Five puppies ask, "What is a human?"

By Jennifer Stoeckl, MAT - Dire Wolf Project CEO, April 8, 2024

Awe, puppies.

At 3-weeks-old, every day their mushy little minds are being molded into mighty miracles.

As soon as a puppy’s eyes and ears open, their world expands.

No longer are they just focused on eat, sleep, and poop.

Now the real learning begins!

Yesterday morning, I walked down the hallway and peeked around the kitchen table at the whelping pen.

Sitting at the front door of the pen, as quiet and alert as can be, were five puppy faces staring out.

Blink, blink went their eyelids.

No noise.

No fuss.

Just sitting there, waiting patiently.

OMG!! Talk about the cutest thing ever!!


Now, I don’t know about you, but I could NOT resist.

I walked over to those puppies, mindful of the fact that they still can’t see that well, and slowly sat down next to those precious peepers.

They saw my shadowy figure approach them, but they remained steady at the front gate, watching my every movement.

I held out my arm for them to sniff, which they all did.

Then, I spoke to them in a soft, high-pitched voice.

Their little bodies shook with joy when they recognized it was me!

It was probably a combination of sniffing and hearing that triggered their memory of this interesting human creature.

They don’t know much about me, yet, though.

There is so much to explore.

“WHAT IS A HUMAN?” I could hear their little puppy minds ask each other.

“Well, let’s find out.” I replied.

I placed my arm just inside the pen and leaned my head in.

Little Clover was so curious!

She loves to lick, so her pink tongue flicked out to taste what makes up a human.

She must’ve loved it, because her tongue motor kept going and going.

Lucky Charms looked up at me, leaned his little face over and explored my cascading locks.

He’d never experienced human hair before.

What do good puppies always do when they want to learn more about something?

He chomped down with his new pearly white puppy teeth to see what it was.

“BLAH! Human hair tastes funny.” he seemed to say, as he spit it back out and backed away.

Dublin lifted up his muzzle close to my face.

His sniffer was going full throttle.

He booped my nose with his wet black one.

Then, he sniffed my mouth when I cooed at his curiosity.

Delaney reached her head up like the inquisitive creature she is and sniffed my forehead. Then, she put her paw on my hand to lift herself up even further into my space. She wanted to experience exactly what made up this two-legged creature.

Patrick sat back for a moment, taking in the entire scene.

He doesn’t like to rush into things without knowing exactly what to expect.

He grunted a few times, then wiggled his way forward between his brothers.

With ample gentleness, he sniffed all around my face and arm.

He is an expert booper.

His nose bumped up against me several times to see what reaction he would get from the unfamiliar object in front of him.

Seeing a giant hairless beast towering over the safety of your puppy den might be a little bit unsettling for the first time.

But these puppies bravely explored my features with such gentle respectfulness.

I am sure each of them is going to grow up into some extra fine dogs with lovely stable personalities that hold a cautious curiosity of anything unknown.

Welcome to the wider human world little furry friends!

I am excited to find out just what awaits each of you as you grow into the grand canines you are meant to become.

Just like Havoc (fka: Anak) from our last litter is doing!

His new owner thoughtfully shared a kind message to let me know how his puppy is transitioning.

Jay, my other half, dropped Havoc off four or five days ago now, and already, Havoc has begun the journey of a lifetime.

It is such a perfect example of the glorious nature of our dogs that I wanted to share it with you, too.

“Dear Jennifer and Jay

“I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to both of you for breeding such an incredible American Dirus like Havoc. He has brought so much joy, love, and laughter into my life since the moment he arrived, which was only 48 hours ago! He is so well behaved, intelligent and I believe already potty trained. He follows what the other dogs do. 

“Havoc has seamlessly adapted to his new home and formed strong bonds with his American Dirus siblings, Luna (Boss/Dorian) and Auggie (August West/ Stella Blue). The way they play, interact, cuddle, and care for each other warms my heart. It's a true testament to the love and care you put into breeding such amazing dogs.

“Thank you for entrusting me with Havoc with his forever home and for bringing so much happiness into my life. Your dedication to breeding healthy and loving American Dirus dogs is truly commendable, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have Havoc as part of the family.

“With heartfelt thanks,”

My heart is full.

Remember, there are only three days left before we close the waiting list for this litter.

Reply to this email if you are on our waiting list and want to go active.

Otherwise, we’ll assume you wish to wait until a later time for your perfect match.

If you aren’t yet on the waiting list, but want to be considered for a puppy, better hurry up, my friend.

You’ll need to complete the puppy adoption questionnaire, be approved, and place a $600 deposit down to get on our waiting list - ALL BEFORE MONDAY!

Time’s running out now.

Here’s the link to our puppy adoption questionnaire if you need it:

Jennifer Stoeckl is the co-founder of the Dire Wolf Project, founder of the DireWolf Guardians American Dirus Dog Training Program, and owner/operator of DireWolf Dogs of Vallecito. She lives in the beautiful inland northwest among the Ponderosa pine forests with her pack of American Dirus dogs.