First of all, Happy Easter Everyone.
So my husband is working, and I had just hung up after telling him we were going for a walk with the dogs. My friend arrives with her dog and off we go. We have a park and lake right behind the house, so we get to the park and let the dogs off lead so they can have some space and free time. We were walking along the road next to the lake, and it has a very thin tree line beside it, mabey two or three trees thick in some spots near the park area. Riley runs ahead, as he always does, but then takes off further, so I assume he has seen another dog and is going for a visit. We get around the corner, with the lake at our left and Riley has done visiting with some friends of ours, and is heading back. Pyper stalks Riley all the time. So she is hunched down behind a snowdrift, and I tell her wait, wait......and as soon as Riley gets a little closer, I say, OK.... Well, she gets to him and she chases Riley back to me and just as I am wiping all the slobber off his face, out comes this HUGE FRICKEN WOLF from the tree line, only FEET away from us and just stands there looking at us, and then heads back towards the lake through the trees. Tracy grabs her dog, and Pyper goes a few feet and comes back. I put the lead back on and give her to tracy,and cut through the path the dogs took and go after Riley. The wolf and Riley are standing a few feet on the ice and the wolf has its tail between his legs, and they circle a bit and the wolf takes a few steps away. Riley causiously walks behind and the wolf turns around, this time his tail is not between his legs, and the teeth are bared. Riley bares his teeth, but is very causious around this animal, and they are nose to nose with both of the teeth snapping at each other, but not biting. I called Riley and my boy came to me. I wa so relieved. The wolf stood for a second and then walked a few more feet onto the ice and laid down. So now we all have the dogs back on their leashes and we head over to our friends who are standing in the open area with their dog Rosie. All of us are commenting on how beautiful this animal is and wishing we had our cameras, and wondering if its a male or female, or if there are any others out there.
Because of the way he put his tail between his legs when Riley came out, I thought mabey a female showing less dominance....something a scout might do. When it got out onto the lake and laid down, I thought mabey it was pretending to be wounded so another dog might come and check it out. The ravens were even landing beside the wolf. So it laid there while we stood and watched it. When we turned to keep walking, she/he got up and started to come towards us. We figure no matter where we go, this wolf is coming as well, so of coarse we shorten the walk and head back. We start walking on the back road to come home, and our friends are behind us with their dog. I turn around, and there's the wolf standing at the corner watching. He kept lookin behind, but we couldn't see any other animals anywhere. I was going to come and grab my camera and go back and see if I could get some pictures.... So we get across the main Penn Lake road,and I hear Angelina yelling at us to come here. so we run towards her and she's yelling "go call someone, go call someone". Her husband was coming behind her. We turn around and run home and make a call. I have the OPP coming. I shoo all the dogs into the house (5 of them) and walk back out of the house. Keith is at the corner, and I walk out to him to let him know that the OPP are supposed to be coming because the bylaw officer is out of town. There was the wolf. He was standing at the corner. We are both making noise to shoo him off as we back towards my house, and the wolf starts running towards us and his teeth are showing. Keith has a little stick and he is still yelling at the wolf, so I run to the neighbours two doors down who is an OPP, but he is not home. Now the wolf is at the corner of my house. This animal stands to my waiste...at least. The wolf walks down the side trail beside my home, and is peering through the bushes at us. Eventually he goes back over to the boom logs next to the road, and just stands there. I had gone into the house to grab a rifle, but was so snow blinded, I couldn't see anything. I came back outside and the neighbour had seen a little of what was going on, and brought out a little of his own persuasion, and scared it into the bush.
Whooooo weeee. That wolf was absolutely incredible. The size of him or her was unbelievable and the fact that he was out looking for food or a little bit of excitement at that time of day and that close to humans is also unbelievable. I called Rene and told him all about. I know I wouldn't have shot to scare it into the bush....