be "domestic"? Is there danger that they walk the thin line and can "turn" as wolfs and bears have been known to do when "kept".3) Is this the best thing to do for the coyote? Are there any animal rehabilition societies which can care with minimum human influence and survival skill training for a release, and would that be better.4) Is this legal? (Which to my mind is a completely different question than "Is this right?"To which I figured I should look at the site and evaluate it myself. Doing so, I have come with my own answers to my satisfaction:1) Lucky (many have used the word "blessed") Shreve! I'm still jealous but capable of appreciating how fortunate Shreve is for having this wonderful experience in her life. And not a sign of soft-headedness or ignorance anywhere. Charlie is exceedingly lucky to have found the doorstep of one both pragmatic and wonder-accepting.2)Don't know. But Charlie's not being "kept" and the "wild" is an ever present option. If coyotes do "turn" (which I'm beginning to doubt) he'll have that option available without harm.3) Any rehabilitation societies and would they be better? Appearantly not. I'm not sure whether or not Charlie will ever get the survival skills but considering the options, this is for the best.4) Is it legal? Apparently so. Is it "right"? Under the circumstances, to my satisfaction (and I'm sure Shreve has been sitting on tenterhooks for the last eight months eagerly awaiting woozy's judgement of her) yes. ("Phew", I imagine Shreve sighing. "I've met with woozy's approval. I was sooo worried."Now that my initial stimulus-response concerns taken care of I can get back to the enjoyment of the wonder this little animus is giving to the world.Aw, woodgie-woodgie, woodgie-woodgie.(Dang! I really am jealous though!)
What a sweetie! I stumbled upon your site about a month ago and just wanted to say how much I look forward to your lovely photos and the eloquent way in which you describe your everyday life. You are blessed as are your wonderful furry friends that share your life.Best wishes and thank you for sharing!
OH MY GOD HE IS SO CUTE.
Woozy is a beautiful human being for going to bat for you, Shreve, so you don't have to spend your time arguing with idiots. In a sick way, I almost wish ranchers do manage to scare all the coyotes away from their property. It will be beautiful when they're overrun with mice and rabbits and rats and all the other 'pest' species a single coyote pack would control.
Yay Woozy!*raises fist in air*Loving Charlie. That is how my dog LOVES to be carried. In fact, she will wiggle herself into what I call the 'football hold', because she likes to be up high, looking out....lol.....but she's only 8# full grown. I doubt you can still carry Charlie that way (unless you have arms of steel that we are not aware of)....
Good grief, what a sweetie! Sooooo cute!I can't believe how much bigger his ears are now though. I love his great big ears.
Found your site by way of Dooce. He is such a beautiful, and LUCKY boy to have you to care for him. I think you are so fortunate to have the chance to be so close to a wild creature, and share in his day to day life. How awesome! Your photographs are stunning.
Oh soooooo cute. I love the photos ...
Woozy is a beautiful human being for going to bat for you, Shreve, so you don't have to spend your time arguing with idiots. Mary, I thank you for the compliment, but I'm really nothing of the sort. I'm a crotchety middle-aged guy who loves to argue. 'course the reason I love to argue is because I want to figure out whether things are right, wrong, or subjective and challenge myself and others in our assumptions.I freely admit, I was a potential nay-sayer in that I want what is best for Charlie, and in my initial uninformed belief and lack of knowledge of coyotes in specific and impressions and general knowledge of wild-life in whole, I wasn't sure human interaction (sometimes called "contamination") was the best. Because I had mixed feelings and was less than completely knowledgable, I read, and reread, and researched, and re-read, and debated to myself. THen I chose the side I decided I supported. And then I *argued* for the pure love of it.I admit it's rather nerdy, and beauracratic, and not very "enlightening" to argue the legalities and "issues", especially when the story is such a beautiful, spiritual, and poetic one in comparison, but I think it does matter that one does "the right thing". From what I've researched about coyotes and read of this page, I am convinced that 1) for coyotes this is the "right thing" (it'd be the "wrong" thing if it were say a bear or a california condor or a harbor seal, or if Charlie's parents were alive) and 2) Shreve is a smart, wonderful, sensitive person who would do everything in her power to make sure and reflect that whatever she does is the "right" thing before she does it.With those cynical worries coaxed for me, I can then appreciate the story for the beauty and poetry that it is.
he is utterly beautiful and precious - I adore these pics :-)
OMG! This is great, I'm really happy I've found this blog, these pics are amazin!
Charlie is so cute! It is fun to see pictures when he is really little and when he is older. He is also cute when he is slepping.P.S Your aunt Jane says hi!
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