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Adventures of a Christopagan who is bad at All The Things.

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Dominance Behavior in Canids

I didn’t really even WANT to make a post about this.

The alpha-beta-omega model of wolf packs is dead in scientific literature, hammered into the ground, so to speak, and it’s been dead for over ten years. So why am I still hearing about it on TV and reading about it in articles? Why are popular dog trainers that encourage you to “be the alpha” still taken seriously?

I think the unfortunate truth is that the idea that there are strong and ferocious leaders in wolf packs and that you, too, can take on that role with your dog is just somehow appealing to people. Almost romantic, in the older sense of the word. And because of this, it makes money. It sells werewolf media. It sells dog training classes. Educational science channels that have no business promoting this false ideology keep it on board because it gets people watching.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty fed up with the whole thing.

Okay, let’s talk about dominance, particularly what the word even means, because popular media does a terrible job of explaining it.

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This is fantastic. I roll my eyes so hard every time I see yet another writer trotting out the alpha/beta shit for their werewolf packs.

If you want to write about a group of werewolves that are emotionally and physically assaulted by the individual they elected to lead them on a regular basis, fine. But don’t pretend that’s really how wolf packs work.

(Although, that would be pretty interesting, actually. If the author recognized that she was writing an unhealthy and abusive dynamic and actually portrayed it as such? Pack alpha character actually a violent, terrorist cult leader? Pretty neat. I’d read it.)

This is why the werewolves in my novel don’t even touch that crap.  I wanted to make sure I was as far away from this as possible.  Not to mention as one of my characters put it, they are Werewolves not wolves.  They were human first. 

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handsomedogs:

Hi there! Liberty and Lyla here, we’re both rescue Pit Bulls that were given second chances at life.
Lyla (dark brown) - Mom rescued me from a lady that was underfeeding me, with cat food! She was about to take me to the pound when mom stepped in and saved me. I was only 6 weeks old!
Liberty (light brown) - I came in as a stray that had suffered recent abuse from the streets, and I have permanent scars around my neck from where my previous owners had kept me chained up. The shelter took me in, but because I was pregnant with 11 puppies, they decided I was too much work and put me on the euthanization list. Just hours before I was about to be put down, Paws in the City pulled me from the shelter and put me in a foster program where I gave birth to all of my puppies. Every one was adopted, but I didn’t find my forever home until about a year later, when mom came to save me. This picture is from my rescue / birthday party this year!
You can follow our story on Instagram! @tworescuedpitties

*just wants to rub the pittie baby jowls*

handsomedogs:

Hi there! Liberty and Lyla here, we’re both rescue Pit Bulls that were given second chances at life.

Lyla (dark brown) - Mom rescued me from a lady that was underfeeding me, with cat food! She was about to take me to the pound when mom stepped in and saved me. I was only 6 weeks old!

Liberty (light brown) - I came in as a stray that had suffered recent abuse from the streets, and I have permanent scars around my neck from where my previous owners had kept me chained up. The shelter took me in, but because I was pregnant with 11 puppies, they decided I was too much work and put me on the euthanization list. Just hours before I was about to be put down, Paws in the City pulled me from the shelter and put me in a foster program where I gave birth to all of my puppies. Every one was adopted, but I didn’t find my forever home until about a year later, when mom came to save me. This picture is from my rescue / birthday party this year!

You can follow our story on Instagram! @tworescuedpitties

*just wants to rub the pittie baby jowls*

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