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06-25-2014 11:24 PM
wolfy dog
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Well, I can suggest the cure for that Go with your heart and adopt him!
I sent most of the day with D; working, playing and in the evening to an outdoor cafe for dinner with friends under eaves while the rain was pouring down. He did awesome. I would not know how to fit another dog in this picture so I will stay the course. My brain has never been so powerful before.
06-25-2014 10:02 PM
glowingtoadfly Agree with Mary Beth.
06-25-2014 09:58 PM
Mary Beth
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He is still on my mind. Wish I could stop that. It is so easy to fall for a nice dog.
Well, I can suggest the cure for that Go with your heart and adopt him!
06-25-2014 01:34 PM
wolfy dog He is still on my mind. Wish I could stop that. It is so easy to fall for a nice dog.
06-25-2014 12:41 PM
Clyde
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It was my plan to take him home, put him on CL (no picture to have people id him) but I needed the shelter to scan for a chip. Once they find it they are legally required to impound the dog so I had to give him up.
I am glad you decided to take him to the shelter. As someone who has experienced a lost a dog the idea of someone deciding to keep the dog and find the home themselves gives me nightmares. Animal control and shelters are the first places people will look. Once you have dropped the dog off of course it is also nice to post pics of the found dog and where it was dropped off at.
06-24-2014 11:41 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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His owner has not shown up so he'll be released soon. I have decided not to take him. Even if he were mainly Husky it was not what was in my plans. It is easy to make emotional choices like when he was sitting in our car, so relaxed and happy and the fact that we basically saved his life from being hit by cars. After a few days of no access to him I had a chance to think it over. I do not have the facility/set up to keep a Husky (and potentially hybrid) at home (from roaming). D is free on our property when we work outside and it would mean keeping the Husky X confined or leashed. One of the awesome things about shepherds is that they are not roamers. So I have to stick with my plan, which is to raise D and then after a few years looking for a female dog. Your input was helpful in making this decision and I thank you for that.
I really believe you are making the right decision, best for you and best for him, and I say this as one who loves them and has spent many years caring for them. But they are not for the casual (or busy) canine owner.

Susan
06-24-2014 11:36 AM
blackshep It's hard to leave them behind, but it sounds like you are making the right choice for you and your pup at this time. The right dog will come along when the time is right. It's a shame it's owners haven't shown up, poor puppers.

At least it's off the road where it's not going to be hit or cause an accident, so take comfort in that.
06-24-2014 11:33 AM
wolfy dog His owner has not shown up so he'll be released soon. I have decided not to take him. Even if he were mainly Husky it was not what was in my plans. It is easy to make emotional choices like when he was sitting in our car, so relaxed and happy and the fact that we basically saved his life from being hit by cars. After a few days of no access to him I had a chance to think it over. I do not have the facility/set up to keep a Husky (and potentially hybrid) at home (from roaming). D is free on our property when we work outside and it would mean keeping the Husky X confined or leashed. One of the awesome things about shepherds is that they are not roamers. So I have to stick with my plan, which is to raise D and then after a few years looking for a female dog. Your input was helpful in making this decision and I thank you for that.
06-24-2014 08:21 AM
blackshep It depends on how much they take after the dog and how much they take after the wolf. Also, like someone mentioned, most pups claimed to be hybrids are actually malamute or husky mixes and people can't tell the difference.

The OP is HOPEFULLY trying to locate the lost dog's owner, but barring that, needs to find out the laws/permits required in her state, so she doesn't run into problems.

Whatever your experience was, breeding wolf-dog hybrids is a terrible, immoral idea IMO, totally unfair to the animal, and can be a dangerous animal to have around. True wolf-dog hybrids tend to be hard to housebreak, escape artists, destructive etc etc.

The video is an interesting look at their behavior, and you can see the difference from a domesticated dog.

Wolf-Dog Hybrids | International Wolf Center
06-23-2014 03:37 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Originally Posted by blackshep View Post
No, but it's much a higher probability that you'll run into trouble. Especially with kids, resource guarding issues etc. They are also notoriously difficult to housebreak, and are escape artists (could be why this one is loose?)

Watch the vid, pretty interesting stuff.
ALL my wolfdogs were housebroken very quickly and very easily, and were great with the kids they were raised with (like most GSDs).

I PM'd the op with all the responsibilities, scenarios, etc., of living with a wolfdog, even explaining to her why it is absolutely a lifetime commitment, and how even an accidental scratch to a child could easily mean the animal would be pts. I didn't sugarcoat any of it, I wanted her to realize what it meant IF she took on this boy, and IF he actually has wolf blood. Some of us feel that the relationship with these animals is worth the life changes it means for their caretakers, most people do not. If I were in a situation where I could have another, however, it would definitely be another rescue, I cannot condone keeping wolves captive simply for breeding wolfdogs--that's not the life that was intended for them.

Decades ago, someone took on the responsibility that breeding with wolves entails, and used one or more wolves to infuse the GSD breed with it--and we are all pleased with it now, it was a definite plus.

Susan
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