When I started volunteering with a wolf preserve, something I learned very quickly is that a LOT of people like to think their dog is a wolfdog. This is seriously so so common to hear from people:
“Oh yeah I know how rowdy wolves are; I’ve actually got a husky/Timberwolf mix at home!”
I mean... maybe, but most likely no you do not. Wolves are misrepresented so often in media that it seems many people struggle to identify the features that come from true wolf genetics, as opposed to those from northern dog breeds. Irresponsible breeders know this, and they also know that claiming the malamute puppies they’re selling are 1/4 wolf will make those pups seem interesting and desirable to buyers. As a result, uneducated dog owners label their pet as a “Wolfdog” without knowing the serious consequences of doing so. It may seem like a harmless phenomenon but it really isn’t.
So why should we care if someone mislabels their dog a wolfdog? I feel there are 2 really big reasons why this is so dangerous
1- if you tell people your dog is a Wolfdog, some may believe you. They may think “Luna is just the most beautiful dog, sure she’s energetic but nothing I can’t handle. Maybe I should get a wolfdog too”. This is a problem because that individual could seek out a wolfdog to purchase and end up owning the genuine article, as opposed to your dubious backyard “wolfdog”. Wolves and dogs are SO different, due to the fact that humans spent thousands of years breeding out the traits that make them unsuitable for daily companionship. Wolf dogs will have a lot of those genes! They need a tremendous amount of space and diligent, specialized care from an experienced keeper. A rambunctious husky is not even close to the same level as a high content wolfdog. When unprepared people decide to own a wolfdog, it often ends very poorly. The sanctuary where I volunteered has had to take in several wolfdogs that were surrendered by owners who could not handle them.
2- The laws of ownership regarding wolfdogs are very different from those that govern pet ownership. Each state has varying legislation, with some requiring licenses based on the animal’s wolf content. If you claim that your dog is a wolfdog, they will likely be subject to laws that classify them as captive wildlife rather than a pet. Due to the fact that there is no approved rabies vaccine for wolves/wolfdogs, animal shelters that take these cases are often forced to euthanize any dog that has been classified as a “wolfdog” due to public safety concerns. There have been several tragic cases where dog owners mislabeled their pet as part wolf, and were unable to reclaim them from a shelter when the animal could not be certified rabies free. Telling people (even online) that your malamute a wolfdog can get it killed.
Wolves are great, dogs are great, and wolfdogs are great. We have devoted so much time to the study and care of all these animals that there is really no excuse for misrepresenting them. If you love your dog, love it for what it is! Mislabeling your pet as a wolf is really irresponsible and can cause misery for others that you never even see. For reference:
I’m so sorry to have to post this but my flatmate and I really don’t have another option.
Our dog Thor is in desperate need of a new hip and unfortunately the pet insurance just doesn’t cover it! Neither one of of us is in any way able to pay for the rest of it and due to circumstances outside of our control, we’re unable to apply for a loan!
This surgery is essential for him to be able to walk properly as he is severe pain due to his hip. He’s only 6 years old and is the absolute light of our lives and we just want him to be happy and healthy!
Again I’m so sorry to ask this, I know times are tough for everyone right now! Even if you’re able to donate a single cent, it’s something towards getting Thor his surgery and I can’t thank you enough for it!!
If you can’t afford to support, that’s okay, I completely understand! We would be eternally grateful if you could reblog this post so it might reach someone who can ☺️
Modern-day Eric and his doggos! Bacchus is an enormous malamute who likes to eat almost as much as Fluffers. Gula is a Bernese mountain dog and a spaz. And Andante is a blue merle corgi and the oldest.
Also a rare drawing progression cuz I never remember to save that kind of thing.
Thank you to the people here who have been enjoying posts on my characters! I’m... not really sure how to respond to comments in-thread on tumblr without making like a post? Is that a thing here?
Way back in the 1600s, Eric's younger brother Johannes was a hunter with a gift for training animals. The Thedrials' castle was home to half a dozen of his hounds at any time. Eric only took a passing interest in them.
But ever since Johannes' death, Eric's been in the habit of having a dog or two whenever circumstances allow, partly in memory of his bro and partly because his curse has often made his life a lonely one. Good bois don't judge their hoomans for being demonic vessels, especially if they share foods.
Eric currently lives on a few quiet acres in the countryside where he has a small farm and orchard. His often turbulent existence as an immortal monster finally settled down about sixty years ago and he's amassed a decent pile of savings and life is good. He's semi-retired, composes for a living, working out of his home as much as possible, and grows and preserves a fuckton of his own food to help with the costs of feeding his giant monster self.
The dogs live an idyllic life, running circles around their master outside during the day and conking out in a literal dogpile with him in the living room in the evenings.
What do they think of Eric in monster form? He adopts puppies to accustom them to his second form early, so they don't think much of it. It's unclear if they know he's the same person. They don't think he's a dog. They DO have preferences... Gula loves walks so she's more inclined to human Eric while Bacchus is almost as gluttonous as his master and knows there's gonna be more food happening when monster Eric's around. Andante is ambivalent, maybe smart enough to know Eric and Fluffers are one and the same.
Sometimes it hits Eric how much of his 395 years have been spent feeding canines. He's had a LOT of dogs. You might think they come and go in an instant for him, but time's never really worked that way for Eric. If anything, their short lives help him slow down and mark out the years.