Though the Pleistocene had not yet evolved the wonder of Dogs, Ump was there (check the About page for how they met). Half wolf, his spirit our modern-day canine companions, he found the H. habilis Lyta when Nature’s wrath separated him from his family. He recognized a fundamental kindness, caring, in her not found in any other mammal at that time. He knew alone, he would die. Every animal needed a family.
Lyta became his. Together, they found more lost souls and formed a band.Most of what Kali knows about Ump is through Otto’s movies:
Night replaced day, although only the drop in temperature and the rise in insect chirps told Lyta it was time to sleep. As she tamped down her tree nest, she checked the ground below for the Canis. His tongue hung out of his mouth and he panted his unbounded excitement for everything around him. The great jaws opened in a friendly smile, and he snuggled up to the base of her tree. The bushy tail swept side to side,
rhythmically signifying his happiness.
As she tucked her arms around her body, she heard Canis drop to the ground below her tree with a thump. She could just make out the gleaming eyes as they stared at her. She fell asleep to the sound of the animal’s breathing, letting her know he would be there in the morning.