Wolfish prostitutes

The association of wolves with prostitution may have to be contemplated in the context of street walkers on the lookout for their prey it’s not hard for a wolf to be compared as such, just as their domestic counterparts were also the companions of prostitutes that the dog itself’s also a prostitute.

It would even be rudely apt or aptly rude to say that cats are like spouses in the sense of being companions who don’t always do what you want them to do (nagging on somebody to clean their room but they don’t want to), dogs are like prostitutes in the sense of being made to do something.

You might fail to make your girlfriend give up on romance novels, but you get a whore or mistress to do favours for you. It’s actually not much of a stretch to imagine wolves as streetwalkers in this sense, even if it’s kind of rude and politically incorrect. Even Biblical sources have once compared dogs to male prostitutes, so it’s not a stretch for canids to be compared to shady professions.

Prostitutes per excellence?

Bear in mind that wolves were historically linked to prostitution, whether if it’s the she-wolf that’s in heat and mates with other wolves or if wolves are predators hunting down prey (in this case, street walkers prey on gullible men) so some of their domestic counterparts do have a link to prostitution as prostitutes’ pets, especially poodles.

(Poodles were also linked to old maids, so there goes the sexual dubiousness of poodles going both ways.)

It would be almost politically incorrect to say that sheep have masters but dogs have pimps (how much’s the prostitute in the window?) which becomes even cruder to when dogs get bred to have puppies that get sold to other owners that it’s almost tempting to compare it to brothels and baby farms. If there’s something that unites dogs and prostitutes, they’re made to do things.

Bear in mind that dogs have been likened to prostitutes that it’s not a stretch to say they’re made to do something, so a prostitute would be more trainable than a wife is in some regards. If wolves are street walkers on the look out for clients, then dogs are the ultimate courtesans.

It would be even rude to compare dog breeders to pimps and madams but the association of some dogs and wolves with prostitution’s oddly too on the nose at times.

Makes circumstantial sense

When it comes to dogs being descended from scavenging wolves, this does tie with some dogs’ ability to process starch that it’s likely some wolves did end up as scavengers when it comes to eating leftovers and faeces (containing starchy foods) that through natural selection, this led to scavenging dogs by a few generations.

Dogs being scavengers becomes less surprising when it comes to people giving them leftovers that this might even be partly encouraged, thus favouring at least some dogs with the ability to process starch. Not to mention the historical lack of toilets meant that wolves would’ve inevitably scavenged on faeces anyways.

If that faeces contains starch, there’s bound to be mutant wolves processing it well enough in addition to being fed starches by humans.

More wolflike than given credit for

I still think dogs are a lot more like wolves than one gives credit for, with regards to social behaviour, diet and the like that the line between dog and wolf gets blurry when it comes to feral dogs and some dogs in general.

Some dogs can’t process starch that they begin to have liver problems, some dogs have an annual oestrus cycle, some dogs do hunt and eat animals independent of humans (depending on the circumstance, it might even be a good thing).

Some dogs aren’t that trainable (or if some dog owners are rather lazy), some dogs look like wolves, some dogs behave like wolves in a pack and some wolves do scavenge for food (much like dogs) that there’s bound to be a greater overlap between dogs and wolves.

So much so it’s been said that when it comes to wolves scavenging for food in some studies that we get a glimpse of how dogs came to be, not helped by that toilets were absent in prehistory so wolves would inevitably take the scavenger route by default and circumstance.

The overlap between dogs and wolves’s has led to some languages having the wolf be called honourable dog and mountain dog; either that’s because feral dogs might have more in common with wolves or perhaps dogs are more wolflike than one realises though the former also makes sense.

Especially since they’re not too socialised to humans, that we get a better glimpse of how wolflike dogs are.

On wolves

If you want me to be honest, I actually wolves to be rather overrated in the sense dogs do many of the same things wolves do and actually aren’t that bad at hunting animals either (actually dogs do kill and eat mice in some things I’ve read so they’re quite good at it). I did have a dog that ate frogs, another ate a lizard so they’re far from bad at hunting in a sense.

But that would make wolves a lot less special, especially when their domestic counterparts are capable of doing many of the things wolves do (especially when it comes to feral dogs and some dogs do have an annual oestrus cycle) where I suspect the boundary between wolf and dog may be more ecologically and behaviourally porous.

Wolves hunt and eat mice and deer, so do dogs that depending on the circumstance it might even be a good thing that dogs do eat rats and mice. Wolves and dogs form packs with hierarchy, some dogs have an annual oestrus cycle and some dogs can’t process starch well (if dingoes count as dogs, then they’re dogs).

Maybe wolves aren’t that overrated, as much as dogs do get underestimated that I think dogs are way more wolflike than most people give credit to when it comes to pack and hunting behaviours that dogs aren’t that bad at it, but that makes wolves a lot less special unfortunately enough.

Lupine greed

There’s a historical association of dogs and wolves with greed, they don’t just eat live animals (though it could be a good thing in fairness*, that cats and dogs do hunt and eat rats and mice to spare people from further troubles especially in farms), corpses and faeces but also fruits and grains (though it’s also dependent on the individual dog as some can’t process starch well).

When it comes to wolves and humans, there’s something of an enmity depending on the circumstance and religion, if wolves aren’t always looked up favourably in the Bible (dogs are ambiguous creatures that could be good or bad depending on the circumstance), they’re also not that well-received in Zoroastrianism either.

Hunting down sheep and cattle can irritate some farmers, to the point where they’d even get dogs to protect the flock from wolf attacks and actually some dogs do kill wolves (for the farmer’s side, that might be a good thing to stop wolf attacks and there’s also a passage in the Divine Comedy where a greyhound attacks a wolf).

So in a sense, the wolf can be greedy for livestock as it’s greedy for wildlife and fruits as it’s greedy for rubbish and faeces.

*Good dogs do exist in the Bible, whether if they hunt down Jezebel like how some police dogs hunt criminals or how some dogs defeat mice and rats or dogs licking Lazarus just as good snakes exist as angels and even those attacking bad snakes.

Looking for wolves in Japan

Bear in mind that wolves used to exist en masse in Japan and actually oddly enough the Japanese did revere them and still do to some extent, in the sense that the usual word for wolf contains the character or word for deity. (Not that I condone idolatry, but people do develop strong bonds with their animals a lot.)

Wolves or rather most wolves disappeared due to Japan wanting to modernise or Westernise or something, though there are some Japanese who still want to look for wolves there. As for my opinion, whilst wolves do exist in Japanese zoos but it’s likely any surviving wolves would’ve assimilated into Japan’s stray dog population.

(It’s still more of a thing in the rural countryside, the very place likeliest for dogs to roam but not always due to carelessness.)

There are Japanese who look for wolves, as well as the spirit and DNA of wolves living on in some stray dogs.

Wolves in Turkey

From what I know, bear with me I’m not that well-versed about it, whilst the Turks do revere the wolf at some point or another not everybody necessarily likes them (but then again there are Turks who don’t like cats and dogs but also Turks who care for dogs). In fact, if/when there are Turks who don’t like wolves for preying on their livestock they’d inevitably turn to their dogs for protection.

(Whilst it may not always be perfect, to be fair nobody wants their livestock gone the next minute so finding ways to protect them’s necessary.)

With regards to Turkish attitudes to wolves, though some Turks revere them some don’t sometimes for good reasons like not wanting the wolf to kill the family goat or sheep and that’s understandable. Though to be fair, positive portrayals of wolves do exist in the sense that there’s a Turkish story of a she-wolf begetting half-wolves.

Strange as it sounds, there’s a parallel to Roman lore where a she-wolf cares for twins even if not all Italians necessarily like wolves either and to wit, wolves are fascinating but also dangerous’s the general takeaway.

More like wolves?

I think that if dogs are wolves, there are going to be dogs that are a lot like wolves in some ways (unable to process starch, annual oestrus cycle, pack behaviour, capable of hunting animals very well) to the point where those who’re familiar with feral and pariah dogs will also arrive at that conclusion.

In the sense that absent extensive socialisation to humans, dogs will act a lot like wolves or closer to them in ways that might surprise others. Alternately speaking, there are wolves that act a lot like dogs when it comes to familiarity with humans and also scavenging carrion and rubbish.

(Much like dogs do, really.)

Though it’s also possible dogs and wolves do mate with each other by chance, thus passing down certain traits to children and possibly grandchildren.

If dogs are wolves

I honestly think that there are people who do think that dogs are wolves but not in ways you’d expect where among the Japanese the wolf was at some point called the mountain dog but it’s also complicated by that it was historically not uncommon for them to breed dogs to wolves and that the dog’s identity’s dependent on the context where if it lives with humans, it’s a dog but if it’s in the wild it’s a wolf.

It could be argued that the French do recognise the ambiguity between dogs and wolves with the idiom Entre chien et loup, though it’s referred to midnight where you can’t tell friend from foe. I also think the overlap between dogs and wolves might be even closer when it comes to not only social behaviour but also many other things like hunting (dogs are perfectly capable of doing that) and even some dogs have an annual oestrus and/or can’t digest starches well.

If there are dogs capable of acting and hunting in packs, killing animals proficiently well, avoiding humans (though sometimes that’s because the dog got abused), having annual oestrus cycles and even being unable to process starch then some dogs would be very wolfish by some people’s standards, or perhaps much more like wolves than one expects.