Lycanthropy 101

Required for all first-semester students.  Introductory course with emphasis on proper howling techniques.  Schedule permitting, students may advance to intermediate topics such as drinking piña coladas at Trader Vic’s, and hair care.



  1. Clap for the Wolfman.

  2. Akshully, Lon Chaney Jr. Jr. is kynda kyuoote himself; love the bebbe tryink to howl!

  3. Christabel says:

    I don’t know how he keeps from snuggling the little guy.

  4. Space Cowgirl says:


  5. Jennifer Matschat says:

    You just freaked my beagle out!

    [Whereas, here in the CatCave, Rikki doesn’t give a $#!%. Go figure. 😆 – Ed.]

  6. laurafizzpop says:

    Sweet jiminey…I’ll take both of them to go, please.

    I was cheering for the little guy the whole time…sure he’s going to grow up and be big and bad, but right now he’s so snuggly and cute I can barely stand it.

    And seriously…HOW is Long Hair not sticking his face directly into the cubs belly and snorgleing? Man must be made of solid steel.

  7. GingerBean says:

    Ok you finally did it CO. I finally became one of those people who made my co-workers look at me funny because of my reaction to something I see on this site. OMG that was soooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

  8. Lovelovelove this little clip 🙂

  9. Katrina says:

    Welcome to the club, GingerBean. You get used to it.

  10. OMG!!! That man has MAD HOWLING SKILLZ! And when the bebbe started howling along, well, I started SQUEEEEing along! Well done, well done… Also, How Do I Get That Job????!!!

  11. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BABY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Extremely cute — and yes, how DOES that guy stop himself from cuddling that little puppy?? I’d be all up ons…

  12. OMFG!!!!

    My favorite part: at first it looks like the baby is going to fall asleep, then…. adorable little howl! He just couldn’t help himself! So….. cute…….

    *Submits comment to go back and watch again.*

  13. Noelle (the First) says:

    Ok, how do I get a job teaching little cubs to howl? I do a pretty mean wolf howl myself. Well, my dog likes it anyway.

    This little guy is too cute. (and I agree the handler is pretty snorgable himself)

  14. Rebecca says:

    I used to do that with my basset hound growing up. I can’t seem to get my rat terrier to howl, though.

  15. His hair was perfect!

  16. Mud Bug says:

    Look out Wolverene here comes “The Howler” & his side kick Cubby !
    (yum !!!)

  17. earlybird1 says:

    Cutest baby howl EVAR! …and the guy is pretty yummy himself, if I do say so. In a Russell Crowe kind of way. *sigh*

  18. Kaye, you beat me to it! I was about to comment on his perfect hair. Typical NTMTOM commentary that’s almost as fun as the pic/video.

  19. Give that puppeh some beef chow mein!

  20. What an Excitable Boy!

  21. Pussytoes says:

    Pups, not cubs.

  22. Sporkles says:

    my cat thought the guy howling was pretty interesting and she had to investigate the computer to see where that howling wolf was.

  23. Stressfactor says:

    If I heard that guy howlin’ around my kitchen door I think I WOULD let him in.

  24. I watched in irritation as Smug Mr. Russell Crowe Hair talked, like “this guy is every bit as in love with himself as that asshole who sang ‘Drops of Jupiter’…” and then nearly gagged when he started his pretend howling…

    UNTIL, well, you know. BABY WOLF HOWL 😯 :::poof:::

  25. MadameX says:


    Can’t see the video until I get home tonight…

    But the Warren Zevon reference made my day!!!

  26. marthava says:

    Theo…I am in complete agreement. lol


    …OK, sorry. You’re probably joking. But Warren was making reference to the original Wolf Man, starring Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, and of course Lon Chaney Jr.

  28. The original movie reference Trader Vic’s and hair care?

  29. Two of my cats were seriously unnerved by the adorable man’s howling. What’s wrong with Russell Crowe hair anyway?

    And the pup had me squeeing.

  30. 😳 …um, MadameX, were you actually talking about Sas’ comment?

  31. Is it mean that I wanted little wolfie to bite the man? And I wanted to grab the little tongue. Wolfman annoys me, but the animals are oh so cute!

  32. Yeah, the tongue kinda made up for the lead-in dialogue, didn’t it?

  33. GreenWillow says:

    My cat just ran nervously for the window, looking around for whoever is calling the pack to the hunt.

  34. First – wow that guy can howl. That’s probably the best howl I’ve heard anyone do!

    Second – Gahhhhh the cutenessss!! lil baby howlins I wanna squeeze it and hug it and pet it and call it george!

  35. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    Um, Theo, Pat Monohan was singing about his mom (she had recently passed away) in Drops of Jupiter.
    [OK, that puts the lyrics in perspective. But have you watched the video? Eeesh – Ed.]

    How do I know? His dad comes to my workplace & talks to me.
    His son is far from in love with himself.
    Just sayin’

  36. Paunchie says:

    Lookit how the baby tilts his little haid all da way back for da howl! I lubbs lubbs heem!!!

  37. Kristabelle says:

    That was so cool! When the baby starting howling I got a HUGE grin on my face. Howlerman seems like he’s got a way with the animules. What *IS* that animule, by the way? Black wolfcub? [YES!!! Owooooo… – Ed.]

  38. Huh! Draw blood! *continues the rest of Werewolves of London in my head*

  39. Kristabelle says:

    I did not know that little wolfies came in all black… learn sumptin new at CO every day!

  40. catloveschanel says:

    Put me down for one howlin’ man with an accent.
    Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try.

  41. catloveschanel says:

    oh I thought it said “Club Howling”

    [Hmm, I might join that one. – Ed.]

  42. Paunchie says:

    Ah-OOooo werewolves New Zealand! Ah Ooooo-ooooo!

  43. I was once lucky enough to attend a Sierra Club event with two “wolf ambassadors.” They lay as quietly as could be for the first part of the presentation (SO beautiful, BTW), but when thir handler invited us to howl at them, they LEAPED to their feet and howled their heads off. Unforgettable experience.

  44. That is the very squeakiest little howl I ever heard.

  45. PS He’s the hairy, hairy gent who ran amok in Kent.

  46. PPS I’ll really believe this guy is a good wolf-daddy when he regurgitates into the little one’s mouth. 🙄

  47. That was vivid, Theresa… but, sure, a little pooch puke & as far as I’m concerned, he’s earned the hair.

  48. hair of the dog…

  49. Paunchie says:

    Theresa LOL – and I’ve heard on animal planet that is exactly why domestic dogs like to lick our faces. That’s a puppy behavior to stimulate the grown up to barf food for them. EW, RIGHT? ha ha.

  50. I dunno, I think lil’ Wolflet isn’t going to be drinking pina coladas anytime soon. Maybe in the advanced course?

    Love the puppy fuzz! And that tongue!

  51. PS — the dude’s Shaun Ellis. More video here.

  52. JarethsDreamer says:

    OMG! My heart just exploded. that could be helped by the rockstar I had for lunch, but I really think my heart did some backflips when little baby started howling! CUTEST VIDEO YET!

  53. I kept expecting Sexy Wolf Pack Leader to kiss the irresistable little pup at some point. Okay, he’s going to smooch him now. Okay…NOW. Now? Dammit, smooch him before the video ends…aw, man! Also, if I howl will he smooch me? ::hopes::

  54. tiny tongue plus shape of the howling baby mouth just KILLS me! ack!

  55. wow … if ever i hear that sound i’ll know to be terrified — in four or five years, that is

  56. OMG the wee toe nails and the tounge are SO KUTE! (that’s cute with a k – an order of magnitude stronger than regular cute)

  57. doomchild says:

    Whoa, qte combined with charming.. So, um, did anyone see where my brain just went?

  58. Kallisto says:

    Okay, that li’l guy trying his best to howl was just darn cute. The big guy is also darn cute. And I like the hair. Usually, I don’t go for gents with long hair, but some guys can really pull it off. Like this one.

  59. ha, i knew all the women would go ga-ga over the guy. he did look mighty-rugged. and imagine him howling like that in your bedroom. eeeeeeeeeeeee and yes, the baby was really earnest. he was all, “i can do it, too!”

  60. I’d like to meet his tailor

  61. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    Ed, I will have to watch the video. I promise.

  62. balamuthia says:

    Oh, Theo, yer just jealous because you don’t have rugged sloping manbrow that drives the ladies (and canines) craaaAAaazy. ;-p
    [Pfft. What I’m jealous of is HANDFUL O’ BABY WOLF HOWL – Ed.]

    Seriusly thoigh, this guy is amazing- he gave up everything to go and live with and study wolves- and he’s brought much needed positive attention to them. Kudos to Shaun Ellis!

  63. balamuthia says:

    Um… I think I meant “seriously though” but I had wolfman on the brain.

  64. OMG. Baby wolf + Warren Zevon reference? I’m in heaven.

  65. That’s the guy that had the show Wolfman on Animal Planet for awhile, Living with the Wolfman actually. Until his girlfried split. He is not really that good looking trust me.

  66. sorry girlfriend

  67. Nice guy, seems like he loves the pup. Best wolf pup ever, trying so haaaard owwooowoow to howwwwl. Eep.
    I think after this clip was over, the man kissed the pup. He had to.

  68. BAROoooOOOOOoooOO!

    I practice howling with my dad’s dachshund, for some reason, after howling he gets sad…its bizarre. Sometimes I think it hurts his ears…. =/

  69. Angelyne says:

    Well, if you look at a few more videos on this guy he’s trying to live as a wolf among the packs. He acts like one of them. Since wolves don’t kiss and cuddle their pups, I wouldn’t expect him to. The wolf equivalent of a kiss is licking, but that’s also a sign of submission, so I wouldn’t expect him to do that on camera. And that’s be a little weird anyway 🙂

  70. OMG…. frackin adorable!!!!

  71. My BF is nuts about wolves so we went to see this chap at the Zoo he works at in the Westcountry (SW England to the rest of you). He is… scarily awesome.

  72. I can’t wait to go home (stuck at the office now) and play this for my dog! We used to do ‘family howls’ with my old shepherd, but the new dude just doesn’t vocalize. Jeez, even a little pup ken do it!!!

  73. SamanthaM says:

    Mmm…The Wolfman is more than welcome to teach me how to howl. And I wouldn’t mind snorgling the little furry dude, either. Is the man teaching this wolf how to howl eventually going to release it to the wild, or is this from a zoo or sanctuary?

  74. yummi yummi for both!:D

  75. berthaservant says:

    Poor, poor, pitiful me
    These young pups won’t let me be
    Lord have mercy on me….

    (btw, when the puppeh started howling at about :40 I actually applauded)

  76. Arrroooooo~*squeak*

    Now Little Wolf knows how to howl, but all the other wolves are going to think his accent is horrible.

  77. “Hey! It’s Henry Fool!”

  78. Gaomon! says:

    Its not howling!Its squealing! =)

  79. Leilani says:

    Ackshully, he reminds me of a somewhat smaller version of Hagrid…

  80. LOOOOOOVE how adorable, crazy wolfman

  81. KatieKat says:

    Bebe wolf is too moishe! Reminded me of this bloke… who I’m sure regretted this at 3 AM. (eek do not know how to embed…)

  82. My dog just went nuts!

  83. nice clip

  84. Juniper Jupiter says:

    Um…for all of you gals thinkin’ this guy is a hottie…

    He rolls around in wolf poo to be part of the pack. His girlfriend does, too. I hate to burst your bubble. I’d rather watch him on tv than be in the same room with him. Blech.

    But the viddy is darling! SQUEE!!! I saw that axis of snorgling!!! 😀

  85. Shammick b’y! (= man who lives in Combe Martin, North Devon – a place known as Shammick to the locals)

  86. puddlepeppers says:

    Theresa…would love to meet wolf ambassadors. Great experience you shared.

  87. claudemarie says:

    I too am wondering: HOW can he just just smile at that little pup and NOT give him a SMOOCH on his widdle head? OMG that was too cute!!!!!!

  88. Ugly man, ugly pup. Yuck – fur wet with drool is just not cute.

  89. Tryna Merriman says:

    When us humans howl at our dogs people, the dogs howl because our howling hurts their ears. Same goes when a dog hears a siren. Their ears are so much more sensitive to sound than ours are. (I’ve had three servicedogs and have been in training three weeks with them each time) That’s what we were told.

  90. Space Cowgirl says:

    What the…

    I don’t remember posting comment #4. I don’t even remember seeing this video. I don’t even know what I was doing out of bed at 9 AM, seeing as how I work from 11 PM-7 AM.

    Anyway, this is way too adorable. The puppeh is all “Do you mind?” and then “Ah, what the heck.” The little squeaks at the end slew me.

  91. Subhangi says:

    Awww, bebeh black wolf howl…


  92. jackie31337 says:

    @Devon Also, How Do I Get That Job????!!!

    I think eating raw liver is involved, if this is the guy I think it is.

  93. Super cute! Cute chubby face howling! XD

    This is cute too!

  94. oh, good god. this is ridiculous. *bangs face in keyboard*

  95. Starlinguk says:

    The husky next door has those mad howling skills too when his owner leaves him in the yard while he goes out (even in the boiling heat). So I’ve rung the dog warden.

  96. Aww, that’s gorgeous! Look at his little wolfy tongue!

  97. The puppy’s cute too, he takes his time but when he gets there it’s pretty cute.

  98. Lerrinus says:

    Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair…! 😉

  99. I was watching the video with three of our eleven dogs. When the howling started bedlam broke out. All three started barking and running around the house. Just imagine the noise if all eleven had been watching.


  101. sunnymum says:

    OMG, the widdle mouth shape when bebeh began to howl – Killed me ded i tell ya! And Berthaserv, I applauded when he howled too! Yes, yes liddle guy, you can do it, good boy, goooood boy!!!!!!! As far as the human, nice hair, and anyone who commits themselves to animals to benefit them is pretty darn great in my book. 🙂

  102. Gerald Fnord says:

    Last I saw, Lee Ho Fook’s in Soho, London still existed…and had a big poster of the late Mr Zevon in its window.

    (I can’t speak to the food; I had dim sum in the place across the street…great gai jaat.)

  103. Sunny the Wonder Dog woke out of a sound sleep and began freaking out when she heard the wolfman howling! She’s a black and tan coonhound, and had quite an impressive howl as a puppy herself. She only howls occasionally now, but it is still quite impressive.

  104. My experience with wolf howls – You know, because of the way they tend to be written in books and played in movies, I always imagined wolf howls as being a simple, long, drawn out single note. Then I visited a zoo that had a couple of wolves in an enclosure. As we stood their watching, they raised their heads and began to howl — in tones that went all over the scale, with varied tempo and volume. I never knew that wolf communication could be so nuanced! There was obviously a whole slew of information embedded in those howls! Wolves are pretty amazing creatures.

  105. this is a day late, but….

    Theresa: he DOES regurgitate food into the mouths of the wolves he works with. this guy is amazingly dedicated to protecting wolves and researching their behavior in the most authentic way he can…by becoming part of the pack.

    and is he really to be judged on his looks or hair or for rolling in wolf poo? i think this guy is a hero for the work he does. he has dedicated his life to changing our understanding of wolves, so that armchair wildlife defenders like all us CO fans have something snorgleworthy. so quit yer judgin and get back to squeeeeing, people! stat!

  106. When us humans howl at our dogs people, the dogs howl because our howling hurts their ears. Same goes when a dog hears a siren.

    Funny, I’ve read different; dogs howl when we sing (or howl) because they’re trying to join in. If it hurt their ears, they’d move away from the sound.

    For some reason Roscoe is never fooled by human barking or howling. He wasn’t fooled by this guy either…he was just like, ‘meh, whatever’

  107. Von Zeppelin says:

    The proprietor of the political snarkoblog TBogg posts weekly about his bassets. He was regretting recently that his two present hounds, Beckham and Fenway, do not howl like the late and gentle Satchmo. It was suggested that playing the harmonica is a good howl-training technique. Of course, sometimes you just get a basset who plays the harmonica.

  108. Snurfles says:

    OMG, completely dead from the cute.

  109. ToCute! says:

    That is so amazingly cute! How could he not just snuggle that little thing! I just want to squeeze it!

  110. Jivanmukta says:

    Gorgeous; on so many levels, Could I propose a new section? How about …..Hot guys and their cute critters……..But what would you call it? …………..Suggestions please my animal loving buddies, x

  111. sheDevil says:

    I saw him on TV, the wolfman who actually lives with the pack. Most of us are more talk than action and I really kowtow to him for actually giving up material comforts to know more about the species!
    And that baby howl, awwwwwwwwww!!!!!

  112. This bloke works with wolves on a daily basis. He’s seen more wolves grow up and move on then I can count. And I applaud him for keeping one of our foremost predators alive and kicking. and Dang the little ball of black fur was a-dog-able

  113. anastasia says:

    what animal is that? a bear, a dog, a something…………….?

  114. That was beautiful!