I Love My Beautiful Wolf Dog But I Do Realize The Danger Of Thinking You Can Own A Wild Animal

I have had wolf dogs in my life for 32 years but the 2 I have now will be the last 2 I adopt. They are beautiful and sweet and for the most part gentle souls, but they are a natural predator and as hard as I have worked to keep them from knowing that I am very aware the potential danger if they should ever discover they are "wild". My 6 year old male developed an eye problem during the last week and I dreaded having to take him to the vet because the only time I had taken him before this my vet screwed up, and he admitted he did, and the result was that this large, 130 lbs, 80% wolf got frightened when my vet reached around to grab his collar (I left him there with the vet tech when he was a year old to be neutered and my vet didn't come over and say hi to him while I was still there which I had always tried to make sure happened when he met new people ) and "hunter" was afraid because he had been left in a cage which he had never experienced before and when my vet grabbed his collar he lunged at him (leaving marks in the concrete floor my vet showed me when I went to pick him up) and bit him very badly. You should never do that kind of a move with any dog, but especially not a 130 lb wolf that has more "psi" strength in his jaws than the average dog does. I was really mad that my vet caused him to bite him because I raised him from 10 weeks old and worked really hard to teach him to be nice, and I did succeed because he has chased down cats and never bit them because of what I taught him, and to this day he had only bit one person - the vet. So I went and bought a muzzle so I could take him to the vet and the vet, who is also my friend, thanked me for doing that and the visit went very smooth though I did take the precaution of putting the muzzle on before I took him in the office and he never threatened the vet and I could tell that he remembered him even though it had been 5 years since the incident. Fortunately his problem is treatable, unfortunately I will have to put drops in his eyes every day as he has "dry eyes", but I realized that he has the potential to be a dangerous creature because it is in his nature deep down although I have mostly been able to circumvent mother nature but I am not going to lie to myself that he is a safe animal for everyone. I do not regret having had the experience of living with wolves but they should not be bred for pets, only rescued to be them like I did. And handled with respect for their wild nature because no matter how hard I worked to make him gentle he is a wolf and not a dog. I am only writing this because I want anyone considering getting one for a pet to do their research and understand what you are getting into when you are owned by a wild animal. I feel privileged to have had them be a part of my life but I have also been very careful who they meet and how. Wild should probably always be wild, but they are drop dead gorgeous creatures.
Chelebub Chelebub
51-55, F
1 Response Jan 6, 2013

Look at my photos and check out the one of Hunter and Niner in the snow to see how "wolfy" they really are (80 %), as well as how magnificently beautiful - and yes I am prejudiced as they are my "children" so to speak!