Misrepresentation Kills

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Wolfdog Resources Master Post (Read this!)

heputhisthingieintomyyouknowwhat asked: I'm curious about your opinion on ~wolfdog ambassadors~? (True wolfdogs, in this case!) I feel like too many people see them and then go out and get a real/fake wolfdog just because the one they met was well-behaved enough to be around people (because I mean come on, a lot of people are going to ignore anything the person says because WOW PRETTY DOG/WUFF I NEED ONE). I kinda feel like it's detrimental and I roll my eyes when I see ~ambassador~ for any wild/semi-wild animal. ;;

Here is an ask I answered previously about wolfdog ambassadors. (I am highly supportive of “real” wolfdog ambassadors and look down upon people trying to pass off their own, personal pets as ambassadors).

I think wolfdog ambassadors do play a key role in education (firstly, a “real” wolfdog ambassador should have actual wolf content). For example, despite some people’s desires to own a “pet wolf” because they look really “cool”, there are people who may be terrified of wolves/wolfdogs/wolfy-looking dogs. (For example, along with the myth that you can domesticate/tame any animal if you loooove it enough, there are people out there who believe that wolfdogs are inherently aggressive, vicious, prone to attacking without cause, etc).

While I can’t speak on behalf of all ambassadors, many of the ones you find at sanctuaries are rescues, and the people at the sanctuary are usually quick to state that they are not suitable as pets, they are not like regular dogs, they require a lot of experience, etc. (In fact, because they are rescues, their situations speak for themselves: someone purchased a wolfdog without doing their research/having the experience/containment/knowledge/money/resources, etc, and because of that, the animal ended up being neglected/abandoned/abused/mistreated, etc).

A lot of training, sometimes rehabilitation, goes into these animals, and even then, they may not be as “tame” as you’d probably want a pet dog to be. (First of all, the animals at sanctuaries do not live in the house or in a typical 50 x 100 ft backyard. Sanctuaries are usually several acres, with specially-built containment enclosures.)

Stupidly angry about dogs

Don’t you just hate it when you have to explain dog stuff to “dog lovers” and “experienced dog owners”?

NO pinning your dog onto its back is not going to suddenly make it obedient.

NO the dog that is looking away, licking its lips, giving you big eyes does NOT want to be petted.

NO locking your dog in the garage is not a safe or responsible way to contain it (especially during the summer).

NO your dog is not happy just because it wags its tail.

NO slapping or hitting your dog when it does something you consider undesirable is NOT an appropriate form of discipline.

And finally, NO CESAR MILLAN IS NOT A GOOD ROLE MODEL.

9gag:

They stay about this size all their lives. Yes it’s ok to cry. #9gag

Can’t wait for my “dog lover” friend to show me this - just like that “half Husky, half Golden Retriever” puppy they showed me that was actually a purebred Australian Shepherd.
This puppy looks suspiciously like a (purebred) Malamute.
Half Husky, half Pomeranian dogs do exist, but no, they do not remain puppy-sized all their lives.
Assuming this pup is actually a Malamute, it’ll probably grow to around 80 pounds when it’s an adult, so… definitely not staying puppy-sized.

9gag:

They stay about this size all their lives. Yes it’s ok to cry. #9gag

Can’t wait for my “dog lover” friend to show me this - just like that “half Husky, half Golden Retriever” puppy they showed me that was actually a purebred Australian Shepherd.

This puppy looks suspiciously like a (purebred) Malamute.

Half Husky, half Pomeranian dogs do exist, but no, they do not remain puppy-sized all their lives.

Assuming this pup is actually a Malamute, it’ll probably grow to around 80 pounds when it’s an adult, so… definitely not staying puppy-sized.

wulfdoges:

Caption reads:

"Mother was mostly Wolf with a touch of malamute, father was purebred German shepherd.
Heard some people were looking for a stud of this breed so I though I’d put this out there.
Fee on individual basis

Please no hate mail or lectures, I will simply delete them, only reply if seriously interested
Thank You”

I have an inkling suspicion that this guy KNOWS his dog is not, in fact, “part wolf” at all, but still wants to make a quick buck on Craigslist by breeding his pretty mutt to any uneducated “wolf hybrid” fanatic out there. Bleh. 

Yo man, I saw your ad and I think you should totally stud your “wolfdog” with my “pure wolf”:

They’d make the best dogs - err, F1 high content wolfdog pups, don’t you think?

Love for Lestrade

nightmelting:

catchmyfall:

Hello Follwers,

I know I haven’t been around much, but I need your help. I recently found out my 7 month old puppy, Lestrade, has hip dysplasia. Her right hip is misaligned causing her to limp and be in pain. While it’s not terribly bad right now, she will get worse as she develops arthritis in the joint.

She needs a total hip replacement within the next year. The surgery is going to cost around $8,000. I don’t have that kind of money. I am about to start graduate school and need help getting Lestrade her surgery.

If you can help, please donate through her gofundme page here: http://www.gofundme.com/loveforlestrade. If you can’t, please spread this link around the internet in case other people are able to help out.

Thank you sooooo much

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non-wolfdogs boost maybe? 

Of course!!