Rescuer: Wolf dogs are misunderstood

Full story: Asheville Citizen-Times

Ever since her dog was found dead near her house, Pat Elliott hasn't taken out the trash or done yard work without a shotgun at her side.
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Matt

Morganton, NC

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Jul 2, 2007
 
I don't see any sheeps clothing.A wolf is a wolf
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Jul 2, 2007
 
Wolves don't attack people. There is not one documented attack of a wolf on a human being. Unless you consider "little red riding hood" a true story.

If a wolf dog mix was to attack a human, I'd suspect its the "dog" in the wolf that initiated the attack.

“Russ " The Geek" Meade”

Since: Jun 07

NY City

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Jul 2, 2007
 
I agree Matt. Wolves are gentle creatures and it is only when men add the dog part that their is any aggression.

So sad that people are so afraid of the natural things in our enviornment....snakes, bears, and yes wolves. Their unjustified fear then leads to destroying these creatures of our beautiful planet.

In Lake Lure as in all communities we need people to become educated on preserving rather than destoying.

namaste,
Russ
Nancie

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Nancy Brown and Full Moon Farms do an outstanding job of educating the public about wolf-dogs and rescuing and caring for the wolf-dogs that have been tossed aside by uncaring owners. I have owned wolf-dogs for many years. They are gentle, sweet, caring animals who must be disciplined, just as a dog must be disciplined. An undisciplined animal, as well as an undisciplined person, can certainly be a threat.

Thanks to Russ for his comments, I agree wholeheartedly! If you want an education about wolves and wolf-dogs, Nancy Brown can always use an extra pair of hands at Full Moon Farm--she can also use your contributions of dog food, or money to help feed these rescued animals. Please, before you condemn out of hand, become educated about these most wonderful of God's creatures.
rid0617

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Jul 2, 2007
 
That one in the picture is beautiful. I would love to have one of those but I think South Carolina is real narrow minded on the subject.
Outspoken

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Wolf dogs are not misunderstood by me. They are wolf and a mixture of dog that is by nature born to protedt therselves, forage for food and to be preditors.
Anyone bringing them into a highly populated area such as Western N. C. are puting the amimal and people in jepardy.
Get real if they are of value in this area and are needed, prepare for them so they don't damage others property and hurt people.
acbrowning

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#7
Jul 2, 2007
 
Thank you, Russ. I couldn't have said it better. We should respect and protect.
Ardenvol

Asheville, NC

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Jul 2, 2007
 
This should help!!

n. pl. wolves (wlvz)
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a. Either of two carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, especially the gray wolf of northern regions, that typically live and hunt in hierarchical packs and prey on livestock and game animals.

Prey on Livestock and game animals? I dont think harmless fits the suit.
Christi F

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Jul 2, 2007
 
I too have owned wolf dogs. I had to get rid of them due to prejudice against them. At least they went to a wonderful program on an Indian reservation that educates young people about wolves and wolf dogs. They are absolutely wonderful creatures. But ARE NOT DOGS and can not be treated as such. To the wolf, people are just other wolves that happen to stand upright. It is people who breed them without thought, or teach or don't teach them that is the problem.

As for the comments in other sections. Bringing wolf dogs into populated areas is no different than not spaying or neutering all your animals. As Animal Control how many animals are put to sleep or die because of uncaring, unthinking owners not controlling their animals. Wolf dogs are not putting people in jeporday. People put people in jeporday.

If the owners of the lost wolf dogs are truly responsible owners, I appoligize for appearing harsh. And I deeply know your loss. For the sake of your wolf dogs, I hope they come home.
Chimps

North Wilkesboro, NC

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Find a better cause.

Not a dog, not a wolf, not a pet.
Silverwolf

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Last spring, while driving home from work, I came across my neighbor's schnauzer dog being dragged by the throat from her yard by a female boxer dog, accompanied by a golden retriever (male), and miniature collie (male)! I ran the dogs away, scooped up the schnauzer and rushed her to my vet. The schnauzer, whose name is Maggie, was severely injured and it was touch and go for several days before she was really out of the woods. Maggie is well now, but the point is, please don't discuss how dangerous a wolf dog is and how wolf dogs attack other animals when I personally witnessed several "domesticated" breeds attacking and attempting to kill another "domesticated" breed. My vet advises that female dogs, of any species, if not spayed, are much more dangerous than male dogs who are unneutered. So let's stop the blame game, and all of us who own animals, take responsibility for them by spaying, neutering, and keeping them at home.
Jeannie

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Jul 2, 2007
 
I too have had Wolf-dogs for about 15 yrs now. They are in a 6' chain-link fence with electric wire around the bottom and pad locked....and these precautions are mainly for "their" safety. They are beautiful animals and are very loving. And we take very good care of them and they give us their love and respect in return.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Well said, Silverwolf. The blatant ignorance of people who simply refuse to have their "domesticated" and "normal" household pets spayed or neutered is beyond me.

I have no problem with all creatures in nature. Some bother me a little more than others,(snakes, for instance), but I dont bother them and they dont bother me, except for copperheads, which I have an overabundance of.

Have all dogs spayed and neutered, watch them, and for heavens sake, be responsible for them!!
badegg

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Hooora for Ms. Nancy Brown.
Although Wolf dogs can be dangerous, so can all other breeds of dogs, but not all of them are.

I have personally known four pure bred Wolf dogs (Mother, Father & 2 Sons) that belonged to my nearest neighbor and they all were well mannered and lovable animals, the neighbor also had a Jack Russell which was very unsociable and threatning to my wife and small Shih-Szu while walking on our acreage
RABIES QUARANTINE

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Jul 2, 2007
 
1. dog bites man. dog is quarantined 10 days. if dog is alive then no shots for man.
2. wolf dog bites man. oopsss.
for these wolf dog frankensteins
is there is no approved quarantine period.
wolf dog is euthanized and its brain goes to Raleigh by courier for rabies analysis.

so sad. think about this fact before buying a frankenstein dog.
local and fed up

Kill Devil Hills, NC

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Russ Meade wrote:
I agree Matt. Wolves are gentle creatures and it is only when men add the dog part that their is any aggression.
So sad that people are so afraid of the natural things in our enviornment....snakes, bears, and yes wolves. Their unjustified fear then leads to destroying these creatures of our beautiful planet.
In Lake Lure as in all communities we need people to become educated on preserving rather than destoying.
namaste,
Russ
I have lived in the mountains most of my life. You better believe there is plenty of wildlife to be fearful of around here.(You can add bees and mountain cats to the list.

And you better believe I will take 'em out if ever necessary.

I'll "destroy a creature on this beautiful planet" if it risks the life and safety of my family.

I know it is trendy for people to blabber on and on about how wonderfully you have treated the wildlife
and how all creatures have value.

But it is only mental masturbation to spend your time thinking you'll get to your heaven by letting the little snakies live.

I have lived in the counrty most of my life and have protected my family from dumb creatures whenever necessary. So far my protection has consisted of DESTROYING (God forbid!) a hornet's nest- because my son is seriously allergic to them. We staved off the bears only by completely ceasing the picnincs, cook outs and outdoor gatherings on our beautiful mountain propoerty.

Our solution was to move back to West Asheville, where I understand mountain cats now lurk.

But we have new concerns.

The large family next door doesn't speak (nor seem to understand) our language. And they never make eye contact.

Then there was that couple with mangey dreadlocks we found wandering around our yard at 2AM one morning.

I guess the next solution will include a couple of wolf dogs guarding our property...
Outdoors Guy

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Jul 2, 2007
 
I'm sure that many landowners in WNC have experienced incursions of these and other "misunderstood" animals on their property. Now that there's homes built up all around us, it's usually just someone's pet that gets loose. Excuse me, it's ALWAYS been someone's "pet" that gets loose. Just about every time, we see a loose pet on out place, it's not a threat and it's really no big deal. Occasionally, there are "pets" that are overtly aggressive, and my policy to deal with them is simple: If I feel like my family's safety is in jeopardy from this "pet", and all other reasonable options have been exhausted, I have no remorse over ending its existence. The wolf-dogs better act nice if they roam up here, or they're done.

A 6ft. electrified chain-link fence is req'd to contain these animals? I wish the person that these animals escaped from had made that effort to be a responsible owner. Yes, completely different than domesticated dogs, hence the 6ft electrified fence...

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

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Jul 2, 2007
 
That was a good one, localandfedup. While I intend to harm nothing, doesnt mean I wont. And I cant think of anything more vile than a neighbor who wont make eyecontact, what are they hiding? And I have no problem with destroying a bees nest, nor a pair of dread locked fools wandering around in my yard at 2 am in the morning..........
amazed

Asheville, NC

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Jul 2, 2007
 
it is never the animals fault, it is alwauys the neglect and cruelty inflicted by the human.....always.
Jeannie

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Jul 2, 2007
 
Outdoors Guy wrote:
I'm sure that many landowners in WNC have experienced incursions of these and other "misunderstood" animals on their property. Now that there's homes built up all around us, it's usually just someone's pet that gets loose. Excuse me, it's ALWAYS been someone's "pet" that gets loose. Just about every time, we see a loose pet on out place, it's not a threat and it's really no big deal. Occasionally, there are "pets" that are overtly aggressive, and my policy to deal with them is simple: If I feel like my family's safety is in jeopardy from this "pet", and all other reasonable options have been exhausted, I have no remorse over ending its existence. The wolf-dogs better act nice if they roam up here, or they're done.
A 6ft. electrified chain-link fence is req'd to contain these animals? I wish the person that these animals escaped from had made that effort to be a responsible owner. Yes, completely different than domesticated dogs, hence the 6ft electrified fence...
The 6' fence is not required....it's what we chose to do to protect our wolf-dogs. There is alot to take into consideration to having these kind of animals. It was said before, these animals are not for everyone.

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