Greg Largent is co-producer and Programming Director for Wolfdog Radio.
I bought my first 75% wolfdog (that turned out to all shepherd with a large white head) 3 decades ago or so, give or take a few years. Wolfdogs were unique and I started to research them on the then young internet, finding an organization called Iowolfers Association, Inc. in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Gordon Smith was a founder of an organization that later morphed into and became Iowolfers. I learned much from those I visited and spoke with concerning High Content wolfdogs and wolves. This started me purchasing animals (near pures and high content animals, along with a few mid contents.) Wolf content animals are illegal in Illinois. I relocated my animals out of state for almost a year as I purchased property, moved and built containment to meet USDA Exhibitor’s permit standards. I loved spending hours just sitting quietly and watching them interact with each other – teaching me that which many humans fail to learn.
I have been active in several organizations – Iowolfers Association, Inc., USAWA, Inc., National Wolfdog Alliance Inc and Florida Lupine Association, now NLA – holding various positions with these organizations. I can not stress enough the importance of hands on, personal observation and more importantly – hands on interactions with wolfdogs of all content ranges. The animals themselves are the best teachers, if only we humans will listen and learn.
The future of wolfdogs rests in the hands of those that currently breed and own wolfdogs. Responsible keeping, breeding, nurturing and animal husbandry practices are required. We can only plant the seed and hope the human mind makes the best decision for the future of wolfdog ownership.
Wolfdog Radio is dedicated to bringing our listeners concise, truthful information so that the enrichment of both animals and humans is enhanced so that time spent with these majestic animals is a learning experience for all.