EnchantedWolf asks: What is the most important part of being a wolf? I need all the info.
Hi EnchantedWolf –
Well, as a dog, I have to just guess about the important parts, but I should confess first that all dogs are somewhat jealous of wolves. So what I say will be the qualities I wish I had!
First, clearly, will be Independence. Wolves don’t tend to be people’s pets, or walk on leashes, or stay locked in yards all day (though there are exceptions). Wolves don’t usually get house-trained, or trained to heel, sit, stay, or roll over. Wolves live in a deep sense of their frightening nobility and godlike connection to nature. (On the other hand, I really enjoy being taken care of, fed, sheltered, and loved… so don’t cry for me too hard!)
Second is the strength of their packs. While we hear about the occasional “lone wolf,” usually wolves live in highly organized groups that make them even more frightening and powerful. Of course, we dogs do that too (and I have lots of you in my pack!), but a wolf pack is really something awesome and intimidating.
Third is their strong beauty. What a Pekinese feels next to me, I feel next to a wolf. Their streamlined strength, their glorious faces, their muscles – everything about them speaks of power and timeless terrible grace.
But what is the single most important thing about wolves? The fact that all dogs are descended from them! Yes, it’s true. Malteses, Pugs, Chihuahuas, me – all of us share the common ancestry of wolves, even if we don’t look it. So while wolves are so impressive and grand, I think the best thing about them is that the wonderful dog who jumps up and licks your face when you’re feeling bad – that pup would never exist if it weren’t for wolves.
So anytime you see one, be careful, be respectful, but also be grateful. They’ve given us all so many of our best friends!