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anonymous asked:

Do you happen of be aware of any dogs that have a wolfish appearance and easy to tame? I have a fondness for malamutes and huskies, but I am afraid that I am not up for their independent and stimuli-oriented natures.

There is quite a few dog breeds that, more or less, look like wolves without having any wolf content. The Alaskan noble companion dog is pure dog, but is bred to look like wolves. It is not a very widespread breed, and it’s still under construction. They have both husky and malamute in their lines, and as far as I have learned they are just as independent as them, if not more. Not a very easy breed to train, but everything is possible if you put in the time and effort. Brynne Herbison has a lot of cute videos of her ANCD, Yarrow, up on YouTube! 

Other dog breeds bred to look like wolves are the Northern Inuit dog and the Tamaskan dog (early Tamaskans, the Utonagan dog, was bred to the Czechoslovakian wolfdog that do have wolves in their lines). I don’t have any experience with either of these dogs, but I assume by the origin breeds that they are at least as independent as huskies and hard to train. 

You also have wolfdogs that are counted as actual dog breeds, such as the Czechoslovakian wolfdog (pictured below) and the Saarloos wolfdog. These breeds were made by crossing wolves with dogs. My experience is that the Saarloos wolfdog has a lot of the wolf’s skittish behaviour. They are aloof and hard to live with. The Czech wolfdog is more like a dog, but still not a breed for everyone. However, I think the Czech wolfdog look more like a wolf than the Saarloos wolfdog. 

Just to give you another option, I think some of the Swedish elkhounds can look slightly like a wolf. They are a little bit easier than the nordic breeds I would say. 

And last but not least: The adorable “wolf corgi” - the Swedish Vallhund (I am definitely having one!) 

the-pasta-pack  asked:

Hey, I've respected the work of Pack West Wolfdog Rescue for a while and am honestly a bit surprised to see that you're not going to be working with them directly anymore. Can you expand on the issues with the organization itself, which you referenced previously, that led you to this decision? Thanks!

I’m very hesitant to answer this question, but yeah, I can. I’ve been torn for a while about addressing this on the blog - I don’t want to undermine a growing organization, but I do think there are some things that, in the context of an organization I hadn’t personally worked with, I would feel that people should know. Since there are a couple of things that are serious enough that I’m no longer comfortable being involved with them until they’ve been addressed, I think they need to be talked about.

These issues were either not present or not readily apparent when I started working with them, but have occurred or become noticeable in the interim. It was not until recently that I put together the individual issues I was uncomfortable with into the larger picture that led me to choose to distance myself from them. I believe I’ve voiced my observations regarding all of these issues to Pack West either in person or by chat, so these are not unknown issues. 

My concerns are based on personal observation of how the facility functions during the two week-long periods I have spent at their facility and my personal online communications with them during the period between visits. My feelings on why these issues are problems stem from over a decade as a dog trainer, a degree in behavioral science, and six years of intense study of, and participation in, exotic animal management and welfare.The below is true to my knowledge as of January, 2017 - I would love to hear that things have since changed, and would happily reassess my opinion based on that. 

Pack West does not, to the best of my knowledge, have any liability waivers or training protocols for volunteers to complete before having access to the animals. This is very unusual for an exotic animal rescue allowing volunteers - a quick google makes it clear that most places require volunteers to sign liability forms and go through training processes to prove they understand the behavior of the animals and can interact with them appropriately. If Pack West is allowing people to have contact with animals who are potentially dangerous - and whose rabies vaccinations don’t protect them under federal law -  I’d want to see them really think through what a volunteer program would entail and how they’d protect both the volunteers and their animals. I’d also want to see how those considerations would alter their practice of having their ambassador animals interact with the public without a signed waiver or muzzles on the animals. Accidents happen, and I worry their current practice would end in tragedy someday in the future.

Pack West does not, to the best of my knowledge, have either a professional behaviorist or anyone with professional animal training and management experience on staff or on retainer. As far as I am aware of, there is not anyone with a professional background in canid or domestic dog behavior involved with the intake of new rescues or with assessing the dynamics between cohoused animals. This also means that, when I was there, there was no established training protocol for managing the wolfdogs living on site, nor were there proactive management plans created to prepare for potential emergency handling needs. I believe this played a significant role in resource guarding and cabin fever escalating to the point of a fight between Cabal and Ivar while I was on site in January - as far as I know, they are no longer housed together as a result of the fight. 

I am aware that for a new rescue professional oversight may be expensive and hard to access. I believe that, nevertheless, it should still be one of their highest priorities as it immediately impacts the welfare of their animals and the safety of their staff. To be truly comfortable engaging with them again, I would want to see the members of the facility gain personal academic or professional experience in animal behavior, management, and training if they can’t afford to hire an extant professional to consult regularly. From my first-hand experiences, this currently doesn’t seem to be a priority for them - I got the impression that hands-on experience with the specific animals was considered equally as relevant as any potential academic and professional background. I feel that rescues, as professional organizations, are obligated to go above and beyond that mythology.

Pack West does not, to the best of my knowledge, have any on-site housing for their rescue animals other than a single 750 square-foot (110 foot perimeter) outdoor enclosure. I did not observe the containment to be locked at any time during either of my visits, even when nobody was on the property, nor does it have secondary containment (which is vital when housing animals known for being escape artists) other than the surrounding yard, which has a low gate and a fence that was visibly compromised in multiple spots as of my last trip. To the best of my knowledge, this enclosure is the permanent home to two large adult male wolfdogs, and for the duration of my January visit additionally housed the resident GSD or another rescue wolfdog. As of that visit, the containment furniture was comprised of two dog houses, a tire, an above-ground pond, and an overhang - there was no indoor area for the animals to use to escape the weather, no waterproof substrate or manmade flooring that would give them an escape from moisture, and no alternate space in which the animals could get a break from each other if needed. The animals were allowed time in the larger yard on site when observed, but during my trip they still spent all of their nights and many daytime hours in the single containment. By contrast, the standards set by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (an organization considered on par with AZA for regulating rescue and sanctuary environments) for an appropriate enclosure type for multiple large canids require “a minimum of 5,000 sq. ft. (465 sq. m) for large canids housed as pairs or trios (…) and a minimum of two rooms or one indoor room and one shift yard per pair of compatible canids”.

Again, I understand that for a small rescue building more containment is expensive and hard to do. Pack West stated before they acquired Ivar (close to a year ago) that they were hoping to sell the property they are currently based on and relocate the rescue, and I think as such they have chosen to not build any new enclosures due to the resources that would be lost during the move. However, as rescue organizations take in unknown animals, I feel it’s crucial that they have multiple enclosures in which they can quarantine animals, do introductions, give residents breaks from each other, and allow incompatible animals to live separately. I don’t believe it’s responsible for a facility to not prioritize having the appropriate living quarters for the animals they take in at present, even if it means a loss of some resources down the line.

Pack West, to the best of my knowledge, has never had their facility inspected or been licensed by the USDA. I hope I’m wrong on this one, because USDA oversight is a federal requirement for any facility that exhibits animals to the public. While Pack West’s facility is not technically open to the public, they are not exempt from USDA regulation because they use their animals for photoshoots and music videos as well as promotional and fundraising campaigns for the organization. If this is true, it is a huge problem - it is the responsibility of a facility to apply for a license and be inspected before beginning to exhibit animals - and most importantly, it would mean that the facility has never been inspected to make sure that its setup is in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act. I understand that an organization that is trying move would probably prefer not to spend the money to get their current property in accordance with AWA regulations to only to sell it shortly after and start over, but federal animal welfare laws must be first priority. 

I could understand a new organization struggling with maybe one of these issues, but when considered as a whole they don’t represent an ethos of animal management that I’m currently comfortable supporting - especially considering what appears to me to be avoidance of USDA oversight. I do believe in the value of what the organization is hoping to become - as places that do accurate education and outreach about wolfdogs and wolfy-looking dogs are rare - but before I’m willing to publicly support them again, these issues really need to be addressed. 

I’m really scared to post this, because I know it may be interpreted as a betrayal of my previous friendly relationship with the facility, but it is the same due diligence I would give to any other facility when asked about why I would not personally support it. 

forsimplicityssake  asked:

Can I ask for further info on what's going on in the wolfdog community? Thanks!

I’m not sure exactly which part of the recent events you’re interested in / aware of, so I’ll do a quick recap. 

The private ownership wolfdog community is super full of group-think to the point of kind of being it’s own cult. Most really dedicated animal group are, from specific purebred dog breed clubs to reptile keepers, but they take it even farther than the extremes of most of those groups. They promote hands-on experience with wolfdogs as more important or relevant to successful animal management than professional or academic backgrounds in relevant topics. Their care is generally based on mythology and urban legends about canine behavior and is fairly lacking in awareness of any recent behavioral science for dogs or wolves, and they tend to think training either isn’t possible with wolf content animals or that it makes them less wild, somehow. They’re also nasty and tend to go on witch-hunts within their own community if someone does something they don’t like or gets on the wrong side of a respected old-timer.

I wrote an article on a northern breed mix named Loki, who is really famous for his owner’s tendency to claim he’s a wolfdog, and was lambasted for it. I was kicked out of the wolfdog communities, harassed, and vaguely threatened with legal action. I eventually took the article offline because the unending harassment it was destroying my ability to function as an educator. You can read more about that story here. I’ve gotten requests to put it back up from people  who think calling out this specific case of misrep is important, but are uninterested in backing the project openly due to the amount of backlash it generated when it was posted. The article will not be going back up. 

Shortly after the Loki article came down, a GSD mix named Capone was taken by animal officers in Aurora, Colorado, and claimed to be ‘part wolf’ because he was aggressive towards the officers. To make it worse, he wasn’t vaccinated for rabies or registered with the county. A tense week ensued, in which petitions were started to save Capone and he became a fairly visible media story in the US. Eventually, DNA results from UC Davis came back that Capone was entirely dog, and he got to go home. Unfortunately, a shitty breeder of northern breed mixes decided to go talk to the local media about “how they should come see what real wolfdogs look like” and managed to make the misrepresentation problems regarding wolfy-looking arctic breed dogs 1000% worse. The wolfdog community (the bits of it I’m still tangential too, anyway) spent a lot of that week bemoaning that man, why doesn’t anyone speak out against exactly this sort of misrepresentation?

In light of the drama. Why Animals Do The Thing has decided to no longer support with the private ownership wolfdog community. WADTT is also choosing to discontinue it’s partnership with a wolfdog rescue we have previously unequivocally supported - you can read more about why that choice was made here. WADTT will continue to do independent education regarding wolfdog media as is pertinent for the scope of this blog, however, because it’s pretty clearly a topic readers care about. 

ruler-of-potatoes  asked:

ok so I was at a zoo in winter (we were looking at the Christmas lights) and since almost all animals weren't outside there weren't many animals to watch but the wolves were all still in there place and their enclosure is right by the fence at the edge of the zoo so it's right by a sidewalk and a street. There was an ambulance that went by with its sirens and everyone nearby went to the wolves because they all started howling it was amazing. Is this a common thing or does that not happen much?

Super common. Everyone loves sirens (and train whistles, too) - wolves, wolfdogs, even wolfy-looking regular dogs all often howl along when they go by. 

asterismjess  asked:

Regarding wolfy looking dogs, my pup is a husky chow mix and is frequently mistaken as being a wolf mix to the point that the woman i got him from claimed his mother was part wolf. He's a wonderful dog and he's registered simply as a spitz mix, but I worry over the amount of people who insist he is a wolf dog (including my own mother) and how I could protect him from false claims?

I’d suggest getting an Embark test, since they’re the most accurate for identifying wolf content (plus, you get a ton of really interesting information on your dog’s genetics and the history of those genes). That way if there’s ever an issue you can immediately have a decently respected test to pull out. It might not protect you entirely, but it’ll be a buffer. 

Also, y’know, just be super straightforward whenever anyone calls your pupper wolfy or talks about “wolfdogs” about why that’s wrong, and do everything you can to clarify misinformation so the people around you and your dog stop spreading it 

20 Questions with Dr Ferox #19

Hi vetlings! I must apologize for my reduced activity and inconsistent schedule, I feel terrible about it and I am working on getting back on track. But for now, here are 20 questions that have been sitting in my inbox for too long. If you asked on Anon you’ll have to see if your question is here manually, but I have tried to tag those that were brave enough to use their name.

Anonymous asked:just curious – do vets have any confidentiality requirements like people doctors do WRT their patients/their patients’ conditions?

More or less, yes. It’s more client-confidentiality than patient-confidentiality because it’s the human’s privacy that matters, not the animal. That’s why when I tell stories from work I don’t include photos of the patient, even though I know you really want me to, and I often obscure non-critical details like sex, age, name, breed or time. This way I can talk about a case or a situation without talking about a specific, identifiable person.

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And for good measure, here’s updates on Orion’s siblings. Mingo, Dakota, Silver, Kai, Nakita (the black and tan in the center), Beast, and Nanuk. This is a good example of the extreme amount of variation that can be seen in high F-gen low content litter-mates! All these animals would DNA test right around 25% wolf. Yet some certainly don’t come across as wolfy looking. 

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Alaskan Noble Companion Dogs?

now these dogs i know something about!


they are so cool and are absolutely gorgeous, i mean look at that! i actually have an immense amount of respect for the ANCD, because they have three of the handful of traits i value most in an animal: intelligence, versatility, and goodlooks (i’m vain and admit it). ive heard well bred ANCDs are meant to excel in almost any kind of work or sport theyre put up to (with individual variations and preference of course), which is always amazing for an owner because it gives you so much flexibility with what you can do with your companion and actually be good at it, instead of being a little more restricted like with most breeds. they are also, in my opinion, one of the few wolfdog breeds that actually really look wolfy instead of like dog mixes.

had i ever the space, time, and interest to dabble with wolfdogs, an ANCD would likely be on the top of my list of breeds to look into.

Character Headcanons: The Potters (pt 1/5)

Harry Potter: 

  • hates having his photograph taken. He despises it. Whenever there’s a camera present, he’s either gonna duck out of the room, or have a grimace so terrible that it makes it seem as if he’s being tortured. 
  • Secretly steals copies of ‘The Daily Prophet.’ After all they put him through growing up, he feels as if he’s sticking one to the man by taking it. This has become a daily ritual for him. (He only feels slightly bad because his wife is employed by them. But oh well.) 
  • Can fall asleep anywhere. At his desk, while drinking his tea, or leaning up against the wall waiting on his kids for something. He’s prone to nod off because a homeboy is tired. 
  • One of his favorite muggle holidays is Halloween. It amuses him to see how naive they are to the real wizarding world, and reminds of some sweet spots he misses. In the wizarding world, it’s not quite his cup of tea. 
  • Will go to a muggle coffee shop just to catch a break. He’s a people watcher at heart, and enjoys observing normal people go about their normal day. It’s relieving for him to not have to be ‘the boy who lived.’ 
  • Every few months, he visits the graves of those he lost during the war
  •  While at first this was a painful, guilt-strikening process for him, it has since evolved to become almost therapeutic. He enjoys being close to them. 
  • Speaking of which, at Cedric’s funeral, he laid a golden snitch amongst the flowers on his tomb. He felt it fitting. 
  • He’s taken up cooking, though he’s absolutely terrible at it. Whenever he’s not busy being an Auror, he can be found in his kitchen whipping up some terrible creation that he will force his children to consume. Ginny refuses to participate. (He has given up convincing her) 
  • One of his and Ginny’s favorite activities is just to walk together in silence. It’s the comfort of being able to be together without speaking. 
  • He will also occasionally take Ginny to the muggle cinema. She never fails to be amazed at what ‘magic’ muggles can create onscreen, and he simply enjoys watching her drink it all in. 
  • One time he drunkenly challenged his wife to an arm wrestling contest. He lost. 
  • He still reads the Quibbler, and is still amused by Luna’s same antics. Some things never change. She has remained one of his closest friends, and is still the coolest person he knows. 
  • The cheesiest Dad to ever dad. He wants to establish a relationship with his kids that he never had, and as a result can be SO over the top. Every bedtime story was acted out with full commitment. He sends his kids funny jokes or encouragement via owl when they need cheering up. He makes awful jokes that they (pretend) to groan out. A 10/10 quality father.
  • He still has the sweater Mrs. Weasley sent him his first Christmas at Hogwarts. It’s one of his most valued possessions. 
  • He still breaks his glasses. All. The. Time. Hermione continues to fix them, albeit with a sort of amused annoyance. 
  • Tried to play a game of Quidditch in his backyard with James and Lily once to see if he ‘still had it.’ He did not. 
  • The family has a dog endearingly called Padfoot. He was strolling by a shelter one day when he saw a rather large black puppy wrestling another dog. He immediately brought it home. (Ginny was not estatic) 
  • Visits Dudley and his family occasionally. A few years after the war, he received a letter from him in the mail, asking to meet. The two made amends, and now have a much more brotherly relationship. They do not often speak of the past.  Dudley now sends him a birthday card, every single year. 
  • He is a father-figure for Teddy. Every holiday, Teddy is invited over to the Potters and showered with love and adoration. Harry makes it a point to make sure Teddy knows that he is never alone. 
  • Has made a muggle friend named Bill. He met Bill while walking Padfoot in the Park, as Bill was walking his own dog, ‘Wolfie.’ He and Bill mostly talk about mundane things such as the weather and muggle films that have come out. Harry loves speaking with Bill. They send one another holiday cards. 
  • And yes, his hair is still a mess. He has no intention of ever making it any less so. 

From Transylvania To Pennsylvania James Van Der Beek, Lauren Graham and Isabella Crovetti Star as a Vampire Family That Moves From Transylvania to Pennsylvania in Disney Junior’s Animated Series ‘Vampirina,’ Premiering This Fall

James Van Der Beek (“What Would Diplo Do?”) and Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) will voice the roles of Vampirina’s parents, Boris and Oxana Hauntley, in Disney Junior’s animated series “Vampirina,” premiering this fall on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and the new Disney NOW app. Twelve-year-old Isabella Crovetti (“Colony”) stars as the voice of Vampirina (aka Vee), a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.

The recurring guest voice cast includes Tony-award winning Broadway performers Patti LuPone (Steven Universe) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Kiss Me, Kate”) as Vee’s grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, and Wanda Sykes (ABC’s “Black-ish”) as Vampirina’s cantankerous yet loyal gargoyle sidekick Gregoria.

Featuring music by Broadway composers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (“The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes“), the series will include original songs in each episode performed by the talented voice cast. Van Der Beek, Graham and Crovetti perform the series’ theme song.

Set in an urban Pennsylvania neighborhood, “Vampirina” is centered around Vee as she settles into her new surroundings, including making friends and attending a new school. Excited to experience everything that the human world has to offer, Vee will learn that while it may be easier to blend in with her peers, it’s important to celebrate the differences that make everyone unique. Always by her side, Vee’s mom and dad are also adapting to their new life as proprietors of the local Scare B&B, a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins.

Rounding out the voice cast are: Mitchell Whitfield (“My Cousin Vinny”) as playful ghost, Demi; Jordan Alexa Davis (“Sofia the First”) as Vee’s best friend and next-door neighbor, Poppy; ViviAnn Yee (“The Boss Baby”) as another one of Vee’s close friends, Bridget; Dee Bradley Baker (“Phineas and Ferb”) as Vee’s teacher, Mr. Gore, and the Hauntley’s dog, Wolfie; Benji Risley (“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”) as Poppy’s twin brother, Edgar; Cree Summer (“A Different World”) as Poppy and Edgar’s mom, Edna; and Ian James Corlett (“Dinosaur Train”) as Chef Remy Bones, the Scare B&B’s comedic skeleton chef.

anonymous asked:

would it hurt to buy a "wolfdog" (aka a dog that the breeder says is '50% wolf' when it's not) just to get a wolf-looking dog? I don't approve of purebreds, but I really want a wolfy looking mix... there isn't really a high chance that the dog is actually a wolfdog, is there?

No, it’s probably not a wolfdog. But don’t get it anyway. If you do, you’ll be supporting a misrepping breeder, and could just as easily find a wolfy-looking dog at a shelter.

Frankly, while I do suggest rescue first in most cases, there’s actually nothing wrong with buying purebred animals from an ethical, responsible breeder.

I can assure you that anyone selling mixed-breed husky mutts as “50% wolf” on a first-come first-serve basis is doing far more harm than a breeder with pure huskies who will make you fill out an ownership application, will want to see proof of experience and containment, and who offers health testing, hip/joint certification, and a lifetime take-back contract. 

But because it’s pertinent, check out the Don’t Get Scammed article from Pack West Wolfdog Rescue anyway. Hope this helps!