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OOoooowwww! It’s a Howler!

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   10 Comments | Posted in brother · howl · independence · wolf


I descend from a long line of dedicated Howlers, none more devoted to the fine art of The Howl than my beloved big brother, Craig, known to all as WolfMan Howler of Tennessee.

Okay, fine. I just now made that up.  But he should be known to all as WolfMan Howler of Tennessee because:  a). He lives in Tennessee; and b). He’s a Howler. And a ridiculously handsome devil, too. . .but now I’m just bragging.

A true Howler is not one of those folks who howls just to howl.  Anyone can do that.  No, buttercup, a bona fide Howler is one who harbors a deep appreciation and love for the beauty of the night sky, particularly when the moon is at its fullest and the earth is illuminated by the ethereal glow; a Howler is one who recognizes in the wild call of the wolf a kindred, independent spirit reveling in the joy and vastness of the universe.

As a Howler myself, I can attest to the fact that lifting one’s face toward the moon and letting fly a heartfelt, “OOoooowwww!” is a fine way to commune with nature.  If you have never offered a vibrant, head-thrown-back howl to the night sky, I dare you to give it a try.  You’ll be hooked after the first “OOoooowwww!” Your neighbors might wonder about you, but if they don’t already then you need to work on being more of an individualist.  Good for the spirit, that. If you are nervous about your first Howl, have a few margaritas first.

The mailbox pictured above is my big bro’s way of honoring The Howl.  Fortunately for him, his significant other, known to one and all as WolfLady Howler of Tennessee (oh, okay…not really; her name is Jeri), co-created that masterpiece of a mail receptacle.  The little wolf sitting on top of the box is Wolfie, a gift to the happy couple from yours truly.  Wolfie joins them on their adventures and makes friends wherever he goes. He doesn’t know he’s a stuffed toy, so don’t tell him. He won’t believe you anyway.

Scroll up and take another look at that superb mailbox, built to honor The Howl. It is a masterpiece.  OOoooowwww!

Happy Howling –

10 Responses to "OOoooowwww! It’s a Howler!"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm  

    Lisa,I love the wolf-couple's mailbox! Awesome!I recognize the sound you are describing. Once in a while my husband will let out a howl like that, but when he is happy, not really at the moon. I didn't know peopl were supposed to howl at the moon. Next time it looks cool like it did last month, I am going to go out and howl. I am a kindred spirit, and I think that is a very wise way to let loose. Thanks for explaining it, seriously.Take care,Kathy

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm  

    OOooowwww!!! Make sure your camera is ready. I want to see a picture of you practicing your Howl! It sounds like your hubby has his howling down pat. I bet he'll do a moon howl with you. 🙂

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    September 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm  

    Oh yeah, I'm a howler. (Big surprise there 🙂 I do a Howler Monkey sometimes, but it's not as satisfying as the cry of the wolf.

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm  

    The Howler Monkey may not carry the same degree of satisfaction, but I bet it ranks high on the scale of neighbor horror/curiosity. I'd sure like to hear that one.

  5. Comment by Lynn
    September 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm  

    Ooooowwwwww that's one fancy mailbox!

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm  

    Hi Lynn – It's a howler, alright! 🙂

  7. Comment by Karen Lange
    September 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm  

    That is one amazing mailbox!

  8. Comment by irishoma
    September 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm  

    Howwwww very cool. Donna V.

  9. Comment by K9friend
    September 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm  

    That is indeed a spectacular mailbox. I love to howl at night…especially when we're at our river place. Sometimes we even get replies from coyotes!

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 8, 2010 at 6:39 am  

    Karen – I was amazed when I saw it, too! My old brick and mortar box is so boring by comparison.Donna – Indeed. :)Pat – So cool to get those replies. My parents, while alive, lived in Arizona out in a little town in the middle of the desert. The sky, day and night, was beautiful; but at night under a full moon…oh, my. And the coyotes do howl back!

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