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Wolves and Warriors: Combat Vets and Rescued Wolves Healing Each Other

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Today’s Guest

Dr Lorin Lindner and Matt Simmons from Wolves and Warriors

My guests today are Dr. Lorin Lindner and Matt Simmons of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC). The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center offers a therapeutic work environment for returning combat veterans, and a forever home to wolves, wolf-dogs, coyotes, horses, parrots and other animals that are no longer able to cope in their natural environment.

In their Wolves and Warriors program, veterans care for the wolves and wolf-dogs in the sanctuary, and the relationships that develop often lead to healing from traumas eventuating from combat, or from being injured and unable to cope in their natural habitat – be it the human world, or the wolf world.

Often our veterans find it difficult to talk about their own trauma and their own feelings during therapy sessions. Learn how this special partnership with their paired wolf helps them to express themselves through their bonded wolf.

You’ll Hear About

  • [02:19] The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC) and the very special reason LARC is not open to the public
  • [10:35] How wolves show the subtle differences between envy and jealousy
  • [14:00] The difference between dominance and aggression
  • [06:00] How Veterans and Wolves are paired up
  • [13:24] Warriors protecting wolves
  • [16:30] The puppy-like behavior of one of the most dominant wolves at LARC
  • [07:00] One interesting way this relationship assists in therapy
  • [19:30] Whether wolf packs are patriarchal or matriarchal
  • [22:00] Significant similarities between dogs and wolves
  • [23:00] The myth that wolves are dangerous to humans
  • [24:45] The sad problem when we try to breed wolf-dogs for pets
  • [27:30] Whether wolves have the range of personality types that dogs do
  • [29:20] Differences between wolves and dogs
  • [31:40] When working with wolves gets scary
  • [35:20] Identifying a connection between a wolf and a veteran
  • [39:30] How YOU can help the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center

How You Can Help

Right now, an incredibly generous supporter has offered to match all gifts, up to $50,000 to help the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center Fundraiser get through this crisis! That means your vital, emergency donation will be DOUBLED to have twice the impact.

Click here before July 31, 2020, to DOUBLE your donation

Links & Resources

If you’re interested in learning more about the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, check out this video:

Watch sneak peeks of Wolves and Warriors HERE

Learn more by tuning into the podcast!

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~Doggy Dan 🙂

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