An average elderly couple rescues a sick, two week old half wolf/half German Shepard puppy; the couple tends to various animal sanctuaries on their New York Property. One of millions produced by massive breeders throughout the United States; there is nothing special about this pup, outside of the likelihood it would not survive had it stayed with the shelter.
Years later, karma repaid them.
The two 81 year olds wouldn’t have survived were it not for the unusual efforts of their wolf-dog, Shana. When a massive snow storm hit up-state N.Y. around 7 p.m., the same time the two ventured out to their sanctuaries every evening, they became entrapped among falling trees and blinding snow- making the mere 200 foot trek to their home impossible.
Miraculously, their 160 lb. dog eventually located them, actually beginning to tunnel through impacted snow and under fallen trees to reach the house they all live in; the process taking her approximately two hours. Upon completion of her task, Shana returned to begin to drag them both through the tunnel, husband clinging to wife’s legs.
They didn’t arrive to a nice, cozy warm fireplace; there was niether power, electricity nor heat to be found.
Instead Shana laid across the freezing couple, keeping their body heat up and them alive until firemen (called by concerned neighbors) arrived. The fireman were astonished upon seeing the tunnel; they had never laid eyes upon anything like it before.
Many environmental professionals and scientists discourage the breeding of wild wolves or cross breeding of wolves and dogs because they can be very difficult to train, in some cases retaining a more instinctual and sometimes predatory perspective; genetics are too similar to the original species. In some cases it is all but impossible to domesticate these animals. There are exceptions, and cross breeds are cross breeds; it is often the genetic equivalent of shooting the dice.
Wolves are however extremely intelligent, holding on to that pack hunting coordination that isn’t often found among domesticated dogs.
It Only Takes One
On the flip side, Fur-Ever Wild, an ‘agricultural farm’, rewards the devotion of their animals quite differently.
Many of you may have visited the ‘wildlife preserve’, or even taken your families, your children. Remember all the wonderful animals? How you were able to interact with these rare, endangered creatures that once roamed our country freely in multitudes?
Having been hunted to near extinction between 1850 and 1900, over a million killed heavily do to superstition and misunderstanding, this beautiful species to which we owe today’s dog breeds is still very much in danger. Their current numbers, after over a hundred years, are a tiny fraction of what they once were.
Fur-Ever Wild director Terri Petter not only admitted to killing then pelting several wolves to sell their furs for profit, she does it under LEGAL pretenses. Petter claims she is an agricultural community, indicating the animals are not considered exotic and making the sale of wolf pelts legal for her zoning.
While interviewed off-camera, she admitted several times to skinning the wolves, and actually expressed frustration for having to wait two years for the animals to grow to optimal size, preferring to grow them quickly so they would be available for pelting in one.
On the record and before a jury, she claims to only pelt the animals after death. However, records kept indicate inconsistencies, like 19 wolves having been acquired one year, and 19 ‘dying of natural causes’. Environmental professionals point out that that many wolves in captivity dying of natural causes is highly unlikely, and if that were the case- indicates severe neglect and mistreatment. Unfortunately, there is no way to prove the accuracy of Petter’s documentation or her statements.
Petter claims her main goal is to teach children about wildlife and conservation. Of course most, if not nearly all, visitors are unaware of her behind-the-scene practices. Fur-Ever Wild is still very much active; follow the link below to their homepage.
Send Terri your loving holiday wishes via e-mail or phone, listed below.
Wolves-Woods & Wildlife
Phone: 612 467-WOLF (9653)
firstname.lastname@example.org (general e-mail)
There are a couple Facebook pages for Fur-Ever Wild; here is one. I see 190 ‘likes’. Impressive, until you consider her enormous opposition (not only was she forced to close one location after mere weeks of operation, activists burned one of her warehouses to the ground- hopefully with no animals inside). Either her marketing skills are horrendous, or she failed to notice all the bad publicity is very detrimental to the success of her business.
Terri Petter’s personal Facebook page
Legal loopholes such as the one mentioned above are either established or ignored by Congress, specifically the USDA and selectively ignored by the Animal Welfare Act, created to protect these creatures. It is Congress (House) who has the power to amend federal laws regarding the treatment of animals.
Answers as to exactly why are unknown (by me), but more often then not they exist to generate revenue, or their restriction would be detrimental to that effect. Which is exactly why huge animal breeders are allowed to thrive.