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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
As a companion to wolfdogs of varing content I am always interested in other peoples stories and could not pass it up. From the beginning I felt a sence of doom. This woman is very candid about events in her life - an abusive relationship, herself diagnosed as OCD. Wanting a wolfdog to protect her, (NOT) a husband that dissapeared in the world of computer games, but did she take the time to read about the "dog" she wanted. NO. My love of wolves found me reading Mech, Lopez, and the unbeliveable books by Lois Crisler (1960s) among many others. Someday I was going to have a wolf I thought. But then I found a book "All the loving Wolves" Living and Learning with Wolf Hybrids by Michael Belshaw (1990) and it became my Bible among many other books way before wolfdogs were well known about. And that begin my life with wolfdogs. She failed at knowing about the dog, some mistique for having a wolf and by far the commitment that goes with them. Most backyard breeder lie about wolf content if any at all. They are usually bred with Northern breed dogs because of similiar look. Siberians are well known for being Houdinis as well as smart enough to open the fridge, doors and whatever else, and I would guess that was what she mostly got. I see this book as her justification for killing Inyo because she was "Part Wild". She was part wild because there were no boundries, no consistant training, and being raised with two dysfuntional people - read Ceaer Milan's books, dogs are sensitive to their human companions emotional condition, even unconscious behavior on our part. Even part wolf will have heightened awarness which can result in distressful actions. This is a good read though. For what not to do. Her research after the fact is good as it intertwines in the story. I feel sorry for Inyo. To me this book is the authors way to justify her actions. Yes she did a lot because she loved Inyo, but if you don't instill that you are the boss and maintain it with a large dog it is a diaster waiting to happen. Unfortunatly in the wolf/wolfdog world most people are ignorant of what they are getting into and if they are getting the real deal knowledge is power. The commitment runs it course after the puppy is no longer a puppy, or chews up that Armani pair of shoes. There are the challanges of maturity, especially when you are looking at 1 inch canines. I would and have done whatever possible to protect and give mine a good life. Petsmart puppy training, professional training, socializing and lots of love and companions other dogs, cats and me. They can be obedient, trained with voice and hand signals. Read it but "Ceiridwen Terrill will make you fully understand the differences between wild and domestic animals" is questionable.
It saddens me that wild wolves get blamed for the actions of feral dogs. The wolf is an easy blame for ranchers and those starving hunters with those expensive high powered rifles or low flying aircraft. And unethical people who abandon their wolfdogs in wilderness also contribute to the wolf being seen in a negative way. People need to be responsible, companion animals of any kind are a commitment not property that can be disposed of
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
This book gives good summary of what not to do with a "wolf dog" - or any dog for that matter. The author got hers for all the wrong reasons, with no valid info about the animals. There should be laws to protect animals from people like this. OK, the book is an entertaining story if you can ignore the human and animal tragedy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2014
I read this because I have a wolfdog and am interested in other peoples' stories. The whole "wolfdogs are a mistake" message is hamfisted and born of complete ignorance. Okay, lady, you want a wolfdog so you get an animal that is advertised as "high content" without any prior wolfdog experience or working with wolves? By the way, the pictures of Inyo show an animal that is mid-content at best. There is a picture inside the cover that seriously looks like a malamute/collie mix. And you pick the puppy that comes out acting the wildest? Really? The one that shows from the very beginning that is is not keen on attachment or handling? Then you decide to raise her in the back yard of rental homes and you try to make a pet out of her? Congratulations. You are a moron and just serve to perpetuate the negative perception of wolfdogs.

First of all, high contents like the one the author supposedly obtains are not pets and they certainly aren't dogs; by definition a high-content is meant to almost completely resemble a wolf. I wouldn't even really consider it a dog at all, even if it is tamer than a full-blooded wolf. If you get one from a sketchy breeder you are playing Russian Roulette. These animals are best off being kept with other canines in large enclosures. Not made into house pets and certainly you cannot expect them to be happy in a suburban backyard. She gets a wolf, and then is frightened and upset when it acts like a wolf. Seriously? There are DOGS who get out to hunt neighborhood cats and goats so what makes you think a HC wolfdog won't? THEN she tries to relate to her and train her like a dog, which you don't do. Wolves do not worship humans and do not live to please them. She allows Inyo to get on her back and bite down on her neck. Yeah, even my low-content wolfdog did that when I first got him and guess what I didn't do. I didn't allow him to get away with it. Inyo learned she could push Terrill around, and even a dog will take full advantage of that. It's not even about the outdated alpha dynamic; wolves will take advantage of any weaknesses they can find. That's kind of how they survive to hunt and reproduce. Why wouldn't they?

I don't advocate the keeping of high-content animals by anyone other than professionals and while a mid-content could be a good companion when well-bred it is still doomed in the environment provided by Terrill. You don't get wolfdogs to be pets or guardians. It won't provide you with worship or pure adoration. In fact, there is a good number of wolfdogs that can take or leave you. It views you as an equal, not a god. In the eyes of a wolfdog, you are fallible. No, a lot of them aren't friendly. No, it's not exactly easy to take them out in public. You can't get one with the mindset you would have in getting a dog. A wolfdog cooperates with you like a spouse or a coworker would and most of them are very self-oriented. It doesn't truly obey you the way a dog does. It could care less if it makes you happy.

Low-content wolfdogs are more doglike, and they probably are what most people are looking to get out of a mid or high content. They are almost dogs, but they have a marked wolfiness and they are more independent and less tractable than 100% dogs. They are more suitable for most family situations than a mid or high content, although you do get some mid-contents that are fantastic companion animals. No, you don't get the glory of claiming you have something close to a wolf but you do get a companion that actually is like an intense dog. Terrill completely ignores the different levels of wolf content and utterly fails to mention that animals with more diluted wolf traits can be kept more easily in the right settings.

Overall the book paints a picture of what can happen if you go into wolfdog ownership without knowledge and with the wrong expectations.
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