No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly 30 years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species - up close as never before. A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, but as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.
©2014 Nick Jans (P)2014 Tantor
"An astute, deeply respectful encounter between man and wolf." (Kirkus)
Very well written. Including the information on the plight of wolves, and misperceptions about them. This info was important to include in the story because it is the foundation upon which the controversies in the story (and all human & wolf encounters) take place.
Why do the worlds most perfect and beautiful creatures always come to this end? I know one should take stock in the miraculous being and his time here on earth but I can't help but feel as though the real "wolf" (both Park Myers and Jeff Peacock) always come out unscathed. I knew before I read the book that Romeo was murdered but the details of death are heart breaking. I am left wondering what can we do as a concerned human to better protect wild animals and habitat.
I heard Nick Jans speak recently and decided to listen to his book. The story of Romeo the Wolf is heartwarming, informative, inspiring, disconcerting, and sobering...all at the same time. Read this book and learn about the world of wild animals & inspiring and disappointing humans that we live with on Planet Earth.
The story of a wolf and an Alaskan community is disappointing and uplifting at the same time. Truly a remarkable wolf and the community that loved him. The author does a wonderful job describing the images of wolf, dogs, and humans that came together to form a "family." I've listened to it twice already and plan to again and again. Nick Jans - Thank you for sharing your experiences.
I found this book very insightful and moving. Always a fan of wolves I appreciated how this challenges wolf haters to reconsider their assumptions. ..but sadly those folks will never read this. At times there was a bit too much of the "about wolves" stuff but I did learn new things. There was also plenty of the story itself.
Narrator did a great job.
Thank you for bringing Romeo's story to us with all the special memories that have been shared here. The descriptions of Alaska and the black wolf are so vivid that it made me feel as if I was there. This book should be a required reading for our young people as it teaches some very important lessons regarding coexistence with wild life.
As a off trail hiker with dogs in the Colorado Rockies, this story touched my heart. I can only think of a few things I would pick over the experience these few people had.
I am grateful to Nick Jans and those who helped him document the life of a wolf called Romeo. I am left with the image of Harry and his black lab, following Romeo daily on trails, and smile at the thought that an intelligent Romeo, indeed found...and led his own pack.
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