Ciaobella wrote:I'm not going to doubt you know a thing or two about wolves based on having some volunteering experience. I agree that not every dog owner is an expert. BUT what I am talking about kind of mirrors what Cindy is saying. You can't go look something up then call it fact. Just because you read it in a book DOES NOT make it true. Just because you read a few things on the internet DOES NOT make it true.
I'm not sure how to get my point across here because I'm not exactly sure how to put it. All I can say is that just because you have some volunteer experience with one or two exotic species, doesn't make you expert on all.
I never claimed to be an expert on any. My point was(and if I had to do this alot on other sites such as Deviantart, thanks to some unknown idiot that decided to make up the ridiculous term of wolfaboo ) to show that I'm not completey and totally clueless about wolves or wolfdogs. I hate that word, "wolf-a-boo". Basically, it's a deragoratory term origninally applied to anyone who was obssessed with wolves but only knew stuff about them from fiction and not any nonfiction stuff but it's come to be applied to anyone who has a wolf as a favorite animal, draws wolves alot,or enjoys watching wolves in ficition, wishes to own a wolf or a wolfdog as a pet,etc. regardless of whether or not they actually know real facts about wolves or wolfdogs. Wolfaboo haters will make mean comments on any wolf art accusing you of not caring about more unique or actually endangered species and bash you for having a more common and in their opinion overly-popular animal in their eyes as your favorite animal. And God-forbid you bring up the point that wolves are only popular on the internet and that in the real world many people still hate and fear wolves and that they don't need to add to that themselves for stupid reasons of thinking "wolves are too popular". Seriously, there are whole groups of wolf hate-art drawing graphic pictures of wolves being killed or dead made just because these people hate wolves merely because they think they "are too popular". I almost hate this group of people more than I hate ranchers who have an almost legimate reason of hating wolves do to their livestock killing habits(although even that is greatly over-exaggerated as most of those are actually misindetified cases of feral dog livestock attacks).
I disagree about something not being fact just because it was in a book. It depends on the book. If it's a book from a reliable source and it's a statement that remains consistent throughout many other books that are also written by or researched from reliable sources, then I am going to consider it a fact. Again, I'll give the examples of wolves living in packs. Practically every book on wolves(maybe even every book. I don't know becuase I haven't read every book that's out there on wolves as there's so many and that would take ages) says they live in packs. A good majority of these books are from reliable sources so I am going to consider that a fact.
The internet, however, I will agree with you on as there is alot of wrong information floating around on the internet, even on some ".org" sites I've noticed.
Also,maybe I'm missing something,but what other species have I ever claimed to know a thing or two about besides wolves,wolfdogs, and domestic dogs?
I've expressed interest in more species than that. True. But I don't recall ever claiming that I knew a ton about any of the other said species.