|Barked: Mon Apr 26, '10 8:12pm PST |
|Oh, goodness, I could write a book on this topic!
I get "Are they wolves?" all the time when I am out with Luka and Kiona. Luka in particular seems to gets the wolfy label.
It doesn't bother me, I don't expect the average person, unfamiliar with Siberians, to know how very unlike wolves Siberians appear. Instead, I take the opportunity to explain they are purebred Siberians - very much doggies! I usually add in that true wolf hybrids are incredibly rare and that most people who think they have a hybrid have a husky mix. Nicely, of course.
What DOES bother me is when someone with a husky or malamute mix (or often, what appear to be purebred Siberians) - approach me to ask if my dogs are "wolves". I can see them coming from a mile away - I know that no matter what I answer, they will immediately follow up with, "'CUZ MY LOBO HERE IS A WOLF HYBRID. TIMBER ARCTIC WOLF HYBRID, TO BE EXACT." This is the "big bad wolf" syndrome people who share my frustration speak about - it is the people who just feel like they have to have a wolf to be cool or to set themselves apart from others. The ones who have to let everyone know their dog is a wolf hybrid, even when there is virtually no wolfy characteristics about the dog that is playing happily at the dog park!
Siiiiiigh. So, I take great pains to avoid these types, or, if I happen to get caught in the "Look at my hybrid" conversation, I usually just nod and say "Very cute dog" and walk away, ending the conversation. I am always a big bad wolf syndrome kill-joy.
So, I am not bothered by people saying my dogs look like wolves. I take great umbrage to others claiming their husky mix is a wolf hybrid, however. For a million reasons which I will spare everyone - just trust me, they are good reasons, bol!
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