My husband and I love staying at bed and breakfasts. We love the special attention, the delectable breakfasts and getting the inside scoop from the hosts on the area we are visiting. Sadly though, since having our daughter eight years ago, our visits to quiet and quaint B and Bs have been immensely curtailed in favour of cookie-cutter hotels with plenty of family amenities, but none of the personal touches.
Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Quite a lot of people it seems if you believe the popular myths about these predators.
Even those in charge of protecting our provincial parks held massive wolf culls in the early 1900s to drive the species out of existence. But despite all the past huffing and puffing about wolves as evil incarnate, it turns out they were greatly misunderstood and park naturalists have been working hard ever since to blow down the inaccurate stereotypes.
At Ontario’s Algonquin Park, visitors can get a chance to communicate directly with these fascinating animals by joining a Public Wolf Howl on Thursday nights in August.
“Wilson! Come here Wilson!” Sheila Burns, founder of PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary, a farm for abused animals, calls over to a donkey grazing blissfully in the grass. He looks up slowly upon hearing his name but then goes right back to his task. I wonder out loud if Wilson, along with all the other donkeys, can recognize their names. In a heartbeat, Sheila quips, “They do, they just have selective hearing.”