Sunday, August 24, 2008

Since When Is It Ok to Have a Wolf as Pet?

A brief thought on pets in Paris. 

There are a lot of Jack Russell Terriers here. Strangely, there are also a lot of wolves being passed off as "dogs." As a resident of Paris, this concerns me. 

Just because you put a leash on that thing does not mean it is a dog. It is clearly a timber wolf that is ready to bite peoples' faces off at any moment. That thing belongs on the pages of the inappropriately dark Brothers Grimm fairytales that ruined my childhood; it does not belong on the streets of Paris. 

I am all for rescuing animals that need homes, but the WEREWOLF at the end of your leash does not need a home. It needs a forest and a deer to devour. 

Then again, if you have a wolf, maybe I should have one too. It's kind of like the SUV syndrome that swept the United States a while back. People thought they needed big cars to defend themselves against all the other big cars on the road. And before we knew it, every other housewife was driving an Escalade, and all the kids wanted this for Christmas:

Do we really want the Wolf War to escalate in the same way? Don't make me get a liger, people.   


snooze said...

False alarm.

1) This appears to be an Alaskan Malamute - not a wolf.

2) Another reason I know it's not a wolf: No one could casually walk a normal wolf (even a "tame" wolf) around big-city streets on a leash. A wolf is an extremely wary and timid animal, and it would soon panic at the noise, traffic and crowds of a city street.

I worked with wolves for some years.

Anonymous said...

yes ma'am this is not a wolf i may be just a kid but i have studied wolves you 8 years.
its face is small and if you look closly you can see the difference in the size face.
go to this link and see.
please i mean no harm don't be upset.
thank you

-Michelle Dolese

Anonymous said...

Forgive me ms., but you're just fooling yourself with all this crap.

First of all, it's clearly not a wolf. You're afraid of something you even don't know..

And besides, did you still fear "the big bad wolf" from those childish stories? I just can't belive it..

I've got an idea for you. Learn more about this animal you fear so much, maybe you'll realize how dump you're acting right now.

Good day to you.

adamwhite22 said...

I disagree with what Snooze said because even though that's not a wolf in the picture, Snooze's "proof" is pretty much exactly the opposite of real proof. First of all, wolves are not "wary and timid." They are aggressive and extreme.

Second of all, you "worked with wolves for some years?" I doubt it. If you really did work with wolves for so long you'd probably be missing your arms because the wolves would've eaten them as a snack on your first day on the job because you thought they were going to be wary and timid, so now you wouldn't have any arms to type with.

Another thing I noticed about the picture is that the dog is way too small to be a wolf. Most mature wolves are at least eight feet tall if you measure them from paw to shoulder. Some people think they're smaller than that just because they've never seen a wolf up close. Anything you look at from a distance looks smaller than in real life. Even wolves.

Also, if you DID try to put a leash on a wolf it would immediately hump your leg until your femur detached from your pelvis bone and if you were STILL trying to hold on to its leash after that it would just eat your wrist off like it wasn't a big deal. That's how a wolf's natural instincts work.

Another thing is that wolves can smell fear from up to a hundred miles away from wherever the fear is.

Anonymous said...

admitwhite 22, u obviously dont know about wolves. my father breed wolves in virgina and trust me, they are shy and timid and they are not aggressive towards ppl, only around small animals, becus of theyr haunting instincts. get your facts right.

Anonymous said...

Clearly adam white and the writer of this both were tramatized by a dog when they were little. I own a wolf. Two in fact, neither one has "humped my leg off", or
"ate my face off."
Also Mr. White, fear has no scent only an expression. A wolf will not react to your expression. Only your actions, so if your not a dipshit around the wolf you will survive.

Anonymous said...

I friend of mine has a wolf. It is the mellowest nicest animal I have seen (and I am not a dog person). The got it as a pup. Raised it with a chihuahua (that is the boss). It has canines top and bottom, retractable eye lid covers and other stuff I surely forgot. They said they spit on its food when it was young so it would learn who the pack leader was and put it on its back when scolding it as a pup. Just chiming in with my personal experience.

Anonymous said...

That's a wolf, guys. How do I know? I was raised by a wolf, two, in fact. The wolf pictured is my uncle, Mort. We all have small heads and three canines of differing lengths. We are not timid because our handlers spat in our food and made us do standup at an early age. We eat poorly dressed toddlers but our favorite is falafel.

B)We are moving to New York as soon as Cindy gets her vericose veins removed.

wolfgirl333 said...

I've seen malamutes bigger then average size wolves, the only what you can tell its actually a pure wolf or half is by genetic tests. Secondly they started breeding dogs that had the exact appearance of wolves but are in fact the complete opposite. Beside what are you so afraid of, wolves are dogs just the same, its just that they've been misunderstood in stories. On top of that is its the size that bothers you I wonder how youd react if you ever saw a full grown wolfhound. To make another point, how many different types of dogs attacked and killed people over the years compared to wolves? .. the friendliest types of dogs today can be just as harmful if not more. Read more about stuff you dont understand before falling out in a felony over something this ridiculous.

Dinosk said...

First of all: Alaskan malamutes and Huskies are mistaken for wolves commonly.
Wolves are not agressive, the thing is, they USED TO BE, but as we developed guns, the wolves developed being scared of us. They are very timid.
Anyone who denies this claim is simply wrong because I raised 2 wolf pups whose mother was killed by a bear (wtf? how did that happen! lol) and they were very timid of me.

On another occasion, i found a wolf pack, and they all ran away as soon as i found them.

Adamwhite, once wolves learned of guns, they moved us from the prey list, to pretadors list. I can't beleive how misguided you are. Sorry but my wolf pup experience shows that wolves do bite on occasions, but it is only
1. Playing because they know you're not a threat (only when you've raised them, of course)
2. Because you're trying to kill them, they defend themselves
3. You made it lose its fear of humans
4. You're adopted into a wolf pack and are competing over domenence. or playing (not likely!)

I can't belevive i rehabilitated to wolf pups!
(I still have a few bite marks. To be honest, the chances of a wild wolf biting are the exact same as a wild dog biting, and tame wolf biting is the same as tame dog biting.)
When adamwhite said they are agressive and extreme, he was wrong. They are only agressive if they think they can beat you (not likely!

Anonymous said...

And it’s due to stupidity like that that the world is the way it is today. Good job you should get a cookie for your well keen observations. That’s almost as good as the children that run away from my husky thinking it’s an evil killing machine out to eat them.

Anonymous said...

I think they should be treated with respect! They are just like dogs on the inside. You guys talk like wolf's dont belong with humans but your wrong. What is the difference between a dog and a wolf hm? There's no real difference!

Chadom said...

Your all for the most part seem to be ignorant. Stop posting your biased views & opinons.
That animal isnt a wolf. & It isnt a malamute.
Its a Mixed breed. Its both. I know. I own one.

first, Wolves ARE timid, they are not "man eaters" they only attack when HUNTING or THREATENED. i know, because Ive encountered a PACK of them in the wild in wyoming. They just look at you.

Second, Malamutes have different coloring. & thier tails arent straight.etc..

When you combine the two breeds, (timber wolf) like this one, & Malamute, you get an enormous, non-barking, high maintenance pet.

OBVIOUSLY, The owner of this animal is responsible, for living in such a populated city, it takes a well behaved wolf-dog to handle that many strangers. Due to thier wolf instincts they are timid pets, & need a lot of training & attention/excercise. these animals are not Agressive! If a stranger comes over the dog is most likely going to run & hide under the bed! As far as theyre concerend,(if your a good owner) YOU'RE the alpha, & its YOUR job to protect THEM...

Educate yourselves people. most of your friends dogs arent 100% or even 90% wolf, especiallly if they have blue eyes (husky)... wolf-dogs, let alone REAL wolves wouldnt let ANY stranger come NEAR them.. theyre not trusting outside thier famliy/pack.

on a side note: Small dogs, & dogs in general, are human ass-kissers. They make people feel "special" because they have something to "love them" & to "control".

Instead of posting biased uneducated OPINIONS stated as facts, Go educate yourselves.

If you do, youll find that The "facts" ive stated, are true.

Alyssa said...

wolves are elegant and loving creatures. you CANNOT go around with accusing these amazing animals when you have not met one.

Anonymous said...

Don't ever disgrace the name of the wolf...for it is my spirit animal....wolves are intelligent just as all animals are...humans are just as smart as other animals...don't believe for one second that WE are the smartest animals on earth...after all, if we are so damn smart, how come we totally trashed the entire planet?

Anonymous said...

whoever that wrote this i am just going to tell you straight up.
1)that is a beautiful dog

Anonymous said...

Im pretty sure that is a wolf. Alaskan Malamutes have curled tails, as do most spitz breeds. I know this because I've tried to look for wolf-lookings dogs before but the one thing that never matches is that the tail curls.

By the way, wolves are not taller than people, hence the 8 feet from ground to shoulder is wrong. Even if you're Yao Ming.

Wolves are not as scary and destructive as people think. Kind of like big cities. Dont go talking about them like you know them without getting rid of all the human bias.

Anonymous said...

wolves do not freak out about traffic noise or anything like that. obviously you don't know anything about animals or have ever had one. i have a timber wolf dog that is mixed with a malamute and she is the nicest caring animal in the world. she protects me and my family. dont you dare call it a thing. it is a living animal that has feelings just like everyone of us. before you start questioning an animal get to know it first. you asswholes around the world critisize everything without doing any research about it. we get along and she has never hurt me. yes they have their rage but all animals do you cant say its only a wolf. a animal is an animal no matter what kind it is you just have to learn how to tain it or how to love it. get your facts straight before accusing its a beast because its only a protector.

Anonymous said...

That is not a wolf. Wolves are much bigger. that is probably an alaskan malamute, or tamaskan dog, or a wolfhound. geez. if you're going to complain, get your facts right.
also, adamwhite, wolves are not eight feet tall from paw to shoulder. and people, WOLVES ARE NOT TIMID FOR FUCK'S SAKE. THEY DON'T WIMPER OR HIDE WHEN YOU TRY TO HUNT THEM. THEY FIGHT BACK.

Anonymous said...

it would be scared of you i saw a wolf in thew woods by my house one time when i was eight and i screamed and it also ate my cat a week later... :(

Anonymous said...

That looks like hybrid. It certainly doesn't appear to be full-blooded wolf.

My family and I had a wolf hybrid, and he was not aggressive in any way. He never even barked, and he didn't attempt to bite anybody. He was completely silent except for when he howled on some nights. He was very shy, and even seemed scared of us sometimes. He was young, but extremely calm. One can't be around one of these animals without feeling a sense of respect for them. Even though he was much bigger and stronger than the other dog we had at the time, he was submissive to her.

One night, we couldn't find him. A few days later he came home, limping. Someone in our community had shot him (even though we put a brightly colored bandana and collar around his neck so people would know he was a PET). His leg had been nearly shot off, but he still didn't make a sound. He had to have the leg amputated because his bones were shattered. I had to take the stitches out of his shoulder myself and he just stood there, looking at me. During his entire life, he never harmed a person. It was a human who hurt him. His name was Kolchak.

These animals are not bloodthirsty monsters. They're different from most dogs because of their personalities, but they're no more dangerous than any other domesticated dog.

Anonymous said...

OK. Wolves can be domesticated. It happens a lot, actually. here's an example.

Anonymous said...

LOL. Eat your face off? Wolves are a lot less dangerous than dogs. They are also WAY less likely to bite than those little barky dogs.

That's so funny I didn't know people were afraid of wolves for real. I live in Michigan, and we get a lot of wolves and stuff hear, and it's generally considered a real treat to get to see one. Obviously we don't let our small animals loose in wolf infested areas, or try and corner them to pet. There's only been a few deaths in the past decade from wolf attacks- your chances of being killed by a dog are much higher. Your chances of getting killed by being struck by lightening are FAR more likely. Hell, your chances of being struck by lightening more than once are more likely I think.

Also, I think your probably mistaking just about any northern dog breed for a wolf, because there really aren't very many full bred wolves kept as pets, so if you're seeing so many they are probably just malamutes and huskies and things.
I do think it's a little offensive for you make judgements about someone's pet choice based on how scary the animal looks/stories where wolves also talk. Some of the nicest animals I've met look downright vicious, and vice versa. I just think that it sounded a little rude and ignorant, because most of what you said wasn't true. It's cool if you don't like wolves, but at least check out if they would really ever bite you before you say they are going to eat your face off. Chances are, the person walking them knows a lot better than you, and they trust their wolf or dog enough not to. Just saying.

PS- Guys, come on. Adamwhite was obviously being satirical. Sarcasm? Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe he was trolling. I think sarcasm though.

Anonymous said...

To me it looks like its just trying to go to the bathroom. It looks like its squatting and is to far from the leash so it opened its mouth to breath a little better, or its sniffing the ground about to mark its territory. All of the big dogs I've owned have done this countless times.

Anonymous said...

I've had a wolf that has lived with me and my cat for over 2 years. She is the most loving, friendly "canine" I've yet to meet. She plays, yes plays without hurting her. Each wolf has its own personality just like us. Threaten any of us or our family and we will defend in any way possible that nature provides us. So learn more before u write.

Anonymous said...

1: That's most likely a wolf hybrid, not a 100% wolf. (Tail is straight- like a wolf's but its face is much like a malamute's)

2: Wolves will not "bite your face off" Just because you heard it in a fairytale doesn't mean it's true.

3: Wolves are extremely timid and wary of people and will only attacked when either
A. Threatened
B. Pack/pups/etc are threaened
C. Or sick/rabid/ etc.
There has never been a documented case of a WILD, HEALTHY wolf attacking someone for no reason. The only cases in which people have been hurt/killed by wolves is when they are either sic, severely threatened or not even full wolves. (In this case breeding comes into play on typses of dogs used and/or where the animal was raised)

Besides this, wolves with not attack you out of the blue. They are more likely to simply leave or stare at you until they get bored. I repeat: they will not bother you if you don't bother them.

Just like almost any other animal.

I'm telling you, todays society has pretty much screwed up the way people think of wolves. I mean, seriousy; your really going to believe in what "Little Red Riding Hood" or "The Three Little Pigs" say about wolves. Come on people!
That's pretty much basing your knowledge of wolves off of something written for four-year-olds.

And BTW: wolves and dogs are not the same. They are a different species. Please, for the sake of the wolf's dignity, do not group them together. I'll admit that the wolf is a wild animal and really shouldn't be kept as a pet. That's what dogs were bred for. Now, if you want to be a bit more on the wild side and get a hybrid, fine. I live near a breeder of them and they really are beautiful. Just make sure that you get it legally and that you check out its background.

That's all I really need to say. Just, please, respect the wolf.

Scources: I've studied wolves for 9 years and have observed them up close.


heather177 said...

Wolves will not bite your face off. Wolves in wild are rarely known to attack and usually avoid humans unless starving or a threat to the pack. They are less likely then most animals to attack in the wild. Also how often do you read of a wolf in captivity that has attacked? I didnt find any. My neighbor had one as a pet and that is the smartest, most sweet and loving dog I have ever seen. She was the best. The way movies and books portray them is not how they are.

Anonymous said...

For god sake leave the poor animal be! You ms. Are obviously a rude shallow person who believes in fairy tales!


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