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Save the wolves

June 06, 2002

Laura Blanz of Hagerstown, a dog trainer by hobby, has four dogs, including Heidi, a shepherd she's had for six years - a dog she was told never could be trained or trusted.

To better understand her dog, Blanz researched dog behavior and became interested in wolves. She learned the wolf is an endangered species in 48 states, a threatened species in Minnesota.

Wolves have been poisoned, shot, trapped and hung on clotheslines, Blanz says.

She has visited Wolf Timbers, a wolf refuge and environmental education organization in Bolivar, Ohio. She has petted and been kissed by wolves at Wolf Timbers.

"You can't understand until you put your hands on the animal," she says.

Blanz wants to help wolves and Wolf Timbers. She and her husband, Rik Blanz, a member of the band Bad Monkey and former member of Molly Hatchet, are organizing the concert in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., featuring Marshall Tucker Band and Southern Rock Allstars.

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