Q: Hi. I've just discovered your blog and i also read about vader's story, how people react to you and others keeping a pet fox etc and i can truly tell you that trying to show the world a fox can be domesticated is heroic and awesome. Pls dont give up
To tell the truth my case a bit different since I am volunteer and trusted person at a shelter which works partially as a sanctuary.
So my girl was not bought from a breeder but rescued orphan without a moher to raise her up and I was her caretaker up until she got all her vaccinations. I am working with them over 2 years so the idea to have her under my care was agreed upon and every vaccination or medical treatment she may need is recorded by the shelter as well. This and the fact that I refuse to give out personal information of myself as her caretaker our safe ticket to avoid people from the internet to harm us. If I would not have this safe background behind her I would not update such blog as this one for sure.
My blog’s goal not to be a fox celeb and gather fans, but to keep it as a personal record which will be pleasant to look back and remind myself how a life started with her and what all changed slowly during the years she was growing up with me. My memory can be holed and I just not want to forget the details, too precious for that.
I am not saying now, that I am a special owner, just feel like my background makes a bit more safe for me to time to time still update this blog. I never trusted internet and online communities in my opinion more deadly like real life ones, since here you simply can not look into the eyes of your attacker and they can do their damage faceless without ever get responsible for their acts. This scares me and taught me to use faceless public activities as well for my own sanity.
I not feel myself as a hero by posting blog anyway. It is actually a selfish blog, full of my experiences and my adventures and I rarely reblog from others to keep my blog “clean” and concentrate on my main subject. I of course appreciate all followers and if they have questions I reply them all! But my main goal not to satisfy my followers wish unless it is a wish include my girl or any fox from the shelter I am working with.
About the domestication part I must say it is a lie. It is true russians ran a silver fox project to domesticate their subjects but as the wolf was not domesticated in 50 years but in 1000 a fox wont be domesticated in this life cycle I am living. A fox recently is a wild animal, and even if they have some values humans would love to capitalize on (their sharp senses for drugs for example) a fox is not like a domestic animal, it wont want to please you and do favors for you, it will want to live its own life the way it wants. Remember the fox not depending on you, and even a fox lives in captivity has natural genetics to still find a way to survive more or less of its own (another thing it may not be healthy and the lack of fear of humans will make it an easy prey, and ranch fox colours simply not for hiding in the nature with it) and has chance an escaped fox will never return to you.
The curly tail, the short legs some gave report about not sign of domestication but sign that the animal changed their life surrounding and with the years simply adopted the new living and “mutated” the way it is more surviveable for them there. A fox is a wild animal, anyone who ever thinks of having one must know what they are dealing with and must be aware they bring a wild animal to their home.
All those fluffy cute videos out there are videos/photos made by the fox personal caretakers the fox bonded with. Not means they will react the same cuddly way to a stranger, and a fox has special needs as well. You can socialize it indeed, but it wont be recognized as a domestic animal so people around you may make issues about it and truly better to keep such animal only at your own property and most possibly hidden from people to see. It is not impossible, and I would never get tired of helping out the shelter with their foxes, but dont want people to believe in fake information about this animal and jump into ownership unprepared which can result a dead fox and an unhappy human exowner. Seen too many of those. :(
#sketch#rough#fursona#astarte#fox#borzoi Not going to finish up this one myself. This will be an unexpected collab so hopefully before next year will be able to show the final outcome of it.
The piece got me inspired to get back into art again, had to face an unexcepted and unwanted hiatus due of rl happenings.
A wonderful piece, right? This artist is so talented!
Q: Hey, I'm sorry to ask, but.. Now that I saw your recent post. What happened to the other fox blogs? Like Miko's owner..? I knew that there was a false report on Vader and people got scared, but.. Is somebody doing harmful stuff to fox owners..?
I cant really talk in others name, but Vaders story surely was a strong reason most fox owners simply pulled back and closed from the public.
I cant tell what happened to Mikos blog, it looks deleted to me, but I was not that active around to really follow everything.
Some fox owners tried to open to the public to show a wild animal can be still kept on a way it not hurts the animal and even if not domesticated but still it can be socialized to a bit show the world example that a responsible owner can handle such animal (with the animals flaws too not just merits) - but as you see this world not open nor mature enough to accept it.
Sometimes I feel this world is immature and unable to grow up, and by it many things should be forbidden, as people simply cant value it enough or even see into it and for this stupidity other lives suffer for. It is very… sad.
Q: You've posted few pictures of your dog lying on its back and I just wanted to say it's really cruel. Dogs lay on their back when they're being submissive and are terrified. Stop intimidating your dog please.
That’s not correct. Dogs can show they’re submissive and won’t do any harm by laying on their backs, that’s correct. But they don’t ONLY do it then.
Dogs often expose their tummy when they’re asking other dogs to play. Some also expose their tummy when they’re comfortable and trust you. Some sleep on their back. Some dogs do it when they want belly rubs. You really need to read the dog’s body language AND situation before you judge.
Aska often lays on her back when she’s sleeping or just relaxing. She only does it around me which is a good sign, it means she trusts me and feels safe so don’t worry about that. My dog does NOT expose her tummy around other dogs or people to show she’s not going to attack, or when she’s scared, etc.
… You don’t have to worry about my dog.
This is ridiculous.
There’s a difference between my foster dog crawling to the ground and offering his belly/looking away and licking his lips because he was abused in his former home and is afraid I might do the same thing, and my service dog wiggling around on his back and kicking his back legs around to itch himself.
Aska looks like she’s enjoying life, she ain’t stressed.
NO IT REALLY IS CRUEL
look here’s a video of me scaring my german shepherd into total submission
Omg that’s obviously abuse. How dear you!
Regarding to this post I wonder why some dog actually do immediately this laying on their back.
Our dog, Chi does it every single time someone is around and literally whining/crying to pay her attention and rolling even more to win our attention. Every single time - and never really understood why. I mean I understood it is for belly rub and mostly attention but never seen dog doing this before Chi. Like 100% of the time someone appears and madly wagging her tail.
She also sleeps on her back with paws stick in the air all the time. This is part of her personality or actually a message towards us the family trying to tell us something?