Wolves are some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. They’re strong and intelligent animals that move in packs and are fiercely loyal to their companions. It’s hard to find a more fascinating creature.
But everyone knows they are dangerous predators that should be avoided whenever possible — for their protection and ours. It’s just the respectful and safe thing to do.
But in 2004, Alaskan wildlife photographer Nick Jans and his dog Dakotah crossed paths with one of these animals outside their Juneau home… and sparked a chain of events that would change their lives forever.
Nick Jans was sitting on his back porch with his dog, when a wild wolf emerged from the forest. Without warning, and before he could do anything, his dog ran out to meet the strange animal.
It was as if something had drawn these two animals, who by all means would never have met otherwise, to each other. Nick sat back with anticipation, as he didn’t know whether the wolf was going to attack in an automatic fit of rage or kindly embrace his unassuming little pooch.
All he could do was watch helplessly as his canine friend got closer to an animal that was likely a predator and hoped that, perhaps, of all things, had just made a good friend that would be around and visit him here for several more years to come.