Misrepresentation Kills

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Anonymous asked: so why do you care about animals so much? why do you put so much of your life and your resources towards helping them? they'll die eventually anyways--what's your stake in it?

scalestails:

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.
Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:
- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.
-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.
-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.
-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.
-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.
-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.
-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.
-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.
All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.
It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out. 
0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.

Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:

- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.

-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.

-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.

-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.

-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.

-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.

-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.

-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.

All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.

It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out.

0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

tempurafriedhappiness:

Can anyone in or near Conyers, GA pull this dog from the kill shelter where he is currenly held? He is at the Rockdale County Animal Care & Control and his time is limited. He is a male black Belgian Malinois. Short on funds at the moment or else I’d make the 13 hour trip to pull him myself. Please share his photo - it links to his Petfinder profile.

Here is his Petfinder listing in case the photo link doesn’t work on some layouts.

tempurafriedhappiness:

Can anyone in or near Conyers, GA pull this dog from the kill shelter where he is currenly held? He is at the Rockdale County Animal Care & Control and his time is limited. He is a male black Belgian Malinois. Short on funds at the moment or else I’d make the 13 hour trip to pull him myself. Please share his photo - it links to his Petfinder profile.

Here is his Petfinder listing in case the photo link doesn’t work on some layouts.

strychninequeen asked: The problem isn't ESA's. The problem is likening them to service animals, and the problem is calling your pet an ESA when it's not - this includes "registering" them as an ESA through shady internet means which actually have no legal bearing. If I'm reading correctly?

I’m going to casually copy everything from the post, because I think it’s pretty self-explanatory (bolded for emphasis):

"[Registering your regular pet as an ESA] adds to the problem of fake “service dogs” that make it harder for people who need a real, professionally-trained service animal to be able to own one and take it with them.

When your “Emotional Support Animal” causes problems, it makes the landlord skeptical of the next renter who shows up with an actual service animal.

Yes, depression is a serious illness and there are service animals for emotional support, but registering your pet as a service animal of any kind only adds to the growing problem of animals with falsified records.

I would also like to add that NSARCO dot com is a scam and any website selling these “certifications” to the general public is a scam. You cannot buy a real certification for your pet.”

And:

"Ok, this is fucking HUGE. Fake support animals, untrained ESAs? Yeah, they’re a HUGE danger to the REAL service dog teams. Y’know, the people who LEGITIMATELY NEED a service dog, for visible or invisible disabilities. You are cheapening and destroying the idea of a service dog when you take your leash pulling, non-potty trained, dog aggressive bully mutt into a store with you with your fake registrations and faux service vests. When you let others in the store pet your dog, they start to think that they can pet any “service dog” because they don’t know the difference between you with your pet that you just wanted to take anywhere, and the dog that is actually doing a job. This can cause undue stress on the handler who might have PTSD, severe anxiety, etc, or ANY handler with ANY issue. These dogs are WORKING dogs, not pets whose owner wanted to take their dog in a shop.

You cause problems like THIS:

Do. not. just go out and register your cutesy little poorly trained pet dog as an ESA just so you can take it where you want. It’s dangerous and hurtful, and can lean to places and businesses working to keep REAL service animals out of their establishments. 

TRUE service dogs have gone through years and years of training to help their humans. Do NOT cheapen the effort and work that goes into the animals for the work they do for their humans just because you want fluffy to come in and have lunch with you. Don’t.”

Technically, yes, there are differences between true ESAs and SDs, however, that is not the problem. That is not the purpose of the post. Yes, there are many people who can’t tell them apart, but a true ESA would never pretend to be a Service Dog in the first place.

sawsbuck asked: You know, ESAs are not service animals, they're a completely different concept and they don't need professional training of any kind. I don't really see why you would reblog that post without doing research on the matter.

thesmileoctopus:

miscellaneousthoughts012:

sammiwolfe:

pitbulled:

impactings:

Hey tumblr! Did you know that if you suffer from depression / anxiety or any other mental illness, you can register your dog as an emotional support animal, making it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to you? That’s right. No breed restrictions, no weight restrictions, no matter what, they are not allowed to refuse.

This includes cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, etc.!! Go here to register your pet as an ESA :~) 

I would like to announce: DO NOT DO THIS

DOING THIS ADDS TO THE PROBLEM OF FAKE “SERVICE DOGS” THAT MAKE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED A REAL, PROFESSIONALLY-TRAINED SERVICE ANIMAL TO BE ABLE TO OWN ONE AND TAKE IT WITH THEM.

WHEN YOUR “EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL” CAUSES PROBLEMS IT MAKES THE LANDLORD SKEPTICAL OF THE NEXT RENTER WHO SHOWS UP WITH AN ACTUAL SERVICE ANIMAL.

YES DEPRESSION IS A SERIOUS ILLNESS AND THERE ARE SERVICE ANIMALS FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. BUT REGISTERING YOUR PET AS A SERVICE ANIMAL OF ANY KIND ONLY ADDS TO THE GROWING PROBLEM OF ANIMALS WITH FALSIFIED RECORDS

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD THAT NSARCO DOT COM IS A SCAM AND ANY WEBSITE SELLING THESE “CERTIFICATIONS” TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS A SCAM. YOU CANNOT BUY  A REAL CERTIFICATION FOR YOUR PET.

Ok, this is fucking HUGE. Fake support animals, untrained ESAs? Yeah, they’re a HUGE danger to the REAL service dog teams. Y’know, the people who LEGITIMATELY NEED a service dog, for visible or invisible disabilities. You are cheapening and destroying the idea of a service dog when you take your leash pulling, non-potty trained, dog aggressive bully mutt into a store with you with your fake registrations and faux service vests. When you let others in the store pet your dog, they start to think that they can pet any “service dog” because they don’t know the difference between you with your pet that you just wanted to take anywhere, and the dog that is actually doing a job. This can cause undue stress on the handler who might have PTSD, severe anxiety, etc, or ANY handler with ANY issue. These dogs are WORKING dogs, not pets whose owner wanted to take their dog in a shop.

You cause problems like THIS:

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Do. not. just go out and register your cutesy little poorly trained pet dog as an ESA just so you can take it where you want. It’s dangerous and hurtful, and can lean to places and businesses working to keep REAL service animals out of their establishments. 

TRUE service dogs have gone through years and years of training to help their humans. Do NOT cheapen the effort and work that goes into the animals for the work they do for their humans just because you want fluffy to come in and have lunch with you. Don’t. 

THANK YOU. I worked with a diabetic alert dog organization, and I know how poorly trained “service dogs” can make things impossible for legitimate teams in public.

rhokasbones asked: is it true that all dogs are descended from wolves? i've heard a lot of people saying dogs like chihuahuas are descended from the fennec fox. that has always seemed wrong to me

Yes, sort of.

All dogs are descended from “wolf-like” creatures. They are not descended from the wolves you’d see in the wild or at the zoo. Dogs are the product of tens of thousands of years of evolution and domestication, whereas modern wolves are simply the product of evolution (minus human intervention).

All canines from the same group have the same number of chromosomes: wolves, domestic dogs, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, etc. (78 in 39 pairs).

Fennec foxes, on the other hand, only have 64.

Chihuahuas are not descended from the Fennec Fox. It is biologically impossible.

ashleyintransit:

antiwolfdogmisrepresentation:

yourdogisnotawolf:

wildlifeexperience:

Visit us to experience the wildlife: Wildlife Experience

This is not a wolf, this is a husky.

This now pretty much makes this sort of misrepresentation at least 10 times worse since this is coming from somewhere where you can experience wildlife.

Definitely not a wolf at all.

This is DEFINITELY a WOLF because it is MY wolf. I got it from a BREEDER in CANADA and I have PAPERS that say it is 100% WOLF! MOM was 49% WOLF and DAD was 51% WOLF so my WOLF is 100% WOLF. You guys are so STUPID. I AM the OWNER so I know BEST.

ashleyintransit:

antiwolfdogmisrepresentation:

yourdogisnotawolf:

wildlifeexperience:

Visit us to experience the wildlife: Wildlife Experience

This is not a wolf, this is a husky.

This now pretty much makes this sort of misrepresentation at least 10 times worse since this is coming from somewhere where you can experience wildlife.

Definitely not a wolf at all.

This is DEFINITELY a WOLF because it is MY wolf. I got it from a BREEDER in CANADA and I have PAPERS that say it is 100% WOLF! MOM was 49% WOLF and DAD was 51% WOLF so my WOLF is 100% WOLF. You guys are so STUPID. I AM the OWNER so I know BEST.