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Anonymous asked:

Do the so-called 'omega' wolves exist in the wild, if the alphas don't? Meaning, do wild wolves usually have an omega in pack like the one who is last to eat and an overall a scapegoat? (OH, I also wanted to ask you this, it's important: do wild wolves eat in hierarchical way?)

wolveswolves answered:

Wolf packs as they typically occur in the wild are family groups who are shaped the same way as human families are shaped; a breeding pair (parents) with their offspring (children). The parents have, pertaining to their children, an evident, natural leading role – ‘leading’ in the meaning of ‘guiding’, and not ‘predominate’. They therefore are not a pack as a group of animals with a rigid, force-based dominance hierarchy and one absolute leader (or leading pair) that fought its way to the top, and so there are no alpha’s, beta’s or omega’s. Wild wolves also do not eat in hierarchical ways.

There are of course few exceptions. For example, sometimes related or unrelated wolves join an already existing pack. Usually the newcomers naturally accept the breeding pair as the leaders of the pack, but sometimes the newcomers try to gain pack leadership, which can result in a kind of dominance hierarchy. Same goes for when two seperate packs join up and become one big pack. In those situations there is no natural pack composition left, which usually results in the dominance hierarchy I wrote about, where terms like alpha and omega do apply. Here the wolves will most likely eat in hierarchical ways.

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mgkesi:

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akhalinmochroi:

thedailypibble:


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Look at those dog aggressive pits.

not pit bulls

It depends how you define “pit bull”. The definitions and inclusions vary widely. It’s a classification and an unclear one at that. At least one or two of those dogs would be labelled pit mixes by many shelters and rescues.

The definition of an ABPT is very clear :)
While there can be a few reasonable variations in what one could call an American Pit Bull Terrier the short noses definitely disqualify them from being called a pit bull or even being pit bull adjacent.
I don’t want to be a hard ass but shelters/rescues miss- identifying dogs as pit bulls adds to their biting stats :s

ABPT is a breed, yes, but “pit bull” is a generic term encompassing many breeds. As it is, their bite statistics aren’t as bad as the media would have people believe.

yea but that’s the widespread ignorance we have to fight. Pit bulls have a HUGE target on their backs because of a history that isn’t their fault.
Secondly most Staffordshire Bull Terriers, the only kind of “pit bull” those could possibly be if they are even that, don’t even have any (significant) pit fighting dog in their ancestry. Not only does it harm the ABPT but it also harms all the other dogs including the entirely useless dumbass American Bully because they get included in idiotic BSL.
I’m asking you not to call non-pits “pit bulls” because when people read your blog (and they do) and they see you call them pit bulls (and they do) then they go out and call dogs that look similar pit bulls (and they will) and that compounds the problem.
Furthermore, REAL pit bulls are dog aggressive and when you sarcastically indicate they aren’t you increase the chance that someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing will get one and then a dog gets mauled at pet smart by a “pit bull” (that probably isn’t an ABPT either) because the dog wasn’t handled properly and that further adds to the bad reputation of pit bulls.
ABPTs and yes AmStaffs too are all wonderful breeds, beautiful intelligent and with a zest for life and they are in danger because there’s so much ignorance regarding them and if those with the knowledge don’t do their best to affect change there is no telling what harm can become both the breed as a whole and the individual dogs that are harmed by this same ignorance.
Remember that our language shapes how we think and we have to change our language when the thinking it causes is harmful as it pertains to animals just as much as it pertains to people. There’s no donation required, you don’t even have to be a preachy annoying fuck like me, just try not to incorrectly phenotype things as pit bulls.

Well said.

mgkesi:

akhalinmochroi:

thedailypibble:

akhalinmochroi:

thedailypibble:

akhalinmochroi:

thedailypibble:

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Look at those dog aggressive pits.

not pit bulls

It depends how you define “pit bull”. The definitions and inclusions vary widely. It’s a classification and an unclear one at that. At least one or two of those dogs would be labelled pit mixes by many shelters and rescues.

The definition of an ABPT is very clear :)

While there can be a few reasonable variations in what one could call an American Pit Bull Terrier the short noses definitely disqualify them from being called a pit bull or even being pit bull adjacent.

I don’t want to be a hard ass but shelters/rescues miss- identifying dogs as pit bulls adds to their biting stats :s

ABPT is a breed, yes, but “pit bull” is a generic term encompassing many breeds. As it is, their bite statistics aren’t as bad as the media would have people believe.

yea but that’s the widespread ignorance we have to fight. Pit bulls have a HUGE target on their backs because of a history that isn’t their fault.

Secondly most Staffordshire Bull Terriers, the only kind of “pit bull” those could possibly be if they are even that, don’t even have any (significant) pit fighting dog in their ancestry. Not only does it harm the ABPT but it also harms all the other dogs including the entirely useless dumbass American Bully because they get included in idiotic BSL.

I’m asking you not to call non-pits “pit bulls” because when people read your blog (and they do) and they see you call them pit bulls (and they do) then they go out and call dogs that look similar pit bulls (and they will) and that compounds the problem.

Furthermore, REAL pit bulls are dog aggressive and when you sarcastically indicate they aren’t you increase the chance that someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing will get one and then a dog gets mauled at pet smart by a “pit bull” (that probably isn’t an ABPT either) because the dog wasn’t handled properly and that further adds to the bad reputation of pit bulls.

ABPTs and yes AmStaffs too are all wonderful breeds, beautiful intelligent and with a zest for life and they are in danger because there’s so much ignorance regarding them and if those with the knowledge don’t do their best to affect change there is no telling what harm can become both the breed as a whole and the individual dogs that are harmed by this same ignorance.

Remember that our language shapes how we think and we have to change our language when the thinking it causes is harmful as it pertains to animals just as much as it pertains to people. There’s no donation required, you don’t even have to be a preachy annoying fuck like me, just try not to incorrectly phenotype things as pit bulls.

Well said.