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#301 Biggie

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:39 AM

Either that bip or he could get a tattoo like this on the back of his head.


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Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:49 AM

I think a screwier face such as Ace Ventura's would be more effective personally,.........but yeah that one sort of looks like Jesse Ventura (ex-Minnesota Gov.) lol.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:58 AM

Hey bighunter43.......thanks for the post! I am familiar with the Jaguarondi, and was not one of those. They are a Bobcat sized cat with shorter legs, and saw one near Uvalde Texas many years ago. A friend has a sanctuary in Boyd Texas, with about 75 large cats of most species, including the Jaguar. The cat sanctuary that I am referring to can be found at www.bigcat.org. My Jaguar experience was with Domino, and he can be found at the web site. He is different than most of the cats at the sanctuary because he is one of the most dangerous cats out there. Haven't been out there in years, but no one was allowed in his enclosure, might be different now, but I doubt it. I played with him many times as a cub , but he was getting downright dangerous by 6 months old, and I quit messing with him, as most did too. Most of the big cats out there were one time pets, and some very friendly & tame, including Lions, Tigers, Cougars, Leopards, and most all of the breeds there were human friendly. Not the Jaguars, they remain very wild and dangerous.

When I saw the Black Jag, could see the faint spots in the sun light pretty good......also, the Jaguarondi has more of a dull dark grayish appearance, and not the shinny jet-black color of the Black Jaguar. The one I saw was a big fellow too. He had been laid up in a cave just down slope from a ridge line that I had hiked up to the edge. I always through a rock down by the cave before I start hiking down the ravine, because it always looks used, and I find bones in there. Years & dozens of rocks later, and there was finally someone at home, as the Jag came flying out of the cave after the rock was thrown. He bolted down the ravine while looking over his shoulder at me, and appeared to be circling back around as he disappeared down in the underbrush. Needless to say, it was a stressful hike back to my truck. This experience also prompted me to (finally) buy my Rhodesian Ridgeback, which are breed to deal with large cats.

I will be checking some of the remote creeks for tracks today, as we have had some nice rain.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 11:14 AM

Biggie......I'm shaving my head today, and getting the tattoo....lmao, that might scare the big kitties though.

Lotta water out there now, and a welcomed relief. The once bone dry lake, full of water again, and a nice track close by.

Also.....took a new shortcut, and ran across this strange stone slab. Kind of hard to tell in photos, but was placed like a tombstone on a mound, much larger than a normal grave, and there seems to be some strange engraving on the front, more like symbols than letters, and very weathered. Anyone know about this kinda stuff?

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

Not sure about markings.. or at least visible from the photo. Looks like a naturally weathered stone, just unnaturally positioned.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

A slab on top of a grave could be a "wolfstone" which keeps wolves from digging up your dearly departed and dragging them off. Which goes a long way in explaining animosity toward wolves.

Pioneers used these, the Puritan pilgrims...., anybody living in fresh wilderness area either put a big slab or a pile of rocks on top of a grave. On the trail, buried the dead right on the trail, under the packed, hard dirt. They may be or may not be engraved like a vertical tombstone.

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It was probably a bear. Or a coyote. Maybe a cougar.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:41 PM

This isn't my photo, but a friend took it near here in Texas at their Deer feeder.......pretty healthy looking kitty!

Where in Texas was that picture taken?
Please respond, I have a daughter living out there about 100 miles north of Galveston. :blink:

Hey bighunter43.......thanks for the post! I am familiar with the Jaguarondi, and was not one of those. They are a Bobcat sized cat with shorter legs, and saw one near Uvalde Texas many years ago. A friend has a sanctuary in Boyd Texas, with about 75 large cats of most species, including the Jaguar. The cat sanctuary that I am referring to can be found at www.bigcat.org. My Jaguar experience was with Domino, and he can be found at the web site. He is different than most of the cats at the sanctuary because he is one of the most dangerous cats out there. Haven't been out there in years, but no one was allowed in his enclosure, might be different now, but I doubt it. I played with him many times as a cub , but he was getting downright dangerous by 6 months old, and I quit messing with him, as most did too. Most of the big cats out there were one time pets, and some very friendly & tame, including Lions, Tigers, Cougars, Leopards, and most all of the breeds there were human friendly. Not the Jaguars, they remain very wild and dangerous.

When I saw the Black Jag, could see the faint spots in the sun light pretty good......also, the Jaguarondi has more of a dull dark grayish appearance, and not the shinny jet-black color of the Black Jaguar. The one I saw was a big fellow too. He had been laid up in a cave just down slope from a ridge line that I had hiked up to the edge. I always through a rock down by the cave before I start hiking down the ravine, because it always looks used, and I find bones in there. Years & dozens of rocks later, and there was finally someone at home, as the Jag came flying out of the cave after the rock was thrown. He bolted down the ravine while looking over his shoulder at me, and appeared to be circling back around as he disappeared down in the underbrush. Needless to say, it was a stressful hike back to my truck. This experience also prompted me to (finally) buy my Rhodesian Ridgeback, which are breed to deal with large cats.

I will be checking some of the remote creeks for tracks today, as we have had some nice rain.

You carry a Big Knife, a side arm, and a rifle, correct? Also a machete that is sharp enough to shave with? With all that, plus throwing rocks,you should/could/ may be safe. :( Yikes Twice.
Where in Texas was this?
I have a son posted at Fort Bliss.
Are there a lot of dangerous animals in that area?
He hikes a lot, and I don't remember him carrying any weapons with him. :(
I need to let him know about the resurgence of the Big Cats.
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:29 PM

Hey Sweetsusig, no guns, just a knife, throwing rock at the ready, and the dogs.....around Texas anyway. When I'm up at my place in Washington State, my modified 12 gauge & Bear spray. I've talked about the rock before, and has probably saved me from 2 hog charges. Basically, you can get a baseball sized rocked heading towards danger faster than the steps necessary to engage a firearm, unless already in your hand, loaded, and ready.

I wouldn't worry about your daughter.....there must be plenty of natural prey in Texas, you just never hear about Cougar attacks, they seem to prefer the Californians:)

Found these prints today, pressed in hard drying river mud, then with a creek flow over them last storm, so the detail is not great. One is a large cat, probably a Cougar, and the big ole piggy he was stalking, both in a creek bed.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

After all the rain, nice to find my pool finally full & clear, little cold to swim though.

Also found these creepy roots, and a probable Coyote den dug up into the left side, I didn't stick my head in there.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:30 PM

You have another dog now too?
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:51 PM

Hey TKD....yup, ended up with a Wolf-Hybrid, about 90% pure, and acts like no other dog I have ever been around. Everything is on high-gain; growth, strength, smarts, reasoning, speed, coordination......a truly amazing animal, and is all ready keeping up on long hikes with ease. She's only 9 weeks old, and is sweet as she can be.

Here she is guarding the front door, and making herself at home in my bed......she thinks she is a lap dog like my Rat Terrier!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:01 AM

Look at that fully belly. She's as happy as a buzzard on a bloated buffalo. Great pics.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:19 AM

Thanks, she's an amazing beautiful animal, and is already a member of the Pack (family).

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:46 AM

That picture of the wolf/dog *guarding* your front door by having her paws placed on it while sleeping was too cute.
Will she grow up to be a hazard to the neighborhood cats and dogs? :unsure:
Yikes, Do you even have neighbors? :ph34r:

I'm happy to hear that The Woodlands is a safe area since I have family members living there.
I told my daughter about the resurgence of the panthers, and she just sorta scoffed.
Perhaps I should forward your pictures to her... :blink:
That could work.

Where in Texas was the picture taken of the killed deer?
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:10 AM

I hope you won't have any problems with her as she grows up with amount of wolf she has in her. Sure is cute :blush:
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:14 AM

I did some research on the wolf/hybrids for several years, and the main two things to consider are to find a legit breeder, and get a pup early & precisely at 5 weeks. This is too early for a dog pup, but not the wolf. They are far ahead of normal dog pups at this age, but there is still time for a good imprint and a close bond(s)to be formed. Anything beyond that, and the bonding will not take place at a satisfactory level. Already having other dogs & kids helps too, as they will imitate other dogs, and acclimate to children. Mine observed my other dogs, and was house-broken at 6 weeks......amazing!

They ARE different though! Here's a good example; when someone comes over and rings/knocks on my door, my two dogs bark & go crazy. The wolf pup slinks off, hides, and quietly observes.

They don't bark, and will not bite someone unless they are cornered and/or threatened. If someone robbed my house with the wolf alone inside, they would never see or hear her, and she wouldn't attack, it's not the wolf way.....only if aggression turns towards the wolf.

My neighbors all love, and will watch out for her......the neighborhood cats have already been eaten by the Bobcats, Coyote's, and lions, no problem there.

As far as hiking, she stays right with me and the other dogs.

Also, talked to my neighbor over the weekend, and she saw a mountain lion in her front yard last week, about 7:30AM......they run down in the ravines/creeks that snake all through town to go unnoticed, along with 'other things' too.

Edit by Biggie: Merged two posts.

Another thing about breeders......buyer beware! The problems encountered most are low wolf content, using the wrong kind of dogs for breeding (German Sheppard's are the worst), and interbreeding. You want something 85% or better wolf content.

My girl.....Lucy, her family tree started with a full blood male Timber Wolf, and a full blood female Malamute. Female(s) from this litter were breed with a unrelated full blood Red Wolf, and the process repeats, with my hybrid the 4th generation of this process, hence her 92% rating. The distant Malamute being the only 'dog' in her lineage.

So far, Lucy has not been any more destructive than a normal pup, and if anything, much less so. She is not aggressive, wants to be inside with people, and follows me around everywhere, she has even become a good car rider in the back of my pickup. But the most amazing thing is the smarts, and her ability to reason quickly......don't under estimate these animals, be respectful, and you will have an amazing pet.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:36 PM

I had a malamute/wolf hybrid. It was the best dog I ever had and I'm more of a cat person. His name was Cain and even though he was supposed to be my ex-husbands dog, he bonded with me because I took care of him and let him sleep with me on the couch when he was still a little puppy.

The only issues I had with him was getting into my neighbor's chickens and his wanting to be with other dogs. He would get lonely for other dog company and would howl at night.

I never had any issues with aggressiveness, he wasn't a barker, and would go with me anywhere I went. His paws were the size of my hands, he was a huge dog and looked exactly like a wolf.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 08:33 PM

Awesome new dog, 'tex! Looking forward to meeting her. =)
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:28 AM

Thanks for the post Jodie! Good things to know.......luckily, there aren't any chickens around, and we have 2 dogs.....she never gets lonely. However, she does howl to get back in the house, and has taught the other two dogs to howl as well. It's pretty funny to watch & listen to, and they harminize perfectly! Sounds like there are Wolves or Coyotes banding up in the back yard though.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:05 PM

Awesome looking new addition! Lucky Dog!
What is the issue when they are bred with German Shepherds?
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