Watching a program on people trying to keep wolf-dogs as pets. Astonishing to me how people will let their lives be entirely dominated by a pet. Or how families will let one member's attachment to a pet run all their lives. Creepy. Just a few degrees less creepy than how hoarders dominate.
My friend Bill's wolf-dog is a very mellow creature, certainly wolfish in some ways, but never aggressive with people. Beautiful, but not at all interactive or playful and therefore not at all interesting. If I have a treat, I'm on his radar. If I don't, I may as well be invisible. Which makes him safe but boring.
Bill is single and semi-retired, so he can build his life around the animal, and wants to. Without the pet to care for, I think he'd be completely at sea.
But in a family, to have the pet be the Alpha...well, it's even crazier than letting a child be the Alpha.