Summer Howls from the Mountain: News & Updates from Full Moon Farm

Thank you!

Full Moon Farm has been the recipient of some fantastic things lately:

We had our 2nd Annual Music Benefit on June 7th.  Jamie Dose of Velvet Truckstop organized the lineup, which included Velvet Truckstop, WSNB, Sons of Ralph, The Swills, Dubfaction and Paco Shipp with David Bryan all played at The Town Pump to a standing-room only crowd.  Mary Ellen Bush from Ménage designed our publicity poster, and they also played to a sold-out crowd at The Veranda Café.  Our thanks to all the bands, who donated their time, energy and music to help the Farm, and also to everyone who came out and had a fantastic time!  (Photo by Ryan Talbot.)

Our thanks again to Mary Mac Yon of cbc group incorporated in Charlotte, who once again donated approximately 2,000 lbs. of quality dog food to Full Moon Farm.  This helped offset 50% of our feed expenses over a two month period.  Dog food prices have gone up this year ($3.00 per bag so far).  The woofers eat approximately 52 bags of food each month.  We are grateful for her assistance in feeding the Farm’s residents!

Best Buy sent another crew of volunteers out in July.  They spent the day working on the exercise pen along with tree trimming and driveway clearing in anticipation of winter weather.  We appreciate all their help!

The Hendersonville Community Co-op selected Full Moon Farm as one of their two charities to support this quarter with their "Bring Your Own Bag" program.  Shoppers who provide their own bags are given a token (worth .10) that they may drop in the box for either organization.  At the end of the quarter, the Co-op sends a check.  The quarter ends at the end of September.  We thank the Co-op for selecting Full Moon Farm!

Full Moon Farm and Nancy have been featured in the July issue of Our State magazine, on and in Verve magazine!!  We send our thanks to Jared Lloyd, Alison Hill of Seren Media and Janet Hurley for taking the time to come out to the Farm.  We greatly appreciate them wanting to help educate people about Full Moon Farm, wolfdogs, and the fantastic work that Nancy does!


A Rough Patch

We have lost several wolfdogs this year.  Some of the losses were expected, but many were not.

We lost Mystic to bloat, or gastric torsion.  Bloat is common in large breed, barrel-chested dogs, like Mystic.  The stomach fills with gas and twists.  Mystic was mostly German Shepherd, and had the typical barrel chest.  Losing an animal to “bloat” is every large breed owner’s fear.  We have made it to the vet with two animals and saved them, but have lost three when the condition occurred overnight, which is what happened with Mystic.  Bear and Chewey have slowly adjusted to not having their “boss” around.

Pocahontas was diagnosed with a tumor early in the year.  Tests on her liver and kidneys determined that she was not stable enough for surgery.  We tried medication to get them to function properly, but she did not respond to it.  We kept her as comfortable as possible.  Her kennel was near the Ohio puppies, and she greatly enjoyed spending time near them.  Poco crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on her own terms, and has now been reunited with her penmate, Mojo, who passed a few years ago.

Wolfie passed suddenly on a Sunday afternoon.  He came up for treats and scritches, and a short time later, Nancy found him collapsed in his pen, in mid-stride.  Nancy thinks he had either a stroke or a heart attack.  Wolfie was about 11 years old.  Annie was bereft for weeks, but has slowly regained her spark.  She has taken to perching on top of their doghouse, which is something Wolfie always did.

Nancy’s dog dog, Foxy, was lovingly sent over the Rainbow Bridge a few days later.  Foxy was no longer able to stand on her own, so Nancy knew it was time.  Her son, Joel, rushed home from Greensboro, getting a speeding ticket in the process, so he could be there.  Foxy was 17.

Daunk and Momma were lovingly sent over the Bridge together.  Momma’s back legs stopped working right about the time that Daunk developed great difficulty standing.  They are buried side by side.

A difficult decision had to be made about Mojavi.  After 2 years, he was still terrified of people, even those he saw frequently.  He was still afraid of other dogs.  He had started squabbling with his neighbor, Sophia.  He frequently dug deep dens to try to hide from her and from his brothers, who were on the other side of his pen.  It came down to a quality of life issue.  What kind of life did he have, living in a pen by himself and interacting with no one?  We do not know why the abuse he suffered affected him so much more than the other Shadow’s Den animals.  We do know that he was not a happy animal.  It was not an easy decision, but after much discussion, it was decided that the best thing for him would be to send him over the Bridge.  We sincerely hope that he is finally at peace.

We noticed that Oengus was not his usual bouncy self one afternoon, preferring to hide under the butterfly bush in his pen.  When Nancy went in to check on him, she realized that he was ill, and it was cancer.  (Cancer has a distinct smell.)  The necropsy determined that lymphosarcoma was the cause of death.  Always stoic, Oengus did not let on in the slightest that he was ill until that last day.  Guenevere has been in mourning since. 

We miss each and every one of them.  They all left an impression, and the Farm is a little different without them here.


Aries and Pippi Update

Aries’ manners have continued to improve!  While he is still grabby (the hose and scrub brush are frequent targets), he is getting better about letting them go when he’s told to. He still pushes Maya out of the way whenever she tries to get some attention.  Yes, the boy is an attention hog!  He’ll also stand up on his back legs and lean against the fence for chest scritches without trying to “taste” the person—at least for a little while!

Pippi has been in a pen with her sister, Sissy.  Sissy came back to the Farm because she was so incredibly shy.  She’s certainly become more outgoing, with her sister’s help!  Pippi continues to be full of…shall we say…vim and vigor.  Her "attitude" has kept her a worthy member of her pack.  She bosses her sister around, frequently commandeering all the toys and both feed buckets (even though they’re on opposite ends of the pen).  Pippi will have to have her front leg amputated.  It has become apparent that her growth plates must have been severely damanged at birth, as her left front leg is significantly shorter than the others.  Nancy is waiting until Sissy has a home, and then she will schedule the surgery. Pippi will then be a full-time house dog.   We fully expect that Pippi will have no difficulty adjusting to life as a tripod!  (Photos by Michele Frankl.)


Woofer Spotlight

This month, it’s Sugar Bear and Baby Girl!

Both of them were living in pens by themselves.  Sugar Bear had been paired up with Aries, until Aries started dominating him.  Baby Girl had been in with Jera, but he frequently bullied her away from the food bucket, so they were separated.  Nancy thought Sugar Bear and Baby Girl might just get along, and she was right!  The two of them are now virtually inseparable!  They are in looooove.  They may be picking up on the vibe of the previous occupants of their pen—Daunk and Momma.  What’s also fantastic is that Sugar Bear is getting better about allowing people to pet him.  He’s still shy, but will approach people if it’s quiet and if they’re not holding anything.  (Photos by Michele Frankl.)


Happy Tails

A couple of months ago, Nancy helped place a woofer named Aspen.  He was seized for being an illegal pet.  He taken in by another sanctuary, but they determined that he was "pet quality," so he came to Full Moon Farm for a refresher course in social skills.  He found a home with a couple who fell in love with him at the outreach event before the Music Benefit in June.  He’s now got his own room, a girlfriend and a pool!

Sweet Maddy now has a home!  She not only has people of her own, she’s got a new buddy to play with.

We wish them all the best in their new homes.

(Photo of Aspen by Ryan Talbot; photo of Maddy by Michele Frankl.)


Full Moon Farm on the World Wide Web

We know you know that the Farm has a website.  But did you know that the Farm has a MySpace page?  How about Facebook?  If you have accounts with either of them, please friend us!

The Farm also now has a non-profit channel on YouTube!  One of our volunteers, Steve Wilder, has created a documentary on Full Moon Farm and wolfdogs, which will be uploaded in parts (YouTube has a 10 minute limit on clips).  We will also have the documentary available for sale in its entirety later this year.  And those of you who live in Buncombe County who have Charter Cable can watch it on Channel 20, URTV!  Please check your local listings.

Contact Info:
Full Moon Farm
PO Box 1374 (NOTE:  NEW PO BOX!)
Black Mountain, NC 28711-1374


A registered 501(c)(3) organization

Newsletter written and compiled by Michele Frankl

It's Pawty Time Again!

Nancy will be hosting another get-together for wolfdog owners and rescuers at Full Moon Farm the weekend of August 29th.  If you're interested in attending, please contact her at



The remaining Howl-Ins are August 16th, September 13th and October 11th.

Tours of the Farm start at 3:00 pm; potluck supper begins at 5:00.  Cost is $5.00 and includes Perry's Barbecue & soft drinks.  Attendance has increased each month.  It's a great way to meet some of the woofers and support the Farm by visiting the gift shop!


Ways to Help Out

Just a reminder that you can help the Farm by shopping online via igive and by searching online via GoodSearch.  All you have to do is select the Farm as your organiziation.

You can also help by sending us your used printer cartridges!  The Farm is collecting used cartridges & sending them to Empties 4 Cash.

Thank you!


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Save the Date!

Our 4th Annual Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain.  More details to come!


Well Fund

The Farm is in need of a well.  With the severity of the drought, we are unable to water all the residents every day.  We water half one day and the rest the next (although any who need fresh water receive it).  Current rates are $12.00/foot, plus other expenses.

If you are able to help, please contact Nancy at  Thank you!

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