Wolfenoot

Wolfenoot is a new holiday that was invented by Jax Goss’ son in New Zealand, and it’s taking the Internet by storm.

Here’s the original text (from Jax Goss):

My son has invented a holiday called Wolfenoot.

It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else.

You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon.

A holiday to the spirit of wolves that celebrates people who are kind to dogs? I can 100% get behind this. So we will be celebrating Wolfenoot. It’s on the 23rd November if anyone else is moved to celebrate it. 😉 If you do, please post pics, so he can see how his idea has spread.

If you’re posting publicly about it, use #wolfenoot. 

Honestly, I got so excited about Wolfenoot that I woke up this morning thinking of holiday preparations – November 23rd will be here sooner than you think. Out of my hike this morning, I told pretty much everyone I saw with dogs about it. One lady looked it up on her phone while I was standing with her, and she promised to check it out.

There are lots of questions and ideas swirling about right now surrounding what Wolfenoot is and how to properly celebrate. Understand that this holiday is brand new and we’re all brainstorming and feeling our way into new traditions. While the guidelines of eating roasted meats and full moon cakes have been laid out, the foundational spirit behind the holiday is kindness to animals — and I would imagine kindness to each other and ourselves as well.

(Note: consumption of meat is not required; vegetarians and vegans are welcome!)

Wolfenoot: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Here are some quick, fun, and meaningful ways to celebrate on this inaugural Wolfenoot:

  • I’m thinking of serving cupcakes instead of a larger full moon cake, so everyone can have their own full moon. I like the idea of chocolate cupcakes with white frosting — to emphasize the balance of dark and light and to signify the waxing and waning of the moon and of life’s fortunes. (But also because I’ve got a hankering for chocolate cake with white icing.)
  • Twitter user @Frang sent me this:

  • Wolfenoot is also a great time to cook up something special for your pooch and to think about canine nutrition. Here’s a story I wrote in 2008 for The Portland Tribune about cooking for canines.
  • Charitable donations can be made in honor of our dogs who have died. These charities can include local and national humane societies, rescue groups, organizations that support working dogs, and more. Two of my favorites:
    Best Friends (@bestfriends)
    Wolf Haven International (@wolfhaven)

  • Twitter user Tali Clinton posted this:

  • You can volunteer at a local shelter or with a rescue group on Wolfenoot.
  • You can organize a neighborhood dog parade on Wolfenoot, and/or visit your local dog park.
  • Entertainment options include movies like The Secret Life of Pets, Alpha, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and so many others. On the spookier side, the holiday could also include a traditional reading of Wendy Wagner’s An Oath of Dogs.

    There are so many ways to celebrate this new holiday. I hope Wolfenoot will become an annual tradition across the globe. Mostly though, Wolfenoot is a holiday that so many of us need right now. Let us come together and celebrate our love of dogs.

    To learn more about Wolfenoot:

  • Official website: https://wolfenoot.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/realwolfenoot
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2133001853619644/
  • Wolfnoot FAQ: https://wolfenoot.com/wolfenoot-faq/

    unsplash-logoPatrick Hendry
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