Wolves Are Not Pets
Listen to the voice of experience, here. Twenty years ago, when I was still a wet-behind-the-ears, longhaired weirdo (as opposed to the dry-behind-the-ears, bald weirdo I am now), I had a “pet” wolf. A “hybrid,” actually, 7/8s wolf and 1/8 Siberian Husky. I lived alone, had no children or other pets, and did not interact with other humans regularly. In other words, the only person who could have potentially been in any danger from this “unpredictable” animal was me. As it turned out, there was no danger. Shadow, as I named my four-legged friend, was a good boy. He never showed aggression towards me or anyone else. He never gave me any problems, except for his tendency to chew up anything he could get his jaws on. Also, it was impossible for me to find a veterinarian willing to treat him, due to their silly fear of some sort of insurance liability. I ended up having to treat him myself.
Despite my overall positive experience with Shadow, I learned a lot. Today, I would not recommend anyone try to own one of these animals as a pet. It isn’t fair to the animal. If you don’t live back in the woods, with dozens of acres for your “pet” to safely roam, you are shortchanging it, depriving it of what it needs. Also, these hybrids tend to be prone to health problems and don’t live nearly as long as dogs. Shadow was only ten when he died, succumbing to the kidney failure that all such wolf-dog hybrids are wont to develop. They aren’t dogs and can’t be “trained” like dogs, and to expect them to behave the way a dog would behave is patently unfair and unrealistic. Lastly, it may well be illegal for you to own one. Back when I bought Shadow (from a Native American man), there were no laws forbidding it and no regulation at all where I lived. There used to be an exotic animal auction held monthly, where anyone could go in and purchase a cougar, a wolf-dog hybrid, or a tiger cub. Fortunately the State has tightened up somewhat on this unsafe and inhumane practice, but you can still get hold of a “wild” animal and attempt to turn it into a pet if you really try. I hope that you won’t, though. As stated, it isn’t fair to the animal.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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