There was one dog named Missy Grandpa had for 16 years that was more comfortable outside the house than inside the house for a very interesting reason. She was part wolf.
According to the family legend, my Grandpa’s friend ended up with a litter of half dog-half wolf pups in a state where wolf/dog hybrids aren’t legal. The friend didn’t want the puppies killed, so he passed them on to friends who could either own them legally with the proper registration or in other states with no regulation of hybrid dogs. I don’t know how legal it was for Grandpa to transport a wolf/dog hybrid to NY, but based on the way Missy was cared for, I’m going to guess Grandpa didn’t have to hide her from the feds.
The wolf in Missy made it easier for her to live outside all year round because of her coat. She would grow a thick coat during fall for the winter, shed the coat during the spring, and have a short hair coat for the summer. Grandpa had to convert part of the yard into an enclosure with a dog house that gave her room to run if she felt like it and shelter. The floor of the run was concrete so it would be easier to clean up poop, not get muddy when it rained, but he did have to occasionally hose it down when it got hot during the summer or chip away ice/shovel snow during the winter. But those two problems would only happen during heat waves/snow storms. I can only think of about 3 nights when she HAD to be brought inside because it was too rough outside even with her full winter coat. She always had access to fresh water and two meals a day. The run was long enough for Missy to run for a few seconds before bumping into the other side but she had access to the backyard when supervised. That is when I would try to play with her and fail. XD Missy was still a loved family pet even if she lived outside. We simply went outside to her. lol
That’s why pictures of dogs on chains bother me. The only thing Grandpa put around Missy neck was her properly fitted dog collar with tags so she could be identified if she did get out the yard. In the 16 years Missy lived outside, the only health problem she developed was arthritis at 15 years old because he cared for her properly. I will never understand why people will buy a dog, tie it to a stake in the middle of the yard, toss it food when they remember, and call themselves dog owners. It just boggles my mind becauase Grandpa if there is one thing Grandpa taught me before he passed, it was to care for animals properly. There is nothing proper about tying a dog down in one place to be wheather like a rock. : /
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