Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Truth about Bruce's Lineage, and a Wolfdog Rant

I have blogged in the past the facts about us adopting Bruce from a local rescue group, and many of the behavioral and aggression difficulties we have endured with him.

 I believe I have mentioned that I felt the rescue was not completely truthful with us, and perhaps slightly happy to be getting rid of Bruce.  At our initial meet and greet, I commented on his height, narrowness, and structure.  They were vehement in stating that he had no wolf heritage, and I did not argue with them.  Bruce was officially adopted out as a Siberian Husky x Alaskan Malamute x German Shepherd.  I can obviously see the Malamute, and the GSD as well.  Husky not so much, given he is 30" at the shoulder, which is taller than most Malamutes and GSD's, and absolutely dwarfs Sibes.

Bruce was an owner surrender to a local Humane Society.  They have a six week wait period and individuals wishing to surrender an animal must meet with a counselor prior to doing so.  This tells me that perhaps his original owners really cared for him.  Their reason for surrendering him is that they were expecting a baby.

When we adopted Bruce, we were provided with some paperwork from a local low cost clinic, and the names of his original owners had been blacked out with a Sharpie. I was able to mostly read through this Sharpie. Based on the age and date from his first visit, I assigned him his birthday. 

Fast forward several months later.  I was on a Northern Breed Facebook group, when I came across a picture of some animals that looked similar to Bruce.  I clicked on the poster's profile, only to learn that he was a "breeder" of wolfdogs, and not that far from me.

I sent him a Facebook message, introducing myself.  I told him of how I came to have Bruce, and asked if he had any litters born around October 1, 2009, and if so, did he sell to someone with the last name of **** or any variation of it.  He had a litter born that day, and did sell to Bruce's original owners.

This man was very nice, and provided me with pictures of Bruce's parents.

Bruce's dam, a purebred Alaskan Malamute.
mid content wolfdog
Bruce's sire, a middish content wolfdog.
So now I knew the story of Bruce, and a little of his lineage, which does include some wolf ancestry.

Now for my rant.  Bruce's "breeder" is a pretty nice guy, and seems to take care of his animals.  However he "misrepresents" their wolf content, which is a huge deal in the wolfdog community, and he shouldn't be breeding.

I love woofers, but I do not agree with the way they are bred.  People are throwing together animals randomly, and wolfdog "breeders" do not do any sort of health testing, be it hips, elbows, or eyes, on their animals.  The vast majority of these "breeders" can only trace back their animals lines 1-3 generations, and have no idea of any sort of genetic issues that may pop up.  They breed animals that are known to have poor temperaments, particularly those that are high content.  I get that high contents should be indistinguishable from a wolf, but if that's the point, get a permit, build a zoo like enclosure, and get a wolf.

They are not breeding towards a goal, or attempting to better a breed.  The one exception to this is the Alaskan Noble Companion Dog, which is a "breed in development" and is being done by a brilliant person is who doing everything correct. The wolf content in her animals is none/very minimal, but retain a nice look with wonderful temperaments and tractability.  Not only that, she health tests every single animal, and all puppies prior to them being sent home.

Many breeders do not adequately screen or educate potential buyers.  This is one of many reasons so many wolfdogs end up in rescue, and why they are a much maligned breed.

I am pro-rescue, but not anti-breeding.  I am against irresponsible breeding, breeding without a purpose, and those who are not bettering a breed.  Plenty of woofers will always be in rescue, much like any high strung, demanding breed of dog, so I will always have a way to have a wolfdog in my life, without supporting the breeding of these animals.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Whatcha See, Little Boy?

I think he is looking for Spring.  It is coming, I believe.  I know technically, it is already here.  As much as Winter is loved by both me and my dogs, I think we are all looking forward to a little bit of color.

People always laugh when I call Faolan my "little boy."  He is 28" at the shoulder, and weighs about 70 lbs, which is far from little in most people's eyes.  Compared to Neeko and Bruce, he is small.  Not only that, Faolan is a Gaelic name, meaning "Little Wolf" and if fits him perfectly.

Do your dogs have a favorite season or time of year?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Man's Best Friend

I have written before about the relationship between Les and Bruce.  What they have is truly special, and I sincerely thought something that we would never achieve with Bruce when we adopted him nearly three years ago. 

Yesterday we had our first 70 degree day of the season.  It is three weeks later than normal, and our trees are still drab and brown.  Les took advantage of the nice afternoon to fish for a bit. 

He leashed up Bruce, and then connected his leash to the belt loop on his pants.  He is much braver than me, as Bruce is about 95 lbs of muscle, and built to pull.

It all worked out well, and Bruce was content just to be with Les, and have some male bonding time.

Bruce is not as big a fan of water as Neeko and Faolan.  This is a good thing, because if he were, Les would not have attempted this.  If either Neeko or Faolan were with him, they would both be trying their hardest to go for a swim.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recent Raw Meals

The prey model raw meals from the last week for my three dogs. They weigh 96, 97, and 70 lbs, but all eat roughly the same amount/weight of food.
I feed twice daily. The smaller meals are breakfast, the larger meals are dinner.

This past week, I fed seven different proteins-beef, venison, bison, chicken, sheep/lamb, goat, pork, and turkey. As with humans, variety, including species, cuts, and organs, is important.

feeding dogs raw deer meat
Ground venison.
how to feed raw to large dogs
Chicken leg quarter, sheep liver.

Turkey breast chunks.

Bison tripe grind, pork kidney.

Venison ribs, sheep liver.

Boneless pork.

Beef heart, pork kidney.

Turkey hearts, turkey gizzards.
Beef heart, turkey hearts, goat tails.  I will not be buying they goat tails again, as I did not realize how tiny these are.
Lamb heart.
Turkey breast chunks, pork kidney.  Shown with turmeric and kelp added.
Boneless pork.
Ground green beef tripe.


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